Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I am so obsessed with making old school photos on http://www.yearbookyourself.com/. Somebody who shall remain unnamed really thought the photo I'm using as my Ravatar was the real deal, which would mean I was in high school in 1964. I know I'm a grandmother, but 1964??? I look like I should have been marching with Dr. King. Ha! LOL!
This is beyond bizarre.
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Keene artist had hard time getting back into US
Keene artist struggles to get back into US
By LOHR McKINSTRY
Staff Writer CNHI News Service
KEENE VALLEY -- Keene Valley resident Jerilea Zempel was detained at the
U.S. border this summer because she had a drawing of a sport-utility vehicle in
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told Zempel they suspected her
of copyright infringement.She was released after more than an hour in custody at
the Houlton, Maine, port of entry from New Brunswick, Canada.
Her release came only after she persuaded border guards she was an artist
doing a project that involved a crocheted SUV as a statement against America's
dependence on oil and love for big vehicles.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I received my first order of custom fabric from Spoonflower last month. There are some things I'll tweek for my next order, but I was very pleased with it. I originally wanted to use it for a specific project that combined sewing and crochet, but I missed the deadline. So I'm undecided what to do with it. One fabric was a simple stripe and the other is a cheetah print with a turquoise background. It is from a painting I did a few years ago. Spoonflower is a printer of fabrics that are custom designed. The company is still in the beta phase so there is a waiting list for new customers.
You can see both my fabrics on the Spoonflowering Episode 8 video on the Spoonflower blog. First one is the turquoiz cheetah print and the second is the turquoiz/red stripe shown later in the video. :D
Friday, September 12, 2008
Here she is! International Crochet Day was the perfect day to finally show Blusa Queen online and in public. I wore her to work and received some nice compliments. I was happy to say that today is International Crochet Day. "Is there really such a thing?" Yes. Yes, it sure is. Next year the holiday should be even more known if the current buzz continues.
I quickly took this in the morning before work. I'll take some more pictures later and be back with some commentary about what adaptations I made to the original pattern and other observations.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The second annual International Crochet Day is this Friday, September 12, 2008. Crocheters around the globe are asked to find a way to participate and show your crochet to the world. You can read Jimbo's blog to learn more about this holiday. Spread the word.
I already CIP (crochet in public) almost daily so I'm already repping for crochet on that tip. I'm going to wear something crochet to work on Friday. In fact, I'm going to debut BLUSA QUEEN. I know she's long past due. She has actually been completed for a while now, but I haven't felt up to pictures.
In other crochet news, I spotted eight crochet items in the current issue of Belle Armoire, plus some crocheted lace in one of the articles.
eta: Make that NINE crochet items. There is a really cute crochet sweater shown with one of the ruffled skirts.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Everyone is going nuts over the new Fall 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet. People had been visiting the website daily (some several times a day) last week to check and see if there had been an update about the new issue. I wonder how many visitors IC had last week.
I have to agree after looking at the previews that this looks like it will be the best issue ever. I'll just have to add these designs to my long wish list of projects I want to crochet.
All the designs look upscale, yet very wearable. One day I'm going to have one my designs in this magazine.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My time has been devoured with working on crochet designs and submissions. I now have a few crochet designs floating out there so we will see what comes of this.
My first published crochet design will hopefully appear this winter. When it happens, I'll be here to shout with all the details.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
So, I have about 5-6 plastic storage bins in there, and I'm taking them out one at a time and going through the contents. I've done some magazines, some books, and other miscellaneous stuff. There a tub of sewing patterns and fabrics in there that I don't even want to look at yet. Hundreds of dollars worth of patterns and I've made none of them.
I found this tub full of yarn and crochet projects that I'd forgotten. A Sponge Bob graphghan that was barely started and abandoned, a camisole that was complete except for one bra cup (I think the cups didn't provide enough coverage), a bunch of projects and experiments in various stages of completion. I still haven't looked all the way through the bin. No telling what's on the bottom. Right at the top I found this shrug jacket. It was finished except for THE LAST ROW and adding a button. I don't know why I didn't finish this.
