Studio Wednesday

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This past weekend was a quiet one. With nothing scheduled, I spent it relaxing at home, taking a long walk in the woods and then working on art projects. It doesn’t happen too often but when it does, I sink into every peaceful moment with gratitude and joy for the opportunity to connect with myself once again.

I finished my blue Ripple scarf and started another one in a pink/peach colorway. This is a wonderful way to get a taste of some of the more expensive yarns before committing to a big project. It’s like getting a sample of a high end tea and then, if it’s positively fabulous, getting a larger packet. Now that I’ve had my sample, I’m beginning to dream of a bigger project like a vest or a cardigan made with these luscious yarns. I love the whole concept of the “yarn overs’ because of the lacy organic look it lends to the piece. I found this helpful video on Youtube. I’m a visual learner so watching this works wonders in my understanding of the stitch.

I’ve recently discovered the Ravelry website, an online knit and crochet community. You have to be invited to join but that’s really easy to arrange. Just click on the Request an Invitation link on their homepage and enter your e-mail address. In less than a week, I received my e-mail invitation. I haven’t had a chance to explore the site thoroughly but it looks like a wonderful resource and a great way to connect with kindred yarn and fiber spirits. In the profile you set up, you are able to keep track of your projects and yarn purchases, favorite patterns and designers. I stumbled upon a designer, Jane Thornley, whose beautiful patterns took my breath away, especially this beach vest.

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It reminds me of free-form beading, only with yarn.  Described as an “experience combining simple stitches to create textures that evoke the blue sea frothed with ocean latte and sand hues of a summer beach.”, I feel this pattern whispering to me.

I also love the “Come Spring” vest. In these colors, it’s so earthy looking.

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I was fashioning the loop clasp on my free-form bracelet when my thread broke. I’m not sure what happened there. Now I have to pull out beads so I can get enough thread tail to weave in. Then I’ll attach a new thread and finish the clasp. Once that’s done, I’ll post a photo of the completed bracelet.

I worked on the second page of my art journal entitled “Soul Armor”. The prompt is “What protects and nourishes my creative spirit?” This journaling exercise was so helpful for me to get in touch with what nourishes my creativity. Some of my favorite things include walking in nature, gardening, kindred art spirits, taking photographs and visiting the local bead and fabric stores.

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I’ve recently joined the 2009 Creative Everyday challenge, a very laid back commitment to do something creative each day whether it is cooking, writing, taking photos or working on art projects. You can read more about it on Leah Piken Kolidas’ website. Thanks for encouraging and inspiring our creative spirits, Leah!

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The April challenge is “Color”. Last fall I created polyclay citrus cane beads in lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange. This month’s challenge is perfect for starting a vibrantly colored fringe-y bracelet with my cane beads.

Stay tuned for another fringe-y bracelet journey!

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for”

~Georgia O”Keefe

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9 comments on “Studio Wednesday

  1. Frivolitea says:

    Wow, you did have a productive time! The knitting is beautiful! And I love the cheerful polymer clay canes. AND art journaling. It is always such fun to come and visit and see what you are up to!

  2. artandtea says:

    Hi Lynn! Yes, it definitely was an art project weekend. 🙂 I always love visiting your blog, too!

  3. judysheart says:

    Karen.. I’m not one for knitted sweaters, but those vests are just gorgeous.
    I love your journal page… I think that peaceful times can be our most rewarding ones.

  4. artandtea says:

    Hi Judy! Aren’t they great?!! Thanks, I’m really enjoying this art journal path so far. It’s so calming to play and create the pages.

  5. Toine says:

    Hi Karen,

    I always enjoy taking a peek around the corner so to speak and see what you’re up to. I like the soft pink yarns you’re knitting with and the stitch you’re using. I joined Ravelry a while ago also. Isn’t it a great place to hang out?

    Love your Soul Armor page!!

    Toine

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks Toine! I always enjoy it when you come for a visit! Yes, Ravelry is a wonderful resource and place to hang out. My username is artandtea (of course 😉 I need to set up my avatar and my profile still. I just joined the Jane Thornley group.

  7. Ruth Ann says:

    Hi, Karen!

    I love your ripple scarf. Did you have instructions or did you do random yarn overs?

    I have worn my earrings that I purchased from you almost daily since they arrived. DH asked if I didn’t have a few hundred more pair that I could wear once in a while. I said yes rather sheepishly and requested that he buy a few more pairs of yours for my upcoming birthday. ;o)

  8. Can’t wait to see what you make with your citrus beads. Everything you make is so wonderful. It will be fun to see what you come up with!

  9. artandtea says:

    Thank you so much for your very kind words, Cindy!

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