I'm reaching the end of the illustrations for the mole book I've been working on for the past six months or so. There is a lot of pressure to have them all completed, so my time here is even more precious and welcome. It feels like I've re-painted most of the spreads in the book on this project. The finished picture books you see on shelves in shops and libraries can be the result of much constructing and de-constructing. I'm always relieved when I hear that great artists have to throw away work they've done, because then I don't feel it's just me being rubbish at what I do, by having to re-do art work.
I've been doing some colour swatches for the Sarah London crochet scarf pattern I'm working on for you. I can be very indecisive about colours, which might seem strange as I love colour, and use it quite boldly. It always takes on a huge importance.
It occurred to me when I was crocheting the multi-coloured swatch, that there are a lot of ends to sew in. The more rows using different colours, the more sewing in of ends there will be. It's the one drawback of this pattern which is fast to crochet, but slowed down by sewing in ends of a multitude of different colours. Making the scarf striped, with two rows of the same colour, makes for a lot less sewing in of ends. And I know how some people feel about sewing in ends.
I've familiarised myself with the pattern now, and can now get on with the step-by-step pattern for you. I know that some of you are interested in having the charts for the fair isle patterns I did in my dress, and that's also on my little list of things to do.
I've gone from persevering with knitting this dress out of not wanting to waste the knitting I had already done, to "oh, I quite like this!"
The stripes have stopped me going bonkers with boredom when I work on this. And another thing, I'm training myself to not look at my knitting whilst working on it. I really, really want to be one of those knitters who can sit and read a book or watch t.v. whilst knitting, I think they're amazing, knitters who can do that. I'm learning the dark art of 'feeling' my way with it. I'd love to be able to knit 'continental' style, which is basically high speed knitting. When someone tried to teach me how to do it, every fibre of my being felt it was unnatural. I 'throw' my yarn, which is very ponderous and laborious, but I feel very at home with that style, and after all, it's not a race is it?
Oh, and those two colours I've gone for in the crochet scarf - I LOVE them, it's such a shame no computer monitor will ever show just how beautiful they are together. The orange is 'DK 100%wool in Bright Orange, number 290' by Biggan Design, and the other colour is 'Cashsoft Baby DK, Rowan RYC, in colour no.804'. These two colours together make my mouth water.
Well I must be off now, things to do and all that. Cheerio, have a good weekend. Love Vanessa xxx