February 18, 2017
Welcome friends! I invite you to join me in my journey of discovery, creativity, and reflection as I explore the realms of knitting and crocheting. As I start on this artistic journey I find myself at a middle skill level. However, I am in awe of the infinite possibilities that both mediums present to me. I tend to use yarns that are readily available from large craft and on-line sources, but occasionally I am tempted by the beautiful fibers from specialty knit stores.
The subtitle for my website is “art you can wear.” If so many lovely wearables are easily available from retail stores and on-line sources, why would the average person want to make or buy a hand-crafted item? The answer has to be in the art. By using color, texture, or decoration, I love to transform that hank or skein of yarn into a piece that draws the eye or the hand to look at and feel the item. My favorite pieces are hats and fingerless gloves, but I include headbands, baby sweaters, baby cocoons, baby blankets, and shawls in my repertoire.
Some inspirations start with a pattern from books, pamphlets, or on-line sources. Sometimes it is the yarn itself that draws my eye, calling out-loud, if you will, make me. Even the attachments, decorations, or buttons can stir the creative spirit to build a garment around them. I may use one pattern repeatedly, but I change or combine colors, add or eliminate stitch patterns, embroider, or add decorative buttons to achieve dramatic results.
While I have talked about establishing a web site, starting a blog, and beginning to sell my creations on-line for some time, this year I am starting to realize that dream.