Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WIP at The Commons

I was able to install the first part of my gorgeous lacy circle patchwork bomb . I lost daylight quickly and the weather threatened rain so i will return Thursday to add the final touches :-) I am excited!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Want not, waste not : An evening of improptu yarn bombing :-)

Today i received a call to let me know how much the Brew fest officials enjoyed our wraps and i was given the "heads up" that we should come get our wraps before the tent take down . Not wanting to simply waste them we gifted the outside of Stella's with some art :-) I will be adding giant circles to this art-in-progress ( its a massive tree!)
While we were installing some of the staff asked if i could yarn bomb one of the  bikes as a joke/friendly hazing . Do you know how long i have wanted to do a bike? I used whatever pieces i happened to have on me at the time and it turned out pretty decent :-) I made sure it was still ride-able

Then we drove to Escape Salon so we could Yarn Bomb Victoria :-) We had a great time hearing compliments on our other installation and met a lot of cool people. I was even gifted some fresh baked bread from Pleasanton Bakery ;-) We used a combination of the wraps from the Wine fest and some pieces i had and pieces Ellen had to create a beautiful/funky new corner :-) I even left Victoria a little froggy friend :-)

It was a great night :-) Tomorrow we will be gifting some panels to Left Foot Charley and UnCorked :-)  Life is sweet

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday night Hooker's meeting leads to fun :-)

Dahlia has been away for the summer and so she missed out getting to see the Kilwin's/Pangea alley bomb in person. Tonight i took her along with me to my Hooker's meeting so she could have some much needed "Mother Daughter" time and possibly learn how to knit or crochet at the same time.  She really was surprised to see the "Bee Tree" in person and she posed with my fountain :-)

Ellen took the time to show her how to chain and gave her an idea about crocheting to where Dahlia created a mustache . A mother more proud you can not find tonight , my friend.  Now to get the mustache to stay on she went up to the bar and asked for a piece of tape.  After the second time asking they just sent her back with the dispenser which got my mind whirling because it looked an awful lot like a snail to me. So i knit up a tape dispenser cozy and declared UnCorked  " bombed" lol  Amanda and Mara were very pleased to get the tape-snail :-)  Life is sweet . 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Toadly off the beaten trail......

I took the kids up along the side of our new home which is surrounded by a steep-ish hill and we discovered a big wood toad Mikey promptly named " Toady" :-) He turned out to REALLY enjoy being petted and agreed to pose for a few pictures before making his new burrow in my front flower bed :-)  I figured a toad dressed up as a turtle for Halloween was very fitting for my upcoming fall art shows :-) 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Knit Room is coming along

We bought our very first home and one of the many perks is the fourth bedroom upstairs which is the perfect Knitting Room :-) It's SO nice to finally have a space where i can get all my supplies out of the clear bins i had been storing them in and organized to where i can readily just grab whatever i need at the moment . I love having the room to spread everything all out and a place to put completed projects :-)

It begins with a pair of needles and a whim.....

Today i start my very first blog in years.  "Exciting stuff" :-) I figure that so much has been going on with my artwork that i should really put it out into the internet universe and share it in the hopes it may make someone smile or inspire others to learn to knit or crochet :-)
Today i am busy creating original infant hats and a hedgehog for a friend's first baby and plotting my next yarn bomb here in Traverse City Mi.
I am a hopelessly, shamelessly addicted pattern free speed knitter. I have been knitting for 11 years now . I NEVER read patterns, though i do know how contrary to common belief ;-) Patterns are the ideas of other people in a format for any Tom Dick And Mary to also create.  I prefer to just dream things up, cast on and make up my own patterns which is why i call my little business " Knit Happens". 
  The crochet/ knit group i belong to, The Hookers Of Traverse City , bombed the alleyway between Kilwins Fudge and Pangea's pizza on Front Street for the Traverse City Lip Dub during Film Festival this year. It has been so well received and appreciated that it boggles my mind a bit lol I have been "googleing" various keywords and finding my Drinking Fountain Cozy blogged and posted on Flicker and Twitter and all sorts of places on the Interweb. VERY cool stuff :-) I have been enjoying reading about travelers from all over the world who happened to stop in Traverse and see our work and want to share it with their friends and family.  I love it! 
This summer has been a non stop whirlwind of activity now that i really think about it.  I have been busy with  gall bladder surgery,orders , buying our first home  and moving , fairs and bombs:-) 
The Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show was cold and rainy for the entire day but Brit and i sat at our covered booth with our wares again this year :-) I am happy to say that many of my creations are now happily out in the world with people who fell in love with them which is a big deal to me :-)

Recently  a smaller group  of us got together and speed knit/crocheted wine themed wraps to cover the main tent poles for the Traverse City Wine and Art Festival last weekend :-) There was a good turn out this year and as we walked and sipped the fruits of our labor we  enjoyed watching people checking out our work.  I had many people come up and ask me about my shawl i was wearing which led to conversations about knitting and the yarn bombs lol

In the next few weeks i have 35 orders to complete as colder weather is coming this way and people are having babies . I also have the Makers Market Art fair to prepare for . I am putting my submission in for the jury tomorrow.  **Cross your fingers*** 
Fall and winter are always a busy time for me but its a good kind of busy :-) I never tire of dreaming up new ways to cover the people around me in my art and now with Yarn Bombing i can start on the word around me too, pieces at a time :-)