Moving Update

Hello, dear readers!  Thank you for being so patient with me while I work on building my life out here in San Diego.  Let me give you a bit of an update on my housing situation.

The first place we were looking at got scooped up by another interested party.  Disappointed, Dylan and I continued looking.  We thought we found another cozy home, but yet again, the landlords chose another party.  During the waiting period of them deciding who to pick, the first place opened up again...and we jumped on it!  As Dylan said this morning, "Everything happens for a reason."  We got the first house we were truly interested in and wanted, due to location and size and everything.  We sign the lease on Tuesday!

So we're heading to Phoenix this weekend to pick up some of our belongings, and Miss Stella Rose.  I miss her so much.  I'm sure many of you can relate when you're away from your pets...they're our fur babies. I've been away from Stella for about a month and a half...and I say every day that I miss her.  I'm so excited to be able to finally bring her home!  The drive is going to be interesting though...but we will manage!

I think one of the things I'm most excited for (besides bringing Stella home) is that I'm going to get to set up my first studio!  Yesterday at work I was planning in my head just where everything should go.  I really want a desk in there, but the futon from the old apartment might take that space.  Dylan wants to get rid of the futon, I don't, mostly because I want to use it in the studio. Another "We will see." I will be sure to keep you posted on how I end up arranging and organizing my studio!

I'm not sure when I'll get back to a normal blogging schedule, but I'll be sure to pop in when I can.  Until next time...!

 

This Week's Progress

I feel like I would never get a blog post out this week.  Between work and other activities, it's become harder to be able to sit down every other morning to post something...excuses, excuses.

Reading books counts as progress, right?  Good, because I've been better at reading since moving than I every was in Arizona.  It just works better with my schedule.  I wake up in the morning, get ready, make my lunch and then sit down with my coffee and read.  And then at work, during my lunch break, I eat and read.  I finished one of the books I received for my birthday, Blog Inc., on Tuesday.  It was an interesting book, full of helpful tips, but not much I really feel like I can apply here.  This is my artist blog, I'm not really looking to earn money off of it (though it'd be nice).  

The next one I'm reading is Art Inc. in the same format as the previous book.  I have a feeling it's going to be similar to the book I read with my morning coffee, Art/Work.

I finished the Jeweled Cowl Wednesday evening.  I plan to block it and hand deliver it on Saturday.  

And now it's time to chug my coffee and get going to work.  Have a great weekend!

Sample Knitting

So, what was I working on Wednesday morning that I couldn't post for?  Well, a local yarn shop had put out a call for sample knitters a few weeks ago. I was able to respond within about 5 minutes of them posting it and got an in to doing some sample knitting for them! I'll reveal what shop it is when I'm all done with the piece.

I showed you the yarn already. 

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It's gorgeous and I love it. It's Forbidden Woolery's Pride Lace in Deathly Hallows. I'm making Sachiko Uemura's Jeweled Cowl. So far, it's going very smoothly and quickly. I've been lucky enough to be able to work on it at my day job during downtime.

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So, that's what I'm working on for the time being. While I was waiting for the yarn to arrive, I did make a pair of socks!

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It's been a while since I had made a pair of socks, and I had never made a pair for myself. I started them on last Thursday, and finished them this Tuesday. It's the fastest I've ever made a sock, let alone a pair of them! I used the Magic Loop method which was another first for me on socks. If you remember, that's how I decided to do the sleeves on my Driftwood Sweater.  

So, yeah! It has been a good knitting week.  

2015 Goals

Happy Friday!

Let's go over my 2015 goals, shall we?  This might be a post that evolves over the course of the day, but for now, let's recap what I said back in April 2014.

