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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On Bringing Patterns to Life

I finished my Ishbel scarf/shawl in a week.  And I love it.  And I wore it before I blocked it...actually, I still have yet to block it.  But that's okay, because I was cold the day after I finished it, so I just put it on.  I can't wait to block it and see the pattern come to life even more. That's one thing I love about finishing projects and blocking them.  After you finish something, it's kind of lumpy and weird looking.  But after you wash it and stretch it out and pin it down to see your work, it's amazing.  Before I really got into knitting almost all the time, I was lazy and didn't really block anything.  I'm still bad and don't make swatches (oops), but I always try to block my work now.  And if I don't, it just seems to sit around.  I have one project, Ship to Shore Shawl, that I finished on the Alaska Cruise.  It's been sitting in my closet with my other finished shawls, but hasn't been blocked.  I just need to do it when I do my Ishbel.  There's something so satisfying about blocking.  You're done.  All done.  And then you go and enjoy what it is you've made or wrap it up to give away. So gratifying.

In other projects, I've been working on Hexipuffs for the Beekeeper's Quilt I started over two years ago.  Since Arlyn has started on hers, and I was coaching her through how to start them (really, it was taking pictures of me doing increases on my needles with a different project while I was in the car on the way to Tombstone), I've picked it back up and made a few.  It's a nice little thing to make while I'm working and in between projects.

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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...

Do What You Love Follow Up

Because I don't have much to show you project-wise, I'd like to address some other topics regarding progress.  In last Thursday's post, I was throwing out the "Do what you love" line and discussing that a bit. I had totally forgotten some wise words from one of my favorite authors and artist, Austin Kleon.  (Seriously, I need to just carry his books around with me everywhere so when I'm feeling off track I can just read something out of it and - BOOM - back on track.) In this particular post, Kleon answers a question from someone regarding keeping your day job, even if it's not what you want to be doing.  He also addressed it today during his Office Hours.  While I based my college career off of "Do what you love" I totally understand his point about it not being able to pay the bills.  And I understand it's pretty cliche nowadays.

I get that if everyone did what they loved, not much would get done depending on what it is so-and-so loved...I know people who love numbers and business who do it all the time.  And they're lucky.  That's something the world needs all the time, business people and accountants and whathaveyou.

BUT!  I do think the world needs Fibers.  Obviously we wear them every day.  But that's a job for fashion designers...right?  I'm more art based...but wouldn't you like to have a unique piece of art in your home?  That's the real struggle for me.  What if there isn't a demand for art like mine?  Wouldn't I be right back to doing something for the money instead of for the love of it?  I'd also like to teach workshops someday, spreading my love of Fibers.

For now, I'm job hunting with keywords that would possibly satisfy my need to work in an environment working with fibers.  I had a perfect one that I applied to, followed up and followed up, and was finally told that the position was filled.  I was disappointed because I felt that I was perfect for the position.  Back to the drawing board.

I think I meant for this post to go somewhere else, but this is where I'll be leaving it for now.  Basically, I really want to keep doing what I love and figure out how I can survive by doing it.

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.

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.

Lots of Knits

As if I don't already knit quickly, I finished my Glam Shells shawl this week. I really like how it came out. I was afraid the pattern might be a little cliché, but I really enjoyed it! The body was an easy repeat to remember and the lace went quickly. 20140417-002918.jpg

I just finished another Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. This one is for Damian for his graduation! He had some Plymouth Yarn Company Gina that he got from The Grove a few months ago and asked if I'd make it for him. Two day (probably less if I really put my mind to it) project!

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And finally, something that I'm even more excited about...I made my own stitch markers!

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I used charms and split rings from Michael's.  Damian, Den and I were browsing the charms when we came up with the idea.  I can't wait to start using some of them soon!

I also found some yarn in my stash that I can use for more knitting in the coming months.  I'm traveling a bit

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.

Project Progress: What I'm Knitting Right Now

Good morning! I thought I might show you what's on my needles right now.

After finishing my Doctor Who shawl, I decided to dig in my planned projects bag.  I pulled out my Zitron Filigran yarn to be used with The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief pattern.  I had been wanting to make it ever since I saw it at The Grove during my internship.  As the pattern calls for DK weight, and Filigran is fingering to lace weight yarn, I'm going to have to add a lot more repeats to get it to the size I want.  Honestly, it's going pretty quick for being such a small gauge of yarn.  Also, the colorway is perfect for me.  Of course, it's called Ocean, and it keeps me pretty engaged, wondering when the next color will show up!

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Also on my needles is something I picked back up.  I had an itch to work with Ewe Ewe's Wooly Worsted again.  I remembered that my friend Amanda had asked me to make a Puzzle Pieces changing mat for her future children.  I had kind of set it aside for a while to focus on other things, since she doesn't plan on having kids right this second.  But I needed something with instant gratification yesterday.  I can make each piece in about 30 minutes.  I probably made about 6 or 7 yesterday alone.

