Tiny life and knitting update
12. January 2021
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I am back with a tiny life and knitting update.
In mid December I had the fantastic illusion that the winter holidays will be relaxing and full of joyful tea-drinking and knitting sessions. And in between I would finish easily the Christmas projects and even paint a bit and prepare our exhibition in January.

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Muahahaaaaa (this should read as an evil laugh)

Let me start with the nicest thing: I finished my blue raglan sweater. As a surprise it fits, and I already wore it like planned over wide dresses.

a collage of SImone wearing her hand knit blue hancock cardigan over a wide checkered dress and the cardigan lying flat on the floor

For all who are searching for an absolutely mindless and relaxing knitting project which is because of its slight A-line easy to fit on different bodies look at Hannah Fettig book Home and away. There I found my cute raglan jacket which fits so well. I must confess that I used a different yarn weight (and compensated by choosing a smaller size) and made the shawl neckline smaller as I did not have enough yarn. So, my jacket may look a bit different than the example in the book, by the way it is the pattern Hancock.

A big plus of the book is that all patterns are written as raglan designs and as a seamed design. So, you can choose which ever way of knitting suits you best.

Let’s go on with the lesser fun things. Not sure I already wrote this, but we must move our exhibition into February (instead of January) because of the Corona Lockdown and it is still possible we must cancel it completely. This is a huge bummer… and my motivation is rock bottom. We are already contemplating filming the artworks, but as it is also unsure if we are allowed to enter the gallery at all, this plan b is not reliable. And to be honest a filmed exhibition will not get nearly as much visitors as a real one.
Nevertheless, I will give you a glimpse of the drawing installation and the rudiment of a fibre sculpture.

Design ohne Titel40.png(perhaps some of you recognise yourself on the sketches)

Yeah and the rest…. Sigh…. Corona is still taxing, especially money-wise. I am a board-member of (and my husband works there) a non profit organisation which has a wide range of clients; they have living units for underage refugees, support people of old age who are poor, teach about anti-racism, they run courses to empower people without reading and writing skills, are a meeting point for women who fled to Germany and so on. The important thing is most activities require face to face contact and/or a lot of money to equip the clients with devices like cellphones or computer. Because of Corona this charity organisation is under a lot of duress and during December till now I work together with a team of people to raise money. In December we made a short image film (I wrote the script) and as it is made with nearly no budget, I am quite happy with the result.
You can watch it here, but it is in German….

Right now, we are running an auction for unloved Christmas presents which will end in February and hopefully bring some more money (and attention).

This is my tiny update so far… I just wanted to let you know why I was absent from my blog (and may be a bit slow in the next weeks)
I hope you are all as well as possible <3

Thank you @crosheille for iniciating and @muscara and @marblely for hosting the #needleworkmonday. If you want to see more beautiful projects with yarn, fabric and most of all needles, follow @needleworkmonday on hive blog. Or even better grab your needles and keyboard and join the #needleworkmonday community. You can read more comments on this post on my hive blog

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3 comments

  1. The knitted cardigan is so cute and works really well with your dress. I love your art, too! Ugh, I feel you on the exhibition… I’m an illustrator and signed up to a gallery co-op last year, we are shut too and it was especially hard on artists not trading as much as usual in the run up to Christmas. I completely understand it’s the right thing to do to try and keep people safe, but meanwhile we’re all paying the landlord rent on a shop that can’t open! Reading your news about your charity work definitely puts things into perspective, though. It looks like really valuable work and I hope you can get more funding for your projects, the Christmas present auction is a wonderful idea.

    1. Thank you so much for your support! And lets hope we will find a solution for the exhibition (e.g. it would be good if we could even enter the gallery for photos and film, so that we can apply for more exhibitions later or next year).
      And I directly stalked – ahem researched – you and I loooove your illustrations. I just had a glimpse and did not read how you work, but I only recently started to use digital painting and am curious how others use this medium.
      I have a different website for my art https://neumannsalva.de/ which is in no way up to date, all the latest (digital) paintings are missing there, but some films are visible 😀
      But back to the needlework, do you knit/crochet too?

      1. Sorry I didn’t see this reply until just now! I hope you do find a good workaround for the exhibition 😊

        Thank you so much for your kind words on my art! I use Procreate and iPad, I used to use Adobe and Wacom but find Procreate a lot more intuitive (not to mention cheaper once you’ve covered the cost of the iPad). Your other website is really exciting and I look forward to exploring your videos and art more.

        I love needlework! I’m more of a knitter than a crocheter but mainly because those are the projects I gravitate towards. I just love to have a go at lots of different things and see what works. I think that’s why I like your blog a lot!