Monday, November 28, 2011

An Interview with Vibeke of A Butterfly in my Hair blog..

It all started with Automatism. Then that led to English Muse, that led to Via and that led to A Butterfly in my Hair. I can't help wondering if Pam was leading me. Pam loved beautiful things. She single-handedly transformed a huge house in Newport RI into the cosiest B&B. She was very depressed at the time and the prospect of decorating this big house was daunting. She said someone told her to do two things a day. So she did and you should see what she accomplished. Alone and again without much drama.

She had an eye for beauty. She told me that she would stare at beautiful women said sometimes she couldn't take her eyes off them. This takes me back to when she was age 3. I'd watch her staring blankly at herself for hours in the bathroom mirror pushing her lips forward like Brigitte Bardot. In the little red dress that she loved so much. How enchanting. She also loved knitting.

So how come I am now spending hours looking at beautiful, homey blogs with lots of glorious knitting. Hmm..

Then last week Vibeke saw that I was following her blog and she seemed to fall in love back. She asked me if I would consider doing an interview for her lovely blog! Well as you can imagine I thought this was bloody marvellous. I've put the start of the interview below, click on the link for the rest of the conversation. She's from Norway. I love the blogosphere!

conversation with jane
i LOVE doing these conversation posts with different women that inspire me in their own special way; it can be everything from what they create, their interior style to their view on life. if you want to read the previuos conversation posts you can click at the label at the end of this post.

my conversation this time is with the beautiful Jane Lancaster who has a blog dedicated to her sister Pam. Pam was killed in a plane crash at the age of 43 ,July 3rd 2008, along with the flying instructor Charlie and her husband Keith. there is so many things about Jane that inspires me and i am deeply honored to share her and her sisters story at my blog.
thank you dear Jane for allowing me!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Things Pam Knitted...

Pam was a natural at knitting. She started knitting around 2002 after she'd been to visit me here in Santa Fe. While she was here I took her to see a psychic. Well of course, this is woo woo town. Amongst other things the woman said that Pam was a weaver and had been a Hopi Indian. Well of course. The following Christmas I went to stay with Pam in Long Island where she was living alone in a rented apartment. She was very depressed having broken up with her boyfriend Keith. She was feeling stuck and lost and lonely. We went shopping to Port Jefferson and walked past a knitting shop. 'Come on,' I said, 'Go in there and get some wool.' The answer was a weary sigh and a no.'Come on. Remember that woman said you are a weaver? This could be just the thing to cheer you up.' The answer was still no so I dragged her into the shop and forced her to buy some wool and knitting needles. Back in Santa Fe when I spoke to her on the phone she was so excited,'Jane! Jane! I love knitting, I just love it!' So she went on to knit and knit and knit. She never stopped knitting until the day she died. 

Recently after scouring lots of blogs where women knit gorgeously I felt the urge to knit. My friend from madrigal group Barbara an addicted knitter told me of Looking Glass Yarns on Luisa Street. A few weeks ago I had just finished guzzling coffee and working on my play at Santa Fe Baking Co just round the corner from Luisa Street aha I thought I'll go in. The shop is run by two sisters which sent a pang through my heart. I signed up there and then for a fingerless glove class. My mum had already taught us to knit when we were teens but I never stuck it out and never followed a pattern. Last week I asked mum who taught her to knit. 'No one, I taught myself. Well I had to do something as an only child left alone night after night while my parents went out drinking!'

Pam knitted some things for me the pink, the blue and the pale green below. All the other sweaters were at her house when we went to clear it out. After her death. I've been meaning to do a post on this for ages. Now we've got our fabulous new camera we had a lovely time at our cabin taking these photos.

Funny how everything is a drama for me. The whole time knitting the gloves there was a running commentary from me about every problem and mistake. Loud screams and expletives. Pam never said a word. Just quietly got on with it. Now I look at these pieces that she made I'm amazed at what she accomplished. So quietly and undramatically she was so talented. I'm so proud of her.

And now for my fingerless gloves..... Pam as usual you were right when you kept telling me to knit and I dismissed you... I love it!!!!