Sick Days

21 Dec

mittens

It’s been a quiet week around here.

Right on schedule, I came down with a cold the day after my last holiday sale of the season.¬†Today is day six, and I’m definitely starting to feel better.

It’s been a week of taking it easy, cold medicine, hot water (and hot toddys), lots and lots of kitty snuggles, knitting, and gratitude. I feel so very lucky to do the work I do, and to be able to take some time to recuperate.

It’s also been a week full of knitting. I’m pleased to report that these mittens are done, and will soon (I hope) be available as a pattern.

Wishing you and yours a peaceful Solstice and a  merry little Christmas (or a successful zombie apocalypse if that happens first).

Feline Re-design

14 Dec

Like many creative people, I love collaborating with other artists on projects.

Recently, I’ve been collaborating with feline designer Vesper on a re-imagining of woven and knitted textiles.

Her first piece is entitled “Tasty Swatch.”

I’m unable to share the interpretive dance element of “Tasty Swatch” in which I chased the artist around the house trying to wrest the swatch from her grasp.

The second piece I’d like to share is “Where the ^&*% are you?”.

“Where the ^&*% are you?” is a larger work utilizing a hand-woven blanket I made five years ago. The blanket was the first hand-made gift I gave to my (now) husband.

Executed while I was away for 10 days, Vesper’s redesign explores themes of absence and negative space. It was also during the creating of this work that she first started re-using fragments of the woven and knitted pieces in the naturally felted cylinders (colloquially known as “hairballs”) for which she is best known.

Vesper is less than a year old, and I have no doubt that our collaborations will continue into the foreseeable future.

 

4 Dec

It’s cold and grey outside, and warm and cozy and steamy inside.

The steam is both from dye and food – I’ve been making mulled wine and cooking stock and soups, as well as experimenting with hand-painting yarn.

I’ve been knitting (and decorating) tiny trees, stripey cowls, and working on a mitten pattern I hope to be able to share soon.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of these various projects in various stages. Hope you like them!