When I was a kid in Maine, there was always a lot of talk about the cargo rail lines being reopened to passenger tr ains to make for an easy connection between Portland and Boston. Let's just say that I grew up, went to Boston (not by train) for college, graduated and then lived in Manhattan, traveling home to visit (still not by train) for more than a decade.
But the train finally did come back to Maine, in 2001--and it beat my own return to the state by a full nine years.
And since coming back to the place I always called home no matter where I was actually living, I have been lucky enough to start a new venture--designing patterns for hand-knitting. When I started sketching out this self-published collection, I wanted it to be a roundup of all things Maine--the state whose climate taught me early on that sweaters and hats were wardrobe staples for about eight months out of the year--like it or not!And so, the "Train to Maine" collection was:
--modeled by a lovely Maine girl
--photographed by another native Mainer (whom I fortuitously met one snowy day as she was shooting fashion on a rarely traveled lake road)
--and named for the journey that brought me back home (but maybe I should have called this mini collection "Design Local, Maine edition"?)
Or maybe "Design Local, New England", because I owe Wendy from Massachusetts (pennywenny from the Knit 1, Heart Too podcast) a huge thank you for her wonderful tech-editing skills on both of these patterns.
Wendy and her co-host Sheila (SheilaD37) will be giving away a copy of the hat and sweater pattern, plus a $10 WEBS certificate on their podcast after returning from Rhinebeck. And, if you'll be at Rhinebeck, too, be sure to enter the "Where's Carolyn?" drawing for the chance to win a $20 WEBS certificate plus a copy of the "Train to Maine" patterns! All you have to do to enter is spot me at Rhinebeck (October 19-20) wearing the Pullover or Hat, snap a pic of you and me together, post it on the Knit 1, Heart Too Ravelry Group thread, and tune in to Wendy and Sheila for the drawing.