ode to summer. this beauty is across the street from my house. i do not know what this is growing all over the balcony. mama?
sitting in my studio
fairly early for a Saturday night
listening to Aimee Mann [singing along]
after a fun day of play and great finds
lately i've been doing a lot of research for my products
finding inspiration and original ideas
flowers have been my main inspiration for a long time
i can't seem to escape it
so rather than try, i am embracing it, broadening my mind and my creative energy.
i stopped by my favorite thrift store today, to rummage around. lately i haven't been finding anything, but today i hit the jackpot.
two books, "Flowers" and "The Forgetting Room". Flowers was printed in 1950, and is absolutely the best find. all full-color illustrations of American flowers. i've already found my favorites. The Forgetting Room is a collection of prose and poetry and collage by Nick Bantock. can you see the prices? what a steal!
fabric and yarn, delightful colors and textures. i love that mustard yarn, great for some of my new lace projects.
a few weeks ago i walked around my neighborhood, hoping to find some inspiration. these flowers are all over Astoria!
so i looked it up in my new Flowers book, since i didn't know what it was either.
Trillium? is that right? so lovely. [mom, you're the expert here.]
in other wonderful news, more sales on Etsy! thanks to Heather and her custom orders.
the finished product! embroidery to match the hat i had posted on Etsy, which Heather also purchased.
both cabled, both hand dyed with kool-aid, both hand knit by me.
i'm really loving the new Stitch 'n Bitch i've been going to. since i'm always knitting with yarn i've dyed, a few of the gals want to learn, so i'm going to have a kool-aid dying party at my apartment in a few weeks!
current knitting projects: lacey scarf for myself with beautiful light blue yarn i received as a gift.
i'm also working on knitting graphics with different colors. equipped with graph paper, colored pencils and as many colors as i can carry behind my work, i embark on the adventure of working with color. please attempt with caution. do not begin as i did. this is a sample of course, so i thought it might be fine if didn't wind the yarn on separate bobbins to carry behind my work. it's definitely making it difficult. the graph paper is needed to count the stitches, to know when to really change the color. otherwise, you're knitting blind.
this is going to be a cute little sample that i get to keep. but i really like this little tree, so i'm going to make a baby hat out of it! that orange for the background is actually the same yarn i used to make Heather's cabled hat. the other yarn i purchased, with color already added. i especially love the lime green Butterfly yarn. i bought 5 skeins of that when i was living in Detroit, and i'm so glad i did.
it's funny to me how pixelated and nintendo-like the original image is on the graph paper, but when knit, it becomes organic and smooth.
time to knit in front of a cheesy movie.