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Topic: Craft Your Daily Reflections--Continuing the saga in 2014!  (Read 43137 times)
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« on: December 07, 2012 07:17:41 AM »

CRAFTALONG BASED ON  LEAFCUTTER DESIGNS SKY SCARF CONCEPTUAL KNITTING




A few years ago I saw a project that I wanted to do...the project is very simple...excellent for beginner knitters/crocheters.  

It is a project that is not just about the knitting/crocheting...the pattern is simple...it is about being aware of your everyday existence and appreciating the small things in life...we take so much of our lives for granted and get caught up in being inside with our electronic devices....

Maybe you can get a small group of friends or your knitting/crochet circle to participate...it is a project to connect you to nature, to others, and to yourself.

Here is how it works:

Each day, preferably the same time each day, you look at the sky...determine what color the sky is and knit/crochet it.

The original project only has 5 colors, but you can be more ambitious and add more.  I have selected three blues, three greys, and a cream. It might be too much, but I wanted to be prepared. I am using fingering weight, but you can use any yarn as long as you adjust your needles and number of stitches.  I might throw in a pale orange since pollution is a reality in my area, and as awful as that is, sometimes it makes the sky a gorgeous orange even in the middle of the day. Make it as simple as you can. This is a project of calmness.

You can also knit squares or pick a different pattern...I have seen huge afghans made with this concept. You can do a ripple stitch, do a granny square, etc.  Be creative.  The goal is to have a record of your sky for a full year. (Hopefully, it won't be all blue or all grey! Cheesy)

You can do it for a month and join anytime during 2013, but I am starting my scarf on January 1.  If you can't do a day, write it down on your calendar and catch up...don't get too far behind or you will not appreciate your day...you are just knitting or crocheting!

I think to keep things manageable, we should post once a week , but at least once a month...grab a post and post your progress in that post.  I will start it.

The link to the original story and project is here.  Lots of pictures, too!
http://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/projects/conceptknit.html#skyscarf

Please join me for this journey of discovery.

EDITED:  Looks like people who do not knit or crochet want to play with fabrics, paper, etc.  Heck--the more the merrier...craft the weather in your own meaningful way! Cheesy

This craftalong has evolved to include people who want to craft their moods or another form of nature, such as trees;  some people want to include their children or strangers.

So, we are changing the craftalong to be one of your own personal daily reflections...a time to be with nature, or your kids, to understand your moods...to enrich and document a year of your life...and like life, it will evolve as the year goes on...please don't feel you have to follow any rules...some of you might want to do five days on a free Saturday...you can skip days...heck--you can skip months and come back!
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012 07:18:19 AM »

MY SKY SCARF

Date began:  January 1, 2013

YARN: Fingering weight: Purchased at KnitPicks


NEEDLE SIZE: US 8 bamboo

PATTERN: simple garter stitch

COLOR GUIDE: to do and take pic
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012 07:56:43 AM »

Count me in! This will be so interesting Smiley

I plan to start mine on January 1st too and I'll be knitting mine. Not picked up any yarn yet, hopefully soon.
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012 07:59:54 AM »

This is such a cool idea! I may have to join in the fun!
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012 08:03:47 AM »

i am no knitter. seriously.  im a danger to myself and others. but this seems like a great project. 

*wanders off to peruse the kona solids so i can cut a whole whack of tiny squares and make a quilt top
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012 08:10:47 AM »

oh my sloth--we should do a quilt using this concept!!! but 365 squares is a lot...hmmmm...what size squares would you recommend?

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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012 08:16:45 AM »

A quilt would be beautiful! I'm planning an inchie version of this too Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012 08:21:44 AM »

I think you can really run with a project like this...documenting the everyday is so zen...so purposeful...maybe I should change the title to be CRAFT the Weather using any art form?
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2012 08:22:57 AM »

Embroidery would be beautiful too.
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2012 08:25:32 AM »

oh my sloth--we should do a quilt using this concept!!! but 365 squares is a lot...hmmmm...what size squares would you recommend?



i was thinking a simple 3 inch square. but once i get my graph paper on and chart out how a calendar might fit together...  i may be overflowing with ideas
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