“Wear your art like your heart on your sleeve and keep it alive by making people feel a little better. Feel a little lighter. Create art in order for yourself to become yourself and let your very existence be your song, your poem, your story. Let your very identity be your book.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
Yup It’s been AGES! With sick kids and crazy snow and snow days galore, it’s been a little crazy and I’ve been off the Blog circuit. So hopping back on the horse. Christmas was busy crazy with knitting for family and friends. Yup just family and friends. But still immensely rewarding. Here are some of the things I knit for them.
I made the skull poncho for my Nephew’s daughter and the Poncho for a friends daughter. I wanted to make one more for another friend but ran out of time.
What I didn’t take pictures of Arm warmers, 3 scarves and a Capelet …
But I did this in Grey and a Variegated turquoise blue yarn. And I had started in October! Clearly not early enough and because I was so ahead I thought “OH I have SO much time” and then it was 2 days before Christmas and I was knitting till midnight every night. Sigh. Note to self, start earlier and don’t think you have all the time in the world!
So that is my catch up. Hopefully I will stay on time of it a bit better!
So I discovered www.instagram/yarnbombs and his installation art and I thought what a perfect way to use up random little balls of yarn and get involved in someone’s artwork! ( I also give my yarn to the local grocery store who donates it to high schools that make blankets for Warm Up America) .
But I thought this would be fun and I had to get it sent before Sept 30 to participate. So here are my fun squares ! And Yarnbombs gives a shout out to me and will post my links YAY!! So that’s kinda cool!
I did it!! I finished my 12 sweaters and hats. I was asked by Born Yesterday a baby boutique in Philadelphia to make them sweaters! Here the are! Whew! So thrilled to be done and able to work on some fall inventory for my store.
So that title isn’t totally true. The weekend after I had time to knit. But when your in pain you don’t really want to do anything. So I did get some knitting time. But then my hubby went on a 3 day business trip leaving me to hobble after the children. No knitting possible while hobbling.
So how did this happen you wonder. Or at least the X-Ray tech did. Well, my almost 2 yr old was next to me standing on one of the tall kitchen stools and decided to start dancing around. I had my arm around him just incase so when the stool tipped my grip tightened and not paying attention to the stool didn’t notice it falling for my feet. Yup, collective cringe and you know what happened next. My almost 2er heard a lot of words he had never heard before. And then we both cried together.
Instagram really opened up my eyes. I started it thinking “what is this all about?” But pretty much instantly enjoyed taking photos and trying new shots. I’ve become a bit of a instagram addict. Do you love it? Are you on it? Or do you avoid it (like my hubby)? Now I’m always on the lookout for a cool shot. I thought I’d share some with you. If you’re on Instagram take a look at my scenery and knit projects. My username is bylala2. Please feel free to share your instagram page with me, I love to follow others and see the beautiful sites from all over the world!
I started conversing with Angela through an Etsy Team, she was looking for help with her shop Inspired by Gianluca and not getting any response, so she got frustrated. I saw her comments and immediately took a look at her shop and gave her some feedback.
Like her I too have been trying to figure out my Etsy Shop, are my items good, should I make something else. So I just gave her some thoughts about her shop. Since Then We have become customers to each other and friends. We are helping market each other and help each other create a marketplace for our stores. Here is something I had Angela make for my Son’s room. She’s now posting it as a make to order for anyone’s baby’s room. I’m getting another made for my nephew.
Cute right? She’s got other great artwork in her store and she can make just about anything you want. That’s the great thing with Etsy. You can start a conversation with your customer and have things specifically crafted just for them, their baby or house. And that in turn helps shop owners to know what people are interested in, and what might sell better.
Here is what I made for Angela,
Now I have to admit when she asked me to make the hat, I was a bit terrified as I had never made anything like it, but I”m glad she pushed me a little out of my comfort zone and I got to make something new. And it gave me ideas for future items to sell. So thanks Angela for being Such an awesome customer and new friend!
WHAT an incredible story of how he came to create this awesome foundation that builds school for kids in under privileged parts of the world!
He had a life changing moment, a face death moment and thought what do I want my legacy to be. He started travelling all over the world and everywhere he went he would ask a child what they wanted most. In India this boy said “a pencil”.