The Annual Introspective

May 9 marks the day of my undergrad graduation. It is also the day my cat, Stella Rose, adopted me.

I've been sitting on this post since last May. It's always a month where I tend to evaluate myself and my progress due to the anniversary of my graduation. I remember getting to my car after the ceremony had ended, and pictures had been taken. I took off my gown and my cap and sat in the car and....cried. I think I became overwhelmed with the fact that I had no plans post-college. During the ceremony, I was looking around at everyone who had decorated their caps with inspirational messages about how they're moving up in the world and I had no big adventure. I just had my apartment, and my knitting, and whatever knowledge I had from my art classes. I knew I wanted to go to San Diego and make art there, but nothing else. How would my adventure from the summer before (Internship) ever measure up to whatever 2013 was supposed to be?

And then Stella landed in my lap. She crawled out of the bushes at my parents' house during the graduation party, sat in my lap, followed me around, and I decided I needed to take her home. She was probably going to become coyote food if I didn't. So then, I had something to take care of and to keep me busy and give me companionship...but maybe she really adopted ME so SHE could have someone to take care of.

Lots of things have happened since the last time I wrote a blog. Mostly schedule and job changes. I'm now back working solely in San Diego with two jobs. One keeps me busy most of the month and the other is my old internship! Now, who could have told me 4 years ago while I was sitting in my car crying that I would be back at one of the very places that brought me such joy? Also, I think I wrote in a blog post once that I wanted a job where I could spend all day in a yarn shop...and here I am (two days out of the week, at least). Funny how the universe works like that.

Since working at the shop again I have been telling customers about my story - about how it was my internship in 2012 (5 YEARS AGO - GET OVER IT MEGAN) and it was my dream summer. One of them threw me off guard when I had recited my tale...she asked: "What's next?"

What is next? I'm in San Diego. I'm working at the place that brought me so much happiness 5 years ago. What do I do now? Where do I go from here? Are these questions I should be asking myself??? Am I thinking too hard about it??? Do I have to have a "what's next?"

Well, of course not. I could sit here happy as a clam. Sometimes I feel like I'm always looking too far forward and not enjoying the moment. I do know that I need to get back to making art.  I'm still (STILL) working on the damned felted deer (does anyone want to take bets on if I'm going to finish it or not this year?). It seems that after one of my friends bought my mini felted creatures that I just stopped doing any art. I do make little watercolor studies sometimes, but a lot of the time I long for a studio and that halts my progress. I know that these things take time, but I also need to work hard for it.

I found a little bit of inspiration as I was going through my notes for blog posts. I don't remember him saying it, but I wrote about Dylan telling me three things: 1) Stay positive, 2) Keep moving forward and 3) Tell everyone your dreams.

I'm staying as positive as I can. I'm exhausted from my other job at the moment, but still happy (I really need a vacation, though). I'm doing my best to keep moving forward. And as for my dreams? I'm having a hard time thinking of what that is at the moment. I'm sure it will come to me though.

What are some milestone dates in your life that you use to evaluate yourself? Where have you been and where are you going?

Sick Days

It can be rough for an artist to get sick. Monday I had a stomach bug, and Tuesday I developed a sore throat (however that may be the result of the dust and roofing at work). So, here we are on Wednesday, and not much progress happened in the past week. Unless we’re talking about my socks.

When I’m sick, I have a couple of rules: If I’m throwing up, I’m not going and if I have a fever, I’m not going. However, a sore throat, cough, or a runny nose doesn’t usually stop me from doing what I need to do. Sometimes that doesn’t include art, though. I was able to do a painting last night, so it’s something. I just need to get back to felting. Soon enough. New ideas are coming.

Thinking about being sick made me think of this post from 2013 about me being sick.

Until next week, hopefully, full of fewer sickies and more artsies.

Showing Up

The hardest part of my day is waking up. I have two alarms set four days a week: one at 4:45 and the other at 5am. The 4:45 one breaks me out of whatever deep sleep I was in so I can slowly start moving towards being fully awake. The 5am alarm is the final push to get me out of bed. I never hit the snooze button because I know I'll just go right back to bed and miss work. In fact, I keep my phone across the room so that it forces me to get up to turn it off. 

Showing up to work isn't too much of an issue. When people are depending on me I always try to make it a point to be early or on time. But what happens when you need to start showing up for yourself? Personally, when I have plans to work on something on a certain day and then don’t force myself to sit down and do it, I’m disappointed. I was depending on myself to show up. I didn’t . This is something I need to work on now and in the future, ESPECIALLY if I’m going to make art a full-time thing. 

A lot of creative marketing blogs and podcasts discuss the idea of showing up for your audience. That's what I've been trying to do for you these past few weeks. If I have something to show you, and I show up to present it to you, the more likely it is for you to want to continue to see what I'm working on. And that's all I want. (Hopefully, my start time can be a little later than 5am, though.)

So, check this out!

I made another Mini-Felted creature (fox/wolf?). He measures 4" x 2.5" x 3.75". I haven't quite decided on a name yet, but he looks like a Frank or Frankie to me. I'll sit with him just a bit longer to decide, but I think that will be his name. As soon as he has a name, he'll be up for sale.

I would love to start having some audience participation in naming some of these creatures. Do you have any suggestions on what to name this little guy?

I Made a Thing

I'm rather enjoying the concept of Wednesdays becoming my blog days. Let's hope I can keep this up!

It's been a long time since I've really made and completed an original piece of art. Sure, I’ve finished lots of knitting, but it’s not of my design. I guess I finally got fed up last Friday/Saturday. I buckled down to make something.

Meet Maxwell.

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He's my new Mini-Felted Fox measuring 4" x 2.75" x 2.5". He's the first in a series of Mini-Felted Taxidermy, an idea that has been bouncing around in my creative brain for too long now. Finally, he has emerged. Which leads to my next thought.

Idea Debt. I read an article on Idea Debt about a month ago and was filled with dread…I have Idea Debt. Basically, it's the concept of imagining and talking about something you desire to create or do for so long that it is established as “real” in your mind. Therefore, you just don't do it. It's a whole lot of thinking and not a whole lot of doing. That's how I was starting to feel about these Miniature Taxidermy pieces I'm kicking off. Hopefully, that has changed and I start to make more art.

I'm definitely feeling more positive this week and have more confidence in myself after posting pictures of Maxwell to Instagram on Saturday. But, I did have to get up the courage to put a price on him. (Yes, he is for sale. He's $45 + shipping. I hope to create a shop page on here soon, but for now, contact me if interested! ) I believe that in order to be taken seriously, one has to have the courage to just go for something and do it. I simply needed to set my mind to it, and - voila! - new pieces!

Yesterday, Elle Luna, an artist and designer, posted on her Instagram about the 100 Days Project.

This could not have come at a more opportune time! To participate in the 100 Days Project one picks an action and then does it every day for 100 days. I reposted Elle’s picture and asked who would join me on this journey. I might not be picking a specific medium since Fiber Art is pretty broad, but I figured if I'm at least working (not thinking!) on something every day for 100 days that I might bring a few things out into the world. Want to see what I'm doing during my 100 Days? Follow me on Instagram @captnshamrock and/or Like my Facebook Page! The journey starts April 19th!

That's all I have for this week. Hopefully, another felted creature will be here next Wednesday!

 

Heartlines

Just keep following /The heartlines on your hand / Just keep following / The heartlines on your hand / Keep it up / I know you can / Just keep following / The heartlines on your hand

This song by Florence and the Machine has been floating around in my head for a little while. I don’t think that I had really listened to the lyrics until one occasion recently when Dylan and I were driving back from Arizona. It was a Sunday night, and I was dreading the thought of going to bed only to have to get up in a few hours for work in the morning. Dylan was singing the song to me as it played and at that moment, the meaning of the words really hit home.

It’s been while since I’ve written on my blog. Partly because I have switched jobs and found it difficult to scramble some time and thoughts together to write about. I’m now working for a well-known fibers company. It seems that when you really put out your hopes and desires to the Universe, it listens. While I’m just pulling orders and not designing or getting to make anything, and the commute is rather a grueling journey, I’m in a much more positive environment for my creative self. But now that I’m only working 4 days a week, Thursdays are my Fridays and I’m trying to use the extra time to create things.

Except that doesn’t always happen.

