Friday, December 28, 2012

Commitment 2013

Back in 2011, I made a list of goals and commitments for the coming year.  I included things I wanted to learn or do.  I continued the tradition for 2012.

My 2012 commitments:

  • Knit a sweater (a re-list from last year).  Currently, I'm spinning my Allistar fleece for a sweater.
         Completed - in fact to date I have finished three sweaters and have two more in various             
          stages.

  • The year of hand dyed yarns - Expand my hand dyed yarns - play with color, weave with it, and who knows you might start seeing it in the shop
          Completed - and those yarns are in fact in the shop.  Here is a shawl (Summer Flies - free 
           pattern on Ravelry) out of my yarn.

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I even learned to do a beaded picot bind off - it took forever but I love it.

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  • Continue to embrace school
         Well, I'm still there.  After a few challenging semesters I am still engaging in the process.  
           I've learned a lot and not just about the subject matter.  Being a nontraditional student has 
           its challenges.  I'm extremely happy to have finally reached the textile portion of my 
           studies.

Commitments 2013
  • Submit work for a juried show
  • The year of weaving
  • Learn to make paper
  • Continue to learn and explore indigo dyeing
  • Pursue noncredit courses to strengthen drawing skills
  • Continue to explore quilting 
What will you make of 2013?

Have a very happy and safe New Year!




Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Each in Our Own Way

For many the holidays are bittersweet.  I remember the times past, the people who are no longer here and traditions that have been lost.  I try to make sense of what is present and what maybe future.

This time of year has become a respite from the grind of the semester   Mister and I are both off and it is a time for us to reconnect.  He is still working away on his dissertation and enjoys some open time to dig in.  I work on various projects - spinning for a sweater, some quilts that have been dancing in my head, etc.  We join forces to repair the havoc on the house the busy schedule left in the wake.  It is a time to reflect, to connect and to relax.  All the parties have come and gone.  We are enjoying a small taste of winter weather, though our weather pattern is still off kilter.

Happy Solstice & Happy Holidays.  Blessings to you wherever you are.

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Our "tree" this year.  Recycled parts from a school art project, lights, handmade dove ornament and glass ornaments.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Hot Mess of Color

The semester is over.  I have survived!  Now I turn my attention to getting ready for a two day workshop with Jacey Boggs

I'm sorting though spinning fibers that were freshly dyed for color playing.

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There is nothing quite like a pile of BFL!