Saturday, November 28, 2009

Things That Make Me Feel Good

Shiny silver buttons

New coat. New buttons.
This cute cadet-style coat from Old Navy came with dull brass buttons that did nothing for it. See for yourself. I consulted a friend and M&J Trimming (love them!) to find the perfect antique silver flower buttons. Color me happy because these little things turn the coat from blah to beautiful.

Expressing myself with color

Drip Painting Detail
And oh, what color! As mentioned previously, I'm taking an abstract art class with the goal of finding parts of myself I thought had left the building. The most recent assignment was to use the drip and splatter techniques of Jackson Pollock. The rest was up to us; how we used color, movement and layering to create with purpose. I know it's not to everyone's taste but I rather like it.

Finishing another hand knit

Vogue Knitting Seed Stitch Cowl

Pattern: Seed Stitch Cowl from VK Holiday 2009
Yarn: 75 yards of marigold dyed alpaca; 2 skeins of vintage Malabrigo; color unknown
Needles: Size 11US / 8 mm

The main difference between mine and the eye-popping green one in the magazine was the weight of the yarn. I doubled worsted weight to approximate the chunky yarn called for in the pattern. This resulted in a smaller cowl which I actually like better. It fits inside my coat and it's equally useful as a layering piece over a sweater.

I also added the pale marigold alpaca as a carry yarn at the start and finish of the piece. If I hadn't been so lazy, I'd have set up the tripod so you could see how perfectly this goes with the Leaf Beret. This is the second item I've finished in the space of a little over three weeks and, at the the risk of being immodest, I'm pretty proud of myself. To go from nothing to something and enjoying the trip? Happy-making!

Friends like you

Thanks for reminding me that words such as those some anonymous person used were just that: words and nothing more. Thanks for reminding me that I have people in my life who will tell me to move on, let go and forget the small stuff and small minds. Reminding me to remember who I am and am not.

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Blogger Bonnie said...

I love your version of the Seed Stitch Cowl. Very nice!

11/29/2009 07:08:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

You are one of the most amazingly creative folks I know!!! Love the art (I like Pollock, too!) and the cowl is very pretty...

11/29/2009 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger lu said...

what a fun art class that sounds like!

and what a good idea replacing boring buttons is! i also have a coat that could use a revamp and maybe it is all in the buttons.

11/29/2009 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

i love that painting! the colors are fabulous!

i do love the cowl too and i so wish i lived in a climate where i could make use of such items. at least, i wish for it once in awhile. ;)

11/29/2009 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Love the cowl. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Btw, sorry that you had a jerkoff feel the need to put you down...and that they clearly don't get it. It being life, love and a sense of humour.

11/29/2009 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

You are doing such a lovely job taking good care of yourself. :)

11/30/2009 07:34:00 AM  
Blogger Nat said...

What a lovely painting and cowl, welcome back to your crafty self!

11/30/2009 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

The cowl looks so cozy! You have all sorts of clever tricks up your sleeve right now.

12/01/2009 05:21:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

You're my favorite kind of boob! One that reminds me of myself. Please don't let some idiot let you stifle precious parts of yourself.

I am not a cowl person but I like the way yours came out. It looks like something I would actually wear. the ones in Vogue looked too big and chunky for me.

12/05/2009 08:16:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I love the painting and the cowl! You make a good point about a smaller cowl being more practical. I noticed the model in the magazine doesn't actually have her coat pulled all the way on.

12/18/2009 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

I am loving that Seed Stitch Cowl that you made!!

YAY for abstracts! I bet it felt real good to do it too:) You are so lucky to beable to take an art class. There is nothing much out here in that way. You live where it is all at. I am so proud of you. Have a ball doing it girl!

12/19/2009 02:43:00 PM  

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