Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Creative Eyecandy

Neihou! Neihou! (That's Cantonese for, Hello.) I'm still digging out from the wake of traveling. Somehow it's much easier to do in a larger space. Smaller spaces are much less forgiving about messes. I brought back a number of things that need to find new homes in my small space (less than 600 square feet). This is a generous sized apartment for Hong Kong that includes two bedrooms. My bedroom is about the size of my parents walk-in-closet. Not kidding.

While I didn't make a lot of time for computer work on vacation, I did spend time chatting with my mom while making earrings. Below are the amethyst cluster earrings I made for her. I need to switch out the lever-backs for posts, since posts look better on her.

I also made myself a hat. There are a bunch of glassworkers who also seem to be on a knitting binge. Ever since Kerry at Kab's Creative Concepts posted this sumptuous sweater, I have been pining to knit it for myself. The style is perfect for me in Hong Kong and it is my favorite color, green. But, sadly, like Kerin Rose, I am still a wannabe knitter. Even though the pattern was easy (I have the yarn! I have the pattern! I even took a lesson at a local shop!), I do not possess troubleshooting skills to fix my mistakes. I have cast on this pattern 12 times. The 13th time, I decided to stick with a scarf.




However, I can crochet. And I have need of a hat. I have a some nerve pain in my face affected by the wind currents (particularly very cold air conditioner vents) and a saucy little hat has been my creative work of the last week. I crocheted some little four-petal flowers in a contrasting purple and included some of my swirl beads as centers. It's very cute!


Goofy Photo Alert


Yeah. It is a goofy photo. But, I liked the moody skies in the background. Depsite the sunny smile I have on my face, I have had one of my weather headaches brewing inside my head for four days plus the nerve pain. I thought it was kind of creatively symbolic, so I decided to post it anyway. Since pain does slow me down a bit (as fellow sufferers Lori and Mandy have attested to), it may still take me a little while before I starting posting new work. But, I do have stuff coming plus some amusing stories in the Hong Kong Chronicles!


11 comments:

  1. Love your hat Jenn, green is one of my favorite colors and the purple is great with it.

    I have also tried Knitting, and I did ok, but it's kinda difficult. I am wanting to make some wrist warmers or fingerless gloves, cause I love them, and my wrists and hands are always so COLD, as you know how the WI. winters are. But I Think i'm going to have to leave it to the professionals... I'm just not getting it.. :(

    Hope your Nerve pain gets better girl. Give a kiss to Molly! xo Juli~

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  2. Thanks, Juli! Ah...you're part of our "wannabe" club, eh? Even the crocheting, I only do once in a while as I give myself tendonitis. I had a massage and nearly wriggled off the table as she was working on my arms.

    The nerve pain is actually improving, I'm very pleased to report. And I have a hat I like wearing just in case it acts up. I think I'll make one in the opposite combo (since I have enough yarn).

    Molly will definitely get a kiss. Smooches to Phoenix, too!

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  3. What a marvellous hat, the earrings look great with it! Such a coincidence, I am crocheting a hat at the moment but have just discovered, I got the gague wrong (for some reason I saw 3" when it should've been 5"!!!) I wondered why it seemed small ... most of my crocheting in the past has been lace work on fine hooks and now I don't have a big enough hook. It will be a few days before I can get to the shops to buy a bigger one! I am sooooooooooo jealous of the view you have from your apartment!

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  4. thanks, sue! I might have to make myself a set of earrings since my mom will probably want hers back. Crocheting lace? I've tried that a time or two. With some mild success (it's how I learned to do the flowers), but I end up with hand cramps. I have serious tension issues. I think it's why I like chain maille. It's more about the weaving than the tension of the thread.

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  5. love the hat and the earrings - awesome! and i hope you feel better soon...

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  6. well, Ms Jenn, you will now have to join my "cranky knitters club'!...he he!...dont feel bad...I knit the same shrug for 2 years!...scarfs be lookin' pretty good to me these days! :) hope your visit home was lovely!

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  7. Hi, Maire - better today...weather front settled in.

    KerinRose - you might be more stubborn than me if you've knit the same shrug for 2 years. ;-) It might take me 12 scarves, but I'm going to lick knitting. Maybe. Before I turn 90.

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  8. Hi Jenn! So glad that you found me! I am amazed that there are people who find me from all over the world. I see that we share some of the same community of creative souls and that makes my heart do a happy dance. I love your new hat, and that is the view from your window?!? Stunning! I haven't traveled much out of the US so I am always intrigued by the world traveler. I do hope you will come back to visit Treasures Found. I feel that I have found a treasure with each new follower. Enjoy the day!
    Erin
    Tesori Trovati Jewelry

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  9. thx, erin! I've been reading your posts on WMC for a while, and your comments on Andrew Thornton's blog made me pop over to your jewelry blog. I don't know why it took me so long. And you're in Wisconsin, too??? I grew up there! (Waukesha)

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  10. Poor you with your hand cramps. I had that only once and it was painful (I had been reading a very large paperback and holding it open in the same position for too long). I find knitting is kinder on the hands than crocheting but I do like to do both.

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  11. Yes, Sue, once I am beginning to let go of my beginners death grips on the knitting needles, I'm learning that knitting is generally kinder than crocheting. I hope to graduate from scarves someday!

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