Thursday Threads – St. Patrick's Day

2011 March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m wearing: awesome headband by Lovely Lotus Designs (green!); Lucite necklace (green!); tank top (green!); blue top, Old Navy; striped skirt, Gap; Simple shoes (green!)

Okay, I don’t really have a giant shamrock…but I’m feeling the green! I acted green today, too :) Not envious, of course – I rode my bike to and from work, and we have the windows open instead of using the A/C. Plus I’m wearing my Simple Shoes, which are eco-friendly. In other green news, I made pesto from scratch and it was delicious!

How was your day of green?

Knitted Wonderland

Friday was the official installation day for A Knitted Wonderland at the Blanton Museum of Art! It was amazing to see so many volunteers in the Faulkner Plaza sewing beautifully knit creations to 99 trees. It got a lot of attention from passers-by on the University of Texas campus, and it was wonderful to see so many people smiling because of our work (play)!

I’m so glad I got to team up with Velma and Sarah to work on a tree together. We also got to help with several other Etsy Austin members and friends – Bridget, Tara, and Marci were all there :)

Tara of Fifty AcornsMarci and BridgetVelma Sarah and AJKnitting up our tree!

Several of my other friends and family have gone by to check it out, too. It’s so pretty seeing all the trees together! The exhibit will be open until March 18, so go check it out if you’re in Austin ๐Ÿ˜‰

Treehugger

(I’m such a treehugger! ;))

Thursday Threads #40

The weather has been up and down again this week. Mainly down ๐Ÿ˜› But even though it didn’t get above freezing yesterday, it’ll be in the 70s this weekend. But enough about that, on to my favorite outfit this week!

Thursday Threads #40

Knitted sweater โ€“ gift
Cerulean fitted t-shirt โ€“ Old Navy
Skinny jeans โ€“ Gap
Polka dot socks, gray flats, wedding rings

3 Things Friday

Snow from the balcony 1Frozen Water from GutterChase with a snow-stacheFrozen fountain

Another week has flown by, and what a week it’s been! Our gym finally opened, I made soup for the first time, and we tried a new local restaurant. It’s been 80ยฐ and 17ยฐ. We had Groundhog Day [I’m all for pointless holidays, but they should at least involve candy!] and Chinese New Year – did you celebrate? But I’m most excited for today: SNOW DAY! What a great way to end the week! ๐Ÿ˜€ And when it boils down to my three things…

The good: I learned a new knitting stitch, and I absolutely love it! I’ve started on my first blanket with a soft, lustrous yarn in….Herringbone Stitch!Herringbone Stitch

The not-as-good: I wasn’t as productive as I could have been. I spent much of last night playing Sudoku (I’m addicted) instead of working on anything.

The best: I get to spend today completing projects! I already finished a painting, which was super fun, and next I’ll be sewing! Then maybe some crochet and cross-stitch…It’s going to be good :)

Granny Square Painting

What were your 3 things this week?

Thursday Threads #39

For the record, on Monday I was wearing a skirt and t-shirt, as it was 75 at dinnertime. It’s 25ยฐ out right now – and hopefully we’ll be getting snow! I’m really happy with my drawing today. I think I’m getting better at keeping them true to one style. Plus I love this outfit!

Thursday Threads #39

Knitted hat – made by me!
Seafoam green turtleneck โ€“ Target, gift from my sister :)
Brown cargo pants, purple knee-high socks, and brown flats

You Amaze Me, Graham Francoise

A sad sad songGraham Francoise is a local illustrator and painter here in Austin, Texas. His work is dreamy and introspective, somewhat sad yet filled with hope. His characters are beautiful, innocent, and instantly recognizable. Each painting somehow expresses an entire story, one that immediately compels you to know more; they draw you in. There is a sense of longing there, but they are very peaceful. The frequently muted colors and touches of nature in his works, and of course the tranquil expressions on the characters’ faces, give me a feeling of calm.

A Quiet Place To Be- original

For making such beauty, you amaze me, Graham Fracoise.

Please visit his website and shop to view more of his work :)

A Knitted Wonderland

Along with a couple hundred other volunteers, I am knitting orange, pink, turquoise, and olive yarn to cover 99 trees in the Blanton Art Museum plaza. The project is coordinated by Magda Sayeg, renowned yarn-bomber/textile artist.ย The exhibit will open in March for Expolore UT, where tons of little kids get to play on campus and learn all about the University of Texas (my alma mater). It’s going to be so neat to see it all put together! It will really be a knitted wonderland of such happy colors ๐Ÿ˜€

It grows...All four colorsAnd gets coffeeknit knit knit

Every tree has to be striped with the required colors (although not necessarily all four), and we chose to divide ours up and stripe them however we wish. My stripesย are all varying sizes with no color order. I love the randomness! I began knitting my 2.5 foot section for the tree sponsored by Velma, Lisa, and me a couple weeks ago. I was so excited that I’ve already finished….woops! I’m really looking forward to getting together with the girls and knitting our creations onto our tree. Don’t worry, I’ll take lots of photos ๐Ÿ˜‰

And of course I’m already finding other uses for my leftover yarn…;DBright & Colorful Granny Squares

It fits perfectly into my latest brainstorm! Oh, it’ll be great when I can show it all ๐Ÿ˜€