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Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Sampler of the month

This year I got the Dropcloth Sampler of the Month subscription as a present. Nothing is making me happier than filling in the blanks with stolen moments here and there.

Here is my in progress shot

And the back

And finished!

I thought that the white would make the text shimmer and boy was I right!

I can’t wait for this month to arrive.

PS
Rebecca was so lovely to feature my work on her blog. Do go on over and have a look.


Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

A needle pulling thread

Last summer I attended Squam Art Workshops. Of the many things that I took away from that experience, embroidery might be my favorite.

For a long time embroidery was the domain of my sister and like many inter-sibling negotiations it remained unexamined. Though we both learned in Girl Scouts – it was hers.

the beginning


Luckily our relationship has grown and we are better at sharing. So I signed up for Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroiderd Memories class. I loved it. I love it. Rebecca made learning the basic stitches easy with her embroidered lines sampler and I was off. I spent most of my free time working on this sampler instead of my embroidered memory. I assume that one day soon I’ll be inclined to return to my class work but for now I am really into Rebecca’s samplers.


Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Resume

Life happens, as they say.

Apparently blogging didn’t.

Blogging feels like a straightforward narrative – linear and plodding, one day after the next. Having (unintentionally) removed myself from it, it seemed that to return I needed to fill in the gaps between the last post and this one. To get all the bits and pieces of my life to connect and continue the narrative. But my life is too full. There is too much to constantly drag up just to get back to here. There have been weddings and funerals, births and illness and through it all I have been making and making. Much like you, I imagine.

At first I wanted to believe that I would grasp that unraveled thread where I abandoned it and reunite it (somehow) with this moment. But since I have not yet I doubt that I ever will. Instead I just want to go on. Just resume as though I haven’t abandoned this space. Hopefully that will relieve the (imaginary) pressure to make something work that clearly isn’t.

Because I have been making. I have taken beginners classes on embroidery and weaving and I have been knitting and knitting and knitting. No matter how far I stray, I always resume knitting. And really, that’s why I am returning here.


Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Return


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon

A long time ago I bought a skein of Clouds from Moonrover. It was just too unusual to pass up. But every time I cast on for something it wasn’t quite right. The sad truth was that I am not that whimsical - I just am not the type to be able to pull it off.

It languished in the stash.
Until I had a baby.
Who can pull off whimsy if not babies?

I cast on a top-down vest onto size 13 needles. Even though I only had 5 minutes at a time I finished this vest in a day. Whenever I got to a cloud in the yarn I slipped those stitches purlwise with yarn in front. I knit until I ran out of yarn. It was kismet, I managed a vest for my 1year old in 85 yards of yarn.

I’m sure that you can recognize how proud I am of this project.
The cute kid too.

 


Friday, September 23rd, 2011

So Good

My Stripe Study Shawl grows.

Can you see how the textures are working together?

How about now?

So far, so good.
So, so good.


Monday, September 19th, 2011

Late to the party

Even though I have a jillion projects on the needles (some quite old, ahem) I cast on one more.

Stripe Study Shawl!
It’s so clever.
I wish that I had though of this.

I dove into the stash looking for something that would do it justice. You just know that I have the stash to make a striped shawl. I was torn between squishy merino or fluffy silk and mohair. What kind of luxury? Squishy vs. fluffy.

Why choose?
Same color. Both fibers. I hope this works.


Monday, September 5th, 2011

Seriously?

I have run out of yarn with 9 (!) stitches left to cast off.
It is a knitted off cast off, and I do have a corner to turn and a decision to make about whether or not I seam or graft it back to the original stitches…
But I was so close to done.
Luckily, even though this is a scrap/mill ends project I opened a fresh skein for the edging. Might even have another, I might.

I hope…


Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Look what I found!

It’s an almost finished sweater.
An almost 10 year old unfinished sweater.
(Don’t judge)
Strange thing is – it fits.

I wonder what I was thinking. Seriously. Where was I going with this? Why did I stall out?

I guess that will have to go unanswered because I just picked it up and went with what I had (or it looked like I had).

Because about 10 years ago, my note taking system was a post it.



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