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So, that's what I've been working on this week.  I need to do a little more work on my felted deer, which is sitting neglected in the corner by the kitchen table.  Whoops.

See you tomorrow!

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.

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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...

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

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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)

Dragonflies

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I consider dragonflies to be some sort of personal spirit animal.  They're extremely symbolic to me.  My day can be going downhill in the worst way, I'll spot a dragonfly, and things get better almost instantly.  Or it's a personal reminder that everything is going to be okay.  I'm not sure why that is exactly, but it happens.  This week alone I've seen at least two or three dragonflies each day.  Sure, maybe it's because of all the humid weather Arizona has had this week.  But I always like to believe that someone somewhere knows I've been needing them as a sign that no matter how down I get, everything will be okay.

I think the first time I noticed this phenomenon happen was on a day my ex was leaving to go back home.  We maintained a long distance relationship and he had been visiting for a few days.  I was crying as he left and driving back to my apartment.  And then a dragonfly flew by and I felt better.  I felt that everything was going to be okay.

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The first time I incorporated a dragonfly into my art was during a watercolor class.  We were supposed to be doing a sort of self portrait with objects.  I had a dragonfly finger puppet that I've had since I was little and used that as one of the objects.  That was the first critique I ever cried in (come on, admit you've cried during a critique or a class at one point or another at least once) because I realized the absolute significance of dragonflies to me personally.

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I've since used dragonflies in other projects and all my friends and peers know what they mean.  Everything is going to be okay.

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Project Progress for the Last Week of August

Last week of August!  Here we go! I finished my sister's shawl last night.  'Bout time, considering the yarn was meant for Christmas slippers for her from last year, but I'm really not feeling socks and slippers anymore.  I'll stick with shawls, hats, cowls, and other projects...sweaters...yanno.  The shawl is blocking as of last night, too, so I can give it to her next time I'm over at my parents' house.

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I've also finally started with the silhouette embroidery project I've been talking about.  I even have photo proof.  Ha!  I pulled out some unbleached cotton from my various fabric stashes around the house (I swear, I need to condense it all, as well as my yarn stash, into one place), found an oval template I liked and that fit with the images I'm using.  I then transferred the oval onto the fabric in two places for my first project involving the silhouettes (I have two other ideas regarding it/them).  Next is choosing the embroidery thread I want to use.  I'm doing silver/grey borders for this one...and probably the second one.  I don't have an aversion to gold (except when I'm wearing it.  I like silver much better on me), but silver is my favorite and is fitting for the project.

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I'm not just going to have an oval border.  I want to have some embellishment at the top and bottom, maybe some decorative curls.  I'll figure it out as I go along.

As for my next knitting project, my friend Amanda sent me some yarn for two projects she wants me to make.  One is a scarf that I believe Susan, who I worked for when I interned at The Grove, designed.  I'm starting on that first.  It uses Kid Seta yarn in white and green.  The second project is a diaper changing pad using vinyl fabric on one side, and knitted puzzle pieces on the other.  Amanda isn't having kids anytime soon (I hope!), so I figured I can work on the scarf first.  She'll be out to visit in a few weeks, so I plan to have it done so she can take it back home with her.

That's all I have to show and tell.  See you tomorrow!

Project Progress Wednesday: Knitting, Shawl Hanger and a "Coming Soon" Project!

So, I'm trying out this new blog schedule this week to see if I can manage doing something for my blog at least once a day.  Wednesdays are Project Progress days.  So, here we go! I already posted a picture of my Thinking of Waves shawl that I'm working on.  I have 5 rows left and then the bind off, and it's done!

On Monday, while browsing Facebook, I came across this idea on the Plymouth Yarn Company's page.  By using shower curtain rings, and a clothes hanger, one can make a nifty thing to store knitted shawls and scarves!  I saw that and immediately thought, "Hey, I have some of those shower curtain rings lying around underneath my sink, and I'm doing absolutely nothing with them!"  So I jumped up and grabbed my supplies and instantly made a scarf/shawl hanger.  It was perfect because I had just been thinking while picking up my room the other day that I didn't have any place or way to store my hand knitted shawls.  And now I do!

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I have another fibers project in the wings, but I'm not sure I'm quite ready to talk about it yet.  It has to do with silhouettes and embroidery.  I'm looking forward to working on it and actually plan on messing with it today.

So that's all I have for this week's Project Progress.  What have you been working on this week?

