Well, after taking a two hour evening nap on the couch while my husband is hanging out with his brother-in-law, what’s a lady going to do but blog??? Today, I decided to go to a Knit Lawrence meeting at the Merc. I think that’s only the 3rd Knit Lawrence meeting I’ve attended in 2 years. I know it was before I was pregnant with Veronica, and she’s already 16 months! I took a scarf that I am making for my mother-in-law. We went to yarn barn last Saturday and looked specifically for some turquoise yarn that would match a pair of suede gloves her mother gave her. Her gloves are a BRILLIANT shade of turquoise. They are seriously the prettiest color I’ve ever seen. It was hard to find a yarn that could match that depth of color, but we settled on Cascade’s Quatros 5018 Aquamarine. What’s great about that particular shade is that it is a tweed of two shades of turquoise, so the gloves fit somewhere in between, but close enough. I LOVE this yarn. It has a nice loft, very squishy, and for being pure Peruvian wool, it feels soft, not scratchy. I am knitting it on size 7 needles, in a P1, K the 2nd stitch on needle, K the 1st stitch on the needle, slide both stitches off the needle, repeat for the right side, and a K1, P2 rib for the wrong side. It is coming along nicely. I’m already over halfway through. Each skein has 220 yards, and I am using 2 skeins. It will be a nice long scarf for her. I know she will appreciate it. It’s always fun making stuff for people who understand the work that goes into crafting something. She is an awesome beader and has made me some beautiful jewelry which I post about at a later date.
And Finally, I have finished another drawing. This is oil pastel on heavy duty drawing paper. The pastel has been blended with a paint brush and mineral spirits (read: paint thinner) to give it a painted look. Make no mistake! It is technically a drawing. Maybe a bastard child of painting. There are definitely perspective problems in this piece, which is pretty characteristic of my artwork. It means I need lots of practice, and eventually, I might straighten it out. I was pleased with how the background and foreground of the piece looks, as I have always struggled in these areas. This picture was drawn from a favorite photo of mine that Burton took of Evie at her school playground one fall weekend. I think it has a children’s book look about it, which has me toying around with the notion of turning this into one of a series of pictures about Evie and possibly writing a book. That is an exciting idea! We’ll see. I need to get the art done first, I guess. What I can say is that knitting has improved my art. Knitting has taught me to take my time with a project and be patient. PATIENT. That word and I don’t go together really well, but I am learning! This is the longest I’ve ever spent working on one art project. I started it Friday the 6th in the evening and finished it Saturday the 14th in the morning. I had to skip a few days in there, but I worked on it almost every day. YAY knitting! YAY discipline!
Other than that, I have purchased Inspired Fair Isle Knits by Fiona Ellis at Half Price Books a few weeks ago. It’s funny I picked that up before Dee Anna’s post about Fair Isle. I have been wanting to seriously give it a try (not the half-arsed attempts I’ve made in the past) for a while, and I LOVE the scarf on the cover. I see it staring at me every time I pass Yarn Barn. I think I’ll thumb through the book tonight before I hit the hay. How are your projects going?