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Posts tagged ‘Art’

Flying High and Proud


I don’t have to hide myself ‘cuz there’s nothing wrong with me. I was not born to be like the imaginary folks I see on television and in magazine. I was not born to emulate my parents and friends. I was born to be me. That’s it. The complete me with all the cracks and imperfections.

Take off the dark glasses and present myself to the world as I am. Fly through my life with freedom and soar beyond those voices that want to keep me down. The absolute greatest thing I can ever be is me. To feel comfortable in my own skin is the only way to live genuine life. No more hiding. Lets see what I’ve got.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly wet-felting, hand appliqué, and quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Talent and/or Gifted


What do you think of so-called talent or being gifted? Me? Neither. Even the famous artists had to start somewhere. I don’t become a Van Gogh or Mozart overnight.

When I want to knit or quilt, I try techniques and learn new skills. By practicing these, I see my “art” develop and feel myself grow as an artist, a knitter, a quilter, a spinner, a crafter…a human being. I am growing my talent each and every day. So are you.

If I had a gift, it was my desire. My desire to create. My desire to learn everything under the blazing sun. My desire to push past every point of frustration–where I felt I couldn’t do it or sew a 1/4″ seam–where I was merely too embarrassed that I didn’t want to show anybody.

It’s all learning–every step of the way. When I knit, sew, or doodle passionately every day, I learn something new. So what I weren’t born with a talent or gift. I sure can learn a skill. We are all born artists, after all. Go for it.

Are you ready for autumn? Today’s selection for queue enlightenment Horizons Hat (click link to FREE pattern)–easy, warm, and comfy with a fun reversible waffle stitch pattern. It’s slouchy enough to fit around the hair when you have it up in a bun. The hat is worked in lace-weight, held doubled; a light-fingering yarn would be a good substitute. To commemorate Tsunami Knits’ first Ravelry pattern launched, this perfect stash-busting pattern is FREE with coupon code lovefall, good through Monday, August 31.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure, once again after a long hiatus, to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

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Calm and Receptive


As I float on the Ocean of Life, I strive to handle stormy seas, relax, enjoy calm, blissful weather, and know that life supports me at all times. The Universe guides me through it all.

Today, I’m calm and receptive of all good.

Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Today’s selection for queue enlightenment Anastasia (click link to FREE pattern)–soft ombre shawl–is worked in stockinette stitch. Such a lovely, classy shawl to wear to any special event. Relatively fast, relaxing knit. Don’t we all need one in our lives?

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure, once again after a long hiatus, to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

I was honored to be ask to set up this awe-inspiring silk wearable art ensemble
at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! show in Portland, Oregon last week.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Beautiful and Amazing


3-D ceramic art masterpieces.

Katharine Morling is an award-winning artist working in the medium of ceramics.

Intricate, lively details.

In such precision.

Working with clay can be very relaxing and therapeutic. What a great way to unwind after a long work day, flex my creative muscles, and create own unique work of art! Wish I live in London. Hey, maybe she will come here one day?  Gonna check out local classes this fall.  I am fearless living in my life–as squirrels I see all year round running across the telephone wire that’s about 30 feet or so above the ground (they always get across and onto the telephone pole, no sweat.)  After all, my mantra is “there’s nothing to lose but everything to gain.”

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Welcoming Happiness in the Home


The kolam, or rangoli is a traditional mandala, a geometric pattern, that women design in front of their houses during festivities.

Isn’t she awesome…just as women are?! What a voice she has found.

In Tamil Nadu, culture is a strong form of expression by the women, who express their feelings in this secret way.

During Diwali, the festival of lights, all Indian women make rangoli in front of their houses. If they live in small flats/apartments, then a small one in front of the main entrance door.

The white powder is made by crushing glass at factories, usually from cups and saucers collected from scrap. This plain rangoli powder is also mixed with different colors and used in the patterns.

Rangoli making competitions are held during different festivals.

It can be a square foot for homes to several square meters for Rangoli competitions.

Rang means Colors and Oli means lines/pattens.  Making a rangoli in front of the door represents welcoming happiness in the home.  It’s a everyday affair for women in Tamil Nadu.

What brings you happiness?

Preparing for Nerd Wars’ T10 Dissertation/New Frontier thesis proposal

More crochet class samples plus felting and embroidered embellishments

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The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps


Artistic, pretty, colorful, and tasteful too.

