Wow, it's been a long time since I have written anything. So what have I been up to? Well, it has been a difficult summer. By best friend, Martha, was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer at the beginning of the year and tried her best to fight it. But things took a turn for the worse by summer and she passed in August. So I've been spending my time trying to deal with this loss.
This has, oddly, come with a burst of creativity. Or maybe not oddly - after all, what better way to distract yourself then by making things. One of my knitting machines had been sitting out gathering dust for months, and shortly before Martha's passing I accidentally realized that my machine does double knitting. I wanted to try it, but it looked really complicated. Then once Martha was gone I realized that double knitting would be a great way to put her simple doodles into knitting. Here is the result:
Her favorite color was green, and I just happened to have some lovely alpaca/silk yarn in green and white to use. Her husband has it draped around her urn and pictures on his mantle. I think of it as a sanity piece - focusing on the struggle of learning a new technique (and having to repair my machine a bit to get it to work) helped distract and keep me going through those first few weeks.
Now that my machine is back up and running I've been playing with other things. Like making Halloween stockings - because why should Christmas get all of the fun? Besides, the Great Pumpkin needs a place to leave treats for all of the sincere boys and girls. And because I already have a Halloween stocking I'm selling my new ones on shophandmade.com.
This, of course, is why I now have a Shop page here. You can click on the pictures to go directly to my shophandmade.com store.
I've also been playing with Spoonflower, but nothing for sale yet...I'll talk more about my adventures there when I have a little better idea just what I'm doing. In the meantime, I'm having way to much fun seeing what my doodles would look like on fabric.
Until next time!