Change

There is something about our current state of affairs that feels like a suspension, hiatus, time-out, or an extended stay-cation. It’s as if the world has been put on hold and we are hovering in place, holding our breath, until we have made it over the bridge, or until we are told we can come up for air.

I’ve also thought of these days as being on a phone call in which I’ve been placed on hold, or a VCR tape which has been paused. I imagine that the tape is being stretched as it waits in suspension until it can roll again. None of these images of our present situation adequately describe what’s happening .

It may be nearer the mark to use Tolkien’s definition of adventure versus quest. We are decidedly not on an adventure, where we will return to things as they were when we left them. When this is all over, we will be changed. The earth is already changing, and we humans will live and think of our lives differently than before. We have certainly not gone anywhere as an adventure would call us to do. Rather we are on a quest, one in which we are pinned in place, endeavoring to do our part in a worldwide effort to stay home and stay well. The effort to do this is far greater and more costly than the freedom to go on grand adventures. Yet it remains true that we will not land on the other side of this the same. We are being changed. I feel it in my bones.

Shifts in life often yield changes in art making. I have found some difficulty in sticking to drawing a tree every day. The drawings I make are decidedly simple and shape oriented, as if I’m designing for a weaving or a stitched fabric piece. Despite being in love with oil pastels , I’m wanting to let go of the must-draw-a-tree-every-day and just draw as I like, or weave or stitch.

It is likely that in letting go of having to draw a tree daily, that I will continue drawing trees. This was true before I began the quest on January 23rd. Trees are ever a fascination and will always be. My hope is to maintain this focused attention to their physical details, personality and their likenesses to me…or the other way around.

We do not know yet what changes will remain with us once we have been allowed to leave home, roam freely again, breathe and press play. That too will likely bring a shift in creative focus and I’ll want to follow whatever is next. For me, merely the change in seasons always brings changes in mediums and color choices. It will be interesting to see how we are all led to create once the current crisis is in our rear-view mirror.

Are you sensing a shift or change in your creative work? Do the seasons affect you in this way? Is the current quest we are all on changing what you create or how you approach your work as an artist/maker? I would love to know!💖 Most of all, I hope you each are well and safe and able to receive whatever this time is bringing your hands to create, no matter how simple or seemingly inane it may feel. Just keep creating, keep making things, writing poems and stories, shaping clay, painting and drawing pictures, trees or not. It will steady us and see us through to the other side.🙏💖

Welcome to my New Home!

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Change has been afoot! Lots of mulling, weighing, flip-flopping, sighing, and finally Hip*Hip*Hooraying!!

It’s all here, under one roof! My website, one blog (merging both Drawn2Life and Knitterly Arts), as well as all the other good stuff offered on those blogs.

I hope you enjoy taking a little tour across the red bar up there! So much to check out.

I have migrated over here all the followers on both blogs. You should now receive new blog post emails reflecting this change. I am unsure whether it also moved WordPress followers over here or not. I’m still rearranging some furniture and unpacking the boxes. It may take a while. Do let me know if you find issues with links and such. I truly want this spot to be homey and easy to navigate.

I realize in doing this, that I may be losing some traffic, previous pins on Pinterest, and other web-based links. That is ok. I’m ready to start afresh, so-to-speak, and live in a home that comfortably houses all that I love to create and share with you.

Upcoming blog posts will unpack the reasoning behind all of this. I hope you will visit often and be inspired to live artfully!

Artfully yours,

Jennifer

Change in Direction

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Some time ago, in a flurry of excitement, I had a most colorful idea to re-cover a tired looking hassock with crochet!!

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Bright colors, circles, surrounded by crisp white…yes, this would be perfect!

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I hook and hook, round and round.

My youngest daughter, who likes to sit in the chair next to me and chat while I crochet, asks:

“What are you making?”

I relish telling her my grand idea.

“Why are you doing THAT mom? Don’t you know, with all that white, it’s just gonna get dirty?” said with her best middle school voice tinged with sarcasm.

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Humph! Pish Posh! So what? I like it and that’s that.

But these things have a way of getting under the skin, or rattling around in one’s brain. And eventually, I begin to agree that all that white under lots of feet would indeed sully the bright color and require lots of washing.

What then could this become? I’ve already sewn the squares into enough to cover the top of the hassock.

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Another idea…hmmm…will it work?