Most of the time, at least, the past two months, when I’ve been trying to work on things some part of it doesn’t work out. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make molds for miniature animal heads for a while now. I think the silicone method we tried will work, however, it is very time-consuming. I have a couple more ideas to try.

I did do some natural dyeing with The Northwoods Hat kit in Logwood from A Verb For Keeping Warm that Dylan was so kind to gift to me for Christmas. And I did finish felting antlers for my deer. I just need to figure out how to attach them. All in due time.

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On top of all of this, the house seems to be a mess a majority of the time, and I’d rather work in a clean environment than a messy one. 

However, all of these things are excuses. It’s not that the house is too messy that I can’t make things, it’s that my brain thinks it’s too messy so makes up an excuse to not work on art. Just like when in school and you have that huge test to study for... when all of a sudden - THE ROOM IS A DISASTER I MUST CLEAN EVERYTHING!!! It's not that I don't have the time in the evening to work on things, but sometimes I am very tired of being on my feet all day, and driving does take the mental energy out of me. I think there is a lesson in discipline here somewhere...

Progress happens, but it's slow. I feel passionate about what I want to do, I just have to keep on doing it. I know something will come of me making my art. Just because I can't support myself on it now doesn't mean that I will never be able to. I just have to keep following the heartlines on my hand, just like Florence says. Keep it up. I know you can. 

June 2015 Goals

And....we're back for a moment.  Which is just long enough for me to revise and revamp my life goals. So, what do I have planned?

-In the next 3 months (Now-August)

  1. Make Art Schedule 
  2. Finish Taxidermy Deer
  3. Get back to blogging regularly
  4. Go to the beach more
  5. Work on collaboration project with Damian
  6. Read daily

-In the next 6 months (Now-December)

  1. Put out a call that I'm available for Test Knitting
  2. Continue with Taxidermy Animals
  3. Build small loom
  4. Test new materials
  5. Make mini Taxidermy forms
  6. Draw/Paint more

I'd like to make a separate list of projects I have that wait in the wings, but I think I ought to take everything one step at a time. As stated in the 3-month goals, I'd like to get back to blogging more regularly.  

I must be honest, too. I have been stuck in a rut with a great many things. Maybe it's a bit of depression, maybe it's just a little bit of anxiety. Hell, maybe it's Mercury in Retrograde. Whatever it is, I've been having a difficult time with trying to get ideas off the ground, and even difficulty pushing myself to do things that would make me happier. But hopefully, soon, I can move past it all and gather enough strength and mind to get something moving. I can only read so many books and articles. At some point, you just have to get up and do it, right?

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During the next few weeks I may have to be on a more sporadic blogging schedule...or just blogging whenever I feel like it.   I'm afraid to jinx it, but I'm coming upon a couple of my first two goals for this year: 1. Finding an apartment/house and 2. Moving.  We've been looking for a place, and we think we've found one (fingers crossed, praying so hard, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let this be it!).  So, that means going back to Arizona, packing up everything and bringing it out here...if we get the place (PLEEEEAAASSSEEE)...and with my work schedule, I'm not exactly sure how that's going to happen.  I know it will, but it's not going to be that easy. But, I'm putting the cart before the horse. Again.

I'm really excited at the idea of the possibility of being able to have a studio space (FINALLY!) in the house.  There's so many plans and ideas I'd love to bring to light, I just didn't have the space in which to do it.  

So, bear with me, dear readers, while I embark on another adventure in my life...wish me luck, send your good thoughts and energy, and hopefully we'll be back to a normal, productive, art filled schedule soon!

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!

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!

Drawings and Drizzles

On Monday I discovered that Spoonflower was doing something called the Spoon Challenge.  It's a tool to create the habit of making art every day.  What's nice is they choose a theme for the week and then prompts to draw.  I started this Monday and the theme is animals with the first prompt being Platypus. wGyUAqRcqk7eL8Pm.jpg

Essentially, because I'm working when I do this, I'm planning to use whatever I have at the desk I'm using.  (I don't know if I mentioned this before, but doing temp jobs is interesting in that you're working at someone else's desk with someone else's pictures and things.) Also, while I do have access to a scanner here, I just wanted to take snapshots and upload the doodles quickly. The quality isn't the best, but it's not suppose to be a grand work of art, just exercises for me to work on. Anyway, I haven't done much drawing in a long time, so I hope to hone a little bit of skill.  Yesterday's prompt was Hedgehog.

