Friday, May 6, 2016

Joy

 

Thank you all for your kind comments about my Springfield Dress. I really do love the way that turned out. Eventually it will be warm enough outside to wear it. I mean, it has to get warm someday. Right? Isn't that just science? Sigh. Anyway, one idea always leads to another, so I have begun work on another stranded, multi-colored, wacky design. This is fully inspired (via Kay Gardiner's epic project) by Kaffe Fassett and his casual and serene approach to color work, which is kind of along the lines of If you like that color, go ahead and stick it in the sweater somewhere, no big deal. I love that kind of thing. Random stripes of color, bisected as you please by another random color, figuring it out as you go. Just do what you like. Knit what you want. Wear what you feel like wearing. Make a beautiful thing. That's what I'm doing--I just chose a bunch of yarns from the stash, picked something from my Alice Starmore book of charted knitting patterns, and cast the hell on. Just do it.

I can't remember now where I read this [Pinterest? Instagram? Urgh, you'll have to excuse me because I am almost fifty years old and can't remember stuff anymore] but somebody quoted somebody else on the subject of creativity, and it really stuck with me--well, parts of it did, as much as things can stick with me anymore--that doubts about your creative work (is this good enough? Will people like it? Will anybody want/need/appreciate this thing I am cooking up from scratch?) while being a usual part of the process, should not be allowed to proliferate. Hey, negative thoughts! Get gone. Thus, a crazy-striped cardigan in Every Color is growing on my knitting needles.

In other news, I can't stop listening to this song. I am overflowing with joy about it. If you remember this, you know how I feel about the Monkees. I know everyone else is all Prince and Beyoncé right now, but not me. "She Makes Me Laugh" is my anthem for this summer.

Also, and this is really the highlight of my week, I am so proud to tell you all that my beautiful Catdog has earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate, which means she is, officially, a Very Good Dog. She got a blue ribbon and everything. Oh my goodness, I am busting at the seams. Good girl. You did it! Xoxo

 

 

38 comments:

  1. Well I think the colours in that cardigan look fabulous. You obviously have a good eye for colour management and I will be very interested in seeing that cardigan finished. So get knitting. Jackie

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    1. Thank you so much, Jackie! I fly by the seat of my pants, and why ever not anyway? :)

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  2. Congratulations to you both on sweet Catdog's award. Hip hip hooray! I just saw a spot on tv about Dolly Parton's movie (and old song) "Coat of Many Colors" and seeing your wip made me think about using what you have and how beautiful things turn out when your intentions are pure and true. It's going to be lovely!

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    1. Yes, the Coat of Many Colors is such a beautiful song and idea, isn't it? :)

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  3. What is that lace/doily pattern in your blog banner?? It's gorgeous

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    1. That's a lace tablecloth made by my great-granny many a year ago, and so I dunno the pattern. Xoxo

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  4. Those colors look beautiful together!

    YAY Catdog!!

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  5. Catdog you were already a star, now you're a star with letters after your name. Congrats! And thank you so much for the new Monkees song. I have shared it all over the place. How can they still sound so young? I love this.

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    1. Right??? That song. Is. So. Great. xoxo

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  6. You go Catdog!! Woot woot!

    Yeah, I'm kinda about Prince, what can I say, I was a teenager in the early 80's. All kinds of colors is way cool. :)

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    1. I have listened to "Kiss" quite a few times in the last week, I must admit. That scream-y bit at the end totally slays me. xoxo

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  7. Well done Catdog, and to you too, it takes a lot of patience and love to have a well behaved happy dog. You're a great partnership!

    Your knitting is just beyond greatness, other people can't do this kind of stuff you know! Honestly not us very ordinary knitters. We have to follow patterns very carefully and then we still do it wrong. Your colours look beautiful.
    Sara

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    1. I think it's so much easier to just make it up as I go, honestly. If this were a pattern, I would need my reading glasses, complete silence, and a million sticky notes to keep track of everything. This way, I just do whatever I want. Easy! :)

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  8. congratulations to catdog! & you of cos! well done!
    love the colour-work, random colour, wow, that's keen, i have to follow a pattern plus i've only ever done one lot of fair-isle in my days, small jumper i made when my 27yr old was 3! looking forward to seeing the finished cardigan/jumper
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Thank you! She worked so hard, and I am so proud of her. :)

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  9. I am 60 and don't really remember She Makes Me Laugh but then it is one of the slower songs that the Monkees put out. Love your color work sweater. One of these days I may get up the nerve to try some color work.

