It took a while for me to admit that I am an artist.
I had a chance to travel to France when I was in high school, and took an elementary painting class. Once we were done with our work, the teacher made all of the students say out l
oud, “Je suis un artiste” each time we introduce our paintings to the class.
That class really left an impression on me.
I mumbled the words “Je suis un artiste” but I didn’t believe those words. I felt uncomfortable because I had thought that artists are people who are incredibly famous and sophisticated–neither of which my 15-year-old self had.
But years after that class, I started seeing arts in everything. Some people cooked, but other people made magic with their food, some people sang but others made magic with their voices.
I learned to knit and sew just because I wanted to make my own clothes, but I’m starting to see that making clothes makes my imagination run wild. It makes my heart race.
Like this ballet skirt I made last weekend. Remember how I was in a slump? Well, I was determined to come back but needed a small project for that instant gratification. This was perfect. I got my old skirt, made a pattern draft, made some modifications, then sewed on my awesome serger.
I got a lot of compliments in my ballet class and love feeling that way again. That I did something fun, useful, and it started to get my brain moving again. Different lengths? Different fabric? prints? matching leotard! Try different techniques on the serger.
If you’re an artist too, where do you get your inspiration? Do you have strong network of artistic friends who guide you through your slump? Do you read? Do you just not do anything until it passes?
I haven’t had a chance to blog about knitting… because I haven’t been knitting.
How could that be? I’m a knitter. Is there a knitting who doesn’t knit?! WHAT’S HAPPENING TO MEEEEEEE~~
It all started since I came back from Korea. I didn’t even knit on the plane ride back from Korea. I just got all tired, didn’t want to do anything, didn’t want to eat anything — > I think I was super depressed.
Since I got back to work, I think it has gotten a bit better, but nothing much has happened in terms of knitting. I am designing a sweater right now so maybe I’ll have more to talk about!
But I didn’t want to leave my blog so cold without no new updates.
So here are some photos to show you that I’m still alive and well:
Husband’s parents came to visit for a week, so we ate out every single night and had very awesome brunches both Saturday and Sunday. This one is at Larchmont Bungalow in LA.
After the brunch, we took our parents to the Farmer’s Market at The Grove.
Which isn’t really “farmer’s market” anymore, but still cute and has awesome snacks and food.
On Sunday, we took them to Orange Hill Restaurant, which is like 10 minutes away from home but is up on the hill so you get a nice view of Orange County and LA. Not much to see, but it’s very cozy and fun (I mean unlimited champagne with your buffet breakfast?).
They left just this week, early on Monday and the doggies were sad. Even Candy, who just met my mother in law for the first time!
Maybe it just takes time. TIME. to recover from a long trip and such a fulfilling experience with family.
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Tagged bungalow, family, Knitting, knittingdesign, larchmont, losangeles, orangehill, pattern, ravelry, restaurant, thegrove, time, trip
just came back from korea about 2 weeks ago and now i finally have some time to update!
To recap, Here are some photos:
basically, it was lots of shopping, eating, and spending time with family.
For those who care, my mom survived Stage 2 breast cancer 2 years ago, and just recently was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastized breast cancer again. So I had to make this trip, to see her and to soend more time with her. As I left home when I was 17, I havent had a lot of time with my family. Everything was good. Mom is doing very well, with the combination of acupuncture and the newest drugs in breast cancer treatment. It makes her very tired but she says it’s better than chemo.
So, now I am back. The trip has worn me out and I’m slowly getting back in the flow of the routine. I will come back with more!
Mid-summer sale on my two warm-weather designs: Tropical tee and Embrace Me Shawl!
Buy Tropical pattern Here
Embrace Me shawl
Buy Embrace Me pattern Here
Click the images to get to the Ravelry pattern pages. No coupon code needed, $1 will automatically be deducted from each pattern.
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Tagged august, crochet, embraceme, fingering, handmaiden, jeanchungdesigns, Knitting, knitwear, midsummer, sale, shawl, summer, tropical
I have a 2-wk trial and lots of deadlines coming up and sometimes don’t have enough energy to spin at the end of the day. Like last weekend. I had a long (more like a full-day) meeting on Saturday so on Sunday, I spent few hours dyeing some rovings.
I just wanted some soft colors that I could spin and ply together. I only dye with 4 dye colors. I mix and match and control the absorption
Soft Cotton Candy? hehe Milkshake Colorway
Sour green apple color!
Both are really yummy colors right? I’m so happy how the colors turned out. There’s that piece of me that gets so satisfied when I pet the colors that totally get me.
Today 7/14 is Day 16 of Tour de Fleece! (And de France too but who cares).
I have this lovely 100% merino 100g skein to report.
Very soft, fluffy, such a lovely handspun. I’m so!!! excited about how it’s going to be used.
July 14, 2013 in Knitting
Tagged ashford, handspun, kiwi, Knitting, ravelry, spinning, tdf, tdf2013, tourdefleece, tourdefleece2013, traddy, traditional