Saturday, July 18, 2015

Race to the Finish.

Guys.  I have 4.5 weeks left of my Residency in Navasota. Can you believe it? It's been almost a YEAR since I relocated to Texas! For the record, I am moving to Bryan (about 20miles down the road from where I am right now) BUT I won't have a real studio for awhile.

Given that my time is quickly racing by, I am working on getting 2 knit projects and a large painting done before I have to say goodbye to my time here. It's definitely going to be a stressful last few weeks.

I mentioned in my last post I was going home for a week or so to set up a show at my local library. I got it all set up and it looks great! The reception went well also - lots of old friends made it out :) 

The night before I left I decided to finish up my first skein on the wheel. I couldn't just leave it there for a week! It looks pretty good for a first attempt, but I am excited to get better!

On with the spinning, I decided to start a new batch the other night. This is some merino dyed by the owner of my LYS. I'm trying to go fingering weight and consistent. So far I'm doing ok, but having a few issues with underspinning. 

Before I left I also finished my "Alpha B Blue" shawl.  My first real lace shawl (but not lace-weight!) and only a couple of not-so-noticeable mistakes. Total win!

On the list of finished projects, I have this cute little wine cozy I made for my roommate this is also done. She's been such a sweetheart the last few weeks that I wanted to give her a gift. 

 While I was back in Kansas I could not resist the urge to go into the yarn shop there. Luckily my sister was with me and decided she wanted me to make her a shawl. This is the result. It's got about 15 rows left and I'm trying to finish it by mid August when they visit.
(yarn Louisa Harding Amitola, pattern Revontuli/Northern Lights)

And something for myself is on the needles as well. A self designed colorwork shawl. If I can figure out how to word it, I want to publish this pattern. 

And finally the large painting I mentioned. I have two weeks to finish this one before I have to hit clean up mode. I think I can do it. (right now it's about half done - it's gonna get darker!)

Isn't it crazy how time can just fly by and you can get so much done without noticing? Just re-reading this post has made me realize the last three weeks have been. I hope I can keep this mojo up for a bit longer!


I'm leaving you all with a photo of my family's new kitten - Gizmo - who is one heck of a stinker. He was jumping up my legs, eating plants and chasing his tail all week. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Becoming a Monthly Thing

Yup. Blogging is pretty much a once a month, maybe more if I feel like it, thing. It's not that I don't have things to share, but I have so many other places I am sharing things on - Ravelry, Instagram, Facebook - that sharing on here keeps taking a back seat.

Starting off with some new oil paintings. Smaller works on wood. Not my best, but not awful either. I really just needed to knock out a couple more before my show in Salina next week. 

Second "Bad Oyster" shawl and already planning a third. This one was a shop sample for W.C. Mercantile. Playfully titled "Poseidon's Oyster".

My blue shawl is about 8 rows away from being complete, but that is slow going given the current size. I am hoping to have it done for my art show next week. :) Knitted in Alpha B Yarn (which by the way is a very yummy yarn!), this has been a very fun project!

Since I have left overs from my two Bad Oyster Shawls I decided to make socks. I wanted them to be opposites, but alas I did not have enough green to do so. So I just kept going and let them be playful.

And then there are road trips that result in new yarn. This is from Twisted Yarn in Spring, TX. Ella Rae Lace Worsted (oxymoron?). I got it in the clearance rack and now I am dreaming of two color shawls. But I can't decide on a pattern (Just too many!) so I am thinking of designing my own...

And a second yarn shop on my trip, ipurl in The Woodlands, TX provided me with this yummy "Raspberry Lime Sorbet" yarn. I can't decide what this will be, as it isn't recommended for machine wash, so socks may be out.... 

I hope everyone had a wonderful June! I am heading back to Kansas on Sunday for a week or so. I have a show opening there and also family that will be around. I'm pretty excited to get away from here for a bit.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Moving Forward

Wow. Once again it has been longer than I would have liked between my last blog post and now. How does that always seem to happen?

We had our Art Open House at my residency this past weekend, so maybe that was it. All the stress of preparing for that.  But because it has finally come and gone, I am excited to share all of my completed art with you all! And some new knit adventures as well.

"Dust" Gouache on Paper, 18x24

Frozen Summer Harvest, Oil on Canvas, 40x50

My giant paper mache tree. I think he's about 4.5 feet. I am so happy that he's finally done :)
Knit wise I finished that tank I was working on. I had to re-start it once and ended up having to do some crochet doctoring. Right now this is my best photo, which was taken at open house by the lady who BOUGHT this painting! (and is also an amazing fellow knitter)

So I started a lacy shawl, from the same pattern collection as the tank. It's with Alpha B sock yarn that Ivy gave me for my birthday last year.

Poseidon's Oyster, playfully called as such because it was started while watching "The Poseidon Adventure" on TV. It's a shop sample Bad Oyster shawl for my LYS.

First bobbin of colored spinning on my wheel. It's taking some getting used to but it's going well. The tension is constantly giving me grief.
And because I haven't done this in a while:
Weekly inspirations:
Probably about half of my knitting group is working on this project right now, but I have yet to jump on the bandwagon. What do you think?
The city of College Station, where the Arts Council is at, does a summer student residency program. Their new artist for this year has some pretty intense work!
I made Beer Butt chicken last week, thanks to Rachael Ray. I may have made too much though, as I am still eating on it this week. I hope it's still good....
Well, I am going to be a busy beaver for awhile. I get to spend all this week working in an antique shop, all next week teaching summer camp and then the end of June traveling home. Will there be time for art making? I sure hope so!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Five + A New Crafting Addition.

