Monday, January 17, 2011

Art takes a back seat - knitting is in!

Over the summer school holidays painting is harder to organise, so I take a break and play with other things, including my kid!

Knitting has really been the strongest creative draw over the Christmas season. I love that knitting can be picked up and put down so easily in between playing games, eating and outings. I can knit in front of the TV, talking with friends, whilst sipping tea (at least between sips *g*). And I find it very relaxing - my knitting tension is very even and usually exactly what is required for a yarn, which makes life - or knitting that is - a lot easier.

I've started two new beanies - one in 10ply cotton and one in wool, made Christmas ornaments, a baby bonnet for a friend, and started a scarf and a jacket. I'm on a roll.

The Christmas ornaments are with thanks to Linda over at Natural Suburbia. I found the patterns on her blog about a week before Christmas and managed to make about 6 of the stockings, the two wreaths and I have almost finished a Santa hat (not pictured). If you'd like the patterns, visit Linda. She has a lot of other great knitting patterns that she has created.




I hadn't ever knitted i-cords before the wreath patterns - they are just like french knitting only on double-pointed needles. They are so easy and quick.


This is the scarf I have started. The pattern is from "Knitted Lace of Estonia" a book I recently purchased. I'm really drawn to knitting lace but realise that with arthritis my hands don't like working with the fine needles required for lace. So, I am knitting a winter scarf, in 12ply Hayfield Highland Mist using the Raha Scarf pattern in the book and it is working just fine. I'll have to see how it hangs once completed and blocked to say whether it will be a complete success or not.

I took K. for a play date at a friend's last week and her friend's mum is pregnant and due next month. She doesn't knit so I thought I'd make something for the newborn. It is a pattern from "Australian Family Knitting Collection" put out by Patons. I've altered the pattern in that I have knitted in the i-cords for the tie instead of stitching on a ribbon. The yellow has washed out a bit in the picture - it is a much prettier colour than this shows.





And this is the start of a jacket I'm knitting with Patons Shadow Tweed. The colours are a bit brighter in this pic than in real life. I have completed one front in two days, so this knits up really quickly, much quicker than any jacket/cardigan I've worked on before.

By the end of the school holidays, I may even finish a couple of the works-in-progress - and I'll be back to painting and pottery once school goes back. I'm looking forward to it!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Charcoal Sketch - Toy Owls

First sketch of the new year, inspired by the WetCanvas Artwork from Life forum and also Karen Margulis, who has started a blog of her daily sketches in her journal.

One of the items on the Scavenger Hunt from WC's Artwork from Life forum was to sketch your favourite toy. I don't really play with toys anymore *grin* but these were a gift last birthday from my very clever sister-in-law, who made them herself.


So, tomorrow I'll add to my sketches and see if I too can create a habit of sketching from life everyday. It can only help my painting in the long run.