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Sunday, February 27, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY: Dreaminess

As the days grow longer, I can feel spring on the precipice. Lazily knitting, as the sun began to set the house was flooded with the most delicious, glowing light. I grabbed a few silk flowers, a glass jar, and Birdie. My objective was to evoke the feeling of spring.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

KNITTING: Raspberry Beret

My daughter has been jones'n for a knitted beret for a while now. I purchased this simple pattern designed by Elisa McLaughlin called Yummy beret. I whipped it up in a raspberry color one evening. The yarn that I had in my stash was a bit too fine so I worked two strands together. Once I was finished, I used a puppy slicker (wire brush) to make it fuzzy and much much more yummy. 
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

CIRCLE JOURNAL 2010-2011: Passion

I really struggled for inspiration with this month's Circle Journal entry. The theme for Rosanna's journal was Passion. Wow this could be translated a bazillion different ways - my mind was overwhelmed.

I usually start by thumbing through the other participant's pages hoping that something will spark an idea. Next, I research the person's blog looking for anything that I can personally connect with. Often times it will be a color, photograph, or maybe something they like to collect. 

The problem is... I connect with Rosanna on so many levels.  We seem to be passionate about the same things: fabrics, embroidery, gardening, design - I could go on and on. She has had some of the most fascinating occupations, in fact, when I grow up I want to BE Rosanna. 

Normally this wealth of information would make the process easy... but instead I froze up with an artist's version of writer's block (did I just call myself an artist?)

Finally, a slight glimmer of an idea was found. Several participant's had printed out pictures and decoupaged them onto the pages with sweet phrases and famous quotes. Since I have done paintings/drawings in the other journals I hated to just print out a picture. Then I started thinking about an exercise that I learned in the class I took to prepare for this Circle Journal. You take a clipping of a photograph or magazine and you paint on top of the picture. This is a great lesson in understanding highlights and shadows. And that's what I did. 

The picture is one of my all time favorites from a magazine. I scanned and then printed onto paper for acrylic paints. I also scanned one of my favorite vintage fabrics.  I then painted over top of these pictures taking some creative license.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CROCHET: Vintage Mia Soaker

I have been wanting to finish writing the PATTERN for a vintage inspired diaper soaker to match back to the ever popular Vintage Mia Earflap Hat PATTERN.  **CHECK**

btw my latest obsession happens to be scouring the red tag upholstery sale bin at Joann's Fabrics. The background fabric in the picture below was a mere $6 a yard :-)

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Monday, February 14, 2011

KNITTING: Chunky Cable Cowl

An impromptu photo shoot with my muse, my best friend, my daughter and of course my latest free pattern find. You must try this super simple free pattern by Opera in Jeans. I'm so in love ♥ 
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Friday, February 11, 2011

KNITTING: A Pixie

I wanted to share another gorgeous free pattern with you. This style of hat is referred to by a host of names, Stocking Cap, Pixie hat, Elf hat - to name a few. I opted to omit the striping in favor of being able to use this scrumptious yarn thats been in my stash for a while.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

KNITTING: Blizzard Beanie "Ethan Earflap"

You know the saying, "Necessity is the mother of invention?" Well that seems to be my MO these days when it comes to these adorable baby beanies.  I keep finding images of these gorgeous hats and after exhaustive research, I can't find a pattern for them. Out of sheer frustration I figure out a way to make it myself... and I've ended up with several pretty cute (imho) patterns.  Who knew? 

Hope everyone is keeping nice and toasty... Here in Florida we are still running the air conditioner. Crazy right?

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