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.

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.

Hedwig Cowl

So, I have finally finished all the details of my first pattern.  Well second pattern, first published.  The next one will come in a day or two.

This pattern is called Hedwig Cowl.  The design is based in part to the owl-ish cable in the pattern and the Hedwig like yarn that I used.  It seemed like ample inspiration.  Please enjoy.  If you find errata do let me know.

Find the Ravelry link here. Download it HERE

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Divine

Divine, I wonder
who you are.
Are you God,
or a star.

Perhaps you are
energy, standing by,
waiting until
I look to the sky.

Hands together,
set for prayer.
I send my words
forth to air.

Did you hear
them Divine?
Did you get
them in time?

A little help
is all I need.
Divine attention,
my soul to feed.

Michelle Kroll 2/12

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Your Inner Mystic- Mindful Knitting

The following is dialogue from a recent program I did entitled “Your Inner Mystic.”  My portion was on Mindful Knitting.

There is a right time, a divine time, that the spark happens. I started to crochet at approximately 14 and I still crochet to this day. Knitting started for me around 20. There has been a lot of learning since. For a while there I was knitting “wrong,” (although there is no wrong way), so we’ll call it different. And, being more or less self-taught there was a lot of trial and error. Wanting to grow and develop my skills. For 2012 I have made 2 knitting goals: brioche and getting more comfortable with color work. I definitely consider these goals as a bit of spiritual growth as well as it provides me discipline and patience.

Why does this activity feel like a connection with God?
Sometimes it is so intricate and beautiful I impress myself.

Did you know it from the start, or did it dawn on you later?
This happened much later. Really, after discovering that it was ok to have fiber arts as a spiritual practice.

What helps you to do it/keeps you from doing it?
Well, I have a meter that I log information on and I knit 7.5 miles last year. So, when I start thinking “I wish I had time to knit.” I try and remember this statistic.

How is doing this like- or not like – prayer for you?
It is very much prayer for me. Particularly when I can get into that quiet and contemplative space. It helps when the repeat of the pattern is rhythmic so I am not constantly having to stop and look at a pattern.

How does it feel to speak about this to others?
I find it awkward. I have a hard time accepting praise. Don’t get me wrong, I love that my work gets appreciated but it always make me blush. I find that in my age group and environment that it is not always accepted to discuss spirituality. But, that is a whole other topic!

What would you recommend to someone who’s just beginning?
Dive in and ask someone you know to help ;) or your LYS

Be well. Create. Inspire.


Finished Shawls

Before another month passes let me catch you up on some of my recent finished projects.

 As promised, albeit a bit late.  Above it the finished Terra Shawl.  Recall that this was made out of Shelter- Jared Flood’s first yarn.  Since then he has come out with more temptation in his second yarn, Loft.  The pattern was a simple knit but a bit time consuming.  You don’t really get to see how big it is until it is all blocked.  This is a perfectly large size for me.  Wrap-able.

Above here, is the completed Rainbow Girasole.  This was so fun to knit.  It was exciting to always be anticipating the next colors and to anticipate the next chart.  I was SO pleased to see that it ended up on purple.  The edging is done in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift in Loganberry. 

I have also finished the Trousseau Shawl.  Pictures of that one are still in process.  I recently finished a couple hats as well.  More pictures and blogging will happen soon.   Thanks for hanging in there. 

Be well. Create. Inspire.

WIP Wednesday: Girasole

Work in Progress: Girasole

Here is the current status of the Kauni Rainbow Girasole.  I am still on the first skein of yarn.  I am also at the stage that has 640 stitches around.  So, each round is taking a while.  But the end is in sight and it is going to look fabulous.  The teal one is a bit farther behind.  It will get there.  I have a retreat coming up, there will be a LOT of knitting getting done.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

{this moment}

(It appears this didn’t post last Friday)
{this moment} – A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. 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.
Be well. Create. Inspire.