|how i've neglected you so..
||[Jun. 13th, 2008|03:44 pm]
when i stopped updating my journal, it was a most pivotal time in my life. i don't imagine it would be too appropriate to go into the details of it all, but let's just say.. i went on a creative hiatus for a while. |
so here's a quick update on everything pertaining to angryolive.
i started crocheting with acrylic yarn for all the angryolive hats, but at some point after i moved to houston a dear friend of mine introduced me to natural fibers, or better yet "luxury" yarn, and i have become quite the snob since then. it is much easier to work with, not to mention the feeling of merino and alpaca is like butter or water slipping through your fingers. it's amazing. i quickly swithched, and along with the move i realized something very important: my hats needed to have more elasticity, not only for comfort, but for longevity.
and that was something that crocheting acrylic did not offer.
so i wrote patterns out for each size for every hat. i fell in love with knitting and converting and seeing the final product of every hat was like creating something new all over again.
and then i started having acute pain in my left wrist over the holidays, but ignored it.
that is, until the pain became quite difficult to ignore.
i went to the doctor to figure out what was going on, and he diagnosed me with tendinitis. he basically said that if i didn't stop completely or at least for a few months at a time, that i would do irreparable damage. this was a HUGE blow to my endeavors.
this was around the time i started to work on pieces for the art star craft bazaar, and luckily it was mostly sewing.. but when it came to knitting and crocheting the claws and wings for the owls, by the end of the night, my wrist was throbbing and i had it in a brace (upon doctor's orders).
while at the craft bazaar, i talked it over with my mother and she suggested that i sew the hats. fleece, of course. not only does fleece feel like heaven to touch, it keeps heads all over the world nice and warm. had she suggested this a month or two ago, i would have shot the idea down while wallowing in self pity, but since this was after i attempted to sew bomber hats and bonnets from woven cotton fabric, i felt like i had a chance to keep it alive.
(it's so wrong to put my son in a bonnet.. but i rationalize it with his irresistibly cute face.. and the fact that i can use it to blackmail him later on in his teenage years.)
so as soon as i came home, i went straight to the fabric outlet to purchase fleece (a yard of each color they had available) and set to work on measurements, patterns, etc. i've just now gathered the pattern pieces to fit every size, infant to adult, and this week i have been able to sew six new hats (old designs) from the fleece. i'm feeling very good about this.
panda in progress photo..
i also want to explore plush making, and while i'm very, very new at it, i feel that it can be a rewarding and amazing creative outlet.
so what of the knitting? is it gone with the wind? noway. i'll keep knitting, but mostly for the joy of it and i'm tackling a new project: a book.
it may take me years, it may take getting rejected time and time again, and i may even explore the self-publishing route, but i've been working on my proposal and an outline, and i hope and pray that i can and WILL find a publisher to publish a book of my designs.
so, that's that. everyone is all up to date. i'll post more tonight. must go have coffee with ball and chain.