Sunday, April 27

Celebrating Spring

...And Spring arose on the garden fair,

Like the spirit of love felt everywhere;

And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest...


(From: 'The Sensitive Plant' by Percy Byssche Shelley)





Over the years I've learned to appreciate every season's peculiarities. I was born in Spring and have memories of sunny birthdays and no exam periods!

I think it's always so surprising that Spring touches the world so carefully, as if it starts to color the trees, skies and bushes with a paintbrush dipped in a watercolour palette. Slowly, letting us know that it has been waiting around the corner, substituting Winter from its heavy task. A warmer sun, but a bit of a colder wind. Flowers start to bloom, birds start to sing. Then the graduality of the changing of seasons suddenly stops: you look around and the trees and the fields are green as if Winter was a dream.

Here's a sweet song about changing seasons and I love when she's about to sing about Spring, a percussion instrument like a xylophone or something like that announces the Spring awakening.

Happy Sunday! Happy Spring!

x


Friday, April 25

Indecisive creativity



Not much, really. some drawing, some knitting, some sewing.




Small knitting projects, like this Modern Baby Bonnet from Vintage Knits and a dishcloth ...awaiting a new bigger project which I haven't decided yet. Since I finished Amélie I want to knit a Spring/Summer cardigan. Only there are so many beautiful patterns to choose from and so many yarns! Should I try linen? A few months ago, in the yarn shop, I noticed this Rowan Creative Linen yarn and oh (!)  next to it was a bunch of Rowan Purelife Revive in beautifully rustique colors. I've never knitted with linen or linen/cotton before. Have you?


I actually made a commitment to myself that I should focus on drawing more and a little less on knitting because I miss drawing, but I can't stop knitting :). I wonder what's worse: staring at a blank sketchbook without inspiration or adding a significant amount of cardigan patterns to my way-too-long knitting queue and actually staring at blank needles?

Maybe I should knit him a new pair of socks he will probably start to wear not until October...but in knitting world, October isn't that far away anymore! ;-)

Friday, April 11

Spring-cleaning


Massive clean-up, trip to Ikea, potting some flowers, being sick while on leave during Spring break...
...knitting, sending gifts, visiting a newborn whose birth announcement I drew...
...finding peace in ordinary things, car break-in, honest people bringing back stolen goods to the police departement...
...kind people at the autoglass clinic to repair the damage, nice insurance guy, Tiger balm for my chest...


Thank you, Spring, for the new beginning. My head is clear now.



Sunday, April 6

A long time ago...in my sketchbook

It has been a while since I've been drawing or sketching. Call it a drawer's block or creative starvation if you want. Sometimes I have too many ideas and future projects in my head and then I end up doing absolutely nothing. Since I finished Amélie and Eluria my fingers have been longing to hold pencils and paper again in stead of yarn, knitting needles or fabrics and thread.

I've got so many ideas for so many different sketchbooks. Pen, graphite, watercolours, still lifes, portraits, grungy portraits, something botanical, something with quotes, illustration, realism,... . So until I make up my mind about - or until my fingers just magically decide - what to draw when opening one of my sketchbooks, I content myself with the possibility of instant image creating through photography. In a world where I can alter shutterspeed and manipulate the amount of light falling into my lens to create an image where focus lays now on one of the most common phenomena on earth: light.
I love simple things, ordinary everyday objects. Some people see them every day without really looking at them and remembering details.  It's drawing  that learned me to look differently at light and shadow and curves of people, objects, nature. It's also something nostalgic. I remember many details from toys or furniture from childhood that my sister for example can not recall.  It actually is only useful for drawing I think. Because often, when I want something, or have an image of something in my head of how it is supposed to be, I can't let go of that exact image with every little detail on it. That's a typical Taurus characteristic, I once read. The stubbornness and frustration for not meeting my  (self set) high standards obstructs any imagination! Ah, zodiac signs are so useful  to pardon for such negative character traits :-)

Tuesday, April 1

Eluria

Linking up with Nicole from Frontier Dreams (KCCO):

I proudly present: Eluria, my new big-knitting-project-bag. Usually I store my current knitting project in a wide open basket which works fine when knitting at home. But sometimes, when searching for fabrics and haberdasheries, I like to bring my project with me to the shop, so I can see if the colours match together. I made an inside pocket and a holder for crochet hooks - I'm always searching for them - just in case of dropped stitches.
Do you have a special knitting bag when knitting elsewhere?