Simplicity & Freia Shawl

 

 

Good Day Lovely People,

Today’s simplistic outfit was chosen to showcase my new Freia Shawl.  This Freia Shawl was 10 months in the crafting. In December 2016, I visited Loop Yarn promising myself to only buy what I needed. Yet, a ball of Freia yarn began to call my name and once my eyes looked on it I knew she was coming home with me. The price of $38 per skein didn’t deter me, I have learned to spend money on quality yarn, and it came with a free pattern. I was Sold!

 

 

I knitted through the pattern in six days never realizing my stockinette stitches were twisted and the edging was done in the wrong side. Only once the project was complete could I see all its flaws.

 

The Dilemma: Do I take the project apart and start all over, or do I just wear it knowing it’s riddled with mistakes? Discouraged, I placed the project on the side of my sofa, and contemplated what to do next. See, I am a non-traditional/neophyte knitter so pulling a project apart to start over is a foreign concept for me. There had to be a way of fixing it without starting all over.

On September 7, 2017, rather than unraveling the whole project I began knitting the shawl from the opposite side; this method would slowly pull apart all my mistakes and I could visually see what I did wrong.

 

Sidenote: This time I practiced the pattern on less expensive yarn before using the merino wool.  This allowed me to tweak the pattern to fit my personal style.

 

 

10 days and two skeins later… I present to you my version of the Freia Shawl Ball in Blue Voilet and Mint Julep.

 

 

 

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.😕 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