Many Thanks to the crocheters of Aug. 2, please join us again Tomorrow!

EVERY last crochet event I have held through the last several years of projects has had a slightly or radically different sense of group dynamics, I can’t help but notice it, sometimes it’s striking.  Some people naturally and effortlessly and generously make other people comfortable.  I can’t say exactly that I have that skill, but it seemed like last weeks crochet party on August 2nd was a magnet for people who quietly yet energetically like to get to know about others around them.  It was wonderful to watch unfold.  So thank you, you congenial bunch!  And I know I’ll see you again, because you all told me you’d be back and I take you at your words!

Anyone wanting to learn to crochet, or learn to crochet more intuitively, or learn about the ever-unfolding spirit of human community, please stop in tomorrow, August 9th from 3:30 – 7:30.  And join in!

And just a note, though I haven’t changed it on the Calendar of Events yet, I am cutting next week’s crochet party on August 16th short, just till 6pm, because it’s my son’s birthday and we are going on a date.  Thanks for understanding the change.

sweet babies show up at TPR

sweet babies show up at TPR

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Thank you last week’s crocheters, 7/26 ! Hope to see you tomorrow, Aug. 2nd, 3:30-7:30

Man, lately the grant deadline schedule has run a steamroller through my available time and head space for blog writing and getting my thoughts down.  I know the Solstenen residency at The Project Room is supposed to be about how these large things get made, and the grants are just part of it, but they eat and eat at the precious set-aside-hours for making, and  I am chomping at the bit for that writing time, to translate my chicken scratch into something readable…The week has sped by.

scratchy notes...

scratchy notes...

It is time already for another crochet party, tomorrow, Tuesday August 2nd!  Last week’s was so lively, with neighbors connecting, and an impromptu pot-luck spread, and past and new crocheters.  Thank you, thank you to those folks who just keep coming, with fabric and yarn donations and an openess to just spending some time making.  I hope to see you again tomorrow!

Kim is back from crocheting on MMMM together in 2009

Kim is back from crocheting on MMMM together in 2009

Kim is a speed demon with the crochet hook…

Katherine has been knitting, because that’s what suits her, and she kindly brought some homemade bread.

Please join us at The Project Room, Tuesday at 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  All skill levels welcome (or no skill level…I love to teach a beginner).

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Recap of last week…..Community Crochet on July 19th…

I am stunned that I have now been in residence at The Project Room for two full weeks, it has both been a flurry of activity on many levels and also sped by with me still trying to find a rhythm in all the roles I am trying to negotiate.  I began a bit last week taking daily notes and quick snap-shots of what I was working on…I’m not sure if I will continue that but I will try (I still need to edit and examine…and log that stuff in here.)

Sewing Albatross feathers every day...with hundreds to go...

Sewing Albatross feathers every day...with hundreds to go...

There now seems to be a steady stream of visitors, people checking to see just what TPR is, and also a number of people curious about the sandwich board with ‘learn to crochet’.  I get a thrill of pleasure telling people it’s free, and also convincing those few who are apprehensive that they can learn it!  The Seattle Times mention brought in several people with the article snipped out of the paper (I love that practice, even with smart phones and whatever…clipping the paper still has a pull).

With just two weeks and three Community Crochet events past, the sense that people are returning again and again to join in is heartening.  The flurry of activity will continue, I’ll try to do too much, but in September back in the quiet (sometimes) of my own studio, I am imagining the giant tangle of silver and gray I’ll have to bend to my will, made by friends old and new.

Dancer/aerialist Elizabeth Rose of ticktock dance dropped in with her cute date!

Katherine brought her knitting needles….

Thanks for coming to the opening Solstenen Community Crochet Party on July 14th!

Community Crochet 7/14/11

Community Crochet 7/14/11

The Project Room and the Solstenen project opened last Thursday July 14th with a crush of warm feelings from supporters and people excited about the new energetic art space on Capital Hill.  I saw many people I’ve met through my crochet parties from the past few years, many artist friends and art supporters, and some people just curious about the lively activity going on inside!

Tessa, Anne, Julia

Tessa, Anne, Julia

Thank you to everyone who stopped by, and for some really generous donations of new materials to work with (some very special handmade garments/linens I’m looking forward to dyeing and deconstructing and reconstructing!)

Jenifer Ward, Paul Pauper

Jenifer Ward, Paul Pauper

One thing I hadn’t realized until people started coming in and I was setting them in motion crocheting;  usually at crochet parties I am a lot farther along in a project and I have an agenda/need (“need more thick ropes, need round parts, need ruffles”).  This crochet party was essentially the very first stitch of this new work, literally.  I was shrugging my shoulders, ‘the concepts are developing, so please just enjoy crocheting’, was about all I could say.  Take pleasure in the materials, think of it as doodling or drawing, just play.  Usually this messing around for me is done alone, in private.  The first shrug of my shoulders, I felt a bit vulnerable, ‘shouldn’t I know?!’.  No.  It all starts this way, all generative work, not knowing.  Especially with this work, I want to fend off the external and internal impetuous to ‘know’ everything, especially with the environmental installation component of the project to take place in Iceland.  I want to respond intuitively to a place I find; yes, with thread and ropes of time spent where I came from, like the baggage we literally and figuratively drag everywhere.  But still to push and push to stay in the moment of the environment.

Jennifer, Aurora

Jennifer, Aurora

So thank you everyone for just diving in; it seemed people were excited to just be with the process and be with each other.

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And Thank you Project Room family Van Nostrands and Smiths. This is what it looks like to give birth to a baby and open an experimental art center in the course of 30 days!

Jess opening doors

Jess opening doors

There is a subtext to many of my discussions about this project of mine, about blending daily life, family and a passion for ideas and making.  I really feel quite privileged to get to watch Jess Van Nostrand kick ass at this delicate dance we do to carve out a place where we can do what we need to do feed our work.

Erin, Troy, Jen

Erin, Troy, Jen

Much gratitude!  And please join me again on Tuesday July 19th, 3:30-7:30pm, as we do it all again!