Thinking back to a cold, dreamy, mist-filled scene from this past winter when I spent the day wandering through the woods with The Living North, a massive gross yellow blanket in tow, getting odd looks and double-takes from others walking the forest paths.
I went with a purpose of trying to capture the way I feel when I'm sitting at home creating. A visual of where my mind drifts to for inspiration when I'm in the comfort of my cozy making spot. We may not always be physically surrounded by what drives our creativity, but we can certainly take our minds back and draw from the moments we were.
"Nature becomes your teacher, and from her you will learn what is beautiful and who you are and what is your special quest in life and whither you should go." - Stephen Graham
Finally got to take some pictures of my newest blanket, this pattern never disappoints.
Pattern: Bundle Handmade
Photo: The Living North
Forever Project Diaries, June 26, 2017: Entry 1.
Dear forever project diary,
Remember that doiley rug I started making last summer out of We Are Knitters beautiful fabric yarn? The colour such a perfect forest green? But I couldn't make it lay flat so I shoved it in a bag in the back of my closet? Yeah, it's still in there. I couldn't bring myself to rip it out and start over, but I know I won't be happy with how it's ruffled on the sides...so progress remains at a standstill. Maybe I'll just finish it to see how it looks, and cross the frogging bridge if and when I come to it. It might be ok right? RIGHT?
When you're trying to get a nice pic of your @jojilocat Mystery KAL progress (which is no longer a mystery because you slothed too long and now the KAL is done) whilst casually sipping your ice coffee because you finally made it to clue 4, but you accidentally used 16" circulars so you can't spread it out (and you tried but then went into red-alert mode when all your stitches slid off the needles), and it's way too big anyway so you just stand on a chair and hope for the best. #mylife
As someone who has never made a shawl, participated in a knitalong (mystery or otherwise), worked a lot with fingering weight yarns, or successfully followed patterns in general...jumping into the #jojimysterywrap KAL on behalf of Spun Fibre Arts has been quite the experience. Like with a lot of sweating.
I'm slothing along towards the end of Clue 1 (Clue 3 was released already, can't rush into these things), but I'm so happy I've been able to trek (aka struggle 😅) through this with my #hamontsipandstitch ladies Hooks & Needles, Hello Stella, @allthingsiheart and Made by Marlee. I know the five of us are going to come out the other side, perhaps slightly crazed, but stronger and more experienced knitters. Right? RIGHT? #itllbefine
The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze and Yarn Indulgences are complementing each other quite nicely though, don't ya think?
I live my life swimming in a never ending sea of forever projects.
Seriously though, how do you not end up with a million unfinished endeavors? My pile of abandoned WIPs is out of control and of course my first thought when I pulled out this hexie blanket I started last spring was "oooo I should make another one with this colour and this colour and.." NO. BAD KELLY.
You don't even want to know how many other unfinished projects I found in a span of 7 minutes. It's embarrassing!
Alright, I've moved my potato sack sweater from its pile of shame on the floor and am ready to a) rip out my tragic math - no Kelly, 29 is not half of 70 and now your vneck is lopsided in the worst way 😭 and b) finish the front. IT'S HAPPENING.
I really don't have a lot of spare time anymore, so these slow living, coffee sipping, quiet knitting moments are precious. Let's see if we can't get this wide-load sweater done before oversized goes out of style 👊 #potatosacksweaterdiaries
Hello friends, I'm Kelly! I'm a 27-year-old cozy enthusiast who loves creating things with yarn, exploring the beauty of nature, and eating Brooklyn style pizza.