8-15: Community Thursday!


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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. – Steve Jobs

Welcome to another Community Thursday! Lately, I’ve been feeling particularly creative, so I’m excited to share some things that have made me feel that spark. I made my first Hyperbolic Crochet coral reef-style piece this week – and didn’t botch it! – and I knitted a cowl for my best friend from some special fiber that I’d previously spun up. I touched up the new website design. I dyed a lot of fiber. I decided to change up my look a little [that's coming next week], and I have been getting the itch to make clothes again. I think the cooler temps, crazy low for August in Baltimore, have been big in getting me energized. What about you? Have you been feeling that drive to MAKE? If not, maybe this post will inspire you!
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luckylady

Some of you might remember that I was one of a handful of extremely talented spinners who took part in the Leather and Lace Challenge, hosted by Arlene Thayer of Spin Artiste and Deb Lambert of SWAY Guild. The yarn was spun from assigned fiber packages, sent to tour the country, then auctioned off as a benefit for the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY.
Today, I got to see some of the lives that are being supported via the money raised at auction. I can’t even type this up without crying, I am so honored to have contributed even a little to helping these beautiful animals have a better life. Please take a moment to stroll over to Spin Artiste and see the lovely photos of Lucky Lady, Kalfin, and Anne, who now live happily at Farm Sanctuary. *sniffle*
http://www.spinartiste.com/introducing-lucky-lady-kalfin-and-anne

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A touch of whimsy! Photo: Greedy For Colour

A touch of whimsy! Photo: Greedy For Colour

Sometimes, you just need a yarnbombed bike. And obviously, when you yarnbomb your bike, it needs crocheted bunting for the basket. I might try this for the inside of my Jeeple, too. A tiny bunting across the ceiling? How cute!
http://greedyforcolour.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-to-crochet-bicycle-basket-bunting.html

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Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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I just love her so much.

I just love her so much

You know, I’ve had people tell me that I’m brave for sharing my personal moments on here. But I see Katwise as brave – even though I’m sure she’d reject that as much as I do – because not only did she share her personal story about her adventures selling her amazing recycled sweater clothing [including the feelings that being copied brought her and how she dealt with it], but she shared the way her success has made her feel validated about her whole life and her style. It’s an amazing read, covering how she turned something that could have made her quite fairly resentful into something that brings her even more community and joy in her life. I just love her attitude and outlook!
http://www.katwise.net/blog/?p=1488

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Juncture1

Brittany Wilson of BohoKnitterChic has a new, free pattern up on Ravelry! It’s perfect for bulky handspun, and looks very easy to work up. I love the look of it, and I’m sure I’ll be working up several of these for the coming colder days!
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/juncture

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Photo: Annmarie's Haakblog

Photo: Annmarie’s Haakblog

Look how adorable this is! I have a couple of stools that could use a colorful cover like this. It’s a great way to brighten up a corner of a room, and add a little padding to a hard stool, too!
Directions for this pattern are in both Dutch and English, how nice. :)
http://www.annemarieshaakblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/stool-cover-pattern_6.html

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Look, my colors! Love this tutorial - it and the photo: The Red Thread

Look, my colors! Love this tutorial – it and the photo: The Red Thread

This is yet another fun way to use up old teeshirts, or to work with the T-shirt yarn that’s available out there. You can really change up the look depending on what sort of thread you use with the fabric strips. Fairly easy, and fun!
http://www.theredthreadblog.com/make-a-neon-fabric-coil-bowl

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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Thank you for reading, and for all your support, delightful feedback, and confessions that you really like these weekly posts. That’s what makes it all worth it, y’all! Thank you SO much. <3
I'm leaving you with this today. Please take a few moments to watch this. It'll brighten your day. And maybe make you sniffle a bit. [maybe that's just me?] H/t to Kristin Moran for sharing this with me!

Crayon Dragon from Toniko Pantoja on Vimeo.

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