Monday, March 15, 2010

in which i look back

well march is plodding along. we've all enjoyed having Jeff {husband} at home for a few days at the beginning of the month even if the circumstances weren't ideal. but he's back to work now and things settling back into their usual routine. i've got a few projects on the needles and a few more waiting in the wings.

turquoise damson
on the needles- damson by Ysolda

i'm just realizing that i've never blogged about how the olympic challenge i entered panned out......I won silver! soooooooo exciting as i rarely, if ever, win things. it was a totally random draw for the prizes so i feel pretty lucky to have won. i was so excited in fact that as i was busy jumping around the living room in glee i stepped on one of my sons toys which caused me to knock the coffee table over onto my foot. if you knew me this wouldn't really be surprising. it reminds me of my first presentation in fashion school. we had to design and create an outfit from found objects and only 10% of the garment could be out of fabric. anyways, i designed a full , gathered skirt out of a road map and a bustier out of the inner-tubing of a tire. pretty cool but as you can imagine not exactly comfortable or sturdy. so there i am actually wearing this get-up and standing in front of my classmates whom i'd only met a few weeks prior. i go to take a step to the side while pointing to my inspiration board and turn my ankle lurching myself over and threatening to toss me, paper skirt and all to the ground. i can still hear the gasps of everyone and see the looks of horror on their faces. no doubt they were all glad it was me and not them. somehow i managed to straighten myself out and continue on with the presentation but it was not one of my finer moments let me tell you. thankfully the complete mortification i felt was quickly outweighed by the humor.

the illustration from the design board.
boy can i tell that i was just beginning to learn fashion illustration!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


can you believe it's march? i feel like i was just typing up my post about being in disbelief that it was february and here we are at the start of a whole new month again. march is an exciting month. the mornings are a little brighter, flowers and trees start to poke there heads out from a long winters slumber. i swear i heard frogs croaking in the creek by our house as i laid in bed last night. we are making plans for our little veggie garden we are planting this year. my 3{almost 4} year old son has been helping brainstorm the different things he'd like to grow. the neighborhood kids have started to migrate out into the streets to play hockey and ride bikes and all the other games that the short winter days have hindered. so far i'm liking march.

something else that is fun about march is that it's malabrigo madness month on ravelry. that means that we are all trying to knit as many projects as we can with malabrigo yarns. the only catch is that we had to wait to cast on til march first. this was fine except i finished up my olympic challenge socks a day early and then found myself at odds without a knitting project to work on. something i've learned in the past few months is that i need to knit. knitting seems to have a very soothing, almost therapeutic, effect. i've always loved to create and dream about things i could make but i've never really enjoyed the making process as much as the dreaming-up process until i took up knitting.

beginnings of...
{scroll lace scarf in malabrigo silky merino, "cloudy sky"}

i just recently treated myself to a copy of Ysolda Teague's Whimsical Little Knits 2. i'm completely charmed by everything about this collection. very inspiring! I've already started my first project from the booklet {the scroll lace scarf} and plan to make, well, basically everything else eventually. I especially love the sweet little hedgehog named smith, the peaks island hood and the snap dragon mitts.

so what's inspiring you lately? i'd love to hear about it.