-In the next 3 months (Now-June)

  1. Begin packing (April)

  2. Extend lease to end of June (April)

  3. Locate storage space (June)

  4. Take the family cruise to Alaska and RELAX (May)

  5. Move back to my parents’ house (June)

  6. Continue working on felted animals and knitting projects

-In the next 6 months (Now-September)

  1. Continue working temp/contract jobs

  2. Continue searching for job in San Diego

  3. Search for housing in San Diego

  4. Take a trip to San Diego to physically be there while I search (July or August?)

  5. Move………………..?

-In the next 2 years (Now-2016)

  1. Living and working in San Diego

  2. Continue with felted animals and begin selling them

  3. Teach knitting classes

  4. Design knitting patterns to sell

  5. Go to the beach at least once a week (Sunday mornings?)

  6. Visit home 4-5 times a year (especially for Easter and Christmas)

  7. Travel (because the boyfriend probably wouldn’t let me get away with not traveling, but also because I’d like to see a little more of the world)

And now?

-In the next 3 months (Now-March)

  1. Find an apartment/house
  2. Move
  3. Continue working day job
  4. Sample knitting (more on that later)
  5. Design knitting patterns
  6. (Hopefully) Get started on art
  7. Make Sunday ME Days (Going to the beach, relaxing)

-In the next 6 months (Now-June)

  1. Continue working day job
  2. Continue working on art
  3. Continue sample knitting (?)
  4. Continue designing knitting patterns
  5. Family trip (June)

-In the next 2 years (Now-2017)

  1. Quit my day job
  2. Become a full time artist (maybe with a part time job)
  3. Travel?

It's a rough outline for now.  Hopefully as I continue living and working in San Diego (AHH! I can't believe I did it!) things will become more clear.

What kind of goals have you made for 2015?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  See you on Monday!

Thoughts on I Love Yarn Day

I didn't mean to miss yesterday's post.  I just had a lot going on at work.  And I was getting more literal rejections from jobs I've applied for.  One even called me but then decided against interviewing me when they heard I was only available on October 21st and wasn't living in San Diego right then.  I did explain my double edged sword dilemma (No one will hire me because I don't live in San Diego, and I can't live in San Diego until someone hires me), but alas.  Oh well.  The hunt goes on.  I have one week left of working this job, and then it's onto San Diego for the job hunting trip (finally). So my day was kind of a downer, but I was cheered up by Amanda (who I taught how to knit socks on Sunday) when she texted me a picture of her first completed wearable sock!  I'm so proud of her.  I cannot tell you how good it makes me feel when I see people I've taught to knit or taught certain techniques to flourish.  Best. Feeling. Ever. Damian shared with me last night a cowl he had finished for his mom with some yarn he dyed in the Indigo vat at school before he left.  Arlyn shows me her projects and planned projects.  If I can teach all of them and have them take off, surely I can teach others professionally?

Also, HAPPY I LOVE YARN DAY!!!!  We all know by now I have a healthy (or maybe not so healthy for my bank account) addiction to yarn.  And I have built up quite the stash since the San Diego Yarn Crawl.  I hope to work in my room this weekend to clean it a bit and maybe organize my stash and plan for future projects.

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Artsy Things I Did This Week

Tuesday was the end of the Soak Photo-A-Day Instagram Challenge.  I finished up with this image. vLYd5cSMNLkbRh1L.jpg

It's such a true statement for me...as you might have gathered during the last few months (or maybe just post college).  All I want to do right now is make things with my hands.

Also on Tuesday, I went to the FAN (Fiber Arts Network) Club's show opening, chromoFEELia, at ASU.  It was such a well rounded show.  It really made me miss school and having a studio to work in and a community to work with.  I still keep in touch with classmates, obviously, but it's still really nice to have them all there present.  I was able to see Clare, my Fibers professor, and Damian came up from Tucson to see the show and to see Arlyn and I.  I miss the Fiber Frat so much!

Monday and Tuesday I bought more yarn...you knew this.  It's a problem.  One of the packages is supposed to arrive today and I'm itching to start on my Driftwood Sweater!  The yarn for the Crosby Sweater should come on Saturday, so I guess that one will be second.  Also, I think that I have some buttons that Dylan brought back from Europe for me that will work perfect for one or both of them!  I'm so excited.

My Traveling Woman shawl is coming along.  I really enjoy the easy to remember repeats in the lace section.  I may have messed up the first row of the lace...but oh well.  It's not a mistake, it's a design element!

