Seattle, Sweater Knitting, and Sugar Skulls

Summer has lingered and my usual fall hibernation hasn’t happened yet. Soon, though.

Here is a quick photo tour of what I have been doing and a few of the things I have been working on.

Road Trip: Seattle

My husband joined me on this trip at the last minute, so that meant car knitting time. Some of my most productive knitting times have been during a long car ride.

This is a sweater-in-progress for my sister. I documented the swatching and early bits of this sweater, but now all she gets to see are these jumbled mystery photos. I hope to finish it this week.

Sweater knittingSeattle was spectactular. Look at that sky! It almost looks fake. lol It will soon be filled with rain clouds (which is perfect, I think) but for now… sunny and warm.Seattle skylineI was on a ferry, headed for a Seattle7Writers conference on Bainbridge Island.Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge IslandI love the Seattle7Writers and their mission to promote literacy. Learn more about S7W here. It was such a great day, thank you Seattle7Writers!

Back to Seattle. I checked in at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio (I posted earlier about this shop here) to drop off some new pieces and take the photos I forgot to take the first time I visited.Seattle Glassblowing StudioBeautiful gallery space. They even decorate the sidewalk.Seattle Glassblowing Studio

Seattle Glassblowing Studio WallWall art and jewelry case at Seattle Glass Studio.
(Photos taken with studio permission)Seattle Glassblowing Studio ShowcaseMore wall art and a peek back into the hot shop. They offer many choices to choose from for individuals and groups.
Seattle Glassblowing Studio and hot shop

Also this weekend – September 19th the SGS is joining several glass studios across the nation to make beads for Beads of Courage. The Seattle Glass Studio is planning on many fun demos and sales in support of this program. If you are in the area, please stop in and check it out.

Beads of Courage are beads for kids undergoing medical treatments. Each bead signifies a step in their treatment journey. Learn more about this program here.

Back Home: Torch

I returned from my trip and sat down to my torch. I get antsy this time of year — wanting to torch as often as I can before the snow flies.TorchI am still in the process of hammering copper and wiring beads up to list on Etsy, but here are a few “sugar skull” designs I have been playing around with since someone asked about them on my Facebook pageSugar Skulls by Janet Crosby

I am also working on setting up shop on the new Amazon Handmade site, which is both exciting and scary. I will update this once I have pieces listed.