Well how to begin this blog post….
We’ve reached the one year mark. One year ago this month my husband passed and life changed, what some of you may not know is that the exact day was also my birthday. While my 41st was difficult, facing events and a decision I never thought I would have to make my 42nd was peaceful. One thing that I found hard to do at the time was to not be upset with myself for the year that has passed. Rather than looking back at the time spent and thinking that I needed to be farther along this path I told myself to focus on the positive. So how did I spend the year? I wrote two patterns for Yarn Crush, self published three of my own to Ravelry, and had two published with PieceWork, one of which was featured on the cover. I took a chance with the French Nest Open Air Market and fell in love with my looms and weaving again. What was most important that all three of did this year was to heal. To be able to take the time to learn what our new normal is and I’m glad that we took it. Death stops life for only one person, and while we remember, smile and pay tribute as we all see fit, life does change and move on.
Last week before Thanksgiving if you follow me on Facebook I promised you a happy announcement this week. I am beyond thrilled and happy to tell you that my woven scarves are now on display for sale at the Blue Moose Art Gallery and Gifts here in Fort Collins!
I took in some of my work in October to have it juried and hopefully accepted and it has been. Deb and Cathy are the owners there and have a beautiful shop inside with a great variety of art available. They also host classes taught by the different artists and have a featured artist every month. At these events you can go in and talk to them to learn about their work. For December and this time of gift giving they are having a featured artist every day! I will be there Thursday December 7th from 10-4 with my little traveling loom demonstrating how it works and talking about some of the techniques that I’ve come up with.
One of the biggest lessons I’m trying to learn is patience. Just like one of my pieces this handcrafted life takes time and effort, it can’t be rushed, but this? This is a step, a tremendous step, and step after step it will all come together 🙂
Here I am again as promised with a new pattern! This one came about in an unusual way.
This is the Adventure Neckerchief now listed on Ravelry. The yarn for this is Jaggeryarn’s newest creation, Kokadjo and getting the yarn came about in a unique way.
Normally I’m not one for making comments on things on social media but this just happened to be a time that I did. I follow Jaggeryarn on Facebook as I’ve been a big fan of the Jaggerspun Zephyr for quite some time now. The post talked about a new fingering weight yarn that is 90% superwash merino and 10% silk. My comment was simple, saying that I would have to find some in my area and try it. At the time I had recently been in contact with the editor of PieceWork and we had talked about the yarn I would need for an upcoming project…(spoiler alert! Watch for PieceWork Jan/Feb 2018!) which of course I had decided on Jaggerspun Zephyr. Lindsey of Jaggeryarn saw my comment, saw my PieceWork request and contacted me asking what color I would like to try of the Kokadjo since she was sending me yarn anyway. Happy day! Free yarn? You bet! The Kokadjo is a delight to work with and I personally would recommend it for season transitional garments because even though it is 90% superwash merino and 10% silk it has a feel similar to cotton.
KODAK Digital Still Camera
KODAK Digital Still Camera
The pattern itself is worked from tip to tip on size 4 needles and measures 14″ wide at the point and 70″ long. Small you might say but of the items I’ve made and wear regularly the ones that wrap around my neck get the most comments. You increase during the first half and decrease during the second half making it suitable for yarns that you may have a limited amount of. To do this weigh your yarn at the beginning of the project, work the increase side until you are close to half of the weight you started with, then work the decrease side. I plan for this pattern to be the first of many for the Orphans…you know those single lonely skeins you find at the shop that you just can’t leave without yet you don’t know what you can do with the limited yardage? Here you go!
As for the name….sometimes naming a pattern is the hardest part! Something catchy, original, suits the piece? This one comes from The Hobbit. Bilbo is running after the Dwarven company and someone asks where he’s going…”I’m going on an adventure!” is his reply, and isn’t that what life is supposed to be? An adventure, just like this craft journey that I have embarked upon 🙂