Wednesday, July 19, 2006

What Motivates Us

I learned how to crochet when I was a little girl and I didn't stick with it, but while I was on the road touring, I picked it up again and made a simple scarf.

From that simple scarf I decided I wanted to learn how to knit because I liked the way knitted garments looked as opposed to crocheted garments. I also wanted to learn how to knit because I'm allergic to wool, which by the way I have learned since then that it's not the wool I am allergic to, but what the manufacturers treat it with because I can spin wool. Anyway, I kept getting upset seeing all the lovely sweaters in the stores and knowing very well that I couldn't wear them. It made me jealous. So I figured if I learned to knit, I could make all the lovely sweaters I wanted in fibers that I could wear.

Now, what I'm really trying to get to here is this, what really motivates us? Is it a new skill, hobby, something you see on the street, outdoors or on your television? What gets our creative juices flowing? In knitting do you let the yarn dictate to you as to what your next project should be, or is it that one awesome looking pattern that you saw in a new knitting magazine/book that crys out....."Please knit/crochet me".

For me, it's a little bit of both. I designed these shorts after seeing the yarn. I kept thinking fatigue pants...oh yeah, booty shorts for when I do yoga, and let me tell you, they were a big hit with the fiance.

Now for this top, I knew what I wanted my top to look like, but then had to go and pick out the yarn for it. I love leather and suede, so when I saw this yarn, it was a shoe in.

Right now I'm being motivated by this little number from White Lies Designs. It's the Angelina Vintage Jacket #502. I'm knitting it up in Debbie Bliss's Alpaca Silk in Ecru. I don't have any pictures up yet, but hope to have some soon. Let me know what motivates you.


Monday, July 17, 2006

Peaceful & Productive Weekend

Had a good weekend with the fiance. I went to the Knit & Crochet Conference on Saturday morning in King of Prussia, PA. It was alright. I took a class with Edie Eckman on Pattern Writing. The class was good, the market place was so so but I did score a good find from this yarn company named Lucci. Isn't it pretty? I might make myself a belt or scarf with it.

On Sunday the fiance and I went to a place called Ricketts Glen. The drive was 3 hours. We went because they have about 21 waterfalls. We didn't get to see them. The falls portion was closed. The water was too high but we did get to go to the beach. I took pictures of the ducks. Very peaceful.

I finally got one of the shawls done for my wedding. I think my one bridesmaid should look good in this.

The other shawls are going to be made in these colors, except for the carmel yarn that's for my godmother.

Anyway, my last score was this yarn from Handmaiden. Can I tell you that it feels heavenly. It's 70% Silk and 30% Seacell. Supposedly it has seaweed in it, and is suppose to have healing properties also. I plan to make a shawl out of it.

Well gotta go, I didn't realize it was so late. I have to go to work in the morning and it's already after midnight. I hope everyone has a good night.



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