With the festivities over and a very quiet house I'm hoping to see more of you this week : )
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
(work in progress)
No matter how lightly you pack your baggage still weighs you down sometimes(when you least expect it). This week I've been feeling the weight of the grey skies and uncertainty. I've whittled away too many hours this week on things that just haven't turned out as expected. The vest from Monday's post is now a ball of yarn again, there was a meal which just wasn't worth the effort and some experiments with crochet that confirmed my love of knitting. All of this busywork was keeping me out of the studio, out of my head, out of dealing with things. And so this morning bright and early I was in the studio opening those bags again. I started visualizing the things we carry like kites for grown ups. I like the idea that we are tethered to things, feelings, ideas that can weigh us down or lift us up on any given day. I think perspective is my new Mantra. And so on this blustery Friday I have packed up the frustrations of the week, let out a long line and sent that bag off into the grey skies.
TGIF : )
Monday, November 15, 2010
For the love of all things knit I was about to give up on this simple tank top. I finished the knitting of it last Thursday (after 10 long months) and I was all set to sew it up and post pictures of yet another completed knit project when things took a turn. The pattern is two identically knit pieces which are supposed to be matched up one right sided and one wrong sided with the front and back seams showing. I had a big problem with the seam as the two sides kept spooning when they were laid out as opposites. I must have sewn and undone the first seam 6 times (including once with the sewing machine which was a big mistake). The shoulder seams had similar issues as I was undecided about the seam showing or being invisible and every way I joined them they just looked sloppy. So after many failed attempts at getting this thing together I decided to flip the 2nd half and show the purl side of both pieces. This piece frustrated me to no end but I was determined to finish it (it will go with this skirt which i plan to finish before next summer) and this morning I'm happy to say it's moving to the finished pile. The less there is to something the better every bit of it has to be ( i know this to be true with food and yet sometimes i forget to apply it other things in life). So another yarn monkey is off my back and I'm ready to get back to painting tomorrow. Although, I did really enjoy the ease of the crochet edge around the arm and neck openings and started seriously thinking about starting some granny squares for an afghan. Any one know of a good tutorial on crocheted granny squares?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I just finished listing these three little blocks and a few other pieces on etsy. With the holiday season quickly approaching I think it's time for a bit of free shipping. Yep, free shipping until the end of November. Happy Day : )
See you here tomorrow...
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I'm just about to roast the potatoes and leeks for tonight's soup but I wanted to share this new painting which I was able to finish up over the weekend. Lately I find myself drawn to layered images and text. I'm finding the grey areas of my life so much richer and fulfilling (although messier) than what appears to be in front of my eyes. I was speaking to a friend yesterday and we laughed over the fact that we are both cursed with optimism. Not that there's anything wrong with optimism per se but I'm learning that if I can move beyond what I expect to happen I will arrive at what was supposed to happen. My optimism leads me to believe that things will work out and for the most part they do...but I guess I have a new appreciation for what gets us there. Life is in the details, right?
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Two scarves completed just in time for the chill which arrived today (with a grey sky which seemed a bit too wintery if you ask me). The pink and orange scarf has been in the works for two years (for real) and the blue one just about a year. What can I say.... I like the beginning of making, the picking colors, imagining what something could be. It's a time of excitement and possibility, you know? But lately I'm in the mood to wrap things up, finish old projects and give life to half finished beauties I have laying around. Anyways, I will be sharing a few of these old projects from time to time and will be sure to share the embarrassing amount of time each has been in progress. The painting pictured is coming along nicely and I have a few others in the works as well. The kids have a half day and there are things to take care of today and tomorrow but I'll see you over the weekend (or possibly Monday) with a few finished pieces.
So, are you into starting fresh or finishing things up these days?
Monday, November 1, 2010
Yeah, I know.
Being home alone with this drawer after two weekends worth of company and lots of sheets to wash, laundry to do and dishes to clean could be dangerous. But as I've mentioned I'm much more savory than sweet so the kiddos stash is safe with me (well maybe just one tootsie roll to help me with the vacuuming) ; )
ps: see you tomorrow with some new works in progress...