Onto the weekend...See you next week!

Next Month's Plans

Can it be September 19 yet?  Cause that's when I plan on heading over to San Diego for the 2014 San Diego Yarn Crawl!  I wasn't able to go to the first one last year, so I'm determined to go this year.  Also, if you haven't noticed (ha.) I'm itching to take a trip to my favorite city.  So many yarn shops over there (as well as couple of Alpaca Farms!) are participating this year, including The Grove at Juniper and 30th, where I interned during Summer 2012.  If you're in the area September 18-21 you should check the crawl out. I'm only able to go Saturday and Sunday due to work, but I still plan on hitting as many stores, if not all, as I can before the event ends! That's all I really have for today...I'm going to be teaching a couple more people how to knit fairly soon.  That always makes me happy.  I really ought to just make a lesson plan that I can use so I can be more organized in teaching. I'll have to eventually!

Have a lovely weekend!

Knitting to Relieve My Stress and Worries

When I sat down to write this post, I wasn't sure what to blog about.  There's only so many times I can rant about wanting my studio, wanting a job in San Diego, and wanting to make art.  I have the ability to make art, just not the art that I want to.  I guess I better take what I can, though. So, while I'm here feeling stressed and struggling, I thought that I better knit.  There have been so many articles this past year about the benefits of knitting.  This one here is one of my favorite articles regarding the subject.  After a few rows, I'm feeling much more calm...though hungry.  I've been craving muffins this week.  No clue why.  IMG_6373

I'd like to start bringing a sketch book to work so I can think of designs I can print when I do have a space to screen print again.  I feel like that, or making any kind of art, would also be beneficial to one's health in a similar way that knitting is.

Anyway, I hope you all have a Happy Friday and a good weekend.  Until Monday...

New Knitting Pretties

IMG_6332 Ever since I got my Nickle Plated Interchangeable Needles from Knit Picks, I've been searching for the perfect case for them.  At first I had one from Knit Picks that was on clearance (I don't think they even have it anymore...and so I cannot link to it, nor do I know where it is off the top of my head after the move), and it did very nicely for a long time.  It was small, compact, 8" or so square in shape when closed, and held all my interchangeable needles, tools and accessories.  I only replaced it with a Della Q Double Interchangeable Needle Case when I got my Caspian Interchangeable Needles earlier this year (I kind of obsessed over them ever since they came out...so pretty!).

The Della Q one is nice, has labels for the needle sizes so you can grab them at a glance, and it had lots of pockets for the tools and accessories and extra space for extra needles and more sizes.  However, my one issue was the zipper pocket that I kept my cables in on the outside.  I would try to coil the cords as tight as I could, but they would always unwind themselves and then it made it hard to fold the right side over properly when I went to close the case.  It worked for a while, though.

Then Damian came home from Christmas '13 (between him, Arlyn and I, it was a very fibery Christmas) with his Pendleton Needle Case.  He showed me the large pockets and how it had space for both sets of needles.  The only issue for me was that it's only sold by Knit Picks, and they only had red (they call it Geranium) and Grey (if I remember correctly, that's the color Damian has...and I wanted something different than what he had, duh).  In the product photos, it looks like they used to have a green one, which would have been absolutely perfect for me, but it was not available.  So I stuck with my Della Q for a bit longer.  Well, when I was on the website a few weeks ago, just checking to see if any other colors came out, I noticed that they were adding a Marine (Navy) color!  It was the next best thing for me...you know, cause I like nautical stuffs, and navy blue seems to be a popular color in all of that.

So I bought it as soon as it was available (end of July), and it arrived this past Wednesday.  I immediately put all of my needles inside, and I love it.  It takes up less space in my Namaste Harlow Bag (I had been considering getting their Build Your Own Binder, but it would have been a little out of my price range...I love the concept though!), doesn't take up space on the table or on my lap when I have to open it up and it's not an ordeal to close it back up.  Everything seems to be staying in its place so far.  I do miss having the sizes labeled on the pockets since I got my Nickle Plated set before Knit Picks started engraving the sizes on the needles.

