I can't deny that I have been in a terrifically good mood these last few weeks. I'm pretty certain that this boost of energy is in large part due to the fabulous weather we've been having in New York City. Spring has a way of rejuvenating us. We open the windows to let in the fresh air, scrub the house clean, notice the budding trees and flowers (always brings a smile to my face). Even my dog has a little extra spring in his step (pun intended)! I have been enjoying spending time with dear friends I didn't get to see much of this winter while I was hibernating and hard at work with my hook and fiber. All in all, things are great.
Of course, there is also an element of exhaustion and relief that the busy winter crochet season is now, for the most part, behind me. This year brought so many exciting moments. Through Hook Me Up! Brooklyn. I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, all of whom have been so complimentary of my work. That's very gratifying. When you sit at home working away, creating, imagining - all by yourself - it's a great feeling to step out into the world and have people respond positively to what you've created. I've done theatre for most of my life, and throughout the rehearsal process there are always people around to direct you, guide you, and collaborate with you as you work toward performance. You get to have that feedback. It's not the same experience with this other side of my creative life. I mean, there are friends to bounce ideas off of and draw inspiration from, but at the end of the day, the cheese stands alone.
What I have realized is that as we put ourselves out there, and show the world what we've got, we have the opportunity to draw inspiration from the people we meet and the responses we get - both positive and negative. This is something I have always known as a performer, but didn't understand that I could apply it to my crochet creativity as well. Now, I see inspiration everywhere! I've never considered myself someone who was into Fashion with a capital "F"(ironically, my office is in NYC's Fashion District), but I now understand, more deeply than ever, how ALL of the world's creative energy is tied together. Now, what I see as I walk down the street sets off ideas in my mind like fireworks. There have been moments this last year when I was just about BURSTING with ideas; I could not get them sketched/jotted down on paper fast enough! This is not a problem. This is a blessing.
This wheel doesn't stop spinning, I've got many exciting things in store for Fall/Winter 2012-2013, the preparations for which start NOW. Some of these things will even involve you. Yes, YOU! So stay tuned.
Here is a new item I am very excited about. I have been wanting to include a Houndstooth infintiy scarf for some time, and I have finally had the opportunity to work on it. I expect that there will be more houndstooth petterned items in the future, as it is one of my favorite patterns, but here's a little something to whet your appetite. Please feel free to contact me for ordering and pricing information.
No, I have not abandoned my fiber-art-of-choice, but I do enjoy that Pee Wee quote. And that is what I feel like lately! Aah-aah-aahnd crocheting...Aah-aah-aahnd crocheting...
I have been very fortunate in that a great number of people have responded to my work and as a result I have been working my way through a large stack of orders. Thank you for your support, kind words, interest, and appreciation. It's, like, wow!
For now, I go back to my hook and yarn. I'll be back soon, with some new items and fun times.
P.S. For those of you who have NO idea what this post title is referring to:
She's arrived! My super-cool dress form has been delivered and I was so excited that I had to dress her up immediately! Here she is rockin' a Chatelaine scarf:
Pretty, ain't she? You can count on plenty of new photos headin' your way real soon.
All my excitement over the new dress form has made me realize that I never formally introduced you to my first model, Cat:
That's Cat. She's pretty fly. She loves to rock her retro shades and has been known to dye her hair pink from time to time. I just just never know what to expect from her! But I'm happy to let Cat be Cat, 'cause she makes all my hats look freshhhhhh!!!
So now you know what this means, don't you? This means that I'm going to need a name for my dress form. I expect that her personality will start to show itself in short time and from there her name should become apparent, but I'm open to suggestions.
One more thing, while you're here, you should take your little mouse over to the right and click "Join this site." C'mon, you know you want to.
2011 was an unexpectedly exciting year for Hook Me Up! Brooklyn. It started slowly, but ended in a flurry of activity and creativity. I am so grateful for everyone who has supported this new venture of mine, from helping out with the small details and doing research to helping to spread the word and, of course, purchasing my goods. I was overwhelmed with the reaction to my work. I was definitely nervous heading into the holiday season; not sure how the masses would respond to what I had spent months working on. So, I say a giant THANK YOU to everyone who supported Hook Me Up! Brooklyn. in 2011!
2012, here I come!
P.S. As a holiday treat to myself, I have ordered a new dress form, which I will use to take photos of my scarves and cowls and whatnot. So excited! Can't wait to get it! Here she is...