Sunday, June 22, 2008

My Bad....

Yes, it's been a few weeks. I've been attempting to drag myself out of my funk and get back to concentrating on what I need to focus on like finishing some projects that have been on endless hiatus and making some jewelry. I've also been having a few health problems lately that have flared up and snapped my attention to the fact that things can always get worse and that I need to snap out of it.

Where to start? How about with a pleasant surprise from one of my fav bloggers, the lovely and talented Hasbu. I went over to my mom's house to check on a package I was expecting and found a surprise package from Finland! Inside was a lovely card and some GREEN superwash sock yarn that is just gorgeous! There could be some Karmic repercussions for this spontaneous act of generosity. I also was recently gifted a lovely skein of hand spun chunky green yarn from Sara, who is an up and coming designer from our Tuesday Panera crew.

Now that we've covered talented knitters let's talk about another talented individual working in one of my favorite mediums.....metal. I love metal in sculpture, structure and of course on the smaller scale where it's worn. I happened upon Tim Shoemaker at the tattoo convention where I purchased one of his metal spiders. I was looking through some of his other works on his myspace page and found a metal mantis. I had to have one and commissioned Tim to create one for me. Isn't he awesome? His new home is on top of my book case in the "library" where he looks like he's waiting for his next meal. Tim will also be displaying and selling his art at the Stars and Stripes Festival in Mt. Clemens on June 27,28, & 29th. Check it out. Support your local artists!

Oh yeah, this is a blog about knitting sometimes isn't it? Well on that front I've been cranking out hats for the Dulaan project and so far I'm at 11 including a contribution from Mom Larj. I have one more to finish before mailing everything of tomorrow. It's a great cause and a great way to use up odds and ends of stash for small projects. I think this is my third year of participating with this charity.

Speaking of getting involved I also participated in the "Hungry for Change" bake sale in Dearborn to support Barack Obama's presidential campaign. I contributed some brownies and of course came home with some goodies. I'm hoping to get a little more involved as we get closer to November.

Other than that, life continues on it's same path. Everyone have a great week!!


Shorty said...

Sorry that you haven't been feeling well. I hope you get much better soon.

I love the metal mantis. I may have to order a commission for myself. Maybe I can even check out the festival.

I need to start doing some charity knitting too.

Thanks for the comments on my blog. Harley really appreciates hearing from you.

Knittinreed said...

So sorry you have been under the weather. Here are hugs and hopes for feeling better.

Beautiful hats! And thank you for including the link - I have bookmarked it and will become a participant as well.

I hope your week is a good one.

Bea said...

I love the metal mantis! He's awesome.

Diane said...

I love the metal preying mantis, and the yarn is beautiful too! And the dog!

AR said...

I hope you feel better soon. Dealing with that sort of problem will put anybody in a funk.

Great sock yarn and mantis. He is especially cute.

schrodinger said...

awww, I hope you feel better really quickly.

Love the mantis!

Amanda said...

Hey! Take care of you and take it easy. I hope your symptoms subside and you can get back to normal.

I just learned that I have degenerative Disc Disease. I'm following in my father's footsteps. Yay!

Talk to you soon.

Anonymous said...

I hope you get better soon!

I'm hoping to see some finished socks at some point. And I love the mantis!

Leeann said...

That mantis is awesome!!

I *almost* participated in that bake sale, but then I was too lazy. If I'd known you were going to be there I would've, though! Luckily I'm sure there'll be plenty more opportunities before November. :)

lobstah said...

Oh, I'm so jealous of your praying mantis! It's really neat!
Great job on making so many hats, too!

amanda j said...

So sorry to hear you haven't been well.

The mantis is gorgeous. He is obviously a talented artist.

2paw said...

Oh I hope you are feeling much better now. Feeling poorly is not good.
Love the excellent Chief picture with the delicious green wool!!
Oh, I think I would be taken aback every now and then by the Metal Mantis!!!
Good knitting deeds!!