Also pictured are Caspian Cable Needles and the Yarn Kitten Project Bag. For cabling, I usually just use a DPN instead of an actual cable needle (you know, the curvy ones).  I liked it because all my DPNs are wood so it kept the stitches on the needle better than a plastic or metal cable needle or DPN.  The Caspian Cable Needles were a bit of an impulse buy, but I love the colors so much and they'll be well used.  That also doesn't risk me accidentally misplacing a DPN in my set.  Knit Picks also had a promotion recently that if you spent a certain amount of money, you would get either the Yarn Kitten bag or the Superfine Project Bag for free.  I chose kittens over Feelin' Superfine because...yanno...cats.

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I am no way affiliated with Knit Picks, Della Q or Namaste Inc., nor am I being paid to talk about their products...I just like their stuff.  A lot.

Word of Mouth

This idea came to me this evening as I was thinking about this past week.  As you know, I do a fair amount of social media-ing, just talking about stuff I'm making and trying to promote myself.  However, in the past week I've had two instances of actually being able to TALK to people about what I do and what I'm working on.  It's an interesting concept to me because a majority of my time is spent alone working on things.  I do post regularly about what I'm working on, but I don't know how much of this is seen.  Obviously, if you're reading this, you know about me, and you've seen some of the pieces I've made and am working on (or I hope you have).  But when I was able to talk directly to someone about it, I became a little more excited, and I wanted to work more on things.  I want to be able to show the world that I have these talents, and I want to be able to give that beauty or awe or whathaveyou to someone.  I wish I could produce something to sell for people to take home with them, but also a story to take with them. I'd probably never sell the things I made during undergrad.  But the things I'm working on now?  I'd love to be able to sell the felted taxidermy.  I'd love to design some knitted thing and sell the pattern to people.  I think I just get so caught up and lost in the process of trying to put myself out there, that I forget that I actually need to be working on my own designs, not just making the things people have already designed.  I have a few books lying around regarding this, and I really do need to pick them up and use them.  Obviously I'm good at MAKING things.  I just need to learn how to DESIGN things for other people to make and enjoy.

I think this just adds to my list of goals of things to do and learn and create.  Hopefully in the coming week I can do something with that.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend, no matter what you celebrate.

Ramblings on a Friday Night

Be prepared for random thoughts. It's late on this Friday.  I don't have my normal job tomorrow.  Part of me wonders what I'd do if I had a normal job and had a normal weekend.  Would I go out for breakfast?  I know I previously stated one of my future goals to be that I'd go to the beach Sunday mornings when I live in San Diego.  Why does life seem mediocre in places you already live?  Is it because you feel like you've explored every nook that you thought possible?

What makes making art at school any different than making art at home?  How has the importance changed?  Has society worn on me so much that I've lost the value of making art?  I feel like a weary creature forced to work at a job she dislikes.  Maybe it's because I haven't quite found the job that I do like... I was discussing with a friend this evening that if I could make money blogging, that would be amazing.  Or if I could make money making things while I sat here watching tv shows all day that I would be rich.  Alas, I haven't found those niches quite yet.  I just think I'd work so much better in a studio dedicated to art making, rather than in an office.  My one day of being a receptionist made me wonder what sort of lives people working in offices live...all I wanted to do when I came home was sleep.  How was I supposed to get anything done after spending all day in an office behind a desk?  Sure, I can do busy work, but just sitting there waiting for things to happen all day was boring to me.  I really hope I can get my taxidermy forms up and running.  I've been more motivated to work on my deer.  If I could make money doing that, I'd be set...maybe...hopefully.  Yes?  Everyone says they'd totally buy one...but would they really when they found out how much I'll have to end up charging for my time spent?  I'd totally do little ones with those animal figurines...maybe... That's actually a good idea...I have plans for this now.

I've been thinking about drawing and watercolor painting a lot lately...I ought to do something with those soon.

Anyway...those were just some thoughts I had and needed to get them off my chest tonight.  I hope you have a good weekend, and I'll see you all next week.

