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I don’t know if entirely love this picture, but I’m pleased with some aspects. I haven’t done any real art in quite a while (probably 6 months or so) and when I do, it’s really sporadic. Hopefully I can keep working every night, or every few nights and improve. I really need to work on backgrounds. It’s always been a weakness. Here it is!

What the hell is this???

What the hell is this???

So there was a knitting meetup tonight, and I stayed home so I could take care of my sick family. ONLY THEY DIDN’T NEED ANY TAKING CARE OF! I would be pissed if I wasn’t so relieved. Hopefully this stomach bug is out the door. I hope all the ladies had fun at Teapouro. I’m excited because Evie gets to go back to school tomorrow! She was so bored staying at home. It really sucked because the weather was so nice, but we had to stay in. I did take us to Wal-mart today to get a few groceries and we ate popsicles in the car on the way home. So excited Spring is here! Other than that, the kiddo and I watched Mulan today while baby V took a nap. Strong female characters FTW!

Later, Gators.

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Using Time Wisely

C’mon, we all know I am incapable of it. My husband has been insisting (nicely, he doesn’t beat me) that I should be doing more art. He thinks I should do an Etsy store and start selling stuff. I have thought about this for awhile, but more for creating a store to sell knitting. But knitting takes SO long sometimes, I know I wouldn’t make enough money to make all the labor worth it. Art does make more sense, because I can complete something in a few nights if I put in 2-3 hours each night on it, so it’s probably a better investment on time.

ANYWAY, this is what I’m working on now. It actually has a meaning behind it, besides just being a badass picture of a howling wolf and a bald eagle catching a fish.But I’m not getting into it here. It’s long, complicated and not that interesting.

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Eventually I would like to start painting again (this is in oil pastel) but it’s such a pain. I don’t have any room for a studio, the getting out and putting away of supplies is enough for me to go to the Louvre and BURN IT DOWN.

In other news, this is not a really thought out post, it is poorly written and rushed. Evie and Burton have started barfing again, Veronica has a cold, and I’m the only one who isn’t zombified around here. I actually managed to eat A LOT at dinner today with no ill-effects. That was more than I could say for eldest child. She’s sleeping out on the couch again tonight and it’s my turn to lay with her tonight to make sure she hits the trashcan. No school for the 2nd day in a row for her. It’s a good thing she’s so smart, because she’s missed 8 days this year.

Goodnight!

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Traditional Knitting

I have still been spending most of my time lately not knitting.  Because of this I have been filling my free time with reading.  Since I have finally made friends with the Library again I have checked out about 15 knitting books in the last 3 weeks and thought I would share some of my favorites.

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Today’s book:  Traditional Knitting: Aran, Fair Isle and fisher ganseys by Michael Pearson.  I only looked for the book at Amazon but it seems to be out of my price range, collectors item or something.  I picked this up on Elinor’s recommendation and really enjoyed it.

The book covers the knitting history of the British Isles.  The author travelled all around England, Scotland, and the Aran islands to collect the patterns offered in the book.  Most of the patterns and notes were obtained from actual knitters which is especially interesting to me.  You can only get so much out of a museum visit.

After an introduction into the knitting tools and techniques used the book covers three major knitting traditions.  The fisher gansey chapter takes up almost half the book and was my favorite part.  The author shows the different patterns used in each separate fishing village.  There are charts for all the different stitch patterns and a few full sweater patterns.  I found myself wanting to make a fisher gansey, although I have no idea who I know that would actually wear one.

The next two smaller chapters cover Fair Isle and Aran knitting.  The Fair Isle chapter was all new information for me.  I have never been interested in color knitting because I tend to really like solid color garments.  There are quite a few traditional Fair Isle sweater patterns and even more charts included.  The book has almost made me want to knit a Fair Isle sweater.  The amount of time involved and the knowledge that I would more than likely never wear the sweater have stopped me, so far.  The Aran chapter is short and contains mostly written instructions (no charts) for Aran stitches along with 6 sweater patterns.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.  I read it cover to cover which I rarely do with knitting books.  Pattern stitches and sweater patterns aside, the amount of knitting history contained in the book make it well worth reading.  I find myself wanting to knit a traditional sweater but I am pretty sure that I won’t knit one any time soon.

More book reviews soon if anyone is interested, and because I have no new knitting, more reviews even if no one is interested.  (Knitting books bridge my two favorite hobbies, knitting and reading.)

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