3 Things Friday

The good: I’ve been crocheting up a storm! It feels so great to be making things, and building up stock :) crocheted coasters

The bad: I’ve been feeling a little discouraged this week. I’m realizing the toll it takes to juggle two jobs, a workout routine, and a side business (which is getting the short end of the stick), while trying to find time to spend with friends and family. BUT! Worrying and complaining accomplish nothing, so I’m trying to take a deep breath, find a solution, and in the meantime just be thankful for what I have :)

The best: Last night I got together with Velma and Sarah to sew together our Knitted Wonderland pieces. It was so long – I felt like we’d practically made a Doctor Who scarf! On March 4th we’ll meet at the Blanton Art Museum to sew it onto our tree #29. More photos to come 😉

Knitted Wonderland

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. 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 😀

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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 stripes 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 😉

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 😀

You Amaze Me, Yulia Brodskaya

Today I’d like to share with you the work of artist Yulia Brodskaya. Born in Russia, she moved to the UK in 2004 and has since become internationally known for her artwork. (Click on the images to go to her website.) While she creates stunning illustrations

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and wonderful typographic work

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what I find most amazing is her coined “PAPERgraphics”

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which are breathtaking, in color or white, for their complexity and beauty. She has managed to combine a love for the graphic arts with one for handmade crafts into something amazing in thought and vision. For this, you amaze me, Yulia.