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the newest member of the family

Tuna"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive."  --  Gilda Radner

Last month our beloved Jack passed away.  He was sitting at my friend's feet begging for a corn chip when his little heart stopped.  He shuddered and then fell to his side.  By the time we got him to the vet's office, he was already gone.  He was a patient pooch, putting up with the shenanigans of Josie who loved to grab him by the tail and yank him around the room.  Neighborhood children learned to be respectful and only a few privledged did he allow to pick him up.  Jack was the man of the house - all 10 lbs of him.

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Josie went into severe mourning.  Though she never liked me leaving the house, she now howled and cried when I did.  Her newest nickname became Glue Dog as she was always by my side.  The first week she'd run in the backyard looking for Jack, pawing at the garage door to see if he was in there. Once she accepted he wasn't returning, she moped around the house with little energy for anything.

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Enter Tooney.  After a month of moping, I couldn't take it anymore.  Josie needed a 4 legged buddy. Every evening I combed through Petfinder.com looking for an adult female, preferably a schnauzer or papillon, that we could adopt.  Two weeks ago I spotted Tooney and that was that.  My daughter and I adopted her from the South Suburban Humane Society where she had been left as her previous parent was sick and could no longer care for her.  Josie was all excited until Tooney chewed through every single one of her toys in under two hours.  She became even less thrilled when Tooney stole her rawhide chews.  But after two weeks, she's decided Tooney is pretty cool.  We now are a house of papillons.  Beware of small dogs!

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Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing: final installation

©2012 Sara Convery Addison St Bridge Yarn Bombing Yarn Storming Street Art
"It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet." -- Kojiro Tomita

So happy!  Our final yarn bombing was installed last Thursday and it is holding strong.  After our Day of the Dead installation being stolen in under a week, we were holding our breath on this one. But worry not, it is still there!  In fact these photos were taken by fellow neighbor and artist Sara Convery after several days and two rain storms.

©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art  ©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art
©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art  ©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art
©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art  ©2012 Sara Convery Addison St. Bridge Yarn Bombing, Yarn Storming, Street Art

A big shout out to Joanie Friedman for offering the opportunity and to my new community arts partner Mary K. Lawrie for helping with the design, construction and installation.   And a BIG thank you to all the knitters and crocheters involved.  Your dedication was inspirational!

Thank you also to our sponsors - Lion Brand Yarn and Clover.


Illustration Friday - Blog Contributor

Fall
"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist
once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso

 

Happy Fall!  So many new projects are in the works.  I am excited to share with you that I am a new blog contributor over at Illustration Friday.  If you haven't swung by this website, you must.  Every week a new prompt is given and artists from around the globe send in their finished ideas based on that prompt.  It's full of oodles of inspiration as there are no limitations on medium, so you could see the same prompt illustrated in graphite, watercolor, collage or even mixed media.  The sky is the limit.  There are also artist interviews, book releases and a new kids section.  Started by Penelope Dullaghan, the website was a way to meet others in the field and further develop her portfolio.  Little did she expect it to become the powerhouse it is today.  

Twenty years of teaching art to children is being brought to you in the form of projects on a twice weekly basis.  I am having a blast covering techniques I haven't explored in years.  Check out my first two posts and sign up over at IF to get blog updates sent direct to your mailbox.   


Street Art Blossoms

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Street Art Blossom
"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty
outvalues all the utilities of the world." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mary and I wrapped up our projects in Rogers Park this past weekend at the neighborhood's Harvest Festival.  The day was overcast and chilly, but families came out to greet the clowns, paint a pumpkin and of course, make a few fabric flowers.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Street Art Blossom

After the theft of nearly 2/3 of our Day of the Dead installation, Mary and I were determined to up the number of flowers at the corner of Howard and Clark.  We succeeded.  In just 1 hour children and adults had made 80 flowers for us to install!  We used the same technique I taught at Intuit in August, so I knew even the youngest of children could do it.  Everyone loved the idea and looked forward to spotting their contribution.  Mary is proud to show off her creation made with upcycled t-shirt fabric.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Street Art Blossom

By the end of the afternoon, we had added them to street poles and a traffic control box.  I love it when folks honk, waving and giving the thumbs up.  Such response makes it all worth it.

