Thursday, June 14, 2018

Progress, Hope, & Happiness 2018: Women & Water is Now Published!!!!

Hello my maker friends. I hope June finds each of you ushering in the latest season with cheer and style (summer for those in the Northern hemisphere, winter for those of you south of the Equator).

If you will recall, I announced the call for this year's summer collection and maker event here on the blog. Five months, four indie dyers, and nine indie designers later, the collection is published:

The Women & Water collection turned out even better than I could have hoped for. As you will see from the look book, the designers chosen by the dyers absolutely knocked themselves out. I, admittedly, am also really pleased with my own photography and design handiwork. It is a real pleasure to be among such amazing indie design company, so raising my own game just came naturally.

The worldwide maker event is officially hosted here on Ravelry, and we have a current Instagram hashtag challenge using the #happinessmakealong2018 event hashtag. We have already given out prizes, and more are on the way, both during the summer make-a-long (which runs through July 31), as well as at the end based on all the wonderful finished projects I know will be produced (our FO thread has been christened in a most stunning manner). Do feel free to head on over and join us - make something fun for yourself and enjoy this season of making, whether in warmth or the beginning of winter. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

On This Memorial Day

Hello my maker friends. It's been a while. I have been very, very, busy. But I wanted to take the time on this long U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend to pay my visual respects to all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that I may live in relative peace.

As you will see (mostly) down the right side of this post is a compendium of personal photographs taken over the last two decades (!) during various domestic travels near and far. The fact that I have been able to so freely travel is in itself a freedom for which I am most grateful. 

I have also been privileged to witness a protest or two, and that privilege I cherish above most others. As we, as a country, wrestle with all forms of protest and free speech, I hope we each remember that all the lives lost on the battlefield have gone to protect that most cherished right. Please, please, please, do not let it be infringed or eviscerated. 

I am no fan of war (as most people who know me know). Nevertheless, I can and do recognize all that our armed forces do willingly. I also sincerely hope that those in power do not needlessly put our armed services men and women in harm's way. Petty ego is no good reason to pick a world fight.

Please take a moment to think about what this holiday means to you and the impact those who have served and died have had on your life. If you are someone who has lost a loved one in the line of duty, you have my deepest respect. Your loved one's sacrifice is deeply appreciated by this grateful citizen.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It's Been a Frenetic February

Hello everyone - I am sorry I have not posted in a while, but design life has been busy here at chez Voie de Vie.

Initially, I hope everyone has had a fantastic start to 2018. The Chinese Year of the Dog is shaping up to be another eventful year, yes?

So, in keeping with all the momentum, I present the bevvy of designs that have been released in February. First up, the Trefoils Pour Toi Shawl, published as part of the awesome Malabrigo Yarns' Quickies Program, designs published each month that celebrate indie designers using one or two skeins of Malabrigo to concoct something beautiful, yet quick for makers to work up. 

Malabrigo has written a very nice entry on its' blog today providing their take on the design, as well as inspiration background from me and some additional color combinations. I do love how the variegated arco iris colorway on their Lace base works with the frosted pink colorway on Silkpaca, but so many color combinations exist. Malabrigo, those color artists, provide a rich palette for makers to have a veritable color field day when deciding!

I want to thank them for providing the yarn support for this shawl design. I absolutely loved working this up, and I hope all of the crochet shawl makers out there do too.

However, that's not all I've published in February. No siree Bob, not by a long shot. As many of you know, it is all things Winter Olympics around here, and that includes a new mini-collection! S(e)oul for the Gold is my ode to all the athletes' feats during the almost three weeks the world gathers in one spot. Of course, you know I have a look book for the collection, which you'll find at the end of this entry. Some of the makers on my Ravelry Ravellenics team have or will be making a few of the designs from it, and there's still almost a week left of amazing competitive coverage, so if you're game, don't hesitate to come on over to Ravelry and join team Voie de Vie.

Woot - February frenetics continue!