Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Spring is coming!

It feels like spring is coming!   Snow is melting... a bit... and I know there will be more snow coming,  but I can feel the warmth in the sun.   The sky is a wonderful true blue,  and coincidentally,  matches the blues in the River Shannon Shawl I am working on.  This  is a colour block version,  using up partial skeins of fingering wool I have.

River Shannon Shawl - Susan Elizabeth - Crescent Moon Collective
River Shannon Shawl

River Shannon Shawl - Susan Elizabeth - Crescent Moon Collective
River Shannon Shawl

I have been busy getting the shawl knit up so I can get a FO picture of it for the pattern.  A lovely lady in Germany found me on Ravelry and is helping test and fix up the written pattern.  The internet is a wonderful way to meet people!  I have learned more about pattern writing in the last 24 hours than I ever imagined.  I am thankful.

With luck and my ability to  get things done,  I will have an official pattern testing thread going at Ravelry in the next day or so.  I am excited.

Mayday branches against blue sky
Blue Sky before the Mayday leaves come out

I took the knitting outside to photograph in the natural light,  and was soon distracted by the drip drip dripping of melting snow.   What a wonderful thing it is to stop and look around at the visible signs of spring! Snow and ice melting will soon mean  ( and I know,  soon means  months away still... ) the grass will green up again.

Snow melting and dripping from the downspout - Crescent Moon Collective

Snow melting and dripping from the downspout - Crescent Moon Collective

Snow melting and dripping from the downspout - Crescent Moon Collective
Melting snow

I've been reading lots about crystals and their healing powers in The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall.  I've had this book for years and every now and then pull it out to look up the name or properties of a crystal.   Its beautiful.

I am joining Ginny in the Yarn along  and    also the bloghop at  Tilly's  Nest.     

Enjoy your day!

~ Feather ~

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Design in the works: River Shannon

Prototype - River Shannon Shawlette - Crescent Moon Collective
Prototype - River Shannon Shawlette

This is the prototype of a one skein shawlette I am working on. There are a few changes I want to make in the next draft, but overall I am excited about how it turned out. The most difficult part has been writing up the pattern. It will need to be tested many times!

Jubilee Super Soxx - Denim   the end of the skein
Jubilee Super Soxx - Denim   the end of the skein

This is what is left if the skein.  I could have made the middle section a bit longer!

Blocking the shawlette
Blocking the shawlette

After it's dry and off the blocking mats I can see if it is a good shawl shape.  The next one will be knit in a solid or maybe a tonal colour for comparison.

River Shannon Shawlette before blocking - Crescent Moon Collective
Before Blocking

Send me a message if you want to be a pattern tester. You will need 1 skein off fingering weight (sock) yarn and 4.5mm needles.

More to come on this later.

~ Feather

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Crystal Chakra Healing

Hola Netizens.  Happy Thursday!

How bout a healing?  Thought I would share how I do a crystal healing.

We have 7 main chakras or energy centers in our subtle bodies and its those that I focus on when doing a healing.  A healing clears and balances the chakras and promotes emotional and physical well being and feels wonderful.  Incorporating crystals amplifies the healing.

Finding a comfortable seated position, I quiet my mind and stand in stillness allowing my chakras to open.  I use the crystals along with the Reiki symbols focusing on the 7 main chakras, starting with the root chakra and moving on when guided.

Root - located at the base of the spine, groin area, it's our connection with the earth.  I direct my focus to the root and visualize a wave of light traveling from my root chakra, down my legs and feet and into the earth like a huge root.  The colour associated with the root chakra is red. The crystals I used were red jasper, hematite and jasper brecciated along with an apache tear.

Sacral - is also called the belly chakra.  It's located about halfway between the navel and groin.  I have found that men seem to feel the sacral chakra as it manifests as lower back pain when there is an imbalance going on.  A healing on this chakra goes a long way in eleviating that. The colour associated with the belly chakra is orange and the crystals I use are tigers eye, carnelian and a obsidian snowflake.

Solar Plexis - located about halfway between the base of the rib cage and navel, this chakra is all about our human self, our impulses, strengths, and fears.  Yellow is the colour associated with the solar plexis chakra and I use citrine, yellow jasper and prehnite crystals.

 Heart - is located near the center of the breastbone.  It is our heart center and governs love, compassion, higher consciousness and spirituality.  I associate both green and pink with this chakra and often visualize a soft pink rose when healing this area.  I use rose quartz, Agate green moss and aventurine crystals on this chakra.

Throat is located just below the adam's apple at the base of the neck.  I associate the colur blue with this chakra and it governs communication and expression.  I use the crystals blue agate, sodalite and jasper leopardskin.

Third Eye is located on the forehead between the eyes, in front of the pineal gland.  This chakra is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively.  The colour associated with this chakra is indigo and the crystals I use are moonstone, howlite and unakite.

Crown - located on the top of the head, this chakra is our connection to source.  I associate violet and a white light with this chakra and clear quartz and amethyst crystals.

After the healing, I close my chakras and slowly bring my focus back to my human form, drink a large glass of water and let my gratitude for life, love and the divine within all of us flow.

Blessed Be


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Tuesday Night Drawings

Hello kitties

Even though it is reading week, and we get a week off of school, I still find myself drawing and painting. I literally can't stop. So here are a few pictures of what I've been making tonight. Nothing too special or large scale, just practice drawings. 
Ever since I started making art when I was oh probably 3 I have always drawn people and portraits, this is the character "Wanda Woodward" from the musical. Cry Baby. 2H pencil on plain white paper. 
I don't think I will finish the hair. 

This is a strange work in progress I'm not even sure what direction it's heading. 

Also today I started working on this flooded forest. 

I know none of these look finished, but they're all kind of studies for possible larger scale work in the future. But for now I'll continue sipping my whiskey and coke, listening to the Rockey Horror Picture Show soundtrack and continue drawing. 

It feels like spring is finally emerging from it's warm bed, so hopefully I get to go drawing outside. There are some nice trees I've been wanting to draw. 



Sunday, 16 February 2014

Social Knitting Anti Social Knitting

There is a difference.

I knit a couple times a week with friends,  over coffee and laughs.  Its a real good time.   But,  it can be hard to actually knit while you are laughing and sipping/chugging back cappuccino ( or peach mango smoothies).   Sometimes you are tucked into the dark shady recess at the back or the back room of  Weeds  (my favourite coffee shop for all afternoon knitting)  and you can barely see the stitches.    So,   what do we do?  We have  projects just for  social knitting.    Projects with memorizable stitch patterns,   easy to knit without looking. Easy to start and stop with out losing your place.   The projects that are always in the bag, ready to go out for public knitting.  Some people call them  'TV knitting'  but TV is not my thing...   COFFEE is.

The Cerridwen Cowl is perfect social knitting,  its easy...  4 rows plain knitting and 2 rows of ribbing...   with or without a cat  watching...

Cerridwen Cowl - by Susan Elizabeth
Cerridwen Cowl
 Socks can be perfect for social knitting.  They are small and easily tucked into a bag, carried with you at all times, in case there is a hands free moment for knitting.   These socks are going to be knit plain.  2 by 2 ribbing for the cuff,  plain knit legs and foot, and maybe a fancy eye of partridge heel...     I knit socks on  two cable needles.

Hand Knit wool socks - Crescent Moon Collective
Hand Knit Socks
If there is   Social Knitting,  there must be  Anti Social Knitting.    As much as I love the simpler social knitting projects,   I  ADORE complex patterns.  They take me forever to complete,  but sometimes,knitting a tricky pattern is the perfect way to distract a busy mind.  I love taking some quiet alone time to work a row or two of a charted pattern.  Lace and Stranded Knitting projects are what I pick up when I know I have the time to be absorbed in their complexity.

I am on the last clue of Follow Your Arrow.  The knitted on edging is beautiful, but has been giving me a run for my money!  It has lace,  short rows, and is 639 rows on the edge of the shawl.   I can't wait to finish, its going to be fabulous.   Currently it is wonderfully complex.

Edging - Follow Your Arrow - Crescent Moon Collective
Edging - Follow Your Arrow

The body of the shawl is ready,  just waiting, all scrunched up on the needles.  Its going to be very pretty when its blocked!

Follow Your Arrow - Shawl - Crescent Moon Collective
Follow Your Arrow Shawl

Here is a WIP shot of the Secret Garden Mitts I have been working on.  I love them.  They are soft and cushy, and are just my size.  All that is left is half of the left mitten and the both thumbs.
Secret Garden Mittens

I have a few more works in progress,   and will show them as I work on them.

Maybe the best social knitting project I did lately is the Mini Mania Scarf.   I think 6 ladies in our knitting group are working on the same pattern, and yet they all look different.      We can talk, drink coffee and  do the linen stitch,  sharing little bits of sock yarn.     It deserves a post all of its own.

What are your favourite social knitting projects?

Thursday, 13 February 2014

One Hundred and Twenty Four

One Hundred and Twenty Four - emac  Acrylic on Canvas  3 ft by 6 ft
One Hundred and Twenty Four - emac  Acrylic on Canvas  3 ft by 6 ft

Acrylic on canvas
3 ft by 6 ft

This is a painting about the personification of my home. I wanted to create a figure out of the characteristics of my life long home. 

