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Luce Foundation

No matter where you live, you know the name “Smithsonian” and the weight, power and history that name carries behind it.


The Smithsonian Institution, established in 1846 “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government. Originally organized as the “United States National Museum,” that name ceased to exist as an administrative entity in 1967. Termed “the nation’s attic” for its eclectic holdings of 137 million items, the Institution’s Washington, D.C. nucleus of nineteen museums, nine research centers, and zoo—many of them historical or architectural landmarks—is the largest such complex in the world.

Many months ago, a woman working at The Luce Foundation – a wonderful center which is home to more than 3,000 paintings, sculptures, miniatures, craft objects, and folk art pieces from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and residing in the same building as my favorite museum, The Portrait Gallery – emailed me telling me she was a knitter and that she loved Capitol Knits. She was happy to discover that I was local to the museum and invited me in to teach lace and speak about my work this coming weekend, August 23rd at 1:30pm.

Luce Cowl

Luce Cowl

What I love the most about the collection of Smithsonian museums is that they are FREE FOR ALL. I am a huge believer that art, history, artifacts and knowledge should be free whenever possible. No little girl or boy should grow up wondering what a real painting looks like, how tall a dinosaur may have been, how much the Hope Diamond truly sparkles or what Julia Child’s kitchen actually looked like. My mom knew when she was a child after looking at Van Gogh’s Starry Night in a book that she wanted to be an artist. How great would it have been for her if she lived near DC and was able to go see a Van Gogh in person?


Van Gogh’s Starry Night

The Luce Foundation has made one of my many career dreams come true by inviting me to be part of their amazing center for an afternoon. If you’re in the area (the Red Line’s Gallery Place Metro stop is very close), come and listen to me speak, get a copy of a new lace pattern I’ll be introducing – The Luce Cowl – and if you’ve never knit lace, sit in on the free class I’ll be giving afterwards. There’s nothing like being able to share knitting stories, knitting techniques and knitting camaraderie in a place that believes that knowledge is power. More information is available here.

Hope to see you there!

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ellen Mahar #

    Love the Smithsonian and love your cowl. I lived in DC my entire life before moving to SC 8 years ago. Sorry to miss the event.

    August 18, 2014
  2. Trina #

    I wish I could attend!

    August 18, 2014
  3. Jennifer Johnson #

    Hi Ms Gray,

    Will you have your book for sale and autographing there?


    Jennifer Johns

    August 18, 2014
    • Hi Jennifer, I am not able to sell anything there, but if you bring any books or patterns I’ll be more than happy to sign them for you! 🙂

      August 18, 2014
  4. vlcox #

    Wish I could visit but DC is a long way from Washington state. Love the cowl. Hoping the pattern will be available online soon.

    August 18, 2014
    • Hi Vickie, The pattern will be up on Ravelry later this week!

      August 18, 2014
  5. Doris Downing Miller #

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    I am a member of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, Would it be possible to get the pattern for this cowl? I have one of their calendars at my office. I encourage my granddaughters to be responsible young ladies, one loves to knit, she would enjoy have this cowl. Would wear it at her sorority, Kappa Delta at Kansas State University. the other granddaughter is working for the Vail Valley Foundation, Vail, Colorado as an assistant in their marketing department and she would enjoy wearing it in the beautiful Vail Valley. Hopefully I can purchase it on line and get started knitting for Fall. Thanks so very much, Doris Miller

    August 18, 2014
    • Hi Doris, The pattern will be up on Ravelry later this week! Am working on getting it up as quickly as possible. Sounds like you have wonderful granddaughters!

      August 18, 2014
  6. Susan Galbraith #

    Congratulations Tanis!! Sounds like a wonderful day. I’ll be in the midst of moving but will be thinking of you. Susan

    August 18, 2014
  7. knitting4kitty #

    Oh phooey…..I am out of town or I would be there! What a great opportunity for all of us! Have fun and thank you for your generosity!

    August 18, 2014

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