Monday, 18 July 2016

Gratitude Sunday.

This week I have been grateful for:

the safe return of my children from a school trip abroad

the productivity of the Misty Cottage garden that gave me over 3kg of blackcurrants and our first proper gooseberry harvest

my sense of humour which has helped me to deal with the tidal wave of disastrous political decisions being made in this country

old friends who make the effort, turn up and share their incredible stories.

Why not join in with WoolyMossRoots and share your gratitudes?

Friday, 8 July 2016

Seascape Process.

The seascape that I blogged about last week is now finished. After initially worrying about this project I ended up really enjoying it and feeling excited each day about spending time on it, so I will definitely be creating some more needle felted pictures to celebrate the lovely part of the world I am lucky enough to live in.

Each day that I worked on the picture I tweeted and posted pictures on Facebook to document my progress but I thought it would be a nice idea to put all the pictures together here to show the process.

I started off with a piece of felt that I had wet felted from my neighbour's Blue Face Leicester fleeces. On the first day I made a rough sketch onto paper from a photograph that I had taken of the scene. From there I drew down the design onto the felt with a tailors' chalk pencil. That was enough for day one as I realise that it was the drawing element of this project that had got me so worried in the first place so it took several attempts to get something that I was vaguely happy with.

Day two was a joyful laying on of colour and texture. I learnt something new here - long angora locks are not fun to needle felt!

Day three was spent on cliffs and sky and beginning to bring a bit of depth to the picture by deepening the blue of the sea and lightening the blue of the sky at the horizon.

Day four was a bit more work on the depth and the beginning of the beading. I was really excited about the beading, I really like the idea of bringing more texture to the picture.

Day five I finished the beading, backed it with a piece of calico and gave it a drift wood hanger.

So now I will go through my files of photos labeled 'Ideas', armed with a little bit of confidence and find another picture that sums up something of North Cornwall and see what happens.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Aiming for Sleeves.

Those of you who have read my blog before may remember that I tend to be a monogamous knitter but I have come to the conclusion that while monogamy may well be desirable in our human relationships, there is room for more than one knitting project in my life at a time. I think I like to have one slightly complicated knit and one very straightforward one on the go at the same time so that when it gets to knitting o'clock I can still indulge even if I am really tired.

This is my current straightforward knitting project which I hope one day will be a beautiful cardigan with actual sleeves.

I haven't managed anything for myself with sleeves yet as I keep running out of yarn. The yarn I am using this time is my own hand spun with one ply brown Haunui and one ply coloured merino/silk. I started off with 600g of the brown Haunui spun for and left over from a jumper that I made for my husband, so I got 600g of the coloured merino/silk from Wingham Wool Works and plied them together. I really hope that this will be enough, I am only just coming to the top of the back of the cardigan and I have started worrying about it already!

Reading this week, well as usual I am listening rather than reading, has been Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights read by Patricia Routledge. I first read this book when I had to study it at 17. 17 was most definitely the right moment for me to read it, all those stormy emotions raging through both the book and myself were quite a potent mix. Now, revisiting it in my late forties, I find that though I am on a slightly more even keel emotionally, there is room in my life for Heathcliff!

Joining in with Jinny for the Yarn Along.