It was an assignment for school, So it's more rushed than I would have liked. But that's just how it worked out this time. I am referencing Monet's paintings in the bottom portion of the painting. It is not stretched because of limited funds and having to use public transit (people on the bus literally frown when they see me come onto the bus with a large canvas or anything more than a purse) it's easier to transport this way.  

Next week is reading week. Or for me, sleeping week. Stay tuned for more art and cool stuff.



Crescent Moon Collective - Crocheted Hearts
Crocheted Hearts

These quick little hearts are Boho Hearts  by Sandra Paul.    I  used left over bits of sock yarn.  (which, by the way is amazing stuff... you never ever run out of it).  You still have time to make some!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

~ Feather~

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Cerridwen Cowl - a free pattern

Last Thursday night at knit night, at the coffee shop where I knit with friends,  a  beautiful woman approached the group and asked  us lots of questions about our knitting.  We are a friendly bunch and invited  her to learn to knit with us - she resisted (for now) and said she would like a big  royal blue bulky infinity scarf.  Thank you Paula for the inspiration.
Cerridwen is the Celtic Goddess of Inspiration.  Cerridwen Cowl is the result of my conversation with Paula in the coffee shop.  This  cowl, while not difficult to knit, is the first pattern I have ever written up.  I hope my instructions are clear! What I need now are some test knitters.   I am going to offer it free here, and on Ravelry.

Cerridwen Cowl - free knitting pattern by Feather
Cerridwen Cowl - original  knitting pattern by Feather


Cerridwen Cowl

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
This simple cowl is made up of 4 rows of garter stitch followed by 2 rows of 1x1 rib stitch. The resulting fabric is almost identical  on both sides, and  the sides do not curl in.  The loose gauge makes a soft and squishy and very warm knit.

Cerridwen Cowl at Ravelry

Skill Level:   advanced beginner

Finished Measurements:   28 cm (11 in) across  and  128 cm (50 in) around,  unblocked

Yarn:   Cascade 128 Superwash 100% Merino , or any  Bulky 12 ply yarn      2 hanks,  approx 234 metres or 256 yards

Needle:  10mm Size 15 needles - to obtain a very loose fabric

Other Materials:  darning needle, crochet hook (for provisional cast on), waste yarn

Gauge:   10 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in in pattern

BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit
p: purl
rep: repeat
st(s): stitch(es)

Using a Provisional Cast On,  CO 35 stitches.  (Any odd number of stitches will work, however yardage requirements will change)
Tips for provisional cast on:

 Close Up of Cerridwen Cowl - free knitting pattern by Feather
 Close Up of Cerridwen Cowl - free knitting pattern by Feather

First section: Garter Stitch
Row 1. k all stitches
Row 2. k all stitches
Row 3. k all stitches
Row 4. k all stitches
Second section: 1 x 1 Rib
Row 5.  *k1, p1* rep  across all stitches.
Row 6.   k1, *k1, p1* rep  across all stitches to second last stitch. k2.

Repeat these 6 rows until 49 inches or desired length is achieved, ending after row 5, with enough yarn left to join to beginning round with Kitchener Stitch.
Twist one end of the knitting one rotation  before  you join  ends,  so the cowl lies nice when you wear it.

Tips for kitchener stitch:

Finishing:  Weave in ends.  Block if desired.

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl
Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl 

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl 

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl

I have also been working on my Follow Your Arrow, shawl.  This is  the final clue.

The The Druid Craft Tarot: is what I am reading.

To see what other knitters  have on the needles and are reading, check out Ginny's Yarn Along.  To see what the hens are doing,  check  Tilly's Nest.,  and here at Howling Creek.

~ Feather ~

Monday, 10 February 2014

Another One Bites the Dust

Hello kittens

Tonight was another long night finishing an assignment for school. 

Here it is

Another One Bites the Dust - by emac.  Ink on illustration board 20 x 30
Another One Bites the Dust - by emac.  Ink on illustration board 20 x 30
Ink on illustration board
20 x 30

I'll leave it up to interruptation. 
Sleep well, 
And don't have dreams like me. 

Friday, 7 February 2014

This is not a selfie.

Knitting, as magnificently shown by AGNES, above,  can be done by a robot,  but people still love to knit, and  wear hand knit things.  Even the  Industrial Revolution with all its factories and machines, did not replace hand knitting.   The time spent with the yarn, slowly working along the needles, moving between the knitters fingers; the thoughts and plans of what will be made, who it will be for, and  even the hours spent choosing the pattern and colour of the yarn all impart something to both the knitted item, and the knitter herself(himself).  Some little bit of the crafter's intentions are entwined with the yarn, stitch by stitch,  to be felt in some way by the wearer.   Knit with love.   Can AGNES do that?