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    1. "She Makes Me Laugh" is BRAND NEW! I know, right???? :)

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  10. Yay for Catdog! Very impressive and not easy to earn. I wish I had taken our Chloe when she was younger as she is a very laid back and gentle spirit. I have always thought she would be a great dog to take to visit retirement centers because she is calm and absolutely loves everyone.
    Your color work is beautiful. I wish I had the patience and the skip that you so obviously have in abundance,
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you so much! She's such a good girl. There's still time for Chloe, too, I believe in you both! :)

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  11. Well done Catdog. Loving that colour work.

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  12. Kristen, first of all, congratulations to that blue ribbon Catdog. Bravo GoGo!

    Your new knitting's color transitions are lovely. It is so much fun to play with colors in the way that knitting makes possible. Way back in the last century, I had several opportunities to chat with Kaffe Fassett, who is very charming. One time he was looking at the sweater that I was wearing that I'd knit from lots of scraps in a diamond-patterned intarsia technique. He loved my random inclusion of bright chrome yellow diamonds throughout the sweater. That color had nothing in common with the rest of the colors, except...by including it, it did. xo

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    1. And you did not FAINT dead away with the thrill of KAFFE admiring something you'd made? Frances, you are made of steely stuff. xoxo

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  13. All those beautiful colours, enchanting a real feast for the eyes. Congratulations to the gorgeous cat-dog.

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  14. Your fairisle is divine. Catdog is amazing and so are you! I love your blog and all that your write about. :)
    hugs from Victoria, BC

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  15. Catdog! You rock. You look so ..............Yeh I nailed it! You can see just how relaxed and happy she really is with you. What a joy x Rebecca x

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  16. Hi Kristen,

    I think you should always be true to yourself. Which you are, totally. This jumper is soo you!

    I love reading about your exploits, your creativity!

    Kudos and dog treats to the wonderful cat dog!!!

    Thanks for being an inspiration!!!
    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  17. Hi there! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

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  18. Kristen - I have been reading you for a few years and often want to comment on the amazing pieces of art you create, your life with your dogs, or you way of expressing yourself. I have finally been affected enough to comment because of your link to The Monkees new song. It's just pure sunshine! I've been listening to them and then discovered they are touring! Then I discovered they are coming to my town this Wednesday! I just bought tickets from my bed this morning! I'm so excited to get to see and hear this group who I used to watch on TV as a kid. I'll be wearing the grooviest outfit I can pull together! I wish I could give you a big hug. But I can thank you for the link!

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    1. Melissa, I'm so happy to hear this! I hope you love the show--actually, I know you'll love it--and I want to hear all about it afterwards. Xoxoxoxo

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    3. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I was at the Cleveland show on Sunday, and, of course, had a BLAST. They're just so much fun. :) xoxo

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    4. I hope you saw that last comment before I removed it cause I can't recall what I wrote! I was trying to edit my name.
      Anyway...so glad you got to see them! I'm trying to listen to their new album every day so I can learn the words and sing along! I have to thank you again for alerting us all that the Monkees are back and bringing us more happy times.

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  19. I haven't commented since before you had beautiful Catdog, and you'd just lost your dog before and we'd not long lost our old Molly... Anyway, we've recently got Elfie, a seven year old rescue, who is the most sweet and gentle soul but also has her wild child moments, so we've just found a lovely trainer who we hope will help us all to build a bit of confidence together. Your enthusiasm about training Catdog has helped me to feel positive about this, and we're all now rather looking forward to it (not least because we get to have lunch out together afterwards, Elfie is a star in restaurants!). So congratulations on the blue ribbon, and I hope we too will have such achievement to celebrate one day!

    There's no one like Kaffe Fassett for colour, I reckon. Do you know Kntisonik by Felix Ford? There's a group on Ravelry for it, you might enjoy it.

    Looking forward to hearing the Monkees song, amazing they're still going!

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    1. Many congratulations on your new girl Elfie! I hope you have a wonderful time in training with her--I'm sure you will. Catdog and I found it to be great fun! Good luck, and let me know how it goes. xoxo

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