I shudder to try to remember what is in my storage unit.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Then I'd be sure to grab a project on the way out and place it in the passenger seat to ride shotgun with me to work. At traffic stops/lulls, I'd pick up my hook and put in some work. I used to get some looks at stop lights. Yeah, I'm guilty of CWD. Well, not while moving though.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Ugh! Don't look too closely at my pits in that first pic. I'm a child of the 60s and 70s. LOL!I had to take a break from Connecticut Avenue and a couple of other "winter" projects. It's too hot here and and just can't make myself touch that wool.
I have some accessories projects that are almost done. Cute and fly stuff!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
- Getting acclimated in a new city, starting a new job, dealing with teens.
- Catch up on work that has accummulated while out on leave.
- Balance biz acct and email partner.
- Finish crocheting 2nd sleeve top of Blusa Queen.
- Prepare for work for tomorrow.
- Late night "meeting" with SO (maybe).
- Chips, hummus, spinach dip, carrot cake, peach cobbler, cookies, dried fruit
- Make sure family is taken care of, donate where I see fit, volunteer, travel, invest, take classes and spend on whatever gets my juices flowing. I'd spend at least 1/2 of everyday crocheting.
- Ohio, Maryland, Georgia, Germany
- Secretary -- different jobs with different duties, same title
These are bloggers I'd like to get to know better. I hope this is fun. Tag, y'all are it.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Blusa Queen is a beautiful pattern from this Brasilian website. I started this last week, and it is going well.
For those of you who might want to give this one a try, I have some observations:
- Try using a larger hook and if necessary thicker yarn if you need a larger size.
- Begin with the round motifs, joining them as you go.
- After you have the strip of connected round motifs, begin the filler mesh, and then do the pineapples.
- Part 2 begins with 2 dc, ch 1 across the last row of the pineapples. There should be a total of 288 stitches, including turning chain. 36 stitches evenly over each circle motif below.
I'll share more observations later, if I have any.
Monday, May 12, 2008
- Purchased IC magazine in 2004
- Began Lily Chin Lace Dress in 2005
- Completed in 2006
- Wove in the ends and blocked in April 2008
- Finally, posting pictures almost four years later in May 2008
I made this with Patons Grace in Tangelo. I am not nude underneath. Instead of a slip, I'm wearing a skin-toned body shaper. It extends from below my bra to above my knees. If you wear this, you can see through the lace, but you are well-covered.
I need to update my Blog Roll. There are several blogs I want to add.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I am so grateful to my loved ones for taking care of me.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
One trick that I'm using this time is making both the left and right front at the same time using two skeins of yarn. It seems to go faster and I can be sure that they are working up the same by doing my increases/decreases for the row at the same time on both pieces. I'm going to do the same thing when I work the sleeves.
I'll take better pictures also. Make sure I wear a bra this time and model someplace other than my bathroom.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
"What do you think?"
Him: "Is that the thing you've been working on all this time?"
*smiling proudly* "Yes!"
Him: "Oh, it should be longer and why are the sleeves too short?"
"Because that's the style that's out right now, and I think it's cute."
Him: "Well, it looks okay, but the sleeves . . ."
*getting irritated and cutting him off* "You don't know what's hot right now." *I exit back to my fortress of solitude and sanity, otherwise known as my bedroom*
I can only imagine what my daughter will say when I show her. LOL!
For some reason, I tend to keep my creations to myself and admire them in private. I don't know why I only trip about my crochet only. I used to design jewelry, dolls and others creations -- proudly displaying them for sale -- but it's like I couldn't bear for someone close to me to talk bad about my first love, crochet.
Ravelry is helping me to get over this. Seeing so many people freely displaying their work has made me brave. Got me in my closets looking for things I made long ago so I can say "look what I made!" I'm even modeling my designs. LOL!
I have one more step I need to take, though. I need to work up the courage to show my boyfriend my finished work. He always sees me crocheting but never sees what I've done. And on top of all this, he's professional photographer, but still my crazy butt is taking pics in my bathroom instead of asking him to take my pics. Does that make any sense?
I really want to eventually have some of my designs for sale as patterns, and in order to do that I'm going to have to get focused and get over my phobias and weird ways.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Started a little rough but I'm getting a steady pace going. My hands hurt though because I knit tight and hold the needles with a "kung-fu grip."
I'm sure I'll be making more of these in lots of colors. They would make a nice holiday gift too.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I've finished the Orchid Top by LilyGo. I'm very satisfied with it, and I just might make this again.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Hope I haven't gotten to fat to model this.