Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Forced" back into crafting fully inspired

I admit, I've been a slacker. I haven't do anything, and I do mean anything fiber related or even craft related since I finished the pattern for Hippie Chick Shawl (and a shout out to KnitPicks for putting the pattern in their catalog for July/August-sales are booming). I really thought I would get into the rug hooking, find some great projects to do this summer, but apparently I burned out. Summer is a time I spend with family and doing outdoor stuff and it just didn't seem conducive to playing with yarn. However, I've become inspired. Maybe that was all I needed was a little inspiration.

After reviewing the two crochet books I just reviewed, I felt an itch, but put it off. However, thanks to Kathryn of Crochet Concupiscence and her Hookin' Up project for July, I am really inspired. Through this project, I found several blogs which inspired me (hers is always full of amazing posts) and I am pumped.

I reviewed the "Crazy Crochet Blog" and through that review, "met" Clara. Clara lives close by to me (within an hour or two) and I am sure we will get together once summer is over and I am looking forward to it. Clara also turned me on to the Knook. No, not THE NOOK, but the Knook from Leisure Arts.

This is available, for now, at Wal-Mart only and will be available at other places beginning September 15th. It's not on Wal-Mart's website, mine didn't have it and well Clara, being the generous soul she is, sent me a kit. I was away for a few days at the beach and came home to the wonderful little package, so look forward to a review very soon. As you know (or maybe new readers don't), I can't knit. I tried a few times, but my left hand just sits there like it's detached from my body. This might give me a clue as to knitting and it's a crochet hook that you knit with and it's not Tunisian, and it looks knit, so fingers crossed here. Thank you Clara.

I also found Heather and Wool love-functional fiber art. No knitting, no crocheting, but the art of making fiber using fiber. She also answered the question fiber peeps have been debating for ages: Is it fulling or felting? IT'S FULLING. All the fiber I have sitting here and haven't spun, I will make into fulled items (well, not all of it), but what a wonderful site. Heather wrote to me and she too, lives about an hour away and I will be visiting her studio in October and can't wait. She also hooked me up with some fabulous websites and gave me so many ideas, now to get to Staples for some bubble wrap and I'll be set.

All this inspired me to get up off my ass (okay, once I am done some per diem stuff I am doing) and actually finish the design idea I sent to Knit Picks who knows how long ago. I even bought a pattern the other day off of Knit Picks, when in fact yarn and patterns haven't been bought in a year or more.

Upon arriving home there was another package from Simon & Schuster. I was clueless, but in my forgetfulness and because publishing seems to take so long, inside was:

I forgot, I made a submission for the Crochet Pattern a Day Calendar 2012: (oops, new name Crochet: 100+ Patterns Throughout the Year: 2012 Day-to-Day Calendar) when they sent me an email asking. I haven't opened the calendar yet, but I don't think they linked it up to my blog (aargh), but my pattern is on October 5th and I guess you can find my website by "googling" my name. No biggie, but again something I had completely forgotten about that just arrived and reminded me perhaps I should get to getting back to what relaxes me and I enjoy and learning some new techniques might just get me out of the slump I feel I've been in for a year now.

To all of you linked above, I thank you for your inspiration, guidance and new found friendship.


CrochetBlogger said...

Congrats on making it into the calendar. I'm so glad that Hookin' Up was able to provide you with inspiration as well as new crafty connections!!

Deneen said...

Ah Kathryn, wish you weren't in Cali, you have made blogging fun again and for that, thank you!

Heather Woollove said...

Deneen--I'm really looking forward to our fall fiber day!

Deneen said...

Me too and also looking forward to what I will be making you.

Lucy said...

Congratulations on getting in the calendar!!!!

Deneen said...

Thanks Lucy :)

Mimi said...

Knitting with a hook - interesting, looking forward to see how it goes :)
I didn't submit to the Calendar 2012, but I'm expecting a copy...since they still owed me another copy of the 2011 calendar - and they promised a copy of the new calendar instead.

Voie de Vie said...

I'm jealous - you're going to Heather's studio! If I lived closer, I'd be there in a heartbeat. :) Did you see the awesome messenger bag she made for me? I'm in the middle of finishing up my projects for her. I can't wait until she gets them.

Congrats on all the recent pattern love!

Deneen said...

Denise, I thought I saw the purse on Kathyrn's blog, it was yours! Yes, that's how I found here and so happy I did :)

Lucy said...

Oh Wow...Congrats on the submission!!! I always get a calendar of crochet so I'm sure I'll see it.

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