Studio Wednesday

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I finished my first sock! I have to say though that I found this very challenging despite my many years of knitting experience.I think that there was a typo in the directions when it said to knit one round with “waste” yarn. When it came time to remove the waste yarn and place the stitches on my needles, I ended up with the sock being split into two pieces. When I read the directions and saw that I was supposed to have a lot less stitches than I actually had, I knew there was an error somewhere. So, having just learned the Kitchener stitch to weave the toe stitches together, I wove part of the 2 pieces together (the sock “front”) until I was left with the correct amount of stitches to make the heel. Then I continued with the directions as they were written. Whew! Now that I have started my second sock, I know what to do about the waste yarn knitting round. I think… I do like the yarn but it’s very thin and would work better with another pattern and smaller needles.

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For my glazed heart pendant, I created some copper wire components, antiqued them and then glued them into the pendant with epoxy. I have a whole pile of antiqued wire pieces to be cleaned with steel wool first and then I can start assembling the necklace.

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I’ve also returned to my bead crocheting, this time with some gorgeous Montano hand dyed silk cord. I was concerned about whether the silk cord would be a good choice for bead crochet so I wrote to Lydia over at the Beadwrangler website. She was kind enough to write back, telling me that I could use any kind of cord I wanted as long as it worked for my project. She went on to say that she has experimented with many different kinds of cords, including silk, and encouraged me to do the same. Thanks so much Lydia! With a “bead soup” of coordinating colors and this silk cord, I want to create a multi-strand chain stitch necklace for my “Grow” pendant.

It is with great sadness in my heart to tell you that in a couple of weeks I will no longer be in my studio on Wednesdays. My life circumstances have changed and I find myself having to move again into my own place. So, I will need to work full-time again. That being said, however, I will still be working in my studio in the evenings and on the weekends and will be glad to share whatever projects I’m working on at the time. Even though I won’t technically be in the studio on that day, I will still be exploring the Artful Life and I invite you to join me in my explorations to be shared with you in my Studio posts.

A dear friend recently shared this poem with me. Called Love After Love by Derek Walcott, it really resonated with me at this time. Enjoy!

The time will come

when, with elation

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror

and each will smile at the other’s welcome,


and say, sit here.  Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine.  Give bread.  Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you


all your life, whom you ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,


the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit.  Feast on your life.



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6 comments on “Studio Wednesday

  1. carolinegrace says:

    I researched Derek Walcott’s poetry after Obama was clicked holding one of the poet’s books.
    Great, moving stuff, and this one’s my favourite.
    Congrats on the sock by the way! 🙂

  2. Arline says:

    Will miss your Wednesday blog, but Life happens to all of us. Hope your move goes smoothly and remember, we are here if you need us.

    Arline

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks Carolinegrace for stopping by and sharing!

    Thanks Arline for your kindness and your support! I am going to do my best to post on Wednesdays still so I can share my current art projects with everyone. 🙂

  4. Acey says:

    Hey there friend just remember (if it ever helps at all) that I am over here in a different part of the state wishing you all the best including creative vibrancy despite all odds and obstacles. I was so happy to see you in my comments section …

  5. Your post was so eloquent and touching. Please know that all of us here in blogland are your friends, the very best kind of friends . . .

    Kathy V in NM

  6. artandtea says:

    Hi there, my friend Acey. Oh yes, your support and words mean a lot and help a lot, thank you so much. 🙂

    Thanks Kathy, I treasure all of my blogland friends so much!

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