Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksmas Presents!

Thanksmas Presents!
Originally uploaded by knittingbrow
Each year my family celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We have a gift exchange and this year I received knitting books from my Amazon Wishlist!

Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders edited by Judith Durant and Sock Club: Join The Knitting Adventure by Charlene Schurch and beth Parrott. Both of these books were in my hands two weeks ago at Borders. I told myself I needed to see if I got them as a gift. I'm very glad I waited. They both are filled with great patterns.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Knitting and I Hate Shakespeare

I got invited to go to Westland High School's production of I Hate Shakespeare by K & M. I wouldn't have gone without the invitation from these two amazing ladies I worked with during 2009's production of How I Became A Pirate.

BFF (Songferret) and I attended the Friday performance. It was not an 'omigod, go out and see this show and bring all your friends' show. It was a well written show presented by young talent that made me laugh and smile (and put down my knitting so I could watch).

I enjoy seeing the parents celebrate the talent and fun their children have doing theater in High School. I can tell the future is better off because of how A&J interact with their children (& their circle of kid friends). A cool thing was that D was a techie for the show so it was a full family experience.

My hat is off to K & M for fitting theater into their busy senior year. Thanks for thinking to invite me.

Go support the young kid's artistic endeavors. They need to know people are noticing.

Yes, these are the same socks I've been working on for DH. I picked up an additional skein of yarn so I can finish the toes. The knitting is good and they fit him. I should have these completed in the next two weeks. I'm splitting my knitting time between sock knitting and a super secret test knitting project that I'm behind on. That knitting is going quickly but it can't be travel knitting.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Birthday Surprise

Wow.  I just got a birthday surprise on Ravelry.  Laura from The Knit Girllls video podcast sent me a copy of her Spring Wind Sock Pattern for my birthday.  Her designs are La La's Knits on Ravelry. 

I favorited the pattern just yesterday and Laura took notice. It made me smile! Heck, I didn't even know you could send patterns as a gift. 

Thanks Laura!

You can tell by my hair that I stopped to blog this because I was very happy.  :)

Rustic Jack Socks Completed

I made this video back in September while I was on vacation and just found this draft blog entry today. 
Charlene Schurch pattern using Rustic Wool from the Queensland Collection.
Blogged about here and here.The first "here" link has lots of details.
These socks are for my BIL Jack.  He received them while he was on his first retreat.  It was wonderful to be able to knit the socks while we where together on vacation. 

Jack is knit worthy. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Emerson Burkhart

Emerson Burkhart
Originally uploaded by knittingbrow
I picked up a book about the Columbus painter Emerson Burkhart last week. I picked it up because I liked this painting in the cover of the book. "American Provincial" is part of the collection of  the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio. Oil on Canvas.

I intended to just look at the pictures and not do any reading....I got caught up in reading the essays about his career and how he never really fit into any of the "isms.". This was in part his own making. He didn't have good connections with an agent feeling he should promote his own work. This was not successful.

He painting many self portraits over his career. I like the color and texture of this painting. His ability to capture his various expressions was quick admirable.

I tweeted @ColumbusMuseum to ask if a different self portrait was going to be displayed after their renovation was completed. Here's the pic.  I got a response.
It won't be on display but "American Provincial" WILL be displayed so I can admire the work in person.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Colored Pencils Shelf

I think this is an amazing way to be creative. Speed creating. Mmmmm. I'm posting this as a reminder for myself. It could be a very liberating (& frustrating) method to release creativity.
Colored Pencils Shelf: "



UK-based designer, Dominic Wilcox, started a project called 'speed creating' where he made something every day for 30 days in a row from nothing more than the objects he already had around him. By far, my favorite is this yummy-looking shelf made from colored pencils that have been glued together in two layers and then mounted on wooden pencil box brackets. Check out some of his other projects like the soccer ball smoothie maker over on DesignBoom. [via ohdeedoh]

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