Ahhh….YES! it will! Just one more row of these Circly Squares to make a bigger square large enough for covering the European square-shaped pillows on our bed! No more yucky brown shams leftover from another bedding set. This will be perfect with the quilt my mom made so many years ago and which I have just recently quilted to be able to use!!

I will have a proper reveal of the crocheted shams when all is done! I’m so excited about this change in direction!

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But now, I have to figure out something for the old hassock. Definitely crochet. Darker colors. Hmmm… Any ideas??

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**If you’re interested, here’s how I’m making my Circly Squares (US Crochet terms):

Using Worsted Weight Yarn and a size H hook, begin with a Magic Loop center and ch-3.

Rnd 1: Work 14dc into the Magic Loop. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Pull the end of the Loop to snug all dc into the center.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st. 2dc in each dc around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (28 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, dc in same st. 1dc in next dc. *2dc in next dc, 1dc in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (42 dc)

Rnd 4:  Change color. Ch 2, hdc in next 2 dc, *(dc in next 2 dc; 2tr, ch 2, 2 tr in next dc (corner made); dc in next 2 dc.) Hdc in next 5 dc*.  Rep ( ) once. Hdc in next 6 dc. Rep from * to * once. Dc in next 2 dc. 2tr, ch 2, 2tr in next dc, dc in next 2 dc. Hdc in next 3 dc. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Note: This creates a slightly rectangle-square: it has 5 hdc on two opposite sides and 6hdc on the other opposite sides. Of course, the ch-2 functions as a hdc stitch, just like the ch-3 functions as a dc stitch. The only trick with this is that you have to orient the “squares” in the very same direction when sewing them together so that the stitch count lines up.

Clear as mud, right? 😉

Changing Yarn

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There are many reasons why a knitter/crocheter changes yarn midway through a project. It may be that the pattern dictates this. Or the knitter gets bored of the same color and needs a change. Or they run out of a particular color and instead of trying to match the dye lots, she/he just keeps going with a new color.

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This happened recently with me as I am knitting/designing a spring caplet. I figured I would probably run out of the lime green Patagonia yarn. I had made a commitment to use leftover skeins for this project. So when it became evident that the green was running out, I had a pink of the same yarn, waiting in the wings to come out on stage and play its part in the drama. Fortunately, it’s working out well. I will keep you posted on how this caplet evolves.

But yet another reason to change yarns in a knitted or crocheted project is just for the fun of it! This is why I’ve started this new blog, Knitterly Arts! Just for fun…to go off on a different colored yarn adventure for however long I want. Though there will be drawings, I won’t post to Everyday Matters from this blog. This blog is basically for knitters and crocheters, though I welcome anyone for sure!! Whether you draw or paint, knit or crochet, or none of these at all…you are certainly welcome to visit here!

But change of any kind, no matter how fun, can bring a slew of questions, perhaps even doubts…. My mind seems to have a good many of these little doubt clouds floating around these days. I’m learning to recognize them and watch them float on by, not giving them too much attention or attaching any hand-wringing to them.

New things, new directions, and change can truly be fun if we learn to let go of whatever holds us back the old yarn and tie on a new one.

It doesn’t have to be forever. Just for a time. ‘Til the next color, or the previous one, begs to have a go! 😉

Website Shuffle

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A few small to the world, big to me, changes are being made ’round here.  One is a rearranging of subject headings on my website.  Drawing & Painting (a link to this blog) is now front and center.  I now have a button for you to click to go straight to my Art Videos.  And there’s a special spot for Commissioned Art.

The link to Genevieve’s blog, my Etsy shop, Flickr, and my About page remains the same.  So nothing huge.  But I’m letting go of the yarnworksbyjennifer site, to offer most of my knit & crochet patterns through the Etsy shop, called Drawn2Shoppe.

Speaking of the Etsy shop, there are a few changes being made there as well! You can see it in the banner here! VERY SOON, I will be offering ORIGINAL artwork via this online venue.  I am very excited to be getting back into offering my artwork for sale.  This is something I used to do regularly, years ago, on a local basis through exhibits and home shows.  I have a renewed outlook that my art is not a money-making venture, but rather something to share with others, both through my blog AND for them to own, should they so choose.  To that end, prices will be kept as low as I can, to offer a little spot of Beauty from my life to yours!

More to come on that later! For now, enjoy browsing around the links on my website portal.  And if you felt so inclined, would you share it with a friend?

Thank you. Thank you!