Wednesday, January 29

Scenes & inspirations



While browsing some knitting blogs I stumbled upon Madder's Winter Cozy Uniform.

Piper turned two! I have a niece that's only one week older.

Andi's coasters are supercute and a good idea to use up stash yarn. I love the purple colourway.

I definitely want to try sewing these cosy pajamas when I have kids.

Alicia's Winter view makes me long for snow and mountains even more.

Check out Studio Meez' Beekeepers Quilt.

And last, be sure to check out Milla's latest post and photography.

Have a nice day!

Friday, January 17

Soulfood


Lately I've got too much on my mind: I'm doing a project for a friend which I really can't show yet, I've started my knitting project three times before I got it right, I feel like I've worked all the time at the hospital, I've been settling arrangements for various private matters. All I want to do is sink into a cosy corner with a blanket and a Disney movie, remembering what a great care-free childhood I had, or go out into into a forest to reload my batteries by scenting the odours of tramped fir needles, moist air and other woody fragrances . Along the way of human's evolution, we lost our ability to smell things and define odours, I believe.

I also discovered I don't like drawing commissions and know again why I graduated as a nurse and not as a graphic designer or an illustrator, a profession that always seemed so tempting for me. As soon as someone tells me what to draw and how to draw it, I freeze artistically. That discovery saddens me in one way, but at the same time I accepted it, because I actually always have known this.

1. Sketchbook illustration of the new year to point out that all drawings after that page are from 2014 :) 

2. Frogged knitting (Oh, for you knitters with interchangeable needles: are you satisfied with them? I'm thinking of buying the Addi Clicks.)

3. My 'drawing' sleeve just ripped further (I always wear that cardigan when painitng or drawing, so I don't need to mind my clothes when accidentally rubbing through paint or graphite...)

4. Me, on a side

Is any of you having these January blues too? Shall we get together and beat it with a stick and finish it with fireworks to gaze at or clear, moonlit skies with plenty of stars and a background feel good song? :)

Friday, January 10

January

January from Sallock on Vimeo.


Inspired by Liesl's impressive seasonal videos, I tried to catch some moments of 2014 so far in a short movie.

I actually have no clue how to film. And from now on, I really need to focus on zooming in and out. Don't have a steady hand.

Wednesday, January 8

A stitch in time saves nine

While I was photographing my new knitting project on my bed, lit by the Winter sunny light through the curtains I was enjoying so much, I finally accepted the fact that my new top that consisted of various knitting hours was actually...too big. What I was fearing for the last week while knitting became reality. It's too big, my gauge was fitting, I measured my chest size , but I decided to knit the bigger size in stead of the smaller one (I did that to my last project and it really is a tiny bit too small underneath the arms). So I actually saw it coming. But I was too stubborn and very much in denial to frog it. I wanted to wait until I finished the last waist decreases, because that would miracly make it a lot smaller, wouldn't it? Of course not!
While I was photographing my new knitting project on my bed, lit by the Winter sunny light through the curtains I was enjoying so much, I finally accepted the fact that my new top that consisted of various knitting hours was actually...too big. What I was fearing for the last week while knitting became reality. It's too big, my gauge was fitting, I measured my chest size , but I decided to knit the bigger size in stead of the smaller one (I did that to my
So my precious new top went from this:
 To this:
And finally to this:
Ah well, patience is a virtue and Rome wasn't build in a day, right?

Happy frogging!

Friday, January 3

Happy 2014!

The holidays were mostly spent with friends and family at home or at their houses and with colleagues at my workplace. It was a joy not being on facebook or checking my email too much. In fact I was thinking about leaving facebook anyway. I'm active on way too many websites with my knitting and drawing. Besides I'm not really fond of the 'facebook-concept' and actually never have been. Since 2005 I started sharing my drawings on the internet and learned a lot by the feedback I received from all around the world.
With knitting it's not different. But I don't feel the need to be on facebook anymore for 'meeting' my friends, family and colleagues, who I actually see in real life. With blogging, I feel like I'm learning more from other cultures and I get inspired by people overseas, just like I did years ago by sharing my drawings. It's a great feeling to share your passions with unknown people, far far away from you. And to know that there are people out there who get excited by the same little things that I sometimes can not explain to the people I live with nearby.
So one of my main goals in 2014 is trying to live a simpler life. I'd love to do a lot more crafting and sewing this year. Recycling and upcycling some of my and my family member's old clothing. Because, it's tempting to buy all things new, but in the past years I bought a lot of stuff I didn't really need or could do without. I do need new boots though :-), my last pair were from three years ago and the zipper's already fixed two times. I don't think they're going to last another season. But we'll see.
I hope you had lovely holidays and time to spend with people you love and just like to be around. Because sometimes, life can be as simple as that...