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Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop: Autumn Bow Beret

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Free Beret Pattern by Lindsay Obermeyer

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.-- John Donne

Lower temperatures are the perfect excuse to pull out the knitting needles.  This beret is sure to warm you through autumn.  The yarn is a heavy-worsted acrylic, so the beret knits up quickly.  I made mine in an afternoon!  Some basic knitting skills are needed, but trust me, if you can knit a scarf, you can knit a beret.  

These directions are for a 21" head / medium adult female.

MATERIALS

Size 9 (5.5mm) 16" circular needles
Size 9 double-pointed needles
        (Hint: If you are new to double-pointed needles, use bamboo or wood ones.)
1 skein each of Lion's Brand Yarn "Jiffy" in Espresso, Camel and Paprika (or other similar yarn)
split ring stitch marker
large tapestry needle
scissors

GAUGE

4 stitches / 5 rows to the inch in the round on #9 needles

STITCHES

Stockinette Stitch (in the round):  Knit every row
Moss Stitch: *K1, P1* repeat from * to * end with a K1

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Free Beret Pattern by Lindsay Obermeyer

DIRECTIONS

Using the long-tail cast on method, cast on 73 stitches with Espresso.

Place a stitch marker after the last stitch, join the circle and begin to work in stockinette.  When you reach the last two stitches, K2tog. You should now have only 72 stitches.  The decrease tightens and closes the gap where you joined the circle.

Continue knitting for 1.5 inches.  The edge with curl up and create the beret's band.

Once you have completed the 1.5 inches for the band, cut Espresso leaving a 2-3" tail and tie on Camel.

Increase using an M1 every two stitches for a total of 108 stitches.

Knit 4 more rows of Camel (5 total).

Cut leaving a 2-3" tail and switch to Paprika. Knit 5 rows of Paprika.

Repeat this stripe sequence for the rest of the hat.

When you have 20 rows completed, begin decrease.

Place a stitch marker every 18 stitches.

Continuing with the stripe sequence, kK2tog before every stitch marker on every row.  

Switch to double points when only 42 stitches remain.

When you have 6 stitches remaining, cut a long tail, thread onto your tapestry needle and sew tail through remaining loops.  Pull tight. Bring the tail to the inside of the hat and weave it in.

Weave in all other tails.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Free Pattern Beret  by Lindsay Obermeyer

For Bow

Using Espresso and your double pointed needles, cast on 11 sts using the long-tail method.

Work in Moss Stitch for 5".  (If you are worried that you stitches will fall off one end of you needles, add rubber bands to one end so you needles are similar to regular straight knitting needles.)

Cast off all stitches and weave in ends.

Cut a 12" length of Espresso.

Wrap it around the middle of the mini-scarf you just knit.  Pull tightly to achieve a bow.  

Knot the ends together on the back.  Use the tails to sew the bow to the brim of the beret.  Weave in the tails.

  ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Free Beret Pattern by Lindsay Obermeyer 

My daugther and Mimi the Mannequin are modeling Autumn Bow Beret.

For more Autumn / Halloween craft ideas, checkout the work in the Designer Crafts Connection webring wherever you see this logo.

Each blog in the hop is written by a designer associated with the Craft and Hobby Assocition.  We each have unique styles, so be sure to hop through to see what each is doing with this month's theme on Autumn / Halloween-inspired crafting!

Don't miss the great give away from Makin's Clay® with a corresponding blog hop featuring the work of 12 CHA Designers!

Makin's Blog Hop Prize(lores)

To enter the give away, go to Makin's Clay® blog October 6- 16 and leave a comment.  The give away includes $100 retail value of their products.