Posts Tagged ‘wool’

spin spun

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 

Love, love, love! this springtime air. A lot of the time all i want to do is sit, and breathe. Each breath is like a gulp of fresh springwater, and nourishing as any food. So rain and shine i have been able to enjoy this….

It feels like everything i make is inspired by these natural experiences.

Once again i am spinning away (yay!). When i look down at my beautiful wheel i just feel like i am time traveling. Any type of meditation is crucial these days, and the repetitive whir of the wheel and my foot on the treadle, the fibers slipping through my fingers, well it suits me just fine.

I even learned a new technique, Navaho 3 ply! Which is an amazing way to turn a single ply thread into a 3-ply yarn! ingenius!! (thanks christa)

and some results…

Looks like candy to me….YUM. Soon to be found on the shelves at Maplerose:)

 

Love Life!! Be Well!!

 

 

 

 

Spring Baskets!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Easter is just around the corner…. I am always inspired by bunnies, eggs and baskets! I have special memories of easter morning and the way my mom would lay out such a beautiful surprise of a basket brimming with colorful gifts and treats. My mom also gave me the gift of crochet (by teaching me), and this year i decided to go off on crochet baskets!!

I chose mostly bulky wool yarns in bright colors! and freestyled the baskets of different sizes and shapes. I dramatically reduced my stash, which is a very good thing…

I like the idea of having a nice easter basket that comes out every year for easter celebrating. For collecting colorfully decorated eggs and other treasures. As a kid, our egg hunts were indoors since there could be any number of crazy weather happenings in Calgary in april, but now that i am a Kootenay kid, I am hoping I will be forest frollicking and perhaps filling my basket with mushrooms…

This ones’ a beauty.

I hope your spring is unfolding with inspiration and enjoyment of new life all around!

Be well and love life!!

i heart lace

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

It is so crucial to me as an artist and human, to play. I am realizing this more and more. I think I didn’t really play for years. Of course i enjoyed life and had fun, but i am talkin’ bout serious lose-yer-head play here my friends… And boy, is it fun!! For me it is a head/heart-space, the Play Meditation. A letting go of regular thoughts to expand into sensation, free movement and association, to let ideas and impulses flow unhindered, to drop deeply into being with Life, if even just for a moment, or five. To laugh, and breathe, and mmmmmmmm……..

When applying this meditation to my own creative development, and yes, mixing work and play (!), i am finding the results… pleasing.  Without a preconceived idea of what will happen, I dive into the realms of feeling and embody my super-hero self. An important key is to not have expectations or even a plan. It is a fine gift to oneself, to provide time and space to indulge in the freeing of the mind, of the body, of the soul, and embarking apon unknown adventures with no pressure!

After choosing colors and textures most alluring to me in the moment, i hunkered into the melding of fibers and….  the felted outcome was absolutely satisfying.Look what happened!!

It is a simple pleasure indeed, but aren’t these the best in life?

YAY!!

I am discovering the benefits of consciously entering these realms of play. Through setting aside actual time for this necessary indulgence, i am finding so much space and joy in allowing the unknown and unexpected to drift in to my experience. Clay class, writing sessions, dance and out-of-doors explorations are my favorites right now, but i find opening to new experiences seems to be the best way to tap this transformative mind-space.

Things i have done for the first time this week:( i mean for the first time EVER, this week)

1. made an apron(it is candy-striped with crochet lace accents!!)

2. X-country ski sesh on my own (twice!)

3 .offered a free computer to a complete stranger (he offered me free tecky-advice back!)

I would love to hear about your play time and new -doings.

Love Life! Be Well!!

Fresh New Year

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

This is a glimpse of the beginning of this new year for me. It is also my first Blog!! I decided to fill my day with only scrumptious things, as a way to form intentions around what the rest of my year will look and feel like.

So I of course began with pulling out from my yarn stash, the most delectable, colorful and pleasing yarn I could find. Happens to be a ball that I created from scratch, spun and dyed.

and so the lovely day began…

Lots of fresh snow in the Kootenays these days. I am inspired by the way the snow heaps hold so much stillness and peace, and how each water crystal is encoded with this deep stillness and who knows what other mysteries…

This crystal was in my friends window, glinting with the sunrays of day and I must have snapped 20 pictures of it, unable to resist its uniqueness,  devouring the tiny sparkling facets and forms. Little did I know what was awaiting me later in the day!

Crystal Ice Angels! My snowshoeing companion and I were in awe.

An entire Majestic Ice Fortress!!

The ice formations were so similar to the Laska Creek Quartz crystal in the window… so beautiful. So I finished with the explosive sunset knitting project, and started another one… Pictures will follow in next post…

I would love to hear how 2011 is starting off for you.

All the Best of the New Year to You All!!!

MuchLove