29 September 2023
22 September 2023
Hello, Happy Friday! And for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, happy last full day of summer. Tomorrow officially begins the fall season, and although it's supposed to be stormy here, I don't care because I look forward to fall and all it brings and where it leads us.
One of the YouTube knitting podcasts I watch kind of regularly is Wool Needles Hands. The woman who is the host - Tayler - is really engaging, and seems so excited with whatever kinds of projects she tries. Recently, she has talked about finding your knitting style, and creating mood boards to support that. I found this to be really interesting, since I have recently started to become more aware of what might be called my knitting style, and though I know what a vision board is, I'd never heard of a mood board.
Which led me to wonder - what about you? Do you have a defined knitting style, and/or a mood board (or boards, I guess)? I guess you could say that Pinterest is a mood board, but though I have a Pinterest account, I tend to only fool with it on occasion. Anyway I was intrigued about mood boards, so I poked around online and among my friends.
My niece Amanda told me that after I asked, she realized that she "unintentionally" may have been making them. 😁 She said that for each new year, she makes a board of intentions/visions/moods/ideas for the coming year, and makes it her computer's home screen. And then she makes monthly collages and uses it as her phone's home screen. (She, like me, loves lists and such, and so I am not surprised that she does this.)
A couple of friends told me that each season, they create a group of colors and some images that they use as a guide for that season. One of them said that it keeps her from adding clothes to her closet that don't go well with anything else she already owns. I can see the value in that. Another said that it keeps her from buying things - clothes or household goods - that are "fancy" regardless how much she likes them. She told me that she has realized that her style is extremely casual. So when she buys something fancy because it appeals to her somehow, she either never actually wears it, or it goes in a closet because it looks weird with other things in her house.
So I can see the advantages here. And I have to say, I'm considering trying something for a lot of the reasons above, but also just for the grounding aspect of it. I do have a tendency to see something really different, or quirky, or just plain weird and become obsessed with it, even though I know deep inside it's not gonna work.
When I looked up "mood board" on Google and on Pinterest, a lot of the examples were for help defining your "brand" (which makes me want to gag), or for interior design purposes.
This image is useful, I think, and the link to the article about it seems pretty straightforward.
19 September 2023
15 September 2023
14 September 2023
11 September 2023
How was your weekend? Mine was good, though I did work both days. But weekend days are short days, so it was fine. And since the weather was miserable, I was just as happy to be doing that.
The Tim was apparently inspired to get some things done, so he returned a toilet he'd ordered from Home Depot that ended up being the wrong one to work with the plumbing in our old house, and then he ordered another one, since the one we need wasn't in stock. I'm glad I missed all of that, because frankly, helping to carry a HEAVY toilet down from the third floor to the first is not something that would have ended well, if I had been the designated helper. He got the next door neighbor to help, and said that with him helping, it was really no big deal. So both of us felt like we had a worthwhile weekend. 😊
I mentioned in my last post that some people were coming to fix our chimney. I was amazed at all they accomplished in what seemed like such a short amount of time! The best part is that they were really nice, and I wasn't nervous at all having them around. Granted, most of the time they were outside on the roof, but I had to leave the doors unlocked for them to get in and out of the house, and it didn't freak me out like I feared it would. It's funny, I'm not really fearful out and about anywhere, but I really hesitate when people have to come to the house. I guess it's because letting a stranger come in is just unnerving under the best circumstances. But all's well that ends well. Next up - a new roof!
My knitting is moving along pretty well too. By the end of last week, I'd finished the first half of a Musselburgh hat I'm knitting for a Christmas gift. I started adding the second yarn, as you can see below: