Thursday, July 28, 2011

long, hot summer

it's been crazy hot, crazy busy and i have been pretty slack about keeping up with folks via blog, twitter, fb, etc. what's going on? nothing. and everything. we've had lots of guests this summer (three norwegians!), and the usual summer camps, lots of work, gardening, pet stuff, pondering, exercising (not enough), blah, blah, blah. i have been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.

here's some good stuff

one birthday. two bouquets. how cool is that? thanks to leslie and michiela for making my day a lot sweeter. it wasn't one of those important birthdays that ends with a five or a zero. but it is always nice to be remembered. that's the best gift of all.
 an awesome kid. she makes me laugh every day. and she's the smartest person i know.

the roses went nuts in the early summer before it got wicked hot. now they're making a nice buffet for a family of japanese beetles.

this is all the knitting i have done all  year. these are bonnie squares from an old rowan book. the yarn is paint box, a nice single-ply with quick color changes. i'm planning on making a small afghan with a solid crochet border connecting all the squares. i have about four balls of yarn left.

i had a lot of fun with my window boxes this year. i had the help of a very talented friend who guided me with some unexpected combinations.

other fun stuff: i applied for no-coast again and i'm hoping to be chosen as a vendor for the textile center's holiday show. wish me luck.

Friday, July 15, 2011

i treasure it

i felt like the cool kid in school when i stumbled upon etsy in the winter of 2006. it really was love at first sight  to  feast on the amazing clearing house of crafts, art and vintage kitsch. (every day the internet just amazes me with the world's collective ingenuity and creativity) my first purchase was a set of those button-style fridge magnets laminated with retro school-book images. i shared them with my girlfriends on a weekend trip to new york. they were smitten with the idea of a global craft bazaar and strongly suggested that i join up. since they were so nice and supportive, let's have a look at their cute faces...

 joyce, flora, emily and jann somewhere in nyc. we did a ton of walking that day.

these ladies are some of my dearest friends from a very fun and happy time in my life. way back in the 90s we worked together in raleigh, n.c. here we just finished up a lovely picnic in gramercy park.

i adore this photo of the gang on the brooklyn bridge. flora was the only one who knew her photo was being taken and she looks lovely. the rest of us look like dorks. and that's ok.

wait, we were talking about etsy, weren't we?

oh, yeah.

one of the most unique things about etsy, is all the interesting ways you can shop for and discover new artists and their work. you can search by material, location, color, and any keyword you can imagine. but the one that i am becoming most smitten with is the treasury. (ok, a treasury is a themed collection of items curated by etsy members.) this is a fairly recent discovery and i'm a little embarrassed to say that it wasn't until about a year ago that i realized that the ever-changing lineup on the etsy front page is actually a rotating featured treasury. doh!
i would get these notifications from time to time that such-and-so-seller was using one of my yarns in a treasury and i would be like "yay, you." not having a clue that this sweet person (with spectacular good taste!) was giving my item free advertising by including it. it was then that i decided to jump in and give it a go and return the favor. i wasn't sure of the etiquette. do i send emails to everyone i include or will they figure it out? will people think my collections are "artsy" enough? is it annoying to tweet about it?

here's a look at the treasuries i have created so far.
(except for queens and cowboys, that was lydia) and i would love your feedback. what do you think of the themes, items picked and their presentation?

 here's a closer-up screen grab of my most recent back-to-school themed treasury. click to see more! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

knitting scarves from around the world

i am really thrilled to give you a sneak preview of a project i was involved in last winter. voyageur press has a new scarf knitting book coming out this fall and they asked me to help them out with photo and wardrobe styling. these patterns are beautiful, many with amazing beadwork, lace, cables and color work. it was such a fun project to be involved with. we shot the photos at the american swedish institute in minneapolis on a brutally cold day back in february. i love hanging out behind the scenes at photo shoots. there's always a lot of fun people, laughter, silliness and snack food. but they're a ton of work. getting all the outfits lined up in advance, constant consulting with the client about the layout of the book, reshoots and wardrobe changes can make it a long day. so enjoy these outtakes and i will definitely follow up when the book comes out! i can't wait to see the finished product.