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Archive for November, 2010

Perhaps I should have thought to mention in advance that I was feverishly preparing to list a few things in the Etsy shop, but I was so busy working on the update that I didn’t get around to it on Friday, when the process started. So here’s some fiber-y eye-candy, with apologies for the delay:

 

As I largely follow my own whims, and I’ve been all about the fiber lately, this has been a spinning-oriented update, but naturally there’s some yarn too:

Should I mention that some of the yarn is the most gorgeous, to-die-for soft sportweight sock yarn, in an obsession-inducing MCN blend (merino, with 10% nylon and 10% cashmere)? This stuff is like crack for knitters – I could not possibly comment on rumors that I may have earmarked quite a chunk of the current batch for myself. And I placed quite a small order, and some of the rest is already sold, or spoken-for. So, it was probably cruel to even bring the subject up: pretend I never mentioned it.

There’s still a fair bit more to come, however, including more yarn, more fiber, and for the first time, some jewelry: those spindle earrings, and some of my glass pendants with knitted wire –

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Maybe it’s just the autumn – all those fallen leaves – getting into my brain, or maybe it’s been the leaf-blown, cobewebbed, windswept state of my tiny garden (with one brave fuchsia hanging onto blooms) but I’ve been in a bit of a groove over the last week or so. May I present my latest mezuzah?

Iridized glass, and copper wire. I really like this one. I was less happy when I nearly knocked myself out on the Brasso fumes as I was polishing it, but at least I’ll be a lot more cautious next time I go near that stuff. (If there is a next time.)

Next up, a couple of collagraph prints. One was made with PVA school glue on an acetate transparency sheet, and the other employed the copper tape I use for foiling round glass (as in the mezuzah above). I make no great claims for my fine art skills, but I am certainly enjoying exploring printmaking techniques and media.

Really, for me, printmaking is ALL about the journey – the processes rather than the results. I have few, if any, illusions about the results, for all that I occasionally quite like them. I’m learning a really important lesson of creative humility: I can’t be good at everything, and so what? As an habitual perfectionist, I find it hard to let go of what I can only call delusions of grandeur and just make what I can. Even if it’s simplistic; even if it’s crap (which it is), as I make, I learn: letting go and accepting that is actually as hard to do as it is easy to say. It’s very salutory. And still fun, which isn’t always the case with humbling life-lessons. So I’m feeling pretty blessed.

Oh, and then along came a spider. The children say I cast a spell on it and turned its web into silver. And who am I to disabuse them? So here is my latest piece of jewelry – a sliver cuff bracelet which I made yesterday, wore today, and already have a commission to repeat. That does mean I’ll have to order some more silver wire this week, but I’m not going to complain about that, now, am I? I just mustn’t get seduced into ordering anything else at the same time. Simple, really.

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I rarely show any of the things I’ve been working on, largely in a paranoid attempt to avoid blogging an endless, tedious stream of ‘this is a hat I made/that is is a shawl I made/now here’s a sweater I made/let me show you my latest x, y, or z’ posts, but I really should do a little more of it. For instance, you’ve missed out on the cute kids-in-handspun hats photo-op we had a week or so ago. (The pattern was Thorpe: remind me to show you mine sometime.)

So, I’ll reveal an FO, for a change.

Here’s a pair of sterling silver earrings I just made, and the Beloved declared to look like a pair of cutlasses. I’m hoping that’s just the seasonal context, Hallowe’en oblige, and I’m reminded of what Strelnikov/Antipov says when he interrogates Doctor Zhivago after finding his scalpels in Robert Bolt’s screenplay (a quote from which can be found for pretty much any occasion): “Put a knife with a fork and a spoon, and it looks quite innocuous. Do you travel with a wife and child for the same reason?” So, allowing that context is critical, I’m really hoping that to a knitter this will say ‘drop spindle’ rather more than cutlass, especially when seen alongside the partnering knitting needles/yarn ball pendant –

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