What are your thoughts on this?

~ feather ~

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Grand Opening Giveaway!

We are excited to announce the first of our Grand Opening Giveaways.  Yes,   Two Winners!

The First winner will receive: Two bars of Black Cherry Swirl Soap.  These are handmade by Beadorh.

Hand made black cherry soap by Beadorh
Hand made black cherry soap by Beadorh

 The  Next Winner will receive:  The Spring Druid Bag,  handmade by Feather.

Hand made felted druid bag made by Feather
Hand made felted druid bag made by Feather

Our Grand Opening will be on the Spring Equinox, so you have plenty of time to enter (and we have more time to make more things!)

Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter.  You can get entries by commenting on our posts, and through Facebook and Twitter.    All the info is below.

Good luck, and thanks for  celebrating this very exciting time with us!

Beadorh, emac, and Feather

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Black Cherry Swirl Soap

Today I unmolded and cut a few loaves of black cherry swirl. Made with 40% canola oil, 30% coconut oil, 20% palm oil (environmentally sustainable source) and 10% shea butter.

The aroma is out of this world!

I learned a lesson about the importance of wearing a belt while soaping as my pants began to fall down while creating this.  Eek.  I couldn't tug them up without getting lye all over myself and the more I wiggled, the lower they went!  Good lord! Grateful I work alone!

Here's a few pictures of the cut.

In looking at these pictures and the colours, I may have to get a new tablecloth, maybe a white one!

Blessed Be


Pretty pink flower cloth

Cotton Flower hand knit  Face Cloth
Cotton Flower hand knit  Face Cloth

All this face cloth knitting has made me think of something... but for now, it is a secret....    

and, here is Throw Back Thursday

~ Feather ~

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

What I've been working on lately...

Hello kitties :)

Here are a few pictures of what I've been working on lately. School has been pretty busy with 3 studio classes and one lecture class a week. Studio classes are 9-5 full work days where we come in and work on our assignments. Every few weeks we have a critique on the completed work then are introduced the new assignment. Imagine that x 3. 

Currently I'm working on 3 projects. 
A painting larger than me, and two medium sized drawings. 

This is a shot of the bottom of my newest painting. It's not stretched yet, or finished... This is just the background, red and blue and umber mixed with gesso. 

These are drawings of pills on a sheet of vellum, to go over the drawing of the heart I posted a few days ago.

For my other drawing class I'm making a drawing about ballerinas ... Here are just my initials drawings (I haven't started the full size yet) 

Well that is all I have for now. I'll keep you posted on the finished works and how they looked up on the white critique walls. 

thanks for reading my post!
Stay warm and happy

P.s I always keep a sketchbook with me and write/draw in it everyday. If you'd like to see a sketchbook tour let me know by liking and commenting below 


Knitting a leaf or two

It only makes sense. Anyone can knit a square dish cloth or face cloth.

Cotton Hand Knit Leaf Shape Face Cloth
Cotton Hand Knit Leaf Shape Face Cloth

Spring is coming (eventually) and with spring comes leaves.  I have decided to knit several different leaf cloth patterns with the hope of finding the one I like the best or designing one myself. I already have a few skeins of green cotton and can easily get more if needed.
I prefer knitted cloths for washing my face and use a scrub brush in the kitchen.  Until today, however I was just using plain old square ones. Not anymore, from now on it is going to be leaves.  This one is  called Veined Leaf  by Cynthia Combs

Hand Knit Leaf Face Cloth
Pretty Leaf Face Cloth

It's very pretty but maybe too small for what I have in mind.  4" x 8".  It is the right size for removing eye make up. 

Next up:

Hand knit cotton wash cloth
Leafy Washcloth WIP

This one is wider and made of garter stitch. It is called Leafy Washcloth by Megan Goodacre.   There is also stockinette stitch leaf pattern to try.

There are several other leaf patterns on Ravelry (not just face cloths), so I will have lots to  test..  I think I will also test out some knit with hemp instead of cotton.

The Ultimate Gardening Book by Carole McGlynn
The Ultimate Gardening Book by Carole McGlynn

The Ultimate Gardening Book by Carole McGlynn tantalizes me about this time every winter. The pictures fill my mind with such plans and dreams for the backyard.  Sometimes I follow through sometimes I don't.

This year I am going to plant something tall along the side fence.  Holly Hocks are at the top of the list so far.  A raised planter would be nice all along the fence....

To see what other knitters are knitting and reading,  have a look here, at Ginny's  Yarn a Long.

To see what other creative people are creatings,  have a look here at  Lambert's Lately Create it Thursday  and here at  the  Posed Perfection Link Party
Happy Knitting! ~ Feather ~