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

April Knitterly Arts Newsletter!

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My Knitterly Arts Newsletter for April is now winging its way to email boxes around the world!

If you’d like to subscribe…CLICK HERE!

And do share with others who might enjoy receiving a bit of yarny inspiration!

Let Go

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I woke up this morning with these words in my head:

“Sometimes we have to let go of the original plan in order to allow the newer, cooler design to come out.”

I was remembering meeting some new folks on Sunday, having lunch with the couple after church. The young gal had a crocheted purse that was lovely. I commented on it and asked her about it. She said she had made it, but wanted to get the left bit down into a triangular point. When she couldn’t get it the way she wanted it, she just left it curvy. I told her it was awesome just like it was.

I wonder how many creations/discoveries/inventions are actually due to the artist/scientist/inventor “missing the mark” and then changing course?

Good thought for life as well. 🙂

***May we each have the grace to let go of the original plan so that the newer, grander one can unfold!

Ebb & Flow

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There seems to be an ebb and flow to creating. For weeks, you are knitting something (or several somethings) stitch by stitch. You hop from project to project, keeping it interesting. In my case, I also bounce from drawing to knitting, from painting to crochet, from typing up a new design to making cards and prints for the Shop.

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Then you hit a week where several projects get finished! Oh wow! Happy Day! The blanket you’ve been crocheting is suddenly the perfect length. The sweater you’ve been knitting now has all its ends woven in, and the canvases that have been sitting there for a time with lines drawn on them, now have color and paint and they worked out and oh Happy Day!

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But then you move on. You begin other projects, one stitch at a time, one line at a time, beginning….again. This can be an exciting time. But it can also lag a bit for me, having enjoyed the excitement of finishing, of completion, of TA-DAH!

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The key for me, is not to begin too many new projects at this point. So often, as I’ve been slowly plodding away at the previous batch of creativity, I’ve also been dreaming of the next batch. There are always too many. I have to be selective and choose only a few or else I’ll glut the limited time I have with too many things vying for my attention. Three or four works well. Too many more and I’m a spinning top wobbling in all directions, not knowing which project to tackle next.

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Easy does it. Slow going. Tortoise steps. One thing at at time. One stitch at a time. Being present to the line, splash, or row I’m on. Leaving the next rows and strokes for a later moment.

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Draw breath. Draw life. Stitch with focus and flow.

LIVE your creative life!

March Newsletter & Class Offerings!

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Hip! Hip Hooray!

March is here!! And that means this month’s Knitterly Arts Newsletter is now out being sent to all my subscribers.

If you’d like in on the fun, CLICK HERE, to sign up for this FREE, inspiration-packed email newsletter.

In the email newsletter, I have a section to notify my knit & crochet students, as well as ANY area residents, of the classes I’m teaching locally. But I am also offering classes to any who might have a few friends at work, in your neighborhood or church, who would like to learn to knit or crochet, or who desire to gain more skills or to receive help with their current projects.

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I created this brochure to hand out to folks letting them know about a variety of ways they can learn:

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Have Yarn, Will Travel!

Limited to the area of Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Greensboro, High Point, NC. Unless you live in France…I will gladly come to France and teach you to knit!! 🙂

I LOVE to Teach!

Knitterly Sketch Journal Pages

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I’m gonna try to catch you up on my yarny travels of late by way of my sketch journal devoted solely to the items I’ve finished knitting or crocheting.

FINISHED is the key word here. A fiber project I’m working on does not get to be drawn into the journal until it is ALL DONE! Seams made, ends woven in, blocked if needed.

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This final step is like the icing on the cupcake for me. I love to draw. I love to knit and crochet. So to draw what I’ve knitted or crocheted is an extra boon!

Anna'sBooties Here’s a pic of the sweet little booties I crocheted for a friend who is expecting her first child.

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And this is the page for Patsy’s Perfect Tunic, which I hope you are ALL knitting one of these for yourself (FREE Pattern!) before the cold weather leaves!!!

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Of course, the Everlasting Gobstopper Blanket…it continues to heal and warm and make cosy all who wrap up in it.

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And the Wild Hare Tunic I knitted last week when the first snow “storm” hit our area. I now have another project begun from this week’s snow storm (actually gave us 7″ of snow instead of 1″). I’ll share it with you another day! 🙂

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I’ve since finished Rhubarb Blanket and a pair of socks, but they haven’t yet been journaled. Can’t wait to do that!

