Wednesday, June 25, 2008


YAAAAAAA HOO, (not the email yahoo)I'm working again, i'm actually working producing.The shoemaker with holes in her shoes, is not going to apply to me anymore soon.Pictures, pictures, pictures, coming. My inspirattion has come in from numerous sources. My fellow knitter and crocheting friends,had reminded me that, i not just the teacher, i'm a knitter and crocheter,beader,chainmailler,dollmaker,also. OKay, so i have to admit,that when what you love becomes your profession, you can get lost in the world of paperwork,preparation, etc.etc.etc.( what movie did i get the etc. thing from,was it Mame?). MY RIVER IS RUNNING AGAIN YA'll watch out.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A New Day for The Workaddict

Relaxing, Enjoying, being social. How easy it is to forget to do all of these things. has helped me to remember that although i teach knitting and crochet all the time, it should still be my passion. I'm loving being able to connect with the various groups and people on Ravelry, what an excellent idea these people came up with. Being a moderater of my own group there satisfys my ever dying need to work,and by joining the knitalongs,crochetalongs, etc. etc. forces me to take the time to knit and crochet my own personal projects. Teaching can pull the starch out of you sometime, you feel extremely thirsty ( emotionally). Ravelry has been my tall glass of cool Raspberry Iced Tea.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Design Inspiration Challenge Group

MY DESIGN PROCESS FOR KNIT AND CROCHET DESIGNS. Original Designs ( all Rights Reserved), to share with Ravelry's Design Inspiration Challenge Group .

Project 1
I love this ironwork pattern. I would love to make a crochet bag using this design

come back and see the results

Project 2 This is Blond Bird, he is Clipart turned into a knit design using the Design A Knit Software Not sure where I'm going to use him yet. But I think he is cute. Notice the clip art does not have too many color areas

SEE RAVELRY.COM - Design Inspiration Challenge group for a closer look

This makes the conversion a little easier ( in my opinion) I will hope to show you clip art and graph soon.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

IN Honor of YOU NiKKi

I've spent the last 8 days in a very exciting CAD ( computer aided design class), designing for the Rose Royce of knitting machines, The Stoll knitting machine is manufactured in Germany. I have one more day to go, then i can start my large list of summer projects. I've also been missing my wonderful friend these last few days.Everytime i spend a lot of time with knitting, i think of her . She passed away, in what now seems many Novembers ago,because every day she is not here, it seems like years have gone by. Her name is Nikki Bronstein,she was the owner of a beautiful yarn store in Boston,we spent a lot of time knit ting and laughing and knitting and laughing. When i'm tired and think i can't go on, i feel her arm around my shoulder, and whispering bad words in my ear ( as she would often do, for shock), and I'm encouraged to press on.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Time To Be Quiet

I just joined Ravelry this weekend and i am so excited about connecting with so many knitters and crocheters around the world. I see a lot of knitters and crocheters almost daily in my classes and i never get enough of being exposed to so many creative minds. To the left you will see my favorites, and at the top of the list is the link to Xenobia Baileys blogspot. I have had the pleasure of meeting her, and i think she is fantastic. Her Zen like spirit, reminds me to stay quiet sometimes and think about what it is I would like create. I teach all the time, and i am always preping for classes,and running to classes,and running to meetings etc. Although we are half way through the year, there is no better time than now to make time for my creative ideas. I have joined a few groups on Ravelry KAL and CAL, to force me to take time out for me. Let's see how this goes.