Sunday, December 30, 2007

Baby Steps and 500 Handbags

I wanted to see if there was something to my madness. I loaded some of my knitting books to Ravelry hopping to see a pattern in my interests . I also decided to go back and read my 2007 New Year's resolution. I took baby steps and made some progress. I did design and start to sell my patterns but I was not able to publish a website. I did participate at Artworks, and sell on Etsy. I also submitted to Lark's 500 Handbags, unfortunately they did not have enough entries and cancelled the project. Sad because I really liked the pieces I submitted, and I had not done anything with them waiting to hear if they were accepted. I am considering other options with those designs for 2008.

Friday, December 28, 2007


I've had time to rest and knit a little this Christmas. This design was inspired by Kristin Knits. I am sure it will evolve as I recreate the pattern but I am pleased with it. I realized that the Sock it to Me wrist warmer that I created with Kaffe Fassett design sock yarn sold at the gallery before I could get a picture. I didn't think that one would go so soon. Back to the drawing board.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Colors, Colors and More Colors

When I painted this rug, I titled it"Dreams".

When I was a little girl my mother taught me to crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, and cross stitch, which are all interests of good little hispanic girls. When I was a teen, she signed me up for knitting classes. I was at a young age impressed with the fact that you could use small treads to create such beautiful works. But the practical aspect of life took over. I did a little of each, and started knitting again several years ago. Finding my niche has not been an easy road. As a teacher/artist, I can work with just about any medium but none made my heart jump.

I own many Fine Art Books, several of Kaffee Fasset's book, Brandon Malby's Knitting in Color and, I have been looking and I knew I would know when I found what I needed.

I received Kristin Knits about a week ago, I skimmed the pages and my heart immediately jumped, the same emotion that overcame me when I was in the Louvre standing in front of the Mona Lisa. The same feeling I had when I stood in front of an Original Georgia O'Keefe at the Chicago Institute of Art, but due to this and that, there was no time to post. (Time has not been my friend lately. I need to follow my own advice to my students "learn to balance".)
Kristin brought it all together for me. Something that no other artist's work had been able to inspire, the AHA moment. It have been traveling down a road, picking up pieces here and there, but never putting it all together, till this moment.
For the last year or so I had noticed designs in magazines that I enjoyed viewing. Last week, I realized that they were mostly Kristin's designs. Her designs are an inspiration to where I had been heading. Now to allow my style to come out.
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