Summer Knitting

So, while I get used to not really having anything to do this summer (besides working...more on that later), I figured I ought to get some knitting projects lined up. As you know because I talk about it so much, I finished my first sweater in a month's time. That wasn't the plan. I was supposed to be knitting on it all summer so that I'd be able to wear it once the sweltering heat of the Arizona sun became the cooler, more friendly Arizona winter sun. No such luck for this speedy knitter. Once I finished it, I bought more yarn to cast on the Lonely Tree Shawl. I had my eye on this shawl since seeing the pattern when I was working at Knit Happens.

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Also while I was purchasing the Cotton Fleece I was planning on using for the shawl, I spied some Filigran in the Ocean colorway that I had my eye on for the past year (since working with it at The Grove and hearing about this beautiful colorway). Obviously, that had to come home with me as well.

Well, I finished the Lonely Tree Shawl in about a weeks time. You know, you would think I'd be more satisfied than frustrated that I can knit things up so fast. However, that just means I have to spend more money on more yarn to make more things.

Even before I had decided I was going to knit the previously mentioned shawl, I had decided I wanted to knit L.3. I had seen it at the Shibui Knits booth at the TNNA. How great would it be to wear it over a bandeau!? I ordered the yarn for it online and it came not too long after. I'm lucky that this project is taking longer, like my sweater.

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So, what else do I have planned? Well, I decided I wanted to use up some of my stash this summer. My boyfriend, Dylan, brought back some yarn for me from his recent trip to Sweden. The yarn is from a shop called Sticka in Stockholm. How lucky am I to have a boyfriend who goes overseas and brings me back YARN! He quickly learned the way to my heart! One is handspun wool, and the other is SILK with sequins! Both in gorgeous blue tones.

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For the wool, I plan to make a shawl called The Eye of Poseidon part II.

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For the silk, I plan to make the Knotty Scarflet.

I'm WAY behind on Christmas gifts from last year. That seems to be one of the curses of being a knitter...you promise people things, and they just sit there in their respective project bags. My issue was that my sister showed me a pattern called Moon Socks and said, "Christmas?" They looked easy enough. Honestly, I hated the pattern. I made one sock and never assembled it. It just sat...and sat...and sat. I promised my other sister the same pair of slipper socks, but of course because I didn't like the pattern, I never got around to casting on for hers. And as I started on my L.3 tanktop, I started feeling guilty...I had finished four projects for myself and two hats for other people since the beginning of the year, and the Christmas presents never got touched! So I decided to work on the slippers and the tanktop simultaneously. I decided to ditch the inital Moon Socks pattern and use one out of Ann Budd's book Getting Started Knitting Socks, but still including the cuff from Moon Socks. Right now, I'm just finishing the last cuff for the second slipper, and then I can assemble the slippers. After that, it's onto my other sister's pair and then I won't feel so guilty, six months later.

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Also, I had promised my aunt and grandma each a Regina hat. The problem was, I didn't even have the yarn. I went out a couple weeks ago to get the yarn I had initially usedfor the previous Regina hats I had made for Knit Happens, but it seemed that the Madelinetosh yarn that I had been using wasn't in stock. I decided on the Berroco Vintage Worsted I had used to make the other two hats for friends. So once the socks come off the needles, the hats are going on.

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So, what am I doing with the Ocean Filigran? Well, also last summer, I had seen that Susan had used Filigran to make The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. Inspired, I wanted to make one of my own. So, I knew that when I got more Filigran, that is what itwas going to be used for.

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A yarn that I have in my stash was purchased last October in Jerome when I took a spur of the moment day trip with my friends. It's just some fingering weight Araucania in a gorgeous greenish-blueish-tealish color. And after doing a search on Ravelry, I decided to make Glam Shells out of it.

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I have a couple more projects up my sleeve, but I think that does it for this post. Also, I think some of these will hold me over for the entire summer. At least...I hope they will.

(All pictures are credited to me.)

Recap: End of the Semester

So, I guess from the previous post you can gather that I have graduated college. What a feat for me! It's amazing that just 4 years ago I was stepping onto the Benedictine College campus to begin my freshman year there. And here I am now back in Arizona, having graduated from ASU. The last semester flew by in a flash. However, I don't necessarily feel like I put all the effort I could into the art I was making. But that's sort of how senior year goes, right?

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December/January I was in the Juried Undergraduate Show.

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February I went to TNNA.

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March I had my Senior Exhibition Show.

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April we took a class trip to see our professor's show in Coolage.

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May I graduated and I got a cat. She picked me, and her name is Stella Rose.

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I've made 7 knitted things since the beginning of the year: a sweater, two shawls, four hats.

So, what's my plan for the summer? Well, I was recently hired as an Art Studio Assistant at the Children's Museum of Phoenix. I start on Saturday. I'm just working Saturdays and Sundays, so I'm going to try to continue making art during the week and see if I can't get anything going as far as that goes.  I have plans for things I'm knitting this summer, so look for that in the next post!