Journal – February 2016

journalling-febpost I found the journal prompts in January to be helpful in some instances. I wasn’t great about journalling daily but I did use a lot of the prompts when I did journal. I am actually enjoying the exercise when I do it. I’ve done prompts for February so I’m sharing them as well.

PDF of journal prompts for February

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Club Scarves from 2015

I rarely talk about the weaving club. I love it so much but I don’t want to spoiler anyone about what’s coming up. Sometimes I have scarves done a year in advance so by the time I feel like I can talk about them safely, it’s old news for me. Regardless, I don’t want to let all that gorgeous weaving just go unnoticed. Here’s a recap of 2015:

February – Radar Blips
Rav Link for Radar blips

April – Square Loops
Rav link for Square Loops

June – Unspun
Rav Link for Unspun

August – Little Mountains
Rav Link for Little Mountains

October – Chunky Leno
Rav link for Chunky Leno

December – Big Gingham
Rav Link for Big Gingham

There are some great weaving projects that were posted in our group too. I love seeing everyone’s projects. So if you’re in the club and didn’t post in the group, here’s your official invitation, please post. I love seeing them.

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My New Favorite Salad

bestsaladWhen I was in Philadelphia I was doing a talk one evening and sent my family out to eat while I was busy. I said to just get me something to go. My wonderful husband gambled and got me this salad. Everyone that knows me knows I like greens and stinky cheese so this was a good gamble on his part.

It didn’t come with a recipe but I was able to break it down pretty simply.

Miso Dresing
1/2 a Bartlett Pear (soft and thinly sliced)
Dried Cranberries

Basically I heap up my greens, toss them in the dressing then throw everything else on top in the order I listed there. I have used Caesar dressing when I was out of Miso and too lazy to make more, it works almost as well. If you want to make a simple Miso dressing you can search out for a bunch of different ones online or here’s one that works for me.

Miso Dressing:
1.5Tbs Miso Paste (I like white for this)
2 Tbs Rice Vinegar (more flavore you can do half rice vinegar, half lime juice)
1 Tbs Honey
1 heaping tsp of fresh grated ginger
2Tbs Sesame oil

For other salads I would add sesame seeds to this dressing but I leave them out because I don’t like them on this salad. I know, they’re such a small thing but sometimes I’m just that picky.

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New Samples

Every so often I think I need new samples for the shop or classes. The old ones start to look less fresh or maybe after having them on display for so long, I just want to wear them. Which means at that point they aren’t fresh enough for display any more.

Right now I’m working on a whole bunch of new samples. I want to show you but nothing is blocked, they’re all for classes that I don’t have until April so I’m just knit knit knitting away and will block later. As such nothing looks so pretty but I’ll give you hints of what I’ve been doing.

A shawl in thick and thin using The Caterpillar Shawl Pattern
A hat in a progression. Of which I didn’t use any particular pattern but it does need a pompom soon.
In progress are mittens in thick and thin – also without a particular pattern
A scarf using handspun Crivens from Helloyarn
A sweater using this Knitting Pure and Simple Pattern

They’re all in handspun. I’m working on other things that are samples in store yarns. In particular I’m participating in a KAL with Amy Herzog Designs. There’s enough going on with those sweaters that I should probably write a whole new blog post on it. Sit tight. More sweaters. More swatching. More knitting coming soon.

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Seed Catalogs!

Is there really any better time of year?
The actual planting and weeding are work….so is the harvesting. Though, I admit the eating of all the garden goodness is really damn good. Still, there is something pretty fantastic about all the planning and dreaming of the next garden that makes it extra special.
Those were the only 2 catalogs immediately at hand. Burpee and Johnny’s are always top picks around here too.

Do you see that fabric that’s lying under the catalogs? I was passing by my mom’s stock wall and there was this bolt of fantastic veggie material. This really should be grocery bags but then the thought crossed my mind that it would be an even better skirt.

I get distracted easily….

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Journal – January 2016

janpicI want to journal more but there are times that I feel unfocused. If there isn’t anything in particular going on, I’m not sure what to write about. All it takes is a few days of that and I fall out of practice. I lose routine really easily.

I decided that I needed to look up journalling prompts. They seem to mostly all be similar unless you’re looking at prompts that are in a certain category (art, bible, etc). I just wanted to have some plain every day prompts. I might use them. I might not. I wasn’t going to pin myself down but I wanted to have a list.

If you go to my Pinterest, you’ll see that I pinned a few in my Journal folder. They’re ok but there are things there that I wouldn’t ever write about and a few things that I find interesting. A few things that I’d like to repeat more. I took their ideas and built my own list. I figured if I was going to take the time to make a list, that I’d share it with you all in case you wanted to journal more too.

Click here for the PDF file of January


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Light a Candle…

I still doodle and dabble here and there. I don’t do it as much as I’d like and I certainly haven’t lately. I’m not sure why I’ve been busy this past month but I was. I did a painting for Jay’s birthday in July that I never posted about here. I instagrammed the stages and layers. Since I have the pics, I figured I’d blog about it.

Watercolor paper – cold press
Brushes (of course)
White Calligrapher’s Ink

darkness1I sketched out the basics of the woman’s face – basically an oval and 2 curved lines then a line going back to represent where the hair would be and filled it in quickly with a wash of color.

You can see the color bleeding around, that’s fine. I didn’t do it intentionally exactly but I didn’t also wait for areas to dry before adding paint so I knew some bleeding would happen. The dots you see are from me tapping with my finger tips. This colors but also depending on how hard you press, can damage the paper slightly which will change how future colors react.


darkness2Next layer.
You can see that I just added in mostly more of the same colors. Or similar colors in order to make them a little deeper.

I also started to add in some of the shadowing in the face. Some hair whipping around her face and more finger tapping in the background and hairs.

There’s still some bleeding you can see between the hair and background, this is still ok at this point.


darkness3ok. The color is a tad distorted here. It is a little more dull than the last stage but it’s not quite this washed out. I wasn’t exactly being careful to get accurate pictures and you can tell.

More layers on everything. The hair got a little darker and the background got a little more dull.

The face got a little more defined.

When the background dried some, I added in more hair whisps.


darkness4This is the true color of the background – It’s more dull than pictures 1 and 2 but it’s not nearly as dull as it shows in #3. The face though looks pretty washed out here.

This stage, I did obviously spend more time on the face than anything. The hair got some activity but I started to put more shadows in the face and started to really define the features.

All those bits of hair flying around…



I think there were 2 washes added between the last step and this one.

The colors of the hair and background are pretty well set here. The hair needs to be a tad more defined. I put another level of definition in the eyes and you can see I added color into the lips.





Since it was very dry when I got to this step, I was able to add in some very defined and thinner lines to the hair. Lines that don’t happen when it’s super wet. In real life, you can see the hair swishing behind the words.

Finally I got out some white ink and I added in this phrase. I also used the white ink to define a little more in the eyes and around the mouth.

The colors aren’t super accurate but you get an idea of all the layers and such that can go into a painting. This one really didn’t feel like it had as many as some that I do.

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