Saturday, December 31, 2016
Lanvad by Justyna Lorkowska, knit in Berocco Ultra Alpaca worsted weight yarn. This color, hard to capture, is a very complicated and muted purple/pink/gray, and I was madly in love with it until I read the actual color name on the label--the geniuses at Berocco are calling this very lovely color "Candyfloss". Once I saw that, I could not unsee it. Candyfloss? I am so influenced by these things that it almost made me give up halfway, and I am not kidding. I don't want to wear anything the color of candyfloss. (US friends, that is Cotton Candy to you and me, and calling it "candyfloss" does not make it any less evocative of throwing up on the Tilt-a-Whirl.)
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
pattern by the inspiring and talented Ann Wood) and photographed them dancing and having a party of their own. We watched Elf. We ate Pasta Alla Carbonara and lemon cake and gigantic jumbo shrimp, and went to Mama San's for noodles, and it was all just the very best. The very, very best. (Here's a holiday tip for you: it is easy to trick people into staying up just a little longer, for one more story or song or hand of cards--just put a dish of olives or hummus or gouda flavored crackers in the middle of the table. You guys, people will stay up all night long for olives. Those are my findings, anyway.) I gifted some secret knitting to my lovely mama, a Fairfield Cardigan, designed by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed, knitted in Wool of the Andes Tweed from KnitPicks, in a color perfectly named "North Pole Heather." I started knitting this cardigan back in August so I wouldn't have a repeat of last year's last minute freakout about trying to finish it in time, and I'm so glad I did that, because this thing was done and wrapped a month ago, and all I had left of it was to anticipate her reaction. She didn't disappoint me, and of course it looks solid gold on her, because she's one of those types who looks good in everything. So we have successfully pulled off another family holiday, and I'm in recovery mode now, and doing all those end-of-the-year things like thinking about rearranging all the furniture again and wanting a new haircut and organizing all the yarn and patterns into piles, and making plans for things to make that should last me a good long time. I have some gorgeous new yarn, and some beautiful, handmade new tools that go with a new crafty thing I can't wait to show you, too, something brand-new to me, something that's really pushing all the happy buttons pretty hard, and I am getting the hang of it. That's a story for next time. Meanwhile, enjoy these in-between the holidays days, my friends, and as always, thank you so much for visiting me here. I can't even say what it means to me. With love, from my little cottage to yours. Xoxo K
Monday, December 19, 2016
I like them, but just. Knitting them, and watching this yarn do its thing, was a rainbow of happiness. They'll get worn a lot, and probably will get worn out--I live in a snowy world, after all--and they are warm and colorful, and there's nothing wrong with them at all, but the fun in these was all in the making of them. It was a pretty nice way to spend an afternoon.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
Ann Wood is willing to teach me, both about her stitching process and also about her personal creative journey--this is something that's been on my mind lately, too; what is the work I am meant to do, that only I can do? Am I spending too much time making things that don't really need to be made--clothes that don't fit or suit me, things made for weird reasons like outside pressure, or gifts people don't really want? How can I get closer to who I really am as an artist and a maker?