High on a hill in San Francisco’s Sunset district, on 16th and Moraga, called The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps.  It took two and half years, 300 volunteers, and 220 sponsors to complete.

I’ve walked up those stairs many times over the years when I lived on 16th Avenue (between Ulloa and Vicente) from 1984 to 1995.  That’s quite the workout, but, well worth the climb.  Inspired by the world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher did not start working on the beautiful neighborhood masterpiece–running up the risers of the 163 steps–until January 2003.

Over 2,000 handmade tiles…

75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass…

a total of 163 separate mosaic panels created,

one for each step riser.

Once reached the top, you’ll get an amazing view of San Francisco.

Hold on to the railing going up or coming down after a good fog ‘cuz they can be slick though as they can be slick…

Next time you’re in San Francisco, be on the lookout for this hidden treasure, Secret Mosaic Staircase.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Spiral Galaxy


Do you “Reddit“?  Have you heard of it?  It’s a website that connects people, stories, and wisdom better than any other website out there i.e. FaceBook.  I haven’t considered joining it until reading this article.  It’s a story based on a picture posted online of a Sikh woman with facial hair.  The post was intended to make fun of her.  However, what happens as a result is very enlightening and extremely heartwarming.  I hope to remember this article any time I fall into a bad habit of judging others.

Early in the year, I test-knitted Spiral Galaxy by Shannon Squire of Twisted, beautiful moebius in gradient yarn; specially designed for Twisted’s April Cowl Club.

First version, knitted with 5.5 mm needles, is in worsted-weight Schoppel-Wolle Gradient (Grays 1508.)  Cast on and finished it in a couple of hours.  It’s super fast knit. The instruction is clear and perfect.   However, the initial finished size was way off from the specs on pattern page.  It used only 62 grams with 34 grams left.  Measurement was 7” by 38” laying flat (19”x2) and unstretched–instead of 108” circumference.  When stretched it by hand, it measured roughly 44” circumference.   It was comfortable with wrapping it twice for my “short” neck and may be left alone.  However, my 17-year-old said she likes it a little more length and deeper.  With Shannon’s approval, I took out the garter rounds and added one more lace repeat to increase a total of 2″ in depth.

Second sport-weight cowl, knitted with 3.75 mm needles, is in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Stärke 6 (Schokoladenseite 2092)–a one-skein wonder project.   It’s more than twice the stitches of the worsted moebius above.  Casting on and binding off both took forever.  Good thing I had a couple more weeks to get through the endless, mindless knitting. 😀 Starting out using 32” cable is a bit moiling; but, once the added rounds were in, it’s sweet to handle in a small hoop.  No matter how hard I blocked to deeper…it sprung back to 6”x66”–it wants to be lengthy than deeper.  But, I like it how it is…naturally.

The last one in lace-weight took the longest, of course, to knit up…yet my favorite one of all.  Knitted in Schoppel-Wolle Lace Ball (Fuschia 1536,) it triples the numbers in the worsted-version moebius.  Even with messing up half a round and ripping back 4 rounds to finish a purling instead of a ssk round, I finished it in two days.    Blocked dimension came to 6”x70”.  It’s absolutely stunning and luxurious next to skin.

Deceptively simple.  Super fun project, utilizing Cat Bordhi’s truly magical moebius cast on and one of my favorite I-cord bind off; plus a load of easy, beautiful knitting in between to keep the project interesting.   It’s a terrific gift making.  Test-drive ’em at the shop should you be in Portland area.  Both pattern and yarn (click on respective yarn referenced above) are available online and in the shop.  Just give it a try.  It can be addictive. 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Power of Positivity


At the start of a day and before bed, I adjust my attitude towards the light and myself, leading a life of gratitude along with affirmations.  I stop and thank the Lord for the blessings in my life.

I would read affirmation that speaks to me in my head while feeling absolute gratitude and say thank-you three or four times upon affirmation.

I don’t know how else to put it.  Life is simply amazing!

Affirmation is like planting seed in the ground.  It takes some time to go from a seed to a full-grown plant.  And so it is with affirmation   It takes some time and nurturing from first declaration to final demonstration.  Hence, be patient.

