Foxy Ladies, Gay Blades - by Dorian McGowan
Growing up in Fairfax, Vermont, Dorian remembers first learning to knit from an elderly neighbor, Mrs. Parah. He recalls sitting on a bench outside in the backyard when Mrs. Parah passed by. "She locked eyes on me, a nine-year old with nothing to do, she must have thought:'That boy looks too bored for his own good'!. and so she taught me to knit." McGowan first learned to knit and purl in a checkerboard pattern. This turned into a scarf, followed soon by a kelly green pull-over vest with a neck so tight that he never got it over his head. He stopped knitting in high school due to peer pressure, but took it up again when he married a beautiful Norwegian knitter named Kari. They knitted together for more than forty years, producing four children in"knit & purl" process. McGowan was a one man art department at Lyndon State College until he retired recently. Now he gardens in the summer and knits in the winter. Besides gay blades and foxy ladies, his knitted wild flowers are included in this show. :"Knitting wild flowers in winter brings the garden into the house."