Keeping with what I started last week, I am going to update with mostly photos. Please read the whole thing for a surprise at the end! 

Another gouache painting done, in three days (about 5-6 hours work)

Ever growing pile of white balls that are so boring to knit but will be so epic once they are on top of my tree.

Another new large oil. I have 2 weeks to finish and I'm hoping it doesn't turn too pink.

Gorgeous riverside TX flowers on my walk tonight.

And now for the big news. 

Let's start with a quick preface. Last night at Knit Guild we had a spinning demonstration. I brought my spindle since the lady running it - Debbie - knew I was a spindler. Many of the spinners also attend knit days on Sunday at our local LYS and I have been found saying a couple times how cool it is to watch them spin on wheels.

At the end of the presentation Debbie walked over to the corner and brought this older looking wheel over to where I was sitting. She set it down and said "Lisa, this is your new wheel". And all I could say was "Wait, what?".

She proceeded to tell me that it was a handmade wheel that had been passed on from several different people - started in California - and that it was time for her to pass it on. When my time is right I will pass it on also.

Now the real question is... how do I actually spin on it? I guess time will tell. Until then I will just be staring at it was a smile on my face.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursdays Are...

Studying the color white with oil paint

Honey spiced chicken with chickpea-quinoa salad. 

A finished shawl (as of last week!)

Knitting lots and lots of large, white balls. 

Almost done with a cardigan in under a week. 

Crochet all handspun scarf in the works. 

A new gouache painting larger than I have worked in this medium before. 

A blank wall because a painting has been sold. 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015


It's been too long since I updated this blog. I feel sort of bad about it, mostly because I did truly enjoy posting and sharing. It's just been a very busy time for me and I wasn't even sure if anyone was reading any more.

I have decided, that at least for today, I am going to just post lots of photos with quick captions of what's been going on.

3 whole boxes of quality, sweater quantity yarn donated to me by a local knitter.

Filling the Horlock Galleries with new art. 

All of my babies! 

Blocking my Bad Oyster Shawl.

Hat that is out of yarn :( 

Hand dyed fiber by one of the LYS owners in my town.

Making progress on my spinning grab bag

3-foot tall paper mache tree. My new installation project. 

Weekly Inspirations:
Art: Check out this local artist I just discovered. I have seen better works by him than shown here, but  you get the idea.
Knitting:People just keep designing gorgeous, non-lace shawls. It's kind of addictive to just favorite them. I have over 200 in mine Ravelry list. 
Food: Have you ever tried making alfredo sauce and adding pesto to it? That's what my roommate Heidi did on Monday. It was super delicious and I highly recommend it. Especially if the 2 are homemade to begin with. 
Life: What can I say? So many things are happening here. But it's all good things. I'm just taking life one day at a time.

OHHHHHH AND if you're interested, I have instagram now! My name is Lisa_24_7. Follow me for art and knitting updates! 


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

All the Things!

I think I see a trend starting. Update blog, ignore for a month, update, repeat. Lately, it's just seemed so tough to want to update. Probably because I don't really like stopping to take photos, and what fun is a blog without photos?

Although I have lots of things on my needles and planned, today I am just sharing some recent stash additions and art happenings.

I have been eyeing the pattern "Bad Oyster" ever since I discovered it last month. Fringed scarves seem popular right now and this is a cool pattern to make one. I had a skein of Malabrigo Sock, Archangel in my stash, but I wanted to play with it a bit, so I purchased a skein of Malabrigo Rios in Pearl Ten to pair with it. I am thinking maybe doing dark stripes with laced orange stripes. I'm excited to get started. 

My current LYS, W.C. Mercantile, also has spinning tools and fiber. She has been making up grab bags of random fiber and I was super excited to pick one out. I am thinking of just randomly grabbing a bit, spinning it, then randomly grabbing another and attaching, until it's all spun then I can ply it on itself. Talk about epic crazy fun yarn!

Universal Bamboo Bloom has been super popular around here since the shop started carrying it back in December. While I am not always a bandwagon jumper, I finally caved. She has a self written cowl pattern that highlights the thick and thin nature of this yarn that I will be tackling soon. 

In art world, I finally finished a painting last week. It's my largest to date, at 50 inches long. I can also happily say that is is my favorite. I love how it turned out with color and shadow. 

I am hooked on trees, now that I have a large tree painting, and want to do a whole series. That being said, I decided to actually make some trees, with polymer (oven bake) clay and knitted balls. I have 5 of these made and they are currently arranged into a still life to start my next painting.

Weekly Inspirations:
Knitting: On my needles: Rainbow cowl (just finished), fire opals tee (starting front panel) and handdyed coffee cozies. Notice how none of them have recent photos? 
Food: Ever think of Chickpeas as a sweet desert? Me either, but I found this recipe and had to give it a try. Luckily, the peanut butter masks the chickpeas and overall it's a win!
Art: I have new artists moving into the residency this weekend. Heidi and Jessica. Both are super talented and I cannot wait to spend six months making art with them.
Life: I finally have a bit of financial freedom, with my first paycheck coming in last weekend. Explains all the stash additions right?

Hope all are having a great beginning to the week. Mine is pretty good so far :)