I have a sweet spot for ornaments and I love making them. Needle felted mushroom ornaments were on the handmade to-do list this year. In the end, I managed to make four plus a pink one for our family. It will be lovely to see it on next year's tree.
I felt a wee absurd knitting my sister a winter hat and mittens back in August, but she had yet to receive a knit gift from us. With hesitation, I tackled Elizabeth Zimmerman’s mitered mittens and a cat hat in honor of my sister’s nickname. The hat was quick and fun to knit in chunky yarns, but the thumbholes on the mittens gave me a run for my money. After I shed the fear of cutting into precious stitches, I put faith in the fact that many people have come before me in knitting this pattern with success. All I have to say is that I’m lucky that the mittens ended up with thumbholes.
Ever so briefly this morning we were wrapped in winter’s frost. Those cold, cold days are coming to a close as the hope of more sun is around the corner. Under this season’s blanket, I knit several wintery white wreaths. I have yet to start my own though. I think it’s safe to say there is a wee more time to take on this project — but luckily, not too much.
The two ink works above are from summer, but late today I did sit down and work on some new pieces. It was hard to get into a groove, but at least it’s a start. I’ll soon see if their are any promising pieces in the bunch.
Instead of making art right now, I’m contemplating making it. Maybe writing this post is procrastination, or as I see it, contemplation of where to begin. I have a hankering to revisit mini quilts and also to delve into ink drawings. Simple color collage work is another temptation.
Maybe I hold off because I prefer not to work in the cold, dank studio at the moment. Or maybe because when I start a project, little people needs call me away just as quickly. Despite these challenges, I haven’t been idle. Creation has flourished in the kitchen as we incorporate new ways of eating and on the needles as knit and purl, knit and purl.
As I feel more balanced on the health and nutrition front and slightly bored with knitting, I turn back to art making. With roughly six weeks before our world changes in ways we are not yet certain, I now need to take a leap and get busy from a different creative vantage point.
It’s all an exercise in patience and balance, flowing with life and realizing opportunities when they appear — in this case, a bit of “down time”. But, oye, there is so much yet to explore. And so much still to juggle. Choosing can be so overwhelming!
For the last two years, my oldest makes valentines for his classmates. I take this opportunity to join along side him in sharing the love. Still on the linoleum printing kick, I carved three different blocks, mixed colors per request and we set to work printing pre-painted cardboard, plain paper and paper that had been previously water colored.
Although I’ve had success printing cardboard in the past, it was hard for the kids to get a clear impression. I don’t think that mattered much since it created cool effects regardless. Plus, their favorite part lies in process — rolling the roller over the tacky ink and stamping. What a messy, fascinating and rewarding process block printing has become for us.