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It's nice to have something like that to work on during the day in addition to knitting when I don't have anything else going on.  Especially since I'm not able to make bigger things like my felted taxidermy or printing fabric.  I'm looking forward to knowing what I'll be drawing today.

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Yesterday we had some serious downpours.  While I was getting plenty of warnings for flash floods in the area, I was sitting behind my desk watching the rain begin to fall.  It was around lunchtime when it all began.  The even darker clouds started replacing the ones in the already overcast sky.  And then the rain came.  And then the phone calls started.  I think over the course of 30 minutes, I had received about 11 calls about things leaking within the mall.  Crazy!  And I was the only one in the office, so there wasn't much I could do since all the maintenance people were working on other leaks or making sure water wasn't flooding into other areas.  So yes, it was a crazy afternoon and I wasn't able to take a break until an hour after my normal lunch time.  So, while I would have liked to be home with coffee and knitting and watching the rain, instead I worked hard to make sure I kept everyone happy.

On the plus side to all the rain, however, I've been seeing a lot of dragonflies today.

 

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...

Inspiration Thursday: Numbers and Work

Wow!  I got a notification last night that my views were a lot higher than normal.  That just made me want to blog more and get something out!  The numbers themselves are inspiring.  I did notice Merlin getting a lot of attention.  He's usually one of the first things I show people when I'm talking about my art. MHaerle027

Merlin alone is an inspiration to me...because I want to continue making felted taxidermy.  It's a process though, as is anything anymore.  My felting supplies and taxidermy forms are in my storage unit from when I moved...and they're high up...and there's a million things in front of the tower of boxes that I need to get to.  See, I had a plan to only put boxes I needed access to on a certain side of the unit so that I could get to them if I needed something out of them.  They were either clearly labeled or the boxes were clear so I could see exactly what is inside.  And then when it came down to the deadline of when I needed to be out of the apartment, everything just kind of got thrown in.  Whoops.  But it's even more incentive for me to find a job in San Diego and a new apartment/house and to move.  Job, move, Megan can get to her boxes, Megan can make more felted taxidermy.

Speaking of jobs, I'm working another temp job for 12 weeks.  I started last week, and it's going well, but I don't understand how people do this. Call me lazy (and/or negative), but all I want to do is sleep at this point.  I don't know how some people work 40+ hours and then maintain a social life post work.  I can understand being able to do it if it was a job you absolutely loved.  I can totally see myself working in the studio for over 40 hours a week (what is it, "Choose a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life"? Yeah, that one).  But right now, if I try to go do anything with Dylan after work, I usually end up passing out before I can get through one episode of whatever TV show we've chosen to watch.  I'm hoping that at some point I can catch up a little.  The nice thing is that I have been able to knit a little during the downtime.  Usually I'm pretty busy with phone calls and social media updates, but sometimes I can squeeze in a couple rows.  I should make it a personal requirement if I'm expected to work.  "Hi, sorry, I have to do this, it's for my therapy so I don't kill anyone today."  Coffee and knitting: My two things to get me through the day without killing anyone.

Speaking of working and doing what you love, I found this article last week titled 8 Things People of Our Generation Don't Understand (and Really Need To) About the Working World. Check it out; 8 is my favorite and kind of reiterates what I said above.

I wish I had been able to write and post something yesterday.  I think maybe this weekend I need to do a knitting round up so I have some progress things to show you next Wednesday.

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.

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...

Inspiration Thursday: Two Inspiring Knitters

As I was browsing blogs I frequent yesterday, I came across Ysolda Teague's post on Stephen West.  I follow them both on Instagram and knew that they had been knitting together a few weeks ago.  (I maybe fangirled a little, due to them both being a couple of my favorite knitters and designers.)  Anyway, Ysolda posted a video of how Stephen knits.  It blew my mind. [vimeo 90128642 w=500 h=281]

(Video belongs to Ysolda Teague.)

Just seeing how FAST he knits is an inspiration!  If I could do that, think of how many things I'd make!

Stephen West also just brings a smile to my face.  Enjoy this video about making Pom Poms!

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(Video belongs to Stephen West.)

