Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Niche Award 2015 Finalist

If you have been reading my blog or have talked to me about my Mojari shoes, you know how they came about. From an exhibit at Nordstorm during NCECA, to ripping off my wife's wedding shoes and how I just got deeper into making more of these shoes. You can read more about that story here.

Well I have some good news, one pair of these shoes has been chosen for the Niche Awards 2015!!!
Now send good thoughts that I win. :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Featured in the American Craft Council Magazine

I am thrilled to share this news with you. My story and work are featured in the "American Craft Council" magazine in the October issue.

I got a two page spread with lots of pictures accompanied with a well written article.

Now you can read where my design aesthetic comes from and feel free to share with your friends and family.


Browse my online store and get my signature pieces as part of your collection.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pottery with Knitting patterns

I finally got around to it and completed my dishes with a knitting pattern. I had mentioned about them in my previous post and I am so excited to see how they came out. I LOVE them!!! Great for tea bags, spoon rests and even holding stitch markers
I listed them in my Etsy shop and very soon I sold 20+ of them.


I made more and listed them here
I also have a SPECIAL going on for Free shipping till August 29th. Just use coupon code AUGFREE14 at check out.

My mind is now creeping up with more ideas, so let's see where this goes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Knitting and now Weaving???!!!

That is what I was asking myself when my friend Ann Meersman from Meersman Inc, mentioned to me about a small table top loom for sale.

I had tried a floor loom at the Madrona Fiber Festival in Tacoma early this year and got really interested in the pattern designing.... similar to putting 1s and 0s together to make pattern. Might be the engineer in me that got intrigued.

Anyway, I met Barbara Newton, who was offering this loom which she never used. It was such a pleasure to meet her and talk about color, fabric and fiber. She does amazing paintings and make sure to visit her website. So at the end I got the loom and now I am waiting to try it out.

I got a lot of knitting inspiration and help from ravelry but haven't found much on weaving there. Anyone have any suggestions?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Dancing Divas

I had not made some of my popular dancing divas for a while and the main reason was the lack of inspiration. I make the forms and then it is the process of dressing them up in unique outfits, figuring out construction, clothes, jewelry etc.. After making these for years, I know exactly what women mean when they say they have "Nothing to wear!!"
I am really happy with these new divas, their movement and grace makes me want to dance too. Which one is your favorite?

Knitting pattern makes to my pottery

I knew it would happen eventually, but didn't know exactly how. This is a small introduction of the knitting patterns to my pottery.

These small dishes are in progress and will be great for holding stitch markers, darning needles and other knitting notions. Several of these will be part of the goody bags being given at the Men's Fall Knitting Retreat. And guess where it takes place, just 2 miles from my home in Federal way. Who knew a hobby I pick up will have a retreat so close to home. I am really looking forward to it and learning more about this craft.
These dishes will be available for purchase later in my Etsy shop. If you want to reserve some, just send me a message on Etsy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Can I loose weight by knitting??

I know stupid question.... right?
May be not really.... I have been enjoying knitting as much as I hate to get on the elliptical in the morning. On listening to the radio one day I found a a guy broke a Guinness record for a longest scarf knit while running a marathon. You can read about it here if you don't believe me.

I am not saying I want to run a marathon and win the Guinness record, but it got me thinking if I could be coordinated enough to knit while on the elliptical. It happens so that I can.
I did choose a project that would be small and exciting enough to keep me going. I chose the project Squares on a roll by Frankie Brown. It involves making small sqaures individually which will all be attached at the end to make a blanket. So this is my workout blanket. LOL! YOu can see updates on my blanket here

Rather than using a very colorful yarn, I chose Woobu in shades of green and purple. I did modify the pattern a little bit, so I only knit and not purl. It is harder for me to purl on the elliptical, plus I got ladders on the DPNs on purls. It takes me approx 4-5 hours to knit a square which is approx 2500 calories burnt!

Of course it would be more effective if I just did the elliptical without the knitting, but knitting the blanket at least gets me to exercise.

It will be interesting to see how long it will take me to knit this blanket. I know I am going to be short on yarn so I am in search for more Woobu yarn. If anyone has any sources for less price, do let me know. Thanks!

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