As is probably pretty common, the seasons are changing and I am sick again - ugh! So far, I'm the only one to be struck down, so hopefully it will stay that way...
One of the many thrills I get from being a mother is watching from the sidelines as Brynne's creative mind continues to develop. A huge breakthrough came a few months ago when she started sketching faces - the first step in drawing something that looks like what is being depicted. I was thrilled and shared the news with our family immediately. I'm not sure what it is about her faces, but I find them to be incredibly fascinating. Here is one she brought home with her today:
and here are several (studies?!?) that she drew a few weeks ago:
I love these so much that I am actually considering choosing a favorite to be a tattoo. It would be my first tattoo, but I think of all the imagery out there, I will never tire of these early works of her art.
More mundane transformations are happening around here as well... I had long been thinking about recycling yarn from thrifted sweaters to use for my knitting and crocheting, but I had been so caught up in learning to knit that I hadn't yet felt brave enough to tackle the deconstruction of a knitted garment. Well, I've now unraveled my first sweater! Here is the before:
a pretty boring short sleeve sweater knitted from a beautiful pink ribbon yarn...
and here's the after... loads of yarn that I can now repurpose for my own creations! Once I got the hang of finding the yarn ends, the unraveling was very simple, if a bit time consuming. I've since purchased a few more sweaters to unravel, and the sweater aisle has now been added to my regular thrift store route. I look for colors I like, fibers that are particularly wonderful/soft, variegated or unusual yarns, etc. I try to find sweaters in large sizes (the one above was a 2XL) so that I have plenty of flexibility to make what I want out of the yarn. The best part? Most sweaters at my thrift store can be had for $6 or less - even if they are made of merino, alpaca, or other super nice fibers. You also don't have to worry about holes or stains on the garment... just cut those areas from your yarn as you unravel! My one word of caution: be sure to pay attention to the gauge of the yarn so that you don't end up with something that you don't really want to work with - although I find beautiful cashmere sweaters at the thrift store, they are usually in very fine gauges. I'm personally not quite ready to work in such a fine gauge!
Speaking of yarn and knitting, I'm thrilled to be going to the Maker Faire this weekend, and I've signed up for Jess Hutch's workshop! My family has been generous enough to watch the munchkin, so Jerry and I will have an incredibly rare day to ourselves at the Faire and Bazaar Bizarre. Anyone else going? I'll try to take loads of photos to share!