Two weeks ago – on November 9th – I finished Katie’s mouse!
he is so cute!
I considered making a pair of socks next, so I spent some time reading the pattern and trying to understand what I was going to be doing. I’ve never knitted socks before and there are some nuances to it that I am unfamiliar with. I started knitting a gauge swatch for it, since this would be an item that actually has to fit properly, but haven’t finished that step yet.
Part of the reason is because that same week, one of our kitties knocked over a glass of water onto my computer and it stopped working. Since I was more interested in researching, finding, and buying a new computer in my free time, I didn’t really do a lot of creative things or worry about updating this blog. However, I am now happily typing this out on my new (to me) refurbished 11″ MacBook Air!
Yesterday, one of my favorite people was visiting and she asked me to show her how to crochet again – she used to do it, and I knew from personal experience that picking it up again would be like riding a bike, she just needed to be shown a few things and then her muscle memory would take over, which it did. So she is now off and running! In the process, I started working on a new project myself – a “potato chip” ruffle scarf (in a mustard yellow yarn). I will update it’s progress here and in the project page I now have for it in my Ravelry account.
So, as you can see, my AEDM aspirations haven’t panned out as hoped. However, I am still feeling like I get more time in for creative things than I was before – and really, that is all that matters.
I have decided not to post an update every day, partly because I just don’t have the time, and partly because I don’t want to inundate people’s inboxes and facebook feeds with daily posts (you can read more of my thoughts about that topic here). So, I will post every 2-3 days with a catch-up post instead.
November 6th – I continued working on the Mouse for Katie, and I finished the various parts. Now I am just adding the details, stuffing the parts, and preparing to sew him together. Here is his little head, with the face and ears added:
November 7th – I wasn’t feeling well yesterday, but I still managed to do some work on the pen ink drawing that I started (you can see the last phase here). I mostly added shading to the letters, and I also worked on the mandala-ish thing at the bottom a little, although it is now unfortunately infringing on Thoreau’s name (which I did look up and finish writing!). I am not sure where I want to go with this next, although I am considering adding some color, and maybe adding another couple of mandalas along the bottom:
November 8th – I will probably end up working more on either the mouse or the pen drawing this evening, but I did already take a photo this morning that I really like. It was when I was on my way out the door to drive to work, and I saw that there was a light layer of sleet everywhere that stopped me in my tracks (winter is coming!). I thought the sleet looked really neat on top of and around this rock that we have on our porch railing:
(I recommend clicking on the photo to see it in detail)
By the way, all of these photos are taken using my phone! I have the Nokia Lumia 920, and the camera in it is really fantastic. I especially like how well it takes macro photos, as evidenced in the mouse head and rock photos.
Posted in Knitting/Crocheting, Pen/Ink Drawings, Photography
Tagged art every day month, crochet, daily challenge, ink, mouse, pen, photography, quote, rock, thoreau
I had been thinking over the past few weeks that as I wrap up my applications for graduate school, I want to try to use the time I had been spending on that for something creative and relaxing. Then I saw a comment by my friend Drew, about an “Art Every Day Month” challenge for November – something akin to the NaNoWriMo concept. Knowing she was going to give it a try, and since I was already thinking of trying to focus on creativity this month, I decided I would join as well! I am not going to put any pressure on myself with this, though – it’s really just more for fun.
(click this button to go to the official site)
I just so happened to have already started working on some creative projects over the weekend, so I have a couple of items to bring myself up to speed (since it is already November 4th) . I don’t have anything for November 1st, so I will start with this ink drawing that I began on November 2nd:
(drawn with my TWSBI Mini, using Noodler’s Bernanke Black ink, in a Moleskine sketchbook)
I know, I didn’t finish Thoreau’s name yet, haha – I wasn’t sure of the spelling at the time, so I decided to wait. Obviously I’ve looked it up since, so that should be all set whenever I next upload it’s progression. This is definitely still a work in progress – you will see some significant development before it is done!
I have some items for yesterday and today, too, but I don’t have photo’s taken yet so I am going to post them along with tomorrow’s update. If any of you are planning to also try out this challenge, let me know where your blog is so I can add it to my links!