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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Winter Break and Creating...

While on winter break vacation visiting my sister in South Carolina and having a house full of my family I still found some time to create. I made a pair of baby booties for a good friend of mine who is having a baby in January. I used smaller knitting needles this time and yet while my stitch is tighter my booties are still bigger than anticipated. :) I think I will need to look for a different pattern the next time around.

I also worked on starting a new small journal/sketchbook.  Since I discovered during last semester's art therapy groups that I enjoy creating on a smaller scale as I've found I'm more likely to find the time in my busy schedule to create if I'm working on a smaller scale with some easy/quick materials. I brought a package of new ink gel pens (which I ended up being slightly disappointed in the lack of color options in the package and the fact that the black pen stopped working after 3 images) with me because I wanted to have the quick materials at my disposable.  Using ink pens I created the following images. I seem to be in a reflective state lately. Perhaps it's the time of year...

So the arm knitting infinity scarves project planned with my mom, sister and me didn't go quite as planned. My sister had no interest in it. I created one and then started another one and did it along with my teaching my mom how to do one. She struggled a bit but eventually by the end caught on. The material we used was suppose to make 4 scarves but only made 3 with a little left over and that was combining all four yarns and mixing to make the third one.  We discovered that using only 4 stitches across would have worked the best and then ending them sooner even though they may have looked short because we think they will stretch. This might have then allowed us to make 4 scarves out of the material.

My nieces crib (a hand me down from her 3 cousins that have used the crib over the years) ended up breaking a bit in the rallying portion over the past couple of months. While my dad was down visiting  my sister he and my brother-in-law engineered a way to rig up the crib to be sturdy enough to hold my niece for the next 1.5 years. Of course it means it doesn't look the prettiest so my sister was wanted to buy a new one. Unfortunately cribs apparently are made to have railings that slide down anymore (due to a safety hazard- that I'm not in agreement about). So all new cribs don't slide down on the one side leaving it extremely difficult if you are short (like me) or have neck/back injuries (like my sister) to lift a baby up and down in the crib.  I volunteered to try and spruce up the new wood work on the crib with a one of the kind paint job. My sister and I headed to Michael's and got some art materials. I could have done something intricate but we didn't want me to spend the rest of the time during my visit working on it.  I finished it within about 2 hours worth of work. Suggestion- don't use paper/cardboard stencil letters! They stick and the paper peels off with them. Overall I think it turned out pretty cute and spiced up the crib.  If I had my way I would have sanded down the entire crib and done a cool antique/chalk like finish on the crib to begin with. But that would have had to have been done before my niece was born and no one thought of it then since the crib wasn't broken. The true test will be if my sister notifies us that she got a new crib within a month. ;)

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