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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dreambird For Dragonbird



I am currently working on my dream project. It is something I have seen floating around for a while and every time I would see someone’s lovely FO of this project pop up I would sit and stare at its beauty. I would enviously wish I could knit so I could create such a wonderful display of artwork on my own body. So I taught myself to knit in May. Mainly, because this was my goal. I worked very hard on many different projects so I could get some experience and decided it was time to take the leap.
So now I am having a really tough time with this. I am so in love with the project it is interfering with my working on it. I keep stopping so I can lay it out and ogle it. I lay it out…pat it gently, think about what color to use next, take pictures of it, show it to my family (who roll their eyes because it looks no different than the last time I showed them) and basically just DROOL all over the stupid thing.
Am I the only one that has this crazy love obsession with a project? I want to think that it is a GOOD thing to love what you are working on, but good lord, maybe I shouldn’t love it THIS much! haha! I’ll never finish!

This is an excerpt from my project's notes:  "I am in love LOVE with this pattern I tell you. I keep stopping my work so I can just stare at this stupid thing. how insane is that? VERY. I love everything about this pattern, and I think I shall marry this thing when it is all over. I finally got to the pink part in a feather and I almost died from excitement. I think this is seriously getting out of control. No one should be that in love with a project. It’s Wacky Shack worthy. I have found though, that I was pulling my double stitches a little too tight with this thinner thread (the crap yarn I was practicing on didn’t have that issue). So the first few feathers have a few little holes mainly because I was too diligent in pulling them tight…But my last feather is perfection. PERFECTION I tell you. Did I mention I love it? OMG I need sleep. Sleep? I’ll dream about my dreambird. Yes I will. Why? BECAUSE I LOVE IT."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sceathers!




I taught myself to knit in May (see the blog post 'Scarlet K' for more details) and since then I have been trying to learn everything I can about it.  I have made my own patterns already and am really excited.  Just easy things like headbands, hats and scarves but I have just finished designing my very own top.  I am so happy with how it turned out!  I hope to someday get it tested, but for now it is seven long pages of scribble that looks like a serial killer wrote.  I've been typing up a little bit a day and am about half way done.

My favorite part about this top is the crocheted focal point in the center.  It gives validation to my true love! :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Artist Blog Hop!

Julia Gartner of Dada Neon Crochet has asked that I join in the fun in this Artist Blog Hop!  I am thrilled to participate and honored to have been asked.  She is such a gem in this little world we live in.  She fills our world with color, smiles and kindness and we need more people like her in this world.   I invite Jenny Lawson , and Enna Strikkeliese  to participate in this fun Artist Blog Hop if you so chose! :)  (Julia gave me your names, I hope you don't mind-you both create magic!)



1. Why do I do what I do?


I do what I do because it brings me joy.  I love to make something out of nothing.  There is a great satisfaction that comes with turning a ball of yarn into a work of art-and if the art is wearable it is even more fun for me!  I began on my crochet journey when my daughter was incubating inside and I decided that since I'd be a mommy to a girl I HAD to know something like crochet and so I learned how.  My grandma did most of the teaching me the basics and I have been self teaching ever since.


I love to be my own unique individual.  I never leave the house without something adorning my head.  Flowers all year long, spiders and rats in October, flags in July, Turkeys in November and lots of fun stuff in December.

I'm also a stay at home mom, and now that my kiddos are getting older I really need constructive things to pass the time, sometimes earning just a little but of extra money.  How can one ever be bored when they can make stuff out of yarn??!!! I've enjoyed donating items throughout the years here and there to various charities and fund raisers.  

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My work differs from others work in that I try to make every item I make it's own unique individual.  There is something special about being able to say, "This is the only one in the whole wide world like it!"  I think if you are trying to exactly replicate something you see it ceases to be art.  It is the art side of crochet that I truly love, which is why I enjoy making my own patterns.  I also remember being a slave to a pattern so I try to put free patterns out there as well as some that have a price.

My latest pattern (mentioned in more detail below) allows for some serious personalization while constructing the hood.  I am so excited about it because I remember being shackled to a pattern and looking at freeform crochet wishing I could do it!  This goes a long way in helping people create something unique and fun while still using a pattern. :)


3. How does my creative process work?
My creative process is fairly simple.  If I see something I like I think, "how can I make it better?"  My mind might whirl around for a bit but then the wonderful things that come flying off my hook (or needles) are so worth the swirling mental crisis I sometimes find myself in.  Sometimes I'll just randomly think of something to make while doing daily chores-especially cooking.  I hate cooking.  I actually hate eating.  Unless it is chocolate.  MMMmmm chocolate.

4. What am I working on now?
Currently I am working on Dada Neon Crochet's awesome CAL (link at the top of the page) and am working on finalizing two patterns.  I just published my latest pattern Faux Freeform Hood .  This one I am really proud of, I had some amazing people test it for me, and each one of their creations is completely unique.  That is precisely what I was going for when I created the pattern.  You can see different projects there on the pattern page if you click the link.  FUN!


CAL:


Patterns in progress: