It’s Knitting Time in the City

In August while at Jo-Ann Fabrics perusing the yarn section I found a few treasures… skeins of discontinued yarn colors with an easy pattern. I was elated to take on the challenge of knitting until I realized I didn’t own the necessary needles and I forgot how to knit.ūüėē For some reason knitting techniques are taking longer to become second nature yet I am determined to become an avid knitter. So off to YouTube to brush up on casting on, casting off and the direction for knitting vs purling.

 

Currently, ¬†I am knitting during my lengthy commute and creating One Skein Wonders. I want to share this nuance of My Journey with you. So I will blog about the patterns I’m trying and my prospective on crafting through the medium of yarn.¬†

 

Big Twist Chunky Thistle

 

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Beauty Created, Beauty Released

The same beauty I find in creating is the same beauty I have to find in letting go…

I have become anxious with every signature creation that I must release into the hands of its new owner. So much time is spent in selecting the perfect colors, graphing a customized design, crafting, implementing the proper techniques and praying it all works out.

My creativity time is really time with my Creator. Many things I create I’ve had no formal training just a passion and desire to create it. If I believe I can make it I can. So I know in these quiet times and places He guides me. I’m in awe just as much as the recipient. Many of these items I will never duplicate and that’s what makes me nervous.

Every Artwear piece is a 15-30 day commitment to see a vision come to pass.

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I put the same energy into signature cupcakes, however, the commitment is shorter.

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Yet once its completed its time to pass it on. I cannot allow the nervousness of relinquishing my rights to overshadow the joy of completion. When commissioned to create on behalf of a party I will never get to see the recipients facial expression which is how we normally gauge if they like it, hate it, or are indifferent. I would like to make sure they are pleased with their gift yet only God knows.

The only way I know to stop this anxiousness is to know God is leading me with every step and every step is intentional. They will see and know that He and I love and care for every aspect of creating this special gift. Bringing them joy through our creative expression is our highest priority.

 

Passion Driven Journey Minded,

J. Monroe

Trips in Luxuria

 

There are friends who I chose to share this Journey of Life with.  We walk, talk and share the common interest of Living Our Lives to the Fullest! My Fellow Journeyman, Tawny and I went on a quest of correction that somehow led us to Luxuria!

After some coercing, Tawny, lead me into the lovely Cella Luxuria Store.

I see this store as the most amazing showroom you will ever enter.  Our tour guide/saleperson, Adam, was gracious enough to take us around and explain some on the amazing artistry in detail.

They housed one of my favorite soy candles, Unwined and introduced me to a new brand Spitfire Girl. They also exposed me to vintage items redesigned to new innovations:

Knobstoppers, vintage door knob wine stoppers

 

Dreamweaver Lotus Pillow: 100% up-cycled silk neckties restructured in to soft floral arrangements

 

And somehow they worked strategically placed skeins of yarn into the décor. Lord knows if you can work a skein into the ambience of a room you have done something right!

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This unexpected trip brought new energy to me.  I left thinking how I can incorporate my craft into my living space without it looking cluttered or overwhelming.  So, if you want to find one place that houses beautifully crafted artwork, furniture, candles, etc. and/or are in the Center City Philadelphia area go to Cella Luxuria.

 

Creatively Yours,

Jimella