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AND…if you haven’t yet signed up for my Knitterly Arts Newsletter, PLEASE DO SO!! The next issue is due out in a few days!!! Yay!

Where I Sit…

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You might enjoy meandering over to my drawing/art blog to read about an amaryllis that’s been blooming above me on the piano. It certainly speaks of knitting too!

Click Here to read it!

Have an Artful Day!

Where I Sit…

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From where I sit, here in my studio sunroom, an amaryllis blooms above me. It sits on the piano grinning broadly at me while I knit, draw, write. It has been there a while, maybe a month or more. For the longest time, an inch of green shoot sat nestled in the loam. I watched impatiently, expecting the little green shoot to sprout up immediately upon watering. It took forever, it seemed, for the stalk and four leaves to reach its current two-foot height, unfurl the three red flags and drape them over so gracefully over the tippy top, to smile at me for days on end.

But now, the cadmium red flags are flagging, folding up their withered smiles one by one. Only a single face remains open, sharing its beauty with me.  If this amaryllis could speak of what it’s seen in the relatively short span of its life, it would tell you of page after page of writing, numerous drawings (many of amaryllis herself) and countless stitches in various colors and forms. It has enjoyed beautiful music by my son’s piano hands, sweet conversations with my husband and daughters, sunshine and snow falling all around the windowed room.

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Amaryllis has witnessed the ever-changing world of an artist and a family, just as I have witnessed the phases of its life. I recently watched Shall We Dance in which Susan Sarandon’s character says,

”We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness’.”

It struck me as a profound statement of not just marriage, but of friendship and parenting too. In our various communities, whether it be through church, school, work, or a yarn shop, we get to bear witness to others that we see them, acknowledge that they exist, encourage and support the beauty we see blooming in them.

Every word on the page bears witness to all we have seen and heard…this here is worth remembering.

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Every stitch loops around a moment in time, gathering in the days as a permanent testament to the stitcher having seen, heard, lived the duration of that particular project.

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Every line drawn records all that we experience around us as a witness to the beauty of every day details…the who, what, when, where, why of the phases of a life.

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And so I draw Amaryllis, and knit with its colors, and write of all I’ve witnessed through the phases of its brief life. This is artful living:  to declare in all our creating, “Your life (whether it be a flower, a place, a person) will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.”

I am grateful for this Artful Life. (*there is an entire category of this subject, Artful Life, if you care to read more on the subject. Look for the category in the right hand margin.The most recent  posts are listed first, so scroll down to read earlier ones.)

**I’ve been camping out over on my Knitterly Arts blog…drawing yes, but doing lots of looping around the moments! Join me there too if you like!

**NEW! Knitterly Cards and Prints!

Hip Hip Hooray!!

My Knitterly Arts ETSY Shop now has more than just patterns!

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I’m now offering cards and prints of my original watercolor artwork…drawings and paintings of all things yarn!

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Knitting Hands. 5″x5″ Matted Print. $12. Purchase here.

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Knitting Color. 5″x 5″ Matted Print. $12. Purchase here.

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Set of 6 Cards, 3 each of the above images. $14. Purchase here.

And a couple of Genevieve prints are also now available in my Knitterly Arts Shop…

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Drawn2Knit. 5″x7″ Matted Print. $15. Purchase here.

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Drawn2Crochet. 5″x7″ Matted Print. $15. Purchase here.

***More Cards & Prints with a Knitterly twist are coming soon!!

*****To celebrate this big day, I’m offering a discount code for 20% off any item in my Knitterly Arts ETSY shop: Just type in CELEBRATE, to receive your discount!

********Thanks to so many of you who are subscribing to my FREE monthly Knitterly Arts Newsletter!! Click here to sign up if you haven’t yet!

A Newsletter for You!

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I now have a FREE Newsletter to offer you!!

At the end of last week I worked with MailChimp, an awesome newsletter creating site, to send out my first one. It is full of inspiration to keep the fiber flowing in your hands!

I have all sorts of ideas and plans for this little newsletter, so if you are at all interested in Knitterly things, subscribe to receive these monthly email newsletters!

Subscribe Here!

**The plan is to send these monthly, but they might be more often than that. Here are some of the topics these newsetters may include:

Where and When I’m teaching classes!

Links to patterns, yarns, my favorite blogs, etc.

A book recommendation (either a children’s book, pattern book, or book about life in yarn).

Encouragement to Be Creative!

It is all for YOU!! I hope you enjoy!

P.S. I am unsure whether you will be sent the first newsletter or not when you sign up. Let me know if you are able to get it.