Friday, March 30, 2012

For The Fee Fi(ber) F.O. Love of Projects

Hello everyone! I have been absent from here for a little bit, and I've missed the blog. While I've been away, I've gotten this fiber and bling serving out the door to its intended destinatination:

That makes five projects I've delivered to various publishers in February and March. For me, it's been (and continues to be) a real learning experience. While I've written in the past that each new design is like a child being released into the world, there's the flip side to that scenario: what's left in its wake at home. After I send out each physical project, and get the written directions delivered electronically, there's a palpable ebb in energy. What, no more of X pattern? No more working with that particular fiber? It's a yarny spin on empty-nest syndrome, I imagine.

Projects never really leave, though. There's always the design thrill of watching FOs being produced (I've had the pleasure of leading a CAL for my La Poetique Infinity Scarf this month - another thing I've been doing while away), as well as any pattern support and maintenance to be done.  Not unlike children, no?

Additionally, I've been working on my Big, Fat Crocheted scarf. I've switched up the fiber just a bit - I wasn't thrilled with one of the colorways I had originally chosen. There was too much bright white and yellow in it. So I added some tonally-appropriate fuschia as well as some left-over mustard and green laceweight held double (you can see the current fiber in the photo at the beginning of the post), so this is definitely a stash-busting project. It looks like this (sort of) right now:

I've also got two other projects in progress for National Crochet Month (which ends Saturday), so I should have some FOs to share next week.

However, the other new development while I've been away: I have a new online shop! Some of you may have recognized the new page link at the top of the blog, or the link in the right-hand margin. My shop will feature designs that I think successfully can be made in small batches. Right now that means artsy stuff for the home - my Les Bijoux Sur La Table napkin rings, as well as my latest baby (which has been marinating for a long time), the Box d'Histoire. It marries prints of my paintings on the outside with ephemera from my travels and research with recycled media copy on the inside, so no two will be exactly alike. They will eventually come in three sizes, and here's what a small box looks like:

It's my way of sharing bits of my story with all of you. I can't wait to see what bits of your story get put inside each box (which, btw, would be great for holding stash and small projects). Want to win one? Leave me a comment telling me what you might stash in a Box d'Histoire, along with a promise to post in future a photo on your blog of your box contents. I'll pick a winner, using a random number generator, from all of the comments received next Monday, April 2nd. Yeah - I love giveaways!

Now's the time to check in at Andrea's blog to see what everyone else is up to this Fiber Arts Friday. Enjoy!


  1. I recognize that box, it looks like the twin of mine ! So don't enter me into your competition, let some other lucky person win it: I am keeping seeds and seed packets in mine currently :-) Congrats on your new shop :-) x

  2. That box is rock star! I do enjoy your all of its forms.

    So...what is the orange yarn and beads going to become?

  3. Goodness, you have been busy. :-)

    I LOVE the box. If it were mine, I might store buttons in it, or possibly my growing stash of yarn ends. ;-)

  4. Well that's easy. I just started making stitch markers and haven't found a good solution to keep things together. It's my first time doing bead related work, so between the newly acquired tools, wires, various rings, and the costume jewelry I'm taking apart, let's just say sometimes it's a little chaotic :-) A nice box with great painting and stories would be a great way to house all these.

  5. Pretty colors! Lets see, what would I put in this lovely would be a great place to hold and display my vintage handkerchiefs and it would also make an excellent project box to collect goodies when I'm foraging supplies for a new creation.

  6. Nice colors in your scarf. Hmmmm...I'm currently doing mixed media paintings so I think I would it for all my bits of papers and goodies waiting to be used.

  7. Hmmm ... looking over the comments, it looks like you've been spammmed ...

    Pretty box!

    1. Well, while I'm not certain it's per se spam (because a real person needed to leave the message), I must admit I don't think I have readers at that particular IT company in India. :)

  8. Nice box! and I love the scarf. Scrappy things are almost always my favorites. I'd love to have you visit Craft Central when it ever comes to fruition. Yes, there will be wine.

  9. Oh, cool, a new store! Let's see. If I won one of these little pretties, I'd probably use it to store the pile of receipts that have started to take over my desk since I started keeping a budget on the computer.

  10. Good luck on your patterns!
    Congrats on your new shop! What a fun idea with the my story/your story box. Some things are hard to throw away yeah and why not go w/decorative boxes for storage.
    Hmmm...I think I would put in my extra bits of yarn that are each rolled up into mini, pull center balls. I have lots everywhere.