Sunday, October 25, 2015

Let the Rain Come Down...

I currently have a Hilary Duff song stuck in my head. "Let the rain come down, I'm coming clean..."

Down here in Texas it has been pouring since yesterday morning, with no sign of letting up for another day or so. Hurricane aftermath and the change of seasons can really make things wet. 

I turned 25 on Wednesday. It feels like it should be some sort of milestone, but I don't feel much different.  To celebrate me and a friend went and saw the touring production of "Beauty and the Beast" at Texas A&M.  Another friend baked me a cake :) 

I have been feeling really down lately and I finally found a somewhat-solution.  I haven't painted in over two months, but decided on Monday that I needed to. So my spare bedroom is at last a studio.  The above is my current painting.  Small and simple, but ever so exciting!

Speaking of art, my former boss has asked me to paint a picture of her granddaughter.  She exploded my phone with photos and I finally figured out what I want to do.  With the magic of Photoshop I was able to put a different head onto the body pose from another phone.  Crazy right? 

But you gotta admit, this girl is a cute, cute doll. 

Rain has made me lazy.  Lazy enough to pop in movies and just knit. I finally finished the colored shawl I was working on. It's my own design, so I really was just messing around most of the time and experimenting with shape.  I thought it'd be cool if the sides could wrap around a bit and make almost a "Shrug".  I think it's going to work BUT I ran out of yarn so they aren't as long as I'd have liked. 

Instant gratification project in the form of a scarf for my poetry friend who is moving to Missouri this week.  It's colder there than here, so you can always use more scarves right??

Getting back into blogging, I'm going to try for Weekly Inspirations again:

Food: The restaurant I work at is a constant inspiration.  Take a look. Doesn't it all sound amazing? And we make almost everything from scratch!
Art: There are three new artists in Navasota. I've met two of them.  They're a cool group.  Want to learn more? Here's the blog :)
Knitting: I am surrounded by color, being an artist and all, and am constantly finding myself adding more to my Ravelry bundle "For the love of color".
Life:  What can I say. I'm trying.  I think the greatest inspiration in my life right now is Poetry.  I went to another open mic last week and the feature wrote this in the book I bought:

Which came at the perfect time. I'm applying for graduate schools, very slowly, and trying to get my life back in order.

Until next week!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Back on the Blog

Well friends, it has been almost two months since I touched my blog.  I have had so many things happening that it's just been hard to really want to sit down and share.  But this blog has been on my mind more and more lately, and I have decided to give it another go.  

Taking after my friend and fellow blogger, MySistersKnitter, I am going to try to do a once a week (hopefully Sunday) update, starting today.

Now I can't share EVERYTHING with you all, as that would be boring and take forever! So I'm going to share the highlights of the last couple of months with you instead. 

Best friend Rachel from Kansas visiting in early September. We were able to go to Galveston island as well as a Kelly Clarkson Concert :) 

The end of September brought an art fair that I was given a chance to vend at. It was a pretty successful weekend.

One epic FO. I was finally able to make my tree ideas come true thanks to Stephanie at WC Mercantile.  For the month of October my giant trees are inhabiting her window.  These trees are made of layered cardboard wrapped in fabric with knitted balls on the branches. Not the most sturdy, but I am happy with the result. 

The Hill Country Yarn Crawl happened last weekend. I went with my knit group and we hit 6 of the 14 shops in one day. From top left clockwise my purchases:
The Knitted Wit in Velvet Elvis
Manos del Uruguay Lace (to go with the free shop pattern)
A cute wooden loom with the yarn shop's logo on it and some new cables for my interchangables
Shibui Silk cloud (gray) and Shibui Staccato (Black) for the shop's free pattern
Lovely merino that will be spun into something amazing.
Not pictured - 2 skeins of Malabrigo Sock from my own LYS. 

(Each shop offered a free knit and a free crochet pattern with the yarn for it being on sale!)

Starting another easy top. Lucente by Kennita Tully (a friend/designer/my former Manhattan, KS LYS owner) Super easy pattern and love these colors. 

Fall has at last arrived in TX and I am enjoying my back patio!

Want to see more of what I've been up to, including some finished knit projects? Check out my Instagram, Facebook and Ravelry.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.  My Birthday is on Wednesday (the big 2-5!!!!) and I plan to celebrate all week :P