Tags: jlfleckenstein, knitting, knitting patterns, lace, lace shawl, lace shawl design, wool
Today it is close to 80 degrees with hazy blue skies and gusty winds; tomorrow it will go below freezing and we will have snow.
This should be interesting.
It is amazing to see how quickly things start growing with the least provocation … show them one warmish day, sprinkle on a bit of rain and lovely green sprouts start peeking out all over the lawn.
They are not likely to be discouraged by tomorrow’s snowfall, spring is here to stay.
This weekend I cast off my new lace shawl and wet blocked it. Now I am adding a bit of embellishment, and will be able to show the finished product in a couple of days.
Very happy with this one, very happy indeed.
Tags: design, knitting, lace, New York, shawl
This is one of those spring transition days, bringing with it the inevitable blustery winds Winnie The Pooh made famous. For the first time in more than six months it is 70 degrees outside … ah, the pleasures of 72 degree air.
Not that I was unhappy with our winter; no, far from that, The winter we are finally emerging from was my favorite winter of my life, as far as the weather goes. It was horribly cold, but I was able to spend much of the time snug at home knitting, baking, studying, reflecting, enjoying family, organizing my studio, prepping for paintings, working on some paintings, and generally staying warm.
But, no matter how much I like winter cold and snow, I do so look forward to the first day of going outside and feeling the natural warmth of the sun on my skin, my back and shoulders.
Today was that day.
72 degree air.
I have this pile of knitting in my lap, a knew lace shawl I have designed and am close to finishing. It will be my special shawl for chilly spring days and cool summer evenings. I will make a pattern available, hopefully before too long.
I hope you are enjoying your spring day.
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I have been away … at home. Enjoying life, working out of doors on flowers and vegetables; working in doors on many new things including books (writing, as well as making actual physical books), making pendant necklaces using prints from my photography and paintings, clearing out and rearranging various rooms in our home in search of a new studio space to create for my creative endeavors, cooking, baking, organizing and participating in our annual Art Trail Festival, resting, reading, studying, … living.
I received an email a while back from Martha Stewart with this as the subject line, “Are you a Maker?”
You know, there is a huge explosion of creativity going on across the globe and Makers of Things are finding themselves, finding each other, and finding a vast assortment of materials, techniques, and inspiration in their quests to make, create, design, build, and grow.
Sometimes I struggle with my intense desire to create because I can tend to over collect materials for so many different types of creativity that I become too over burdened with materials things that are difficult to keep organized. Over the past year I have been going through a process of choosing which avenues of creativity I will hold onto and build on and which I will let go of.
I am at heart, at the root of all things, a writer … a teller of tales and a creator of universes.
I am a painter of fine things, using oils, watercolors, colored pencils and oil pastels.
I am a photographer of life and experiences.
I am a fiber artist, with knitting being at the top of my list of fiber arts I am passionate about but needle felting is also included in there along with a bit of sewing and some crochet.
My fiber love extends also to the fibers used in making paper and books, and making paper and books ties back in with that which is at my core … writing.
This is my circle of creativity.
Simplifying down to this point has been an adventure all in itself but it has made it possible for me to simplify my materials and my studio space needs so that I can define and establish a new creative space to work in without our home that doesn't fill up too many spaces that I really need to share with others.
Well Martha … yes, I am a Maker.
And, speaking of making things … for the Art Festival I made some fine art photography print resin pendants/charms featuring tiny photographic prints of some of my fine art paintings as well as my fine art photography. They were quite popular, so I decided to add them to my Etsy shop. This one uses a portion of the photograph I shot back in 2006 when I was knitting on the Lavender Hat & Scarf, back when I was fairly new to blogging. It is the photograph I use as the header here (see top of page), and I think it makes a lovely pendant for a knitter.
I hope you had a beautiful summer, and that you have been having fun making many things of your own. With fall beginning and the holidays not so very far away we all move into that happiest, busiest time of creativity in the making of holiday gifts, decorations, and foods.