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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Palms at Destiny and knitting

Palms at Destiny
Its really the same painting....I just tweaked it a bit (compare it to the entry before). Are yu convinced now of my mental instability???? I like feels much more Destin!

sand dunes preserved for the turtlesI've also been to the beach.

And I really have been knitting....this is the size large of the Grecian Tank pattern. I'm about 1/2 way up on the second side, and then will begin the shoulder/tank shaping. Very soon, I will have the larger size directions available. Grecian Tank progress

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Palm Trees at Destiny

Palm Trees at Destiny
Deep breathe. This is where I was this morning. It was so foggy when I went out at 8:00, but by 10:00, the sun was shining. I live in paradise, and painted this just a little bit off from the Gulf of Mexico this morning. Not sure about a title yet. Its a 16x20.

oh, I only knit one row today.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

You get to pick the order!
The weekend starts with a frantic call from my daughter - get to the hospital NOW! I get there, and within 5 minutes, am taking an involuntary nap (I passed out) on the floor. Dominic, my curly haired life-has-rules-meant-to-be-pushed son has two elbows on his left arm. Now how, you ask, did he get a second elbow? Well, it took some doing on his part and involved a skateboard. I guess that the only way to do it right and create the effect of a second elbow was to break both bones all the way through, shatter the ulner, twist it through so it pops out through the skin, and then let your hand dangle at a 90 degree angle to the whole mess. It took the doctors over 4 hours to put humpty-dumpty back together again. Thank God for doctors and that we don't have to rely on all the king's horses and all the king's men. Broken Arm
Small Paintings These are all little jobbers I've done in the last week. The face is a Matisse study - the example I painted for the kids and then they did Matisse type portraits of each other. The other two are just small plein-aire paintings. This morning I went out and it was so wonderful to have the paintbrush in my hands again after too many days off. These aren't my typical large paintings, but I am selling them ($35 for the larger two, $30 for the smaller one - just email me if you're ever interested in the small There was a fourth one of some beach houses....but I got bought it from me while I was still painting it.
Grecian TankThis is all I've gotten done on the large sizing for the Grecian Tank. Instead of kasula, I'm using a dk weight yarn to see how much the guage changes (which, btw, for those who had requested the pattern in the small size, I forgot to put guage: With the kasula, on the twisted rib portion (2x2 with twist on fifth row), on the 4.5mm needles (I think thats a 7 American size), for a 3" square, is 12 stitches by 19 rows).

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

This is the start of a painting....its actually a different painting that was in a gallery, then I brought it home and decided to "tweak" it. Now it doesn't resemble the original painting in anyway. But I like it. Its how I'm needing to feel right now.

'D Bomb of a Knitting Bag
This bag is phenomenal! I just got it at TJMaxx and even thought its not colorful or unique....its a dual purse and knitting bag....finally! The knitting goes in this middle section that you would upon looking at the bag, think that it would only house a little makeup section, but that's the awesome place where I can get two sweater projects in there isolated away from any thing that could damage them. All my billfold, checkbook, lipsticks, pens, mints, cellphone, etcssss, all go in those two very slim side sections of the tote where, because they are so slim, its super easy to find what I need....and I never have to worry about frantically digging through the bag to find my cell phone and disturbing my knitting stuff accidently....its all by itself. At first I didn't like this bag, but now that I've had it a few days, I'm smitten. This is by far The Best Knitting Bag I've ever owned.
Anyone else got one they want to share?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Me again, in my new sweater!

Grecian Tank
Lesson Learned: I reaaaalllly need to wear lipstick or makeup....I look really pale in this photo. But I'm so happy with her. I love that I can wear this beautiful yarn Fleece Artist in a cool summer tank (with a tank underneath of course), and still not feel so over exposed like most tanks make me feel. The overlay can also be gathered up and pinned with a shawl clip for a completely different look.....or I can let it fall off my shoulders if I feel daring enough. Wonderful design! (Jeanette pats herself on the head).

I have not finished the large size yet but I did send out some copies of the small/medium size, so if I missed you, please let me know.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Art Class Today
Isn't it cute! I WANTED to do Vermeer's "Girl With A Pearl Earring" but my darling daughter wanted to do Teddy Bears......all the little girls just squealed with delight and got right to work. I guess they don't love the study of the Masters' works as much as I do. It was fun, though! We just threw the teddy bears in the center of the table and went at 'em!

On the knitting needles:
(more like what's NOT on the needles)
I've got a crochet project for Vickie Howell
My Grecian Tank is getting the cowl extended (I really want it longer)
I'm doing another Grecian Tank for my daughter so that I can make sure I get the upsizing correct (she's an adult large and I'm a small, and there is more to upsizing than just adding repeats)
Vogue's Yogo Wrap that I started before the Knitting Olympics is on the front burner again.

>Re: Grecian Tank Pattern Requests

For those who emailed me wanting a copy of the pattern for the Grecian Tank (yes, its my design for those who asked)....I'm almost done with writing it out for the small size, but I'm hung up in writing it out for the larger, so I'm knitting it quickly for my daughter and as soon as I have it done, I'll send out the pattern with both sizes on it (Its a very strethchy tank, so I think that the two sizes will be appropriate). If anyone is wanting a copy of the pattern, let me know and I will send you it through the email (my patterns that I write to this blog keep gettng lost down in the archives and I don't know how to put them on the sidebar). If you have already sent me an email and the small size is all you need, let me know and I'll send it out to you as is. I'm
My Teddybear, Quinacridone

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Grecian Tank

Grecian Tank
Its done! This is Fleece Artist's Kasula (body) and Angel Curls (cowl neck). I had thought about making the cowl even longer (like to the elbows, loose and flowing, but then this morning I just decided it was time to bind off. I'm very pleased with it (although I may still go back and lengthen the cowl).

Working diligently on the crochet piece for Vickie Howell. There won't be any photo's of that work.

And today I'm going out with a plein aire group to paint on the bay. I'll post photo's later. This is a national group of professional artists that go out together to paint. The chapter I'm in is NW Florida. I haven't been out with them since the accident last October. Even though I'm in this stupid boot again, I want to go today because the weather is so gorgeous. Wish me luck. Hopefully I'll come home with something worth showing.

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