Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Inspiration: The Art of Caitlin T. McCormack

As we head into the Halloween month of October, I have a fun artist for you to check out!  Caitlin T. McCormack's crochet animal skeletons are painstakingly worked with small hooks and thin cotton thread.  And while the fine details are amazing, it's her placement of the pieces in her sculptures that mesmerizes me - there is so much motion and energy!

Photograph by Jason Chen

In this Make interview from earlier this year, Caitlin talks about her process, inspirations, and how she first began working with crochet in this way.

Photograph by Caitlin T. McCormack

Be sure to check out her website here for more amazing pieces.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What I Did On My Summer Vacation .....

When you last heard from me, I was wrapping up the sale of our Arizona house and moving everything to Oregon.  We hoped the studio would be finished by then so that all of the boxes destined for it could simply be unloaded from the truck directly into it .... nope!  So everything went into the garage and shop until our late August move-in day.  And after a month of unpacking, arranging, and figuring out storage, progress is being made!  I've decided some additional cabinetry work needs to be done before I have the studio's coming out party, but I do have some sneak peek photos.

With everything unpacked, I'm back at work on all the plans that had to be on hold over the summer!  And on some new ideas from what's been inspiring me lately!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

It's Still Shawls!

After starting the year knitting lots of cowls, I moved onto shawls .... the one currently on my needles is my third so far.  It might be about time for something else!

This Meteor Shower Shawl is the perfect size to wrap up in - and I used Northbound Knitting's Merino/Silk Fingering and Tosh Merino Light so it's super cozy, too.  I'd never knitted a pattern like this before - there are several changes to the pattern that keep it interesting and it's easy enough to be a good traveling project.

I worked the next one up with Madelinetosh unicorn tails in the Bonfire color collection - enough similar they all work together and enough different to be interesting.  The pattern is Francoise Danoy's Simply Familiar - another perfect traveling knit.  This shawl is lighter than the first, so I've actually be able to use it on chilly evenings.

After my current shawl project (photos coming soon if I can get it finished!), I think I'll switch to something from a more summery yarn - maybe a tee.  I just got some Nerd Girl Winning in Windu that's been calling to me!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hello Again!

Wow - I really did not mean to be away for so long!  I totally underestimated how topsy-turvy the last couple of months would be.  In a good way, though!  After three years of living with one foot in the desert and the other on our Northwest Oregon farm, we've made the decision to move full time to the farm.  So this spring has been spent getting the house ready to sell .... sorting through 16 years of accumulation, deep cleaning, and finally finishing all those "gonna do someday" projects.  And after one day on the market, our house sold!!  

Add into this the wedding of my niece Carly, known to readers of this blog in the early days as "Big C!"  I volunteered to make Charlie's flower girl dress - if you've sewn lace over taffeta you know how gorgeous this is and how time consuming to cover all the seams and attach everything just right.  It turned out great and the wedding was gorgeous (and exciting with the entrance of a pre-monsoon thunderstorm).

Meanwhile, back at the farm .... the flowers are blooming, the studio is nearing the finishing stages, and the cats are, well - their usual sleepy selves!  

I'm getting ready to return to Phoenix for the final packing, cleaning, and moving process so I imagine that posting will be sporadic for awhile more!  However, having moved on from cowls to shawls, I do have some knitting to show you next week!

Happy Creating!  Deborah