A Solution to a Common Problem

I LOVE these ideas for what to do with yarn scraps! Most of the time, I throw mine away, but I always hate doing it. It goes back to that whole, I-Hate-being-wasteful thing. Check out a tutorial, save your scraps and share your photos if you like. I’m going to have to find a special spot to start saving my scraps from now on. 🙂

My First Love – Craftwise

Where knitting can have a negative connotation, crochet can end up receiving the same in double. I learned to crochet before I learned to knit, and I still love it. When my friend first taught me, I came straight home, put my kids to bed, and sat up until 3 am practicing so I wouldn’t forget how to do it before I saw her again!

It is often alot easier to find knitting patterns that inspire me, but every once in awhile, I find a crochet treasure trove. This is a shame, as both crafts are equally satisfying and are art forms in their own right. Props to this site for having some great crochet and free patterns!

Back to Styling

Not too long ago, I posted about learning to style your knitwear. It has been on my mind to follow up that post with ideas and tips for my own patterns. To begin, I will start with the free chunky fringed scarf I posted last week.

People come in the shop all the time saying they always buy the same yarn colors and need “to break out of their rut”. And while I am all for constant experimentation and expanding my horizons, I have to say that I don’t like to see people feel ashamed of buying their favorite colors. When you crochet or knit with your favorites, you are guaranteed to end up with lots of pieces that work together that you will love year-round. Styling is all about being able to swap items in and out of different outfits. As you may have already figured out, I am very drawn to reds (although that could change). This scarf is now going to serve me well no matter what season it is (and if you’re wondering, yes, it was about 95 degrees the day I shot these photos, so the winter look is here just for your benefit!) Hope you enjoy!

My go-to look so much of the time! Printed tank top, denim shorts, metallic sandals and a hand-knit accessory!
My go-to look so much of the time! Printed tank top, denim shorts, metallic sandals and a hand-knit accessory! And a pedicure, of course!
Yes, that's my knitting bag! I often wear a plain tank top because I don't like to detract from the handknits, but in this case, I think the black and white print sets off the bright color well.
Yes, that’s my knitting bag! I often wear a plain tank top because I don’t like to detract from the handknits, but in this case, I think the black and white print sets off the bright color well.
I never get tired of a winter whites look. In Los Angeles, I can only wear this much warm about 1 month out of the year, but I always get compliments when I do a winter white look.
In Los Angeles, I can only wear this much warmth about 1 month out of the year, but I always get compliments when I do a winter white look.
Varying shades of cream with a shot of color is a simple way to look pulled together.
Varying shades of cream with a shot of color is a simple way to look pulled together.

 

A Lost City Found

Part 2 of our inspiration-collecting trip to the California Science Center: the Pompeii exhibit. I enjoyed this exhibit very much, and found so much inspiration! It is filled with art and artifacts and gives the viewer great insight into the lifestyle of people in Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius. If you are interested in Pompeii from a more scientific point of view, the exhibit also features background information about volcanic eruptions and details of the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius. You will see casts of the bodies as they were found in the ruins many centuries later. The city was so well preserved that it provided historians the most concrete information about Roman life.

 

Don't miss it!
Don’t miss it!
One of the many wall frescoes found in the ruins of Pompeii. Romans were social people - they loved to drink and have long meals lounging in their courtyards with their friends. No dining solo!
One of the many wall frescoes found in the ruins of Pompeii. Romans were social people – they loved to drink and have long meals lounging in their courtyards with their friends. No dining solo!
Statue found in a villa
Statue found in a villa
Pompeii's export. The people of Pompeii had a healthy diet - aside from fish, they ate lots of fruits and vegetables, cooked with olive oil, and drank wine with everything.
Pompeii’s export. The people of Pompeii had a healthy diet – aside from fish, they ate lots of fruits and vegetables, cooked with olive oil, and drank wine with everything.
I love the textures on their ceramics!
I love the textures on their ceramics!
A pitcher used for pouring drinks.
A pitcher used for pouring drinks.
Back to the al fresco dining - I loved this mosaic table top!
Back to the al fresco dining – I loved this mosaic table top!
This ceramic floor tile found in a villa near Pompeii makes me want to design some mosaic knitwear pieces!
This ceramic floor tile found in a villa near Pompeii makes me want to design some mosaic knitwear pieces!
A cast of one of the bodies found. The photo behind shows it as it was found.
A cast of one of the bodies found. The photo behind shows it as it was found.
Modern Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius - still looks like a beautiful, inspiring place!
Modern Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius – still looks like a beautiful, inspiring place!

 

 

Mission Objectives: Education and Inspiration

I’ve designed quite a few patterns in a short amount of time, and after working nonstop, I wanted to take a break from the studio. I have company at the moment, so of course, we needed to entertain as well. Yesterday, we combined entertainment for our house guests with collecting new inspiration. Los Angeles has so many places to see new things, get inspired, and explore. I love a day out on the metro, exploring the city!

We saw so many things at the California Science Center that I will break down my visit into a few different posts. We will start with the Endeavour, something Angelenos are so proud to call their own, and so happy to have right here at home. The one and only sonic boom I have ever heard was when the Endeavour made its last reentry from its last space mission. And when it flew back to California and made its way through the city to its final resting spot at the Science Center, my children took a break from school to watch it fly over, and I stood in the middle of my street with my neighbors staring at the sky waiting to catch a glimpse. As you will see in my photos below, it is an impressive sight, worthy of inspiration.

Inspiring on the outside and inside!
Inspiring on the outside and inside! You can also walk through the rose gardens on either side.
Pure inspiration!
Pure inspiration!

 

Mission accomplished!
Mission accomplished!

 

Welcome home!
Hollywood welcoming home!
So big and impressive I can't even get the whole thing in my frame!
So big and impressive I can’t even get the whole thing in my frame!
Each tile is individually labelled. Knitters will appreciate the skill and attention to detail!
Each tile is individually labelled. Knitters will appreciate the skill and attention to detail!
I love getting photos from different angles. So much design inspiration!
I love getting photos from different angles. So much design inspiration!
SpaceHab. Yes, it's what you think: Space Habitat.
SpaceHab. Yes, it’s what you think: Space Habitat.
Mission control!
Mission control!

Monday Morning Inspiration

Musetouch is supportive of artists and filled with visual inspiration! The highlight from their Facebook page is this photo of Christian Dior gowns circa 1949. Even though many people like to make fun of the absurdity of runway shows and the cost of couture, this photo is a perfect example of why I hope there will always be the world of couture. How beautiful can one make something if given endless resources? And almost 70 years later, here we are enjoying the work! Happy Monday friends!

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