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Sweet, juicy, sun warmed;
Fresh from her garden.
Carried with gloved hands
Into the house,
The kitchen,
The bowl.
Delicious!

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Touch, texture, possibility;
Searched from among many…
Hands must work it
Into the form
The expression.
The life – of the
Dream.

Her purpose, and knowing
Who it is she meets
With eyes opened
In anticipation,
Wonder,
Hope.
Served!

Her dishes, her dreams…delicious!

Loretta Warner, I Love Knitting

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Here is a little ship
I built it out of love.
Thinking that I was doing
The right thing.

A place of work,
If one could call it that.
A project begins and becomes
With the effort.

The act of making
An art of moving thread, yarn, a piece of cloth
Into its seemingly rightful place.

Transforming one material, and another
In hopes of making something new.
A bright and shining star of a thing!

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Here now is the imagined world
Beyond my wildest dreams
Of how it would turn out.

Filled with the makings of,
And with the first samples
And the last samples.

Tools, trims, findings, fabrics, papers, patterns, books, bundles, ribbons, yarns.
Machines for sewing, machines for knitting, and machines for living.
Art on the walls, and flowers in the small garden – always giving.

 

I wake from my dream,
Asking the question:
Where can I land my ship?

I want the world to see,
For others to come inside,
To learn to use the tools and share the things made.

I want to swim away…
Leaving my little ship
In the good hands of others.
To dream a new dream…

Loretta Warner, I Love Knitting

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I drive a vehicle with 200 needles.
Miles consist of rows,
Upon rows, upon rows.

Horizontal at first glance,
Falling from the knitting machine.
Turned to become the vertical, graceful lines
Of the famous, Loretta Warner coats.

Colors chosen at random
In the midst of the back and forth motion
The work of my hands in use with the tools
I could not live without.

Color groups predetermined, gathered
Prior to the journey.
Act as the guide, the map,
Where the destination is always a surprise.

Here, a photograph, liberty taken with
Beloved editing tools
To reflect the not so straight lines
Which have become my life’s work.

Always,
Loretta Warner, I love Knitting

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