Sunday, March 21, 2010


Saturday night knitters united through music. We were invited to join the Homegrown String Band at the Vanilla Bean to knit and chat and listen to their music. This great band is comprised of Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky and their two daughters, Erica and Annalee and they have been playing music infused with blues, bluegrass, country and folk for the last thirteen years. They are refer to themselves as the "1oo% Natural Organically Grown" Band and they most definitely are a family that know how to play together! You can learn more about them and listen to some of their tunes if you visit

Their banner
We gathered around six to secure the comfiest section of the Bean! By the time the music started there were around fifteen of us knitting and tapping our feet to the upbeat rhythms.Here are just two of their beautiful instruments. Between the four of them they play guitar, fiddle, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo-ukulele (or the "banjolele as we call it), harmonica, jawharp and doumbek, just to name a few. They also knit and crochet, which is why they made the special invite to local knitters to join them before the show! Annalee is crocheting an afghan (above).Her sister Erica is a prolific knitter. In fact she will be published in the newest issue of Yarn Forward and was asked by Shanon Okey to become a regular designer!Rick handcrafts Navajo drop spindles to help facilitate his daughters' fascination with yarn and other yummy fibers......when he has time between playing shows, that is!Here is Georgianne filling the room with sweet dulcimer sounds...The joy that they obviously have playing together was infectious!They even enhanced their performance with dancing! The sharp sounds of their dancing feet had the room clapping in time!If only I could hope around like that!

Between the fabulous food, the great music and the camaraderie between knitters and new found friends, Saturday night turned out to be quite a treat!! I wish you all a fabulous, fabulous day! Happy knitting and crocheting!

1 comment:

m said...

Wow! Sounds like it was a fabulous evening of knitting, music ands friends!! Wish I was there! I'm enjoying Ca. and my new grandson. He's adorable in his knitted baby sweater from the baby bunny yarn and loves his little afghan made with the Aspen yarn. See you all soon! Rosa(Missy)