Roller Coaster

It's been a roller coaster of a day.  I woke up this morning hoping for new opportunities, and I got them, but it wasn't of the nature I was hoping.  But, it's a stepping stone, and that's what I must keep telling myself.  Even though I wanted my end goal yesterday, I have to keep working through the roadblocks and blessings in disguise before I can get there. I did briefly go to the Tempe Art Festival to visit David Lozeau's booth today.  The boyfriend did some modeling for him for one of his paintings, and last weekend in Tucson and this weekend in Tempe were the first times it was being displayed (from my understanding).  It looks fantastic.  I spoke with David and Erica for a while about art and San Diego and reenactments and jobs and whatnot.  They really brightened my day after feeling disappointed this morning.

Tonight is for goal writing.  I might make a special post this weekend, or it might show up during the next week.  The goal for my goals (ha!) is Wednesday.  Until then...

Converting the Roommate to Knitting

Happy Friday everyone! The knitting addiction is back.  Over the past couple of months, I've felt rather uninspired with my knitting and yarn in general.  A scandal for me, if I might say.  However, last spring I taught my roommate, Damian, how to knit.  He was gone all summer, and since coming back to school, he's been busy.  But the other night, he picked up the piece he was learning to knit on and took off with it.  He has caught the knitting bug!  He took his little sample piece to class with him all day yesterday and made such progress.

Last night I was able to discuss with him the differences of garter and stockinette stitches, yarn gauge and needle sizes, and all those other knitting knowledge essentials.  And then I put him on Ravelry so that he might see all the things that he could possibly make with two sticks and some string.  Damian's eyes were opened to all the new possibilities.  So exciting!

I got called in to work today, so I'm off to go do that for three hours, and then Den and I are going to Canal Convergence in Scottsdale.  I believe it goes on until 4pm on Sunday, November 10, so if you're in the area, come check it out!  Lots of art stuffs.  I'm sure I'll write something on it next week.  Until then, have a good weekend!

What are you proud of this week? And other news.

Hey!  I made it to Friday!  And you did, too!  What did you accomplish this week?  I kept on schedule with the blog this week, so that's something to be proud of.  Other things that happened this week that I feel proud of are that I joined a gym and had my first workout last night.  While I was expecting to feel super sore today, because, let's face it, Megan doesn't work out...she just sits there and knits, I don't feel that sore.  I feel little twinges in certain muscles, but nothing that is confining me to one spot.  So yeah!  That happened!  On my way to being in better shape! I also started a baby hat I promised someone months ago (way before the baby was born).  As soon as I finish it, it'll be ready to wear.

This cold (or whatever it is) I've been battling has still not gone away.  I feel like I'm getting better, and then my nose gets stuffy all over again.  I'm wondering if it's more allergy based because they have been doing a lot of reseeding around my apartment complex.  I also had three teeth fixed on Wednesday morning.  Stupid cavities....two more to go in a few weeks.  Meh.

The boyfriend has been sending me lots of job postings.  He even found one in San Diego for me last night and urged for me to apply.  And I really want to...but I think part of me is scared, due to the fact that everything in my life is here now, and not so much over there anymore.  That isn't to say that I don't still want to end up in San Diego.  I think what is mostly holding me back is that my lease here at my apartment doesn't end until April (then where I'm going to live after that, I have no clue).  That, I'm a horrible packer when it comes to moving and I just have TOO MUCH STUFF.  Step one would be for me to start getting rid of a lot of stuff...but I have no clue where to begin at the moment.  I'm not sure I can afford San Diego right now either.  It's all very scary to me and I need to talk to people about it, mostly my parents.  I still feel like I'm tied down to them when it comes to anything job or living situation related.  I take their opinion very seriously, but I know I need to really branch out on my own and make my own decisions.  Sometimes it's just difficult because I know if I don't have their support, I'll feel even more lost.

Anyway, hopefully I can get something done today in regard to cleaning my room and organizing stuff...and possibly making a pile of things to get rid of.  I know I'll feel so much better and uncluttered if I do that.  And then maybe I can start thinking about more job opportunities.

Have a good weekend!

