Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Still caught by time..,

This post was just brought to my attention.

I love the pictures and am flattered when anything that I design becomes
 a finished item. Someone valued the pattern enough to spend their time
 creating my vision. And in this instance, taking beautiful pictures as well.

I am working on a new stranded pattern. It's been in my head for a long time.
Finally, it is charted, thumb designed. Knit once - frogged and in process of being knit again.
It feels like this pattern has come easily. Though not perfectly, hence the frogging.
As I have started to count the hours - and yes, it is a lot of hours, that it has taken to get the crosses to wrap - to center the thumb, have the decreases in the correct places, and get all the stitches charted on the software, I figure that I am about 20 hours in. With about 10 hours to go - writing the written pattern, knitting a second pair a double check, adjusting the charts. Back to time... Deadlines for submission, working 40 hours, 10 more patterns roaming around in my head, and so many other things pulling at my time...

Monday, February 24, 2014

TIme, time, time.

It was a beautiful day today. A really lovely spring preview. Even Roscoe did some sunbathing in the beautiful sunshine.

For the second day, I thought I had an hour, maybe two left on my skirt panel. Oh how wrong I was... It is worth the time to complete the project with consistent detailing. The results are lovely.

This got me thinking about slow crafting and time. Why do knitters develop such a stash, and the same stashes of fabric for those who quilt and sew. Is it that we don't estimate the amount of time for projects, is it the pretty colors and patterns? I would like to have my skirt complete by late April, but after the last two days, I am not sure that is a realistic timeline. More time and meditation is needed in my life to think through the issues of slow craft and time...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The story of a skirt - p1

Last November, I had the amazing opportunity to go to Alabama Chanin's studio and factory for a week. While I was there, several projects were cut and stenciled. The first one that has made it to my sewing needles. It is slow going, but the beautiful progress is completely worth all the time.

Starting with the hand stitching with button craft thread.

Then there is the beading...
As a full panel...

Moving to the embroidery...

And this is just half of the first panel. There will be more updates as the skirt progresses.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Bundles of Love

Great bundling sale on Craftsy - join me by following this link to great classes!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Winter wonderland

The polar vortex has had a hold on Denver. Walking this morning we found beautiful icicles on a chain link fence.

The wind must have gotten some melt then changed direction. Really beautiful.

Looking forward to temps above zero this next week.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Winter wonderland - p1

It has been cold and snowy here for a few days. Odd for Denver, where we generally have a cold day or two, then several warm days to get rid of the snow and ice.

Taking advantage of the prolonged cold, I took some photos of the beautiful winter wonderland.

Our neighborhood snow man.

The snow on our beautiful metal fence.

Roscoe, snow on his beard, during our morning walk.

Happy Winter!