Wednesday, March 17, 2010

the creative habit

Last week my friend Abby blogged about Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit. Feeling like I have grown further and further from what was once a very creative life, I decided to give this well-known book a read. Its a wonderful resource for how to handle your creativity and get past roadblocks that stop us from often being creative. Many of the techniques can be applied to all aspects of "working" life. Mainly, I have been applying the ideas to myself as a knitter and how I could eventually treat my hobby as a business without spoiling my love for the craft.

Just curious, readers (if there are any readers out there) do you knit/sew/crochet/craft as a business? Do you ever think about trying it? what prevents you? what challenges do you face? how do you overcome them? Basically, I would like to open up a little discussion here. Please don't be shy...

I have more I want to say on this topic too. Let me gather my thoughts...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cairn + Coffee

As proposed, this month is going to be all about getting stuff done! Earlier this week I finished knitting Cairn in Berroco's Ultra Alpaca yarn. I had fun playing with color combinations for these little gloves, especially because I have so many shades of Ultra Alpaca in my stash. These were knit for a friend who I know loves trees and nature, so the color combo seemed just right!

The weather is getting warm here in southern New Mexico, so it's time to start brewing my favorite summer beverage: cold brew coffee! A few years ago, Rosie introduced me to the New York Times article about it and got me hooked! The Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in San Francisco -- and now Brooklyn, NY -- is also known for this delicious drink. It's pretty simple to make at home with some mixing bowls and a strainer. I just buy regular espresso, though the chicory is good too.

Find the recipe here and enjoy!