See more of Ysolda Teague's patterns here, and Stephen West's patterns here.

Switching It Up

Have you noticed new things on the blog lately?  I got some miraculous motivation to work on some documents for a professional packet that needed to be uploaded that I had had on my previous blog.  Finally! They should be all up to date and available for you to see. I also put up some art pictures!  Please go look and enjoy!

I've been meaning to write another post for a while.  I also have been meaning to switch up my schedule.  I know I keep saying both of these things, but it will eventually happen, I promise!  More on that when I figure out exactly what I'm doing on here again.

I don't feel as monotonous as I have lately.  I've been trying to clean and organize.  The possibility and reality of moving out of my apartment is looming over my head.  My emotions are like a roller-coaster.  One day I'm okay and everything is feeling fine.  The next, I'm so paralyzed by stress, I lay in bed looking at the ceiling as the tears drip from the outer corners of my eyes.  Today I've been diffusing essential oils and that seems to be helping with my energy levels and motivation.  I always feel like doing things when I use the Citrus Fresh oil from Young Living.  I mixed it with lavender, and now my living room smells amazing.

ANYWAY.  What's new?

I took a trip to Hawaii in February with my boyfriend and his parents.  It was much needed (though I feel like I need another vacation from my life with all this stress happening upon me).

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I didn't get as much vacation knitting done as I thought I might, but it was REALLY nice to just be able to calm my mind and relax.  It's been 10 years since I had been on any of the Hawaiian Islands.  We were on the Big Island which I had never been to before.  It was gorgeous.  We could see the whales from our resort and went out on a catamaran to see them closer.  It was amazing.

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I finished my Embrace Sweater.  It's huge on me, but comfy, and I'm happy with it.  It'll probably be one of those items of clothing that I'll want to pull on when it's chilly out, and I'm just curled up on the couch.

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I also made a headscarf out of the silk yarn the boyfriend brought back from Stockholm last year.  Two day project and I'm satisfied by making another thing.  The boyfriend and I went to San Diego before he left for the Caribbean (more about that in a second) and I got some buttons from The Grove to put on the headscarf.

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Also in San Diego, I got one of the chairs from The Grove.  Stella has taken a liking to it.

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I ordered two taxidermy deer head forms to begin progress on my felted creatures.

Look at it's cute, derpy smile!

I dyed wool and began seriously working on the project after I finished my sweater.  I feel like since that sweater is done I am able to focus more on other things.  Everyone who I talk to about the felted animals seems to be eager to have one.  I really hope that they come to be something I can produce and sell this time around.  I think it'll also help that they're to be put up on the wall instead of sitting on a pedestal.  Even I have an aversion to sculptures that collect dust.  The boyfriend and I found some mounted antlers at the antique mall for me to use as reference for the antlers I'm going to make to put on the deer forms.  Not quite sure how I'm going to do this yet, but I'll figure it out when the time comes.

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I FINALLY finished my Doctor Who shawl last night, and started on a hat for a friend of the boyfriend's.  Not much else is planned as far as knitting goes.  I've kind of, sort of, given up buying yarn for Lent.  I know, I know, how am I surviving?  But I think it'll be good, both for my budget and my yarn stash.  That way I can start on those projects I had planned for last summer that already have patterns and yarn assigned to them.

Doo wee doo!!

So, back to the boyfriend being in the Caribbean.  I had about two weeks notice to him leaving for the summer (I wasn't pleased with this at all).  He's working on another ship.  But, even though he's away, I know he's doing something that he's always wanted to do, so I'm being as supportive as I can.  Doesn't mean I don't miss him any less.  He's only been gone a week, and it feels like forever to me.  I think that might be part of my stress...I'm so used to spending so much time with him, that when he's not here, I have this huge gap in my day.  I don't really have him as an outlet to discuss what I'm stressing over because I'm not able to talk to him much, but he was able to call me last night, and it really lifted my spirits.

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Anyway, hopefully that covered everything.  I'm going to try to take it easy and knit some more.  Until next time, or until I figure out a better blogging schedule...

Catch Up Progress

Happy New Year! Alright, it's a little late, I know, but still.  I haven't been good at fitting in blogging into my schedule lately.  I think about it all the time, don't get me wrong.  But sitting down and writing something has been a struggle.

