Posted in Carol E. Herman Designs, knitters, knitting, Ravelry, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon

The challenge:

This week, we’re challenging you to think ahead and show your work in a representative photo. If you set New Year’s resolutions, give them some thought a few weeks early. If resolutions aren’t your style, show us something that you want to achieve — it could be setting a new goal, making plans, or even tackling that pile of laundry waiting by the washer. The goal is to get out of the busy “now,” and imagine your new horizon. Go!

The photo:

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I am excited about new horizons in 2017! My hope is to change all of my design monikers to knit equals joy.  This will include my designer name and my Ravelry group. The beautiful gold and blue colors you see on this page consistently and constantly call to me, so I foresee them as being front and center in my branding palette (not necessarily in my design palette, although they certainly crop up a lot!).

I enjoyed pulling together the yarns and other items for this still life. Photography continues to be a love of mine, and I look forward to improving my photography skills in 2017 by taking classes and getting in lots of practice!

Thanks for stopping by for my interpretation of this edition of the Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon.

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Posted in Carol E. Herman Designs, craft, Ravelry

Advent Mini Swap – Handmade

I’m so excited to be part of the wonderful group of knitters who crafted these beautiful and wonderful gifts we all opened on the second Sunday of Advent. I love the different choices made and the beautiful craftsmanship. These handmade decorations really put me in mind of Christmas, and it brings me joy to see them all together in this collage.

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Posted in art, Carol E. Herman Designs, knitting, knitting swaps, Sketch

Creative People, Beautiful Creations

So, we are having a summer swap in my Ravelry group, and Paula drew this on the envelope for her swap partner. Maybe it was a simple act for her, but it brought joy to her swap partner and, later, to the rest of us. I hope it brings a bit of light and beauty to your day as well.

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Thank you, Paula!

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About knit=joy

Hi everyone! I have just given my “about” page a pretty serious rewrite. It’s a little more descriptive about the “why” for knit equals joy. I hope you will enjoy it!

About knit=joy

Welcome to my about page!  In this blog, you will find not only an exploration of all that is good in our knitterly lives, but also a variety of posts tying together my passions for writing, photography, and my home state of Oregon.  Stop on by and take a look!

As you may have surmised, I love knitting!  My sister taught me to knit in 2007, and it fit all of my previous creative inclinations perfectly.  It brings together a love for color, texture, and pattern.  Little did I know when we sat down for that first lesson that I would find a passion!

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I also love yarn – so many wonderful, delectable fibers are now available – and with such amazing colorways! One of my friends says that I’m passionate about color.  She may just be right.

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I also love to write. This is a passion that has long lain dormant and which I have accidentally rediscovered in the process of publishing this blog.  In Winter Ramblings, I muse a bit about the love of writing and its renewed appearance in my life. I love thinking about and writing about both the creative process and the design process.

Two other passions merge in this blog, photography and a love for my beautiful home state, Oregon, particularly the Oregon Coast. Wordless Wednesday posts are stories told almost exclusively through photography, and many of those photos feature the beautiful and varied Oregon landscape.  I hope you’ll take some time to look through and see the beauty of Oregon.

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Newport, Oregon

And finally, all of these passions came together and led me to knitting design.  You will find pages for each pattern in the menu, as well as a link in the sidebar to my Ravelry store.  Come check out my group on Ravelry where we have a great time chatting and have knit-a-longs, swaps and the occasional test knit.

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Wuv, Tru Wuv Swap, February 2016

Please contact me if you ever have questions about my designs or if there are topics you would like to see addressed on the blog.  Thank you for reading knit = joy!

Posted in Cannon Beach, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Photo Challenge, photography, The Coast

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

This week, let your inner world and the outside one converge in a photo.

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Beach Glade

Viewed through a protected glade north of Cannon Beach.  Looking outward, finding joy in observing the world around me, enjoying quiet solitude and thought. The inner world and the outer converge in this photo.

Photos show us the surface of things, but they often tell much deeper stories about the objects they depict — and about the people who take them.

Every photo we take says something about our emotions at the moment of taking it. So this week, share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button on your camera or phone.

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

 

Posted in design, inspiration, Oregon, photography, Salishan, The Coast, The Creative Process, The Design Process, Wordless Wednesday

Beach. Texture. Love.

If you have followed my blog for long – or read my “about me” page – you know that I LOVE the beach. Part of what draws me to the beach is the endless variety of texture to be found there.  Especially here on the rugged Oregon Coast, the objects to be found on the beach are richly varied, always interesting.  I’m always looking for something unusual, something new, something lovely or striking.

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Texture strikes me.  It draws my attention.  It is beautiful in its order and in its variety. Visually, as light moves over the surface of an object or vista and the eye detects changes in line and shape, this is texture.  As light plays over differences in density within an object, and we see these differences, we see texture.  And when the eye travels over a surface and, along the way, discovers changes in the nature of that surface, we recognize this as texture.

Ebb pattern by Susan B. Anderson

The pictures in this post were originally published in a Wordless Wednesday in August 2015. There were reasons for choosing these specific photos, so I wanted to revisit them  – and to think about the nature of texture.

During a ridiculously long walk along this section of the beach in Newport, which I paid for later with complaining, swollen ankles and aching muscles (note to self: no more beach hikes wearing flip flops!) I was the winner in finding amazing textures, such as those in the barnacles and driftwood above.

And what about these wind shadows?  I found them enchanting – sand protected from the wind by small items on the sand blocking the movement of air.  This interesting textural phenomenon was all around that day.sand shadows

Fascinating: an object masquerading as something quite different in nature from its own nature.  shell as leaf

And finally, when I was heading back on that Newport hike, I came upon this impromptu sand and driftwood sculpture.  Well worth the price of admission!

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I finally explored the Salishan Spit in August 2014, after having been curious about it for years.  It can be seen across the Siletz Bay from the highway, but I had never been there – I couldn’t even figure out how to get there! Finally I did my research, took the eight mile hike, and was mesmerized the entire time. There was something new to discover every bit of the way, from the dark sand (called “tar sand” by some locals) to a desolate “tree graveyard” filled with sunbleached, craggy remnants of an ancient forest.

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Lovely, delicious, intriguing, ubiquitous texture:
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When I returned to Gleneden Beach the following February to photograph the Salishan Cowl for the completed pattern, I was reminded again why this place had inspired this design.  The organic, curved shapes were everywhere, from the clouds in the sky to the patterns in the sand.

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As my eye finds textured nuances like these, they are filed away in my brain under “inspiration.”  And some day, hopefully, bits and pieces of them will reconnect and reemerge – as a new and pleasing design.