I’m hosting virtual gatherings each Saturday & Sunday 4:30pm PST up to 45 minutes. Bring anything you’re making in fiber arts (not limited to knitting), an open heart, and a warm drink. Let’s help each other weather this storm. See you then!
Please DM me @waterwomanknits or message on gmail same name, so I can make sure you’re set up with Zoom, and have a head count for the day. If no one shows, at least I’ve given myself the gift of scheduled make time.🧶🗺
While I work enough extra to fully establish my own online web store and subscription service, these two babies are live and can now be found on Ravelry! I will continue posting new releases here until I merge everything in one space.
I would love to gather a low-key, no deadline pressure team of hand knitters to make the products from my designs to sell online, with the goal of giving something back to the knitters as well as to environmental restoration. There could be a seller page with an offering of how many products are available, and each knitter could ship to a customer from where they live, with a rolling buyer & maker list.
Four more hat designs will be published in the next weeks for my first collection, pending hat model photos, followed by a cowl integrating all the design elements. After that, I will focus on items that are not stranded colorwork to accommodate a wider range of knitters.
Looking forward to planting more trees and cleaning more water!
What began on 1st of December as 25 small balls of leftover yarn from years of big projects has made my December a bit more mindful, a bit more creative. I am proud to have completed the first wearable thing I created as I went without any plan and “painting” with scraps, texture and color. Turned out a good 75″ wingspan and 36″ depth.
I took it to the labyrinth to photograph on a nearby mossy log. Walking the labyrinth as is my New Year tradition, (give or take – I know it’s not quite New Year’s Eve, but I’m a working gal) I asked for and received auspicious signs for my 2020 dreams. Labyrinths always allow me to come away with clearer mind, even if walked in the gently dripping fog as today.
Wishing you a joyous New Year, decade, everything, rest of our lives, tomorrow.
My word for 2019 was Welcome, and boy did I let go of a ton of stuff: 15 years of belongings, reminders of past traumas, housing, grown daughter, self-image, and welcomed in some change by the end. 2020 is shaping up to be a year of Create. It’s really the only word that fuels my fire at the moment. Create, create, create. Create new way of working each evening after finishing up old way of working to pay bills. Create new designs. Create stable living space. Create collaborations. By end of 2020, I want to be transformed by creating.
In case you are curious, the patterns for the Wishmaker and Peaceable mitts are available here, thanks to Erica Heusser Designs.
My large nuclear family plus partners and children have approached the overwhelm of gifting by each person pulling one individual name to focus on, while the remaining folks get a stocking stuffer, and parents of children gift away to their heart’s content.
At this moment and I expect through 2020, I am visioning a new venture for Waterwoman Knits on another platform. Once it is up and running fully with shop and domain setup, I will link to this blog. It is my intention to sell my own patterns, offer workshops that allow nature to guide knit design, as well as teach beginning knitting in a restorative setting.
I will post an Advent Calendar shawl image by New Year’s Day, as it has undergone some adjustments. Namely, Day 1 was ripped back when I discovered the colors did not jibe with anything that followed, and was replaced with another yarn scrap. Fun project, nonetheless.
Remaining scrap colors I believe are in the blue range with maybe a single strip of yellow. This will definitely be a one of a kind shawl that screams, “I am an artist. You don’t have to like it.” I believe this is the first time I’ve ever “free-styled” completely making up something as I go, incorporating random stitches and random color scraps.
Running out of room on my 40-inch needle cord, so will need to move some onto a second needle before Christmas. After Christmas is past, I will post what I’ve been making for gifts. That is, if they are done before New Years. ; ) There are not enough hours in the day and night.
Side note: I do not own a TV despite working for media, so I go down YouTube and podcast rabbit holes to accompany my knitting. Recently, I’ve become strangely addicted to watching a series of makers and cooks in rural villages who post videos. They capture daily routines that fill me with admiration for the level of craft, expertise and care that I only glimpse a hair of when sketching my own designs or am involved in the act of knitting that seems to slow time.
Here’s one you might watch if you live in the Western world and have never grown rice, because it may cause you to never look at rice the same again, in terms of labor and inherent value of every grain. https://youtu.be/xSDMTIe90AY
I am mesmerized by this elder woman’s strength and knife skills in this series, and have watched enough of her cooking to start incorporating spice combinations into my own concoctions. Open fire and fresh air must add much to the flavors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hinixe8QehU
Then for the Swedish version of Liziqi, I visit the spectacularly gorgeous videos of Jonna Jinton, a nature-connected soul who broadcasts Earth’s beauty. Here she recorded the sounds of lake ice freezing and cracking that are similar to whale sounds, and set it to her drone footage of winter lakes near her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd-CwJa1SHE
Experimenting with increases created a feathering effect at the top before I reverted back to triangular structure. Seems half my scraps are in the red/yellow category and half in the blue/purple. It will definitely be a funky, one-of-a-kind shawl, but possibly not as ugly as I first thought, once washed and flattened. With different yarn weights, I’m doubling up the thin ones.
Yesterday got notice there is a planned power outage all day Friday where I live, forcing me to be unable to work. It’s hard for me to miss more than half a day out of 7 and still make bills, and Saturday is already scheduled for a family holiday gathering, so I was a bit nervous. But as luck would have it, a large amount of work came in to allow me to make up for it by working late nights. Someone’s watching out for me. : ) Looking forward to a day of hanging out knitting gifts somewhere that’s warm.
Normally I don’t have a Christmas tree. I never really wanted one, since I worship trees where they are. But this year, I got a potted miniature red/white rose instead. I enjoy it!
My spirituality is nearly inexplicable to anyone else, but I’m happy with it. I don’t consider myself Christian but grew up loving Advent calendars and lighting a candle each week leading up to Christmas. I practice Buddhist meditation, have studied Buddhism quite a bit, but don’t belong to a group or particular branch of Buddhism. I believe in angels, love Tarot and oracle cards as divination tools and feel close to spirit realm daily. I literally never feel alone.
For years, I’ve appreciated the practices created on Zen Habits blog. Whenever I can, I find it helpful to sign up for a month or two of the Sea Change program to focus on a specific topic or habit. This month it’s the Sacred Bow Challenge, and it’s allowing me to do a year review in an entirely new way. If anyone’s looking for an affordable program to methodically review your past year and set intentions for the new, it’s fun and enlightening.