Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I sent my shawl to Pat earlier in the week, but failed to take a "before" picture! It's a well-loved black pashmina, and in my journal, I shared the story of what it means to me. I'm so excited to see how you all make it even more special.
A friend of mine from my days in Albuquerque sent me a Colcha kit. Colcha is a traditional Spanish/New Mexican embroidery, and I'm excited to work on the kit and apply what I learn to some of the beautiful pieces I'll be embroidering.
It's been a hot few days here in the woods of CT, but Neal and I finally broke down and bought a little air conditioner...which means I will be nice and cool as I craft!
I loved making this sweater. Just a simple, top down cardigan in Pear Tree wool. It started to have a very camouflage-y, woodland feeling and so I gave it a hunter's orange button band and wood buttons. But then it rested in my closet...unworn, kind of unloved. Until now.
It needs a little more woodland charm, don't you think? It could use elbow patches, a "belongs to" label, maybe a care instructions label...a squirrel or two? I'll leave the rest up to you.
I encourage you to use your imaginations and creativity. I'm going to love what you create.
Ms. Postal Carrier? Can you come by on Saturday?
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Here is my completed journal which is now packed with my shawl and has started it's journey to Barb. I can't wait to see what develops both on my shawl and in this journal. On another note, I received my first item to embellish...a beautiful circular shawl from Linda....I have been pondering ideas, and although I have a few small ones, I still haven't had my Ahhhh Haahhh!!! moment yet. I know it's there so maybe I just need a good dose of fresh air and a little shopping during the Quilt Shop Hop this weekend. Nothing says inpiration more than shopping for yarn, threads, and fabric. Have a happy and fun weekend. dawn
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Well Bees I finally decided on sending a Shawl. Most of the time its just to hot in Arizona for a Sweater... but a Shawl. I can take it to the Movies, Restaurant just whereever the AC is a wee bit to cold. Its nothing fancy just a plain black HDC blank canvas for you all to "embellish" to your hearts content.
My sweater began its travels this morning... I can't wait to see how it turns out! I'm envisioning this boring old red cardigan will return to me as a tribute to all things sock monkey :)
As you can see, the sweater is bland and needs help - sock monkey faces (appliqued, embroidered, needle felted, etc.), and perhaps fun words that make us smile - words like giggle, grin, fun, monkey business, smile, happy, etc. - and perhaps each of your names as well.
And those embroidered flowers you can barely see at the bottom? Feel free to cover those up, or embellish them with bright colors, so they can at least be noticed!
I know you will all make this a work of art that I will treasure forever.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Here is my creation, a vest from Knitter's Magazine Winter 2005. I added an additional band around the bottom as the bamboo yarn is very drapey and the vest needed some additional stability. I can't wait to see what everyone is going to do.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
I am working as quickly as I can to finish my sweater vest for its travels around the country. I am using a bamboo yarn so that it can be worn year-round. I had a store bought sweater, but it just didn't have the weight for all
of the handwork that will be applied. I still need to work on the travel journal. I love all of the creative minds that have chosen to participate in this adventure. Something one of a kind like we are doing is priceless, so I wanted the sweater to also be one of a kind.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
My shawl is finally ready and awaiting a place to go. The knitting part has been done for a few years, but I have only worn it a few times...why.....well...it is kind of blah... I just finished adding a fabric edge along the inside, which I have to say has brought a little life into it, but it is still needing a little TLC from all my friends. So get your thinking caps on ladies, I'm looking for some fun woodland flora and fauna to spice up the outside edges. xoxoxo
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
"Have Sweater, Will Travel" is a project amongst a handful of crafty friends...each will send out a knitted garment, which will be embellished by their hosts...plus maybe sharing a giggle or two while visiting around the country. We will share some adventures right here... please stay tuned...
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I loved those words from the last post so much, I had to take an image to pair with them! ( it reminds me of many tearful yet hopeful farewells.)
While we prepare our garments to send away, please share some photos of what you're working on to send off...choices of what you might...or maybe some beloved clothing that was made for you:) xoxo