Sunday, July 17, 2011
The problem is that I am not a person who naturally adheres to repetitions. My mind starts to wander after repeating something a few times. I start planning modifications to the plan. Re planning the plan . Then adding more change to the plan. In the end I may have something that is really wonderful but completely impossible to reproduce or to document.
This is not a bad thing if I am making a custom or art piece. I want my custom pieces to be unique.
It is not a bad trait to have in life most of the time...except I cannot get down the routine of taking medications. Yup....pills are often forgotten. Thankfully missing them is not lethal! I'd better figure this out before I get much older I think!
Back to lace....no not yet...If you have read my blogs before you are aware that I tend to ramble. This propensity for rambling I attribute to the lack of a strong planning gene. I start off in one direction and that reminds me of something else ...and so on. Please forgive me.
Now..Back to lace.
So I am not a real fan of knitting lace. Not because it is difficult but because in general I do not stick to a pattern. In most items I am adding my own touches changing the basic shape etc....but with lace a huge mess can be created. There is no taking another person's hard work and randomly altering the pattern...The result is never ever ever good...to my knowledge anyways.
Time for picture.....
So...The lace designing started with the above shawlette that Tara wanted me to make for her. (Really simple. Basic neck down triangle with a spine. Using Berroco Origami and Cascade Ultra Pima). Once at the end bit I wanted to add a bit of fancy so just made up this 6 row, 6 stitch lace pattern. And, I liked it. So ideas for an all over design started forming.
Enter blue Pima. What you see in the photo is the result after about 5 or 6 times of going into the frog pond. I like it now. I like that it is a repeat design that does not look like a repeat design at first. I has to be looked at carefully to see the flow. To me it looks like the ripples wind makes on the surface of water. I was able to hide the center spine as well which adds to the all over flow.
So now the issue is... I have to finish the sample.
I know the design will work for someone who has a modicum of desire to stick to the plan and the ability to focus for long periods of time.
But I have to finish the first draft. I keep wanting to add changes and then getting unfocussed and forgetting where I am in the pattern that I have written.
Have I mentioned I am not a fan of knitting lace. I will get better at designing lace but I want my own personal knitter who will understand how my brain works and love following a plan. A very repetitious plan.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Today it was predicted to be sunny with cloudy periods. Hmm....
The above photo was taken at 11 AM. hmmmm....
Thunderstorms. Rain. Cool. What we like to have in April. NOT JUNE.
I suppose the good side is that everything is lovely and green. And, you can't spend time in the garden so you can knit as much as you want to!!!
Edited to add: AND NOW...it's 3:15PM!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Yesterday was Good Friday so the shop was closed. A good thing too because Jim, Patrick and I went to Belleville and brought Rhea home for the summer. Yes! The college year is over! It is loverly having her close by again. Hopefully she will find summer employment! Keeping my fingers crossed for her.
Today the shop ( Kniterary) is open. I will be getting to knitting a commission soon. I got 6 inches in and then realized I had cast on 20 too many stitches....fricker bricker......SO...frogged and restarted using stitch markers to help with the counting issue!
I have been working on flower brooches with Tara for Tarmina Designs. A little bit of rug hooking and a little bit of beading and we have these lovelys.
We are stocking up for the Mother's Day weekend Studio Tour. They will make great Mother's Day gifts!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Busy weeks have been happening for me these past few. Working the storefront, dealing with lawyers, knitting an inspiration, teaching, visiting family and planning an art show in the shop, etc., etc.....
The storefront continues to get busier which is oh so amazing but means that I have less time to do the non-sales jobs of running a business . So that means those jobs leak into the rest of my life.
I have promised myself to act on inspiration when it happens so I have been taking most spare moments to go forward on my current piece. It should be ready to put in the art show this coming Saturday. You will get a photo of it then. For now here is another piece that will be in the show.
Tara and I continue to develop our line of items to teach and sell as well. This Saturday there is a fundraising for Girls Inc. which we have a table at. Tara is also teaching a class. I am in the shop with the prep. for our opening of the show but will get to help with table set up on Friday evening.
I will now go and grab the vest (yes my project is that) and continue to embellish while trying to ignore the white cold crap falling from the sky and imagine spring greenery...
Till next time!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
has been running through my brain since the ride home from Belleville last night.
(We dropped number 1 child back at school after a week sort of at home).
Not sure why. It is just there.
I am restless...? I am finding creating difficult...? I have cabin fever.....?
Because the trees are still bare.
Because it is still cold outside.
Because I want summer.
Because because because.....
Because every day life keeps happening?
Monday, February 28, 2011
If I get it done before summer (here's hoping)....(My heart skipped a beat with the idea of summer!)...it will be my Spring sweater.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
What have I been knitting? Yes, I heard you ask.
I have been working on the Cloisonne Jacket from Interweave Knits. I am only doing it........
Please enjoy this while I teach!
I have gotten a bit further than in the photo but alas I have not taken a photo yet...Soon I promise!
I spent a good part of the weekend knitting eggs to be embellished with beads. I knit them with Noro Silk Garden and got a wonderful array of colours from the one 50 gram ball.
a sweater for Bruce (which his wife ripped out...so needs to be reknit)(le sigh), a shawl, a scarf, a few cowls....several hearts (I still need to knit more of them)... Ah yes...I do have a photo of the hearts .
Happy Valentine's Day!