Knit Together! (and Crochet!)

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I’m not sure how to put into words the joy that I have with these dear friends. I wish I could write more eloquently about them to make up for the lack in my photography skills. These four women occupy a very dear spot in my heart. That spot is all soft and squishy, colorful and textured, just like the yarns we run through our fingers.

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Many years ago, this spot began to grow as I met each of them in a beginning knitting class I was teaching at one of our local yarn stores. Bobbie, Ellen, Pat, and Tracy (from left to right, after myself on the very left in the lime green top) were all learning to knit. As we knitted yarn together we found our lives being knit together as well. We started to go to plays together and make trips out of town to yarn shops. We began meeting for lunch at restaurants and in each other’s homes. Each of us, so different in our backgrounds and station in life, realized common ground in our enjoyment and love for each other. This has only grown over the years, even when we didn’t get together as regularly as we are now.

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One of the things I wanted to do this fall was to establish a regular time with these friends. They all wanted to grow their knitting and crochet skills, so we’ve been meeting once a week all fall to learn new techniques, to work on projects, and mostly to talk and laugh!! These photos are taken from our Christmas Making Party last night.

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I absolutely loved seeing the table strewn with yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, ribbons, buttons, thread, delicious treats to eat, and tea to drink! It is amazing none of our yarn trees fell over into the foods! We all had a great time learning to make these incredibly simple trees from a basic knitted or crocheted square!

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I found the idea from a favorite blog I follow, called The Twisted Yarn, where she showed step by step how to create these simple decorations. I also made one with a crocheted square and varied the size of the knitted square to see how it makes up in a smaller version. ALL of them turned out so charming and delightful, even with their wonky shapes!

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Though we’re taking a break for the holidays, I’m already looking forward to our weekly Knit Knites in the New Year! All but one have taken to learning to crochet, so I’m dreaming up inspiration for them as they add to their skills. They are now pressuring the “one” to join the crochet bandwagon!

KnitKniteXmas2 I love to teach knitting and crochet! I have enjoyed getting back into teaching numerous classes this fall at Knit One Smock Too!! It is a delight to watch ladies “get” it, and take off with their needles or hooks. But it is equally a delight to meet women from all walks of life and get to know them even if it’s just for a one-time class or a four week class. It has been an EXTRA privilege to be able to continue the friendships made with these four women, who are now my dear friends.

I’d encourage everyone who loves to knit and/or crochet, to find a group to join and invest in the friendships you will find there! The camaraderie of yarn lovers is like none other! You’ll be blessed with a huge spot of joy in your heart!

Artful Friends

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I am blessed with quite a few artful friends with whom I enjoy getting together to draw or paint, knit or crochet. The above sketch is of myself and a friend who is also named Jennifer. We both love multiple expressions of creativity, including knitting. Hence the shawls we both had knitted and wore to the movies to see the awesome Hundred Foot Journey. (That is a must-see movie!)  And although the sketch does not show a likeness to us at all, I liked having a drawn remembrance of a very fun day out and about in our knitwear. (In case you’re curious, Jennifer’s shawl is one-of-a-kind, her own creation! Mine is actually my Origami Shrug, the pattern for which you can find here. I think both of our shawls were knitted out of cottons, perfect for highly air-conditioned movie theaters in summer.)

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This drawing is of my friend Debbie with whom I draw on a regular basis. Here she is ensconced in the beautiful surroundings at our Ciener Botanical Gardens, where we like to draw and paint almost weekly. In fact, we were there this morning, my first time back drawing at the Gardens since my surgery. Often, all three of us, Jennifer, Debbie and I are there drawing the lovely flora and fauna. And all three of us enjoy being in the same gallery together here in Kernersville!

I have several other friends with whom I get together to make stuff or just to “talk shop”. As artists, we are always in need of encouraging one another to keep growing and stretching, fighting back fear, trying new things, being the creative people we know we are but need encouragement to be every now and then. Teresa and Stacey are two dears with whom I love getting together for just such encouragement. Though they live a few towns away, they are always in my mind and heart as I continue to walk this path of wife, mother, and artist.

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Next week I will once again be able to enjoy some knitter friends of mine in a knitting group setting! I am so excited about this!! I used to teach each of them years ago and our friendships have endured for five years or so even though I wasn’t teaching knitting. The above sketch from a few years back includes two of the dears (again, likeness is amiss) I will see next week when we begin to get together again to make things out of yarn. I could not be happier!!

If you’re a creative person, it is good to seek out friends with whom to share your love of making things. Whether you love making sketches and drawings, paintings, knitted or crocheted items, pottery, mosaics, poetry, WHATEVER,  you will love having a buddy or two to share in the fun. You learn so much from each other, and you benefit from mutual encouragement to keep on being artful in all you do.

Online creative friends are wonderful too! I so enjoy being here in blogland, sharing what I do and meeting you! I appreciate all of you who visit, whether you comment or not. But especially those who comment…I feel we are kindred spirits, together on this journey of living artfully and creating beauty in our daily lives.

Thank you, to ALL of you, artful friends near and far, virtual and local. Together we will keep the creative fires burning! 🙂

Drawing Friends

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Drawing with friends downtown Kernersville has been one of the highlights of my week since last Spring. We started out at the Factory and kept drawing through the summer there. then we moved to the Ciener Botanical Gardens in the fall and now we draw at Eclections, a wonderful artisan booth space with a cafe and seating area.

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Sometimes we chat more than we draw…

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Other times we’re quiet and concentrating on our sketches…

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But most of the time we are chatting AND drawing, multi-tasking at its best!

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I love drawing my drawing friends! Can you tell?