Daily affirmation has significantly impacted my life. :)  I’m beyond blessed, grateful, and honored for all that has passed through my life.

An affirmation opens the door.  It’s a beginning point on the path to change.  I choose to keep my mind’s eye open… everything is blissful

Featured knit today is Paper Runner aka Papaver, another clever design by Anne Lernout of atelier alfa.  Merriment…one word to describe my latest color play–fairisle aka stranding, intarsia, and duplicate stitches–in one tunic.  Another enticing element was replacing my own motifs in lieu of flowers or spirals per pattern.

Fabric knit with Ella Rae Lace Merino–contrast colors in Loops & Threads Luxury Sock Balloons and Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight Deep Brown–is alluring, svelte.  It has taken a bit longer than any of my recent sweaters, but, every embroidery, intarsia–even ripping back fair-isle details to the beginning of the yoke band–adding vikkel braid before 1×1 ribbing, ribbing held double strands, sewing bind-off, weaving in ends from intarsia work…makes this a very special knit of the year.

As would in fingering yarn knitted garment, the tunic grew tremendously after wash, I had to be careful with handling it and laying it to dry. I love both the length, fit, and drape and would wear it as it was–without the pocket placement.  So, I tossed it in the dryer for 20 minutes in the last “leg” of drying. It sprung back to “shape” and “size“…perfect fitting on my beautiful–tall and slender–model.

Strength does not come from winning. My struggles develop my strengths. When I go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.  Today, I opt to not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.

Older teen performing with her Symphonic Band
at Summit High School this evening

All is well in my world.  How’s yours?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Big Love Comes in the Smallest Package


Love sometimes comes softly in a small package.

It really does.

It may be tiny–10 grams’ worth of Loops & Threads Luxury Sock in Balloon colorway–but, it took my 17-year-old teen 3 hours plus to knit just one bootie of the seamless pair in 2.25 mm circular needles and light fingering-weight yarn, all by herself.

She kinda followed Susan Glinert Stevens‘ seamless version of Saartje pattern and improvised as the zen-knitting journey took her to make it complete.  I wasn’t able to see the final finish with some adorable ribbons for closure instead of buttons (as I did with my pair below.)  Just imagine the cuteness…

Though it was the smallest, dainty little package among humongous gifts at the party, these hand-knit booties was the only one apparently being passed around 3 or 4 times at the baby shower.  My teen is the happiest girl in town…now she wants to knit more of these in different sizes for the growing baby-to-be.  Sometimes, someone can say or do something so small that can fit into a big empty space in one’s heart.

I was aspired…and this is my well-traveled pair.  Can you name the place…or the monumental art installation?

It’s a lovely, sunny, summer-like day.

Being a rare day, I don’t have much on the schedule other than taking the boy to archery practice,..and refreshing on the unruly quilter Tanya Ricucci‘s  Word Play Quilts.

It turned into a lazy, beautiful, sunshine day (the day after fantastic Pole Pedal Paddle)…live it!  I’m grateful for small things, big things, and everything in between. Today, I choose to count my blessings, not my problems.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Honoring my Intuition


…I accept my path.

I am healing the body, mind, and spirit.

Start where I am.

Use what I have.

Do what I can.

Sometimes, I’ve got to be able to listen to myself and be okay with no one else understanding.  Oh yeah!

Linde pullover –featuring large heart-shape leaves with pronounced stem and vein–is a very original pattern with unusual construction.  You won’t see anything else like this.  It is worked top down, in the round with a circular yoke.  The increases are invisibly worked in the leaves.  The body is worked in garter stitch.

At the waist, 2 stems emerge that form the I-cord buttonholes and the stem of the pocket leaves.

The lined pocket feature is my favorite part of this design.  I want to showcase it so much that I commissioned special fused glass buttons by my dear friend’s glass-artist sister. The tint of frosty pink was just a perfect match!  I am a happy camper. Check out Cheryl‘s high-quality offerings here.  (I still need to take an update photo with these beautiful buttons on.)

The aran-weight cashmere blend yarn was harder to work with.  However, it provides a nice, deliciously squishy, dense fabric with a little retro touch.  I love my layering top.    Once again, test-knitting for Anne Lernout (aka atelier alfa) is thrilling and satisfying.

Do you have a favorite knitwear designer?  What do you look for in a design/pattern? 

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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