A Verb for Keeping Warm

There was a booth at Stitches I came and went from and then dreamed about in my sleep. The colors and textures of their yarns spoke to me, which by the way, is the best time to buy things. If the yarn speaks to you that much, you will love it and use it forever! Their site is equally lovely, and I may just end up buying some more yarn on there when I’m done with my Stitches goodies. Enjoy!


Photo Evidence

A very happy weekend to all of you! As promised, a few photos from my previous happy weekend at Stitches West. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy sharing them!

 

A view of the huge, vast event!

A view of the huge, vast event!

Dragon Scarf by Mary Scott Huff

Dragons by Mary Scott Huff at the Abstract Fiber booth

Yes, I saved the best for last. Steven and Stephen.

Yes, I saved the best for last. Steven Be and Stephen West, both of whom are incredibly fun and gracious.

 


My Stitches West 2015 Highlights

As mentioned previously, I went to Stitches West this past weekend. All weekend long, my friends and I were commenting how fun and relaxing it is to spend time with “our people”, and that is the best description I can think of for how much fun I had over the weekend. It is the first time I’ve ever had the chance to attend a Stitches event, and I thought I’d share my highlights from it, in case any of you wonder whether or not it’s worth the money.

  • First, yes, it’s worth the money because it only costs $2o (or less, if you find a coupon) to get into the marketplace for the whole weekend! There are lots of familiar yarn companies, but also lots of indie people to explore. I’ve heard complaints that there are too many big names, but my thought on that is that if you have a particular company you really love, it’s a treat to be able to explore their full line of yarns and colors. Typically, yarn stores pick and choose which bases of yarn to carry, and then colors from within those. If you really want to see the full range, this is the place to do it!
  • Yoth (Yarn On the House) seemed to be the most popular booth in the entire place. Every time we passed by, they were selling out entire shelves of yarn, and the next morning, a new stock magically appeared. I had not heard of this company prior to the weekend, so it was a great discovery!
  • Being the color fanatic that I am, I was thrilled to see lots of gradient kits on sale in various booths. I don’t know if this is necessarily a trend, but I’m glad to see they’re still popular. Playing around with mixtures of colors is half the fun for me, and to walk past booths with lots of color-coordinated kits hanging on a wall is a visual rush. Neighborhood Fiber Company and Abstract Fiber were my favorite stops for these kits because of their extra-rich, saturated colors.
  • As far as designers go, is there any better a pair than Steven Be and Stephen West? “Dynamic Duo” is such a well-suited title for them. In a future post, I will share the photo I took with them, but suffice it to say, they make an entrance and there’s no mistaken identities with them! However, aside from their inclination to dress to be noticed, they have equally fun personalities and are the most pleasant people I’ve ever had the pleasure of asking for autographs. I was very honored they complimented one of my designs, and I will keep the photo forever.
  • Apple Tree Knits wins my award for prettiest yarn cakes. I had to revisit their booth a number of times before I could pick which cake of yarn I wanted because the truth is, I wanted them all! It’s on my list to learn how to dye and wind yarn into a cake to look like these!

My BooCat

Boo

I knit this little mouse from a Spud and Chloe book a few years ago for my daughter. However, you can see who gets the most playtime with it. I will fill you all in about my fun at Stitches West this past weekend, but thought I would offer up a little Monday levity until I’ve had a chance to collect myself from all the yarny fun.

And if you ever find a week-old kitten abandoned under a tree, take it home, bottle feed it and take care of it, you will have yourself the most fun, affectionate little pet you could ever imagine! My little BooCat, as I affectionately call her, gives me something to smile about every day.


Haute Couture

Most of us can’t afford haute couture, but the skill and attention to detail is something any crafter will appreciate. I can only hope that one day I will have developed an equal skill with knit and crochet. Enjoy!


Color Fields with Yarn

I am honored for a second year to be designing a pattern for Unwind for LA’s 2015 Yarn Crawl. This is one of my favorite yarn and fiber related events, and it is exciting to be asked to design a piece that is guaranteed to be seen by people from all over. Of course, there are specs to the project – I don’t get to simply choose whatever colors and yarn I feel like. It is up to my boss to decide which yarns she would like to promote during the event, and I have to work a design around the colors and yardage I’m given. Of course, this is the difference between working as a fine artist and working as a designer.

I have to admit that the colors she gave me – purple and yellow – did not speak to me at first. Despite the fact they are complementary colors, I didn’t feel inspired to put them together. When up against creative block, I’m always grateful for all the hardworking fine artists out there, both past and present, who produce work purely from inspiration. As I browsed through books and magazines looking for inspiration, I realized that Piet Mondrian’s colorblocking and other color field artists were the perfect jumping off point. I can’t wait to show you the results, but until then, I hope you enjoy browsing through the art that inspired my latest project!


The Perfect Weekend

It’s always lovely when a fun holiday falls on a long weekend (the kids have the day off school because of President’s Day) and the weather happens to be perfection. I had a very stressful week last week, complete with getting stuck in a pitch-black subway tunnel – a first for me, despite the fact I’ve ridden the metro in at least four cities! To say the least, by Friday, I was in a very frazzled state of mind.

The kids had Valentine’s parties at school Friday morning and were dismissed at noon, so I started the weekend off by taking them to the beach for the rest of the day. I went to a party at the yarn shop on Saturday, enjoyed family time at home, and went out with friends whom I like to think of as my sisters from another mother. We are heading back to the beach today, and I can honestly say that when we wake up tomorrow morning to head back to work and school, we will be doing it with smiles on our faces after the best weekend we could have asked for. I hope all of you had an equally lovely weekend, and that you enjoy browsing the photos from mine.

The perfect song – for any time, in my opinion! Even more perfect, riding around with your best friends singing it!

My son taking a breather after all his boarding.

My son taking a breather after all his boarding. Forget Disneyland! Malibu is our happiest place on earth.

Look closely! That spout you see is a whale. Sadly, I was not able to capture the whale coming out of the water! It is a rare treat to be able to stand on shore and see whales.

Look closely! That spout you see is a whale. Sadly, I was not able to capture the whale coming out of the water! It is a rare treat to be able to stand on shore and see whales.

A Valentine's gift for the kids - these garden cookies are supposed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

A Valentine’s gift for the kids – these garden cookies are supposed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

One of our cuddle cats - you can see why my daughter named her Bonita (for my non-Spanish speakers, that's Pretty).

One of our cuddle cats – you can see why my daughter named her Bonita (for my non-Spanish speakers, that’s Pretty).


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