Monday, April 7, 2014

Progress


Had a pretty pretty productive Sunday at the old knitting studio space...aka my bed.
Finished off the Purple beanie and made the yellow and grey one! I'm falling in love with every one I make but I'm also excited to see them all going off to new owners (hopefully!).

Luckily I haven't got sick of knitting these yet! And hopefully I'll get quicker at them too.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Approved!


A couple of weeks ago Brian and I decided to bite the bullet at apply for Finders Keepers Melbourne Autumn Winter Market 2014. And we found out last week...we were approved!
Brian Draws & Nicole Knits. Is a thing now. A proper thing. I took a day off work today and we sat down and worked out a few things and confirmed our attendance. It's happening!


Got a lot to do between now and then. So so so so so much knitting and crochet ahead of me but I am pretty fucking excited!

Here's the new beanie which I designed and made today on the train and during our meeting/brunch/coffee date. I'm pretty happy with this one. It and other like it will be available at the market in July!






Fair warning a lot of my posts between now and then will be about my progress leading up to the market. Gotta stay motivated!x

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Donuts!


I follow a lot of blogs. Since Bloglovin' entered my life about 6 months ago I have been queen of the blog following. There are so so so many good blogs out there especially food blogs.

I stumbled across the notion of baking donuts and special pans like muffin trays for cooking donuts so naturally...I bought one online. When it finally turned up at my doorstep it was also Sara from works birthday that week so what better way to christen this baking tray than for someone's birthday!

I followed this recipe (link) but did my own icing, which could have been more of a traditional donut icing but it was still pretty tasty!




They had the taste of donuts but the texture was denser, but they were pretty freaking delicious! Can't wait to try some different recipes!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ambition



Grace and I talk a lot. I mean a whole lot. Since we were 6 years old we've been talking to each other. As the years move on and fucking on we have changed what we've talked about.
It used to be about Boys and Doctor Who and Benedict Cumberbatch...actually...we still talk about all those things now. But lately it's about ambition, life goals and how neither of us are the type to be complacent. "Being ambitious is just so draining" she said to me today in a text. I realised how true this really was.

We've spent hours talking to each other about our grand life plans like working overseas, change in jobs, going back to study and starting up a business. Then also those dream plans if money was no object...incase you wanted to know we'd live in an amazing Victorian era house and I'd have an alpaca whom I would make and knit yarn from.

The real stuff, the ambitious life stuff is really draining. But then what would life be like if we didn't have high goals? If we were just content with being complacent about life. Do people actually do this?

There are days when Grace and I mind-link (it's a thing) and go crazy at work. Just because right now it feels like we aren't moving towards those goals. Everyone has boring days at work when they dream about the what if's and those days are the worst. Especially when you see others doing what you want to be doing and you can't quite reach that yet.

But I don't know, ambition draining us is a good thing, I think because it means we want something, really want something, and that is half the game.

As I said to Grace just the other day "Sometimes your stepping stones just aren't in logical places" we will get there the road just might not make that much sense.

Man some days I am full of wisdom.

Those are some words.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Supergraph


This weekend just past an art fair called Supergraph (link) was held at the Carlton Exhibition Building. 
I genuinly knew nothing about this event until my good friend Brian (link) informed me that he was holding a stall along with the collective that he formed with some of his graduating class The Short List (link). So Brian, Grace and I had some delicious lunch at Proud Mary's and made our way over to the exhibition building where Brian would be manning their stall for the afternoon.



Compared to the other design markets held in this venue like Finders Keepers or The Big Design Market they kept things very minimal and spacious. I guess this was good and bad but as a visitor I felt much less likely to punch anyone in the face.

Brian spent his time colouring another version of his illustration he had for sale. All the talent he has it.

I really liked the identity design for the market using the very in, very now Bright Yellow. It helped everyone involved stand out alone with the cute street signs to help you find your way around.

The set up for the fair was interesting half stalls, half art hanging on walls for sale through Supergraph themselves. I personally preferred the stalls as, if I'm going to be buying myself some art I'd like to meet the maker of said art. That might just be me.


Have more Brian...

It's really refreshing seeing a design market done differently in Melbourne, there are so many now it's nice to see one focusing on illustrators and artists. Hopefully this first year is just the start of many good things to come.



Friday, February 14, 2014

Two Years



So I've been in my job two years as of yesterday. That's a pretty big thing.

Can't believe two years already, time flies.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Have my Face and a new Hat!


Just a standard Wednesday night.

I finished this hat last night and as per my new goals for the year I want to finish more things and photograph them properly! First one for the year!

Self Portraiture is an interesting topic that I always feel a little awkward talking about, because I feel like I need to explain myself when I take a portrait. Selfie culture and rude anonymous tumblr asks are ingrained in my psyche. Well fuck it. I'm certainly not a good model but I quite like photographing myself because I know exactly how I want the images to look and what works for me. Nope, I didn't touch up my make up or my hair, after a 90 minute drive home from work I set up the camera and put the hat on. Nobody has time for that.

One problem with being your own model and photographer trying to get the focus right, another is not taking yourself seriously...


So yes! New Hat! It's knitted with 9mm double pointed needles with Morris & Sons Estate 14ply.
I created this pattern and this hat to give to a friend but I think it's going to be a bit big for her so I'll make a slightly smaller one.


Might put these up on the etsy store. We shall see! They are a fun quick hat to make.