Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Directions

In our lives we have our own individual paths.

In my life, I have always been the adventurer, dream chaser, and perhaps the activist. I have come into this role humbly, and have always taken that which was shown to me at the opportune moment.

Our lives are ever-changing, expanding and condensing. Living organisms mutating under wonderful, mystical, and even painful circumstances. 

I have been to a few places in my life, which have taught me new lessons and put new variables and values into my life. Knowledge, both factual and emotional, was always the drawing thread; a constant. My propensity to achieve these records has lead me to many a discovery in life. 

Life comes from the smallest possible places, atoms and molecules moving in orchestral harmony to produce breathe and life for our being. 

Beings inhabiting this beautiful globe, functioning together in this swirling proto-mania that we have decidedly created in our midst. We have the up most ability to bring to life many endeavors: love, lust, greed, legislation, hope, abandonment. Each moment spent in these harbors of our imagination brings us to our next greatest moment, our thoughts and new phases of devotion. Our minds produce for us a visual reality, our story, our side of the coin. The best representation that we can account for in our moments; even the betraying moments of denial when we are so juxtaposed from ourselves to bring about a light that is not even real or complete. The quiet contemplating moments, times of distraction and mediation, even the dissonant feature at the point of volatility. A buzzing in the brain which resonates to a frequency thin and tinny-unrelenting and pushing us to our max. The pulsating notion to move on and to feel alive in our skins; needing to release the tensions of life and feel fruitful, the promise of future. 

Comforts taken in quality of life, things we can control, have become our vehicle to self-reliance. Instant gratification of friendships, love, food, sex, and even political power has taken on a face in our society that has become a major misnomer, and blocks our personal receptors of self-actualization. Chemically, physically, and philosophically we have shifted to a body of beings governed by gratification. We are no longer allowing ourselves to govern our lives in context, making us a socially unconscious group. Just as we are to live and love in conscious relationships we are to govern our minds, lives, and choices in what is truly vital to our beings. A strength in our children and people that will bring forth an elevated level of satisfaction in knowing that we are all truly participating in this life instead of letting life drag us along with the promise of the new disposable product to "make it better". 

These false material gains show us that denial of self. They bring about the path which allows for gluttonous consumption rather than tools being used to build a life. Truth lies in the balance. We as humans have this inherent ability to judge for ourselves beyond the need of the individual. We need to look forward, to tomorrow. Keeping our vigils ever strong in our hearts for the possibilities of life on the new horizon. Each person climbing their own mountains, with their own skills, moving toward that point of purpose and realization. 

Normally, this post should be about knitting, spinning, dying and beautiful projects. Today though, there is a message that needs to be brought into existence, if only momentarily. The seeds have to be planted.

Tomorrow's future depends on today's students of life. We need to look beyond ourselves and think clearly about what we know, what we've learned, and how to apply it.

Knitters: Teach a new knitter something. Consider for a moment that you are currently participating actively in one of the oldest forms of creation. That you have a defined skill set that is ever evolving, organically coming to light and you have spent time refining your trade. That you, as a student of life, have the ability to make something beautiful from string. Wrapping and looping, that ball of string that is soft, will clothe your heirs, your loves; perhaps someone you don't even know upon donation. That you, have created intrinsic value from something that perhaps was a marketing tool for someone else, and you have taken that "product" and made it something infused with love and care and nurtured it until it was something real that made a difference in the life of the recipient. As knitters and spinners we are a well-trained group of craftspeople, we are the survivors. We are those that will clothe the world upon upheaval. We can make conscious decisions because we have trained ourselves in self-evaluation on such a minute level. BE CONSCIOUS. LOVE. CHOOSE YOURSELF AND YOUR PARTNER EVERYDAY.

Non Knitters: Talk to someone about what is happening in your lives; something real. Reach into yourself and think about your position just for a moment, and how you can improve the life of yourself and that person that you care about. You may not be a knitter but you have the same skill set. Self-evaluation is an inherent part of the human mindset. We are here to Shepard this Earth into the future. We cannot turn our backs on our minds, our families, and our planet. One decision begins the reaction in your life. One time to choose your life. One time to CHOOSE TODAY. BE PRESENT.

Each person needs to think for themselves, and teach their children critical thinking and analytic skills. Each person is responsible for themselves. Every moment that we are gifted in this rolling wind we call life is not guaranteed. 

This life passes swiftly, why not be the participant rather than the victim?

Where is the wind taking you?

"The dreams you seek are straight ahead in every direction, just take the leap and you're free..."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Almost There!!!


I am so happy to say that we are gaining momentum and are getting close to the finish.

In a few short months, I will graduate FIDM Los Angeles. In the meantime, I will have another birthday, do the runway show, and make major progress on some work that has been hanging around lately. I have had many amazing opportunities through FIDM, and have learned far more than I could have imagined. I am ready to graduate and bring my skills into the world at their fullest extent.

I've been super busy lately, and have had nearly no time for anything. School all day, work all night, knitting, new side project development, and when do you do the homework? Well, it all works out in the end. I did get to have a girly day with one of my dear friends yesterday, and that has helped tremendously.

My new project, along with my partner (Darwin), is in the works. We are really excited, bc it will mean a new way of thinking about knitting, pattern making, and the ease of creating beautiful garments. Although the project is not complete, we are currently working on a Website to host the final product. This site will be revised a million times between now and official launch date, but you may feel free to drop in and see it as the dust and construction are flying everywhere!

Also, I would love to take some recommendations from you yarnies, ravelers, people who don't knit at all too. If you have a yarn that you love, a colorway, a brand, a sweater style, please send me anything you love that you want to see more of. I will file them away, sort them, and integrate them as much as possible to my project and work on developing new paths and more knitwonders!

Any inspirations, yarn recommendations, sweater love can be sent to:

Any of you with yarnshops you love, please send their info as well and I will be in touch with them.

So, boys and girls, I am thrilled for the new year, and new opportunity ahead, and hope you will all join me in its wonderful reveals!!



The chair and dress for the CHAIRING STYLES competition have finished, and they are GORGEOUS!!! The line, the balance, the unity! Our team did an amazing job and I can't wait to post the pics!! Runway reveal is March 19-21, at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica California. Let me know if you would like tickets and I will get you the link so you can see our fabulous products in person :)

A HUGEMONGOUS SHOUTOUT to my dear friends Heather Bagan for her Interior Design interpretation of The Fertile Vine, and Duston Jasso for his Fashion Design interpretation of The Fertile Vine.

Our mini collection was inspired by the Suzani. Suzani is a traditional wedding blanket gifted to the bridegroom as a dowry. Traditionally, middle eastern women would design a pattern rich in symbols of fertility, fidelity, and love to be appliqued to fabric. The design was then drawn onto the fabric, which was cut into strips. Women of the brides family, (mother, sisters, aunts, grandmothers) would then embroider and applique onto the fabric and dye the pieces. When the blanket was sewn back together, it was rich in generations of love and fidelity and would then be gifted as a symbol of good luck and prosperity for the new couple.

We cannot wait to show the world what we have accomplished and what we have learned.

Thank you so much to Cotton Inc. for providing the yarns, the milling, and the weaving of my fabric.

OK guys, thanks for reading, and keep checking back because there are many new things to come!!