Anyway, enough of my pity party.  What have I been working on?!

All my Christmas knitting was completed way before Christmas.  It was a huge weight off my shoulders.  I've got one or two other little things that didn't have to be quite done by Christmas, so I've still got those on my plate.  Everyone really enjoyed their knitted gifts.  Arlyn and Jenn got their Lucy hats, Shannon, Grandma and Aunt Cricket got arm knitted cowls, my nieces got their slippers and a caterpillar toy, co-worker Kate got her coffee mug cozy, Chelsea got a slouchy hat.  I felt like I was on a roll as far as making things this Christmas!  I also sewed a Schoodie for best friend Andrew to give to another friend.  And I made Dylan a sailor bracelet, and I'm working on a friendship bracelet for co-worker Nick.

As for things knitted for me, I'm still working on my Doctor Who shawl.  I finally figured out the lace pattern the other night.  I hardly have to look at the pattern anymore!  As a result, it's going much faster, and all I want to do is work on it.  I've also pulled out my TV Knitting Blanket again and was working on that (before I figured out the lace pattern in the shawl).  One of Dylan's friends has asked me to make him a hat, so I need to go out and get yarn for that...and Arlyn needs to give me back my US 8 DPNs she borrowed to make her first hat.  I tell you, knitting monsters over here!

I still have plans for that one silhouette embroidery project.  Someday I'll get back to it.  I also have more plans for other projects that I just need to get supplies for...and a better workspace.  Soon!

I got a book titled The Creative Entrepreneur for Christmas from my sister.  I'm starting to work in it a little more diligently than I have in any other creative business book.  I will, of course, go back and put things into my creative journal that I've read about before in other books, but The Creative Entrepreneur has been the kickstart to it all.  Finally!

I have plans to maybe revamp the blog schedule to see if I'll pay a little more attention to it in the coming months.  I'd like to work more on the Facebook page, too, as well as get a logo going for myself and whatnot.  Step by step, it'll all happen.

Canal Convergence November 7-10, 2013

I know I promised this on Friday, but a lot of factors got in the way. 1. It started raining last Thursday night and proceeded to rain all day Friday.  This meant that it was optimal time for me to get cozy and knit all day while watching tv shows and movies.  I finished another Christmas present.

2. Friday evenings are reserved for Arlyn time in which Arlyn comes over and we just sit and either get caught up on tv shows (it was The Walking Dead this time), or just hang out.  It's lovely.

3. I didn't do it Saturday because I had work and also, it was the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.  Arlyn, Damian and I settled in on the couch for a pizza and Doctor Who party, squeeing like the fangirls that we are.  Haha!

4. Sunday I had work again, and then Damian, Arlyn, Dylan and I went to see Catching Fire in the evening.

And finally, 6. I kind of feel hesitant talking about an event that is now long past and I don't have a whole lot to say...but I'm still going to because it was cool and I have some neat pictures from it.  So here goes.

Canal Convergence is an event which showcases artists and art pieces in a market setting.  It was held at the Scottsdale Waterfront on the bridge and surrounding areas of the Arizona Canal.  Along with the artists and vendors, there was also live music and food trucks.

But it seemed that the best part of Canal Convergence to me was the main art piece.  It is called Voyage by Aether and Hemera.  Voyage is an interactive art piece.  The little lighted boats on the water can be controlled by you on your phone!  There were several different themes of lighting including the American Flag, Fireworks and the Arizona sunset.  My favorite had to be the Rainbow theme, because of how the colors flowed down the art piece and lit up the water.

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All in all, it was a fun evening of walking around, seeing what people were selling in their booths, and taking in all the art.

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!

Inspiration Thursday: Featuring Cornflower Blue Studio

For this week's Inspiration Thursday, I wanted to share an artist that I admire quite a bit: Rachel of Cornflower Blue Studio and Flower Moon. 6886648767_91b2f7036d

Fiber Arts

I absolutely love her freeform crochet pieces.  Many of them remind me so much of the ocean and ocean life...of course I'd be drawn to her work!

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Modern Fiber Art Sculpture :: Coral Sea

Please go visit Rachel's blogs Cornflower Blue Studio and Flower Moon for more inspiring photography of her work.

(All images in this post belong to Rachel and are from her Flickr)