OFF THE NEEDLES!!!!!!
My current favorite FO. Love, love love how this turned out!
We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon. Konrad Adenauer
ON THE NEEDLES (TECHNICALLY)
Since my nitpicky, obsessive side insists that a project isn’t finished until washed, blocked and dried, my WIP this week continues to be Simplex, although I expect that tomorrow it will be transformed into an FO, thanks to the ceiling fan. Please excuse the wonky photo– I had to stand on the Papoose’s little stool to take the picture. The way it was moaning and groaning, the photo session could have gone really bad, really fast and I’m happy that I managed to get a marginally OK photo without breaking a hip. Better photos Friday.
I finished an amazing book today, Labor Day, by Joyce Maynard. I loved this book and became totally immersed in the story. Thumbs up all around.
It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. Isaac Asimov
“AIN’T LOVE GRAND??
OK, I’ve officially gone off my rocker for Copic markers. I’ve been spending a lot of time just admiring how pretty they look in the cup I use to hold them on my table. I’m working toward getting better at blending and highlighting, not having any art experience before, I have trouble making what I see in my head match what I’m putting on paper, but with practice I hope it becomes easier. Even if it doesn’t, every minute I spend with my art journal is a joyful one!
THE BIG REVEAL
Right at this moment, thousands of art journalers are anxiously awaiting the announcement of Art to the 5th’s plan for the 2015 The Documented Life art journal. It’s to be revealed at 12:OO today, EST, which is 11:00 our time. I suspect there might be a Facebook crash then as we all get our Facebook up and going so as not to miss a single second of the big reveal. Maybe not, but I’m just saying……..
The “official” journal is the Diane Reavley Dylusions large art journal. I’m excited to try this particular one, the pages are card stock, which I love working with. This journal is the one that the Art to the 5th ladies are using, but is only a suggestion. I’ve been using a lined, spiral bound notebook and it’s been OK; having been an art journal newbie this past year, it’s worked for me, but I think I’ll be happier this time around with their suggestion.
They’ve also lined up some fabulous guest artists, including the above mentioned Ms. Reavley, along with new tutorials/classes. You can check them out on the Art to the 5th website.
The Simplex shawl is (finally) off the needles, just needing a wash and a block and I’m already doing some stashdiving, looking to see if there are any likely project candidates in the pile. If I was really smart, I’d start my Christmas knitting but hey, why not wait until the last second and pull a couple or three back to back all nighters and make this holiday REALLY one to remember? Anyone else ever sobbed while Kitchenering a sock toe, while trying to thaw a frozen turkey by the blow dryer method in the wee hours of Christmas morning? Yeah, me neither. But I digress. Simplex pics on Wednesday, I promise.
I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do. Joe Walsh
ON THE NEEDLES
I continue to plug along on Simplex, which is slowiy but surely growing and hopefully will be finished in the next week or so. At this point in every project, I begin fantasizing about my next project, even if I don’t specifically have one picked out. Too bad I don’t have a time lapse to post, because that’s about the only way to see Simplex’s growth from week to week without actually counting the ridges/pattern repeats. Someday, I’m going to try a time lapse photo, just for fun.
Makes me think of a pizza!
A few more beach pictures, if you can stand it. I wish I could take credit for these, but I can’t. Mr. iknead took these beauties.
Sprout and Sand
At the End of the Day
Best idea of the whole week! Babymama and Bigmommy rented bikes with buggies – it was hard to tell who had more fun!
The Sprout had to ride by herself, but with a snack and her paci, all was well. Next year, Charlee will even the count and she’ll have a bike buddy.
Light tomorrow with today! Elizabeth Browning
ON THE NEEDLES
My Simplex Shawl continues to grow. According to the pattern, it’s more than halfway finished. More about it here.
Where do I start? I’m rereading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and am up to Book Three, The Waste Lands. I read The Wind Through the Keyhole in Florida, a book that technically falls between Books Four and Five, but was released in February, 2012. This series continues to be my all time favorite. Crazy love them all.
THE DOCUMENTED LIFE
I got a little behind in my art journal while on vacation and am just finishing up last week’s prompt, which was Polka Dots. After a couple of false starts, I got into the groove, using a circle stencil to draw flowers, then handcoloring them and cutting them out to layer with stenciled dots, spray ink and, probably some stamps. I drew and colored these flowers just for fun today. I don’t have a current plan for these, but I thought they turned out well.
I love drawing and coloring flowers – they’re probably my favorite, but I’ve been sort of down on myself because I’m not good at faces and because lettering also isn’t something I feel I do well, especially when I compare my stuff to projects others post, but I’m adjusting my attitude starting now. New mindset: So what if all I can draw is flowers – I love doing them. So what if every face I draw is weird and more than a little wonky – I’ll never be commissioned to do a portrait. So what if my lettering leaves something to be desired – I can practice and get better at it and if that doesn’t pan out, I’ll use my computer. So what if my journal pages will never be hung in the Museum of Modern Art or the Louvre – they make me happy and creating them feeds my soul, just like they’re supposed to and because of that, I am an artist!
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. T.S. Eliot
ON THE NEEDLES
A Little Detail
Mr. Iknead and I, the grands and their respective keepers parents (minus the Papoose and Sprout’s daddy) and Mr. Iknead’s brother and his wife are heading to Grayton Beach next week for an end of summer vacation, thanks to Clef and Mary Vaughan, who also happen to be Big Daddy’s mom and dad and the Papoose and Sprout’s other grandparents. Their generosity truly blesses us again and again. Thank you again, Clef and Mary! (Heading off to pack my knitting/yarn suitcase.)
Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. Henry David Thoreau
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