September Inspiration

September Inspiration

September Inspiration
The four of us went to the beach the other day for some inspiration, and ended up collecting a few treasures that we’ve been having fun with ever since. Small pieces of driftwood, feathers, broken shells, beach glass, those kinds of things. We originally went to collect a few smooth rocks. I wanted a few more to crochet around. One of us wanted rocks to paint into dragon eggs, and another one wanted an interesting rock to use a door stop. Whatever the reason, we were all game for a little beach combing.

That same afternoon, I started painting tiny patterns on smaller pieces of driftwood. It was so fun just letting my mind just wander and “play” with a little paint, not really thinking about what the outcome would be. A little neon paint here and there seemed to be the perfect touch.

Here’s what I’m working on this month:

– I am speaking at School House Craft on Saturday (9/22) at 2:45. In our “Blogging 101” class, Marie LeBaron of Make and Takes and we will be sharing the ins and outs of why blogging is an important and fun aspect of running and promoting your handmade business. (My husband, Peter, will be speaking too!) This is a very inspiring weekend, a great way to kick off Fall.

– I am busy creating new original art for Home, an upcoming, end-of-year show at Artstream Gallery in New Hampshire. More details coming soon, it may be textile pieces, may be paintings, I’m not quite sure yet, but I’m very excited about this show and honored to be included.

– I am so excited to be joining my granny squares together. The timing is perfect here, weather-wise! If you want to join the Granny Square Sampler Afghan crochet-along, you can start anytime by following all the weekly crochet assignments on the Sampler page.

crochet doily

Crocheted Disks

crochet doily

I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to revisit some of the projects from my first book, like these crocheted disks. It seems like every time I completed a book project, I immediately had to put it aside to move on to the next one. Just when I was super inspired to keep going!

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granny square sampler

Granny Square Sampler Completed

 

granny square sampler
granny square sampler
granny square sampler
After all those weeks of crocheting all different kinds of granny squares, in all different colors, my own granny square sampler is finally done. I finished it over a week ago, but spent a few evenings weaving in tails.
There were a lot of tails-
granny square sampler
I’m so happy I kept with this project! I hope those of you that did it with me are too! I plan to take a full picture in better light to put on the project page and the ravelry page, etc.
One last question- did anyone add an interesting border around their afghan they could link to? I’m undecided about adding another round to mine, but thought seeing others might help me decide.
Added 10/29/12- The finished dimensions of this afghan (without any additional borders I may add) is 36″ x 46″. There were about 7 various granny squares that I did not use in the finished piece. I certainly could have used these, and made the afghan bigger, but the end use I had in mind for this one was as a lap blanket.

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