Wordless Wednesday

This weekend will be spent at a retreat.  Guiding others into community and silence.

This weekend will be spent at a retreat. Guiding others into community and silence.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

Love Cycles

Used with permission (C) Amanda Blake Soule

Used with permission (C) Amanda Blake Soule

I am not sure exactly when I started following the blog SouleMama. But I can say that is one of the blogs that I read religiously. So when I see a post that includes a piece of my artwork, well…I get a little giddy.

You see, the Cycles print was one of the most challenging for me. The work that I do for Taproot Magazine is generally tied to a story. So I read the story and interpret it into a block. Carve. Print. Send. I knew the image that I was going for but it was coming out of me as easy as some of the others. I simply love that it is one of the most popular of my prints. It just goes to show that we, as artists, need to step back to really appreciate our work sometimes.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy for yourself, CLICK HERE.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Mondays of Making

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This is a new segment called Mondays of Making or MOM. There is always something happening with these hands of mine. It will highlight either a work in progress or a recently completed project (like todays). I will also talk about successes and failures or any issues that may have come up with each project.

Today focus will be about my third Girasole by Jared Flood. You can see the project page here. I really love this pattern. I love that it offers different enough patterns to keep me engaged and excited about the project. The hardest part for me is the edging. Oh, the edging. The shawl has been done for approximately a year, all it needed was the edging. But, the edging alone takes about 6-8 hours depending on speed. So, knowing that I had a retreat coming up I knew this was going to be my opportunity to just ‘get ‘er done.’ Even still, I had about an hours worth of work when I got home. But, at long last, it is done. People often ask about blocking. I has blocked all three the same. First I soak it about 15 minutes then I put down a sheet in the middle of my living room. When I pin it the pin goes directly into the carpet and I pin each and every point. A little over 200. For those that have hardwood this can also be done on your bed, preferably in a spare room where it can be left overnight. I typically turn on the ceiling fan overnight to help with air flow.

After blocking the shawl is an instant fave! I am so happy with my choice of yarn. It is Cascade Yarns Heritage. It is so light and has a beautiful drape to it.

Next Monday: Aviendha Update

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Finito

Quad

Here are some of the projects that have been on my plate. The first is the Boardwalk vest by Heidi Kirrmaier. I recently joined with Knit Purl in downtown Portland to work making some samples for them. This was this first, but the process was such a breeze I am already working on a second. In the second picture you can see the WIP for Aviendha by Melanie Berg, the next sample for Knit Purl. This one is a very basic knit, done completely in garter stitch with an easy decrease pattern.

Recently I did some work with Larissa Brown, a local knitwear designer and author. The first (#3) was a new pattern for her titled Pterodactyl. You can read about it on her blog here and here. It was with Malabrigo worsted which is such a wonderful yarn to work with. Soft and squishy, perfect. The next project was also with Larissa, I can give little details as it will be published in the fall. When it is released I will endeavor to put it up here for all to see. The picture above (#4) is the yarn involved, Madelinetosh Prairie.

There is definitely more in the works.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

:: Sneak Peek ::

PeekSo, one of the project I have in the works is a wood block print for another submission to Taproot. This is a very exciting project for me for 2 reasons. First, this is the second time I will be published in a magazine. And secondly, it is an opportunity to be a part of Taproot again. The people, the magazine, the community that is present in its pages, inspire so! It is the very relationship with the magazine (and its people) that keeps pushing me to do more artwork. I have been doing a lot of reflecting on why I have called in the direction of printmaking. I have not come up with a clear answer. What I do know is that instead of continuing to ask myself why, I need to ask myself why not. I am always so grateful for the kind words said about my work. Therefore, I keep showing it off and talking about it. The more and more I have been talking about it, the more projects come to me. So, I have been making a list and will be getting some more blocks on the way. For those of you out there that continue to support me in this endeavor, I say “Thank you!”

If you have not yet taken the opportunity to checkout Taproot, I strongly encourage you to do so! So, since publication is a ways away (June) I took a little snippet of print to show you. Enjoy.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

As of late…

Sorry for the lack of presence on here. There has been a lot of change in my home and therefore schedule. I aim to improve my presence on this site. Hang in there please. I thought at the very least I could post a collage of what I have accomplished recently. There are several other projects recently completed or still in the works. So, stay tuned for those! I WILL POST THEM HERE! See that! I put it in caps that means I will totally do it!

Projects

1. Pembroke Wrap
2. Bilberry Shawl
3. Elise Shawl
3. Icy Cowl (my pattern)

Many blessings to you for a wonderful 2013! I feel like there is a lot in store for RainMomma. Keep watching!

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Taproot

(C) Michelle Kroll 2011/2012

It’s a little unnerving the first time you submit something to a publication. I submitted a writing piece first, a little juvenile when I think about it. Then I decided that since my art it what I do best I should try that avenue. When considering Taproot Magazine, I knew that was where I wanted to start.

I had been following Amanda Blake Soule and her blog for several years. I was quite eager to be a founding subscriber to her newest endeavor. Needless to say, after reading Taproot, the magazine and I were simply a fit. Everything within its pages spoke to what I have been trying to do. Being well. Creating. Inspiring. Which was why I thought I simply must find a way to be in it.

Solace is the first print that was done. It was done a little while ago but is very near and dear to me. It speaks to what I wish for. That place that I’d like to visit when in need. You’ll notice that yarn basket there, by the rocking chair. When I am in that solace providing space, my knitting basket is often nearby. Taproot was just as taken with this print as I was. So, upon seeing the Solace print they asked if I would be willing to make 2 additional prints. Of course!

Now, since I work in a spiritual environment I understood the need to “sit with it” for a while. I needed to work out what these other two prints were going to be like. You also have to take into consideration that printmaking is not my primary form of expression. So, this was an undertaking to be sure. I need to acquire supplies and pull in a few favors to get the space and tools to accomplish this. So, in the end I came up with Sanctuary and Haven. It was through this process that I became a bit in awe of what I can accomplish when I set my mind to it. The last two prints came out beautifully. I feel like they are truly a set. Each print playing off of one another.

I have felt so honored that Taproot chose me for the feature pages of the magazine. I would be honored further if you would take the time to go to their website and look around. Be inspired. Be a subscriber. You won’t be sorry I promise! What I know of Amanda and her team is that they have a wonderful group of artists, friends, and followers that they mindfully invite to share in the splendor that is their magazine.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

4 score…or 4 months

Some of you may have noticed that it has been some time since I have written a blog.  There are a lot of factors as to why.  In part it has been that I have been in a bit of a creative lull.  Which I am accepting as- it happens to the best of us.  The has been a lot going on in my personal/family life- which I don’t typically air here unless in the form of something poetic and profound.  I also have had a few “other” projects in the works.  One of those projects was moving my site over to WordPress.  This was no small feat.  I was stubborn and wanted to LEARN how to do some of this fancy website stuff.  It takes time folks.  Some of the other projects you will see in future posts.

As part of the website remodel I also spent a great deal of time considering what my message is to the world and really spent some time reflecting on my tagline- Be well. Create. Inspire.  What can I do with those thoughts that will make them meaningful to share?  So, I have a few new ideas and some plans to really take my blog in a new direction.  I hope that you will join me.

Welcome back to RainMomma!  Please sign up to the right to stay up-to-date.  I look forward to meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.

Be well. Create. Inspire.