Northern Arizona Adventures

Trying to stay on schedule when I've become so active in doing things has been somewhat difficult, if you haven't been able to tell.  Don't get me wrong, I love going out and doing things now, but at the same time, I want to be making art and have my time for that.  Maybe it's time for a new schedule?  We'll see. Tuesday was spent running errands with the boyfriend.  We stopped at Home Depot so I could get some ideas for a possible future studio situation.  The most I'm worried about at this point is having a space to wash screens out.  At ASU the studio sink was this large sink with a shower curtain and a hose with a pressure nozzle.  I need something I'm not worried about staining.  Obviously in an apartment or even a rental home that's kind of impossible.  We spotted a couple of laundry sink setups that might work for a future space.  It's odd to think about because I never thought I'd be anywhere near close to be thinking about a possible space.  I don't want to jinx it, so that's all I'll say.

We also went to Hobby Lobby because I needed some yarn for a gift project.  We ended up staying for over an hour looking around at stuff.  There's a couple of sewing patterns that caught my eye.  I need to organize my patterns before I get any more though.  Just like my fabric and my yarn.  All that stuff needs to be organized and put into boxes instead of having it all over the place.  That might be my project for today while I'm waiting for tonight's events.

Wednesday we planned to go to Sedona.  What I thought was a day trip, turned into a two day trip with a visit to Flagstaff as well.  Lots of looking at stuff and walking around on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as visiting friends.

And now I'm back home, thinking about organizing things so my art stuff isn't ALL over the place...but of course it will always be all over the place.  Fridays are always a little hard for me because I have work all weekend...and then it's Monday again.  ...oh well.

Until then...have a good weekend!

Progress and Updates Week of September 1

I'm off a couple days again with two reasons.  Wednesday was my uncle's birthday, so I was distracted from posting due to celebrations.  But, also, I got a phone call from my boyfriend's mom wondering if I had heard from him recently because there had been a workplace accident on the ship.  The ship's Facebook page named no names, so we were both in the dark about what happened and who was involved.  All we knew was that two of the three people involved were now in a hospital ashore. Lo' and behold, Dylan was involved.  That was no surprise to me.  His mom called me back a couple hours later saying that she had talked to him and he was in the hospital with a concussion, broken hand and bruised ribs.  While I was worried, I knew he was alright, and that's all that mattered to me.  I was able to talk to him a little early yesterday morning and he gave me a brief rundown of what happened before he went to rest more.

SO!  What have I been working on?  I did start the embroidery finally...but my thumb split this past weekend, so it was difficult to continue on that.  I'm almost done with Amanda's cowl (I hate kitchener stitch on laceweight yarn, let me just say).  I gave my sister her shawl and she loves it.  I took pictures of her in it Wednesday to post on Ravelry.

I've also started sewing my Halloween costume.  I'm going to be Chell from Portal and Portal 2.  I'm super excited to be making my Halloween costume again.  I used to do it every year as a teenager, but since college, I haven't had the time to put anything together.  I already have one of the tank tops, and socks that resemble long-fall boots.  I need a blue tank top, ballet flats (so I can walk around outside) and I need to get fabric paint for the back logo, as well as some white fabric for accents.  I got the fabric on Tuesday, and cut it out and started sewing it yesterday.  I have the pants portion done, though I think I need to add knee patches and another pocket to make it more screen accurate.  Which leads me to my next thought.

I'm working First Friday tonight at the museum.  It really puts a damper on my weekend creativity, because all I want to do is sew this weekend, but I can't today because I have to leave the house early enough so that I don't run into traffic on my way to work.  There's just lull in my creative process that is my job.  This is why I miss The Grove so much.  There, I was able to sit down and knit while I was working (of course I wasn't being paid) if it was slow.  And even if someone needed help, I was able to jump up, help and then go back to my knitting.  Those were better times.

I think today, I'll finish up Amanda's cowl, and start on her next project.  It's something easy I can put down when it's time for me to go to work tonight.

Again, I apologize I've missed posting on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  Next week should be better.  I'll try to post pictures of my costume progress, too!  Have a good weekend, and I'll see you Monday.