Hello! I know us Brits love to talk about the weather, but when you live in this weather we have, well, it can be quite interesting! Have you ever had sun for a few hours, lulling you into a false sense of dog-walking security, followed by thin slivers of drizzle, then hail pelting down, bouncing off the ground like tiny ping pong balls, rain following on, then soft cotton wool balls of drifty snow, more hail, more drippy rain, then by two o'clock in the afternoon, suddenly goes dark grey, then just dark?
That's a summary of the grand opera going on outdoors today.
Oh and did I mention that it's so cold outside, any exposed flesh, especially hands, feel numb very, very quickly?
I'm soooooo glad I wasn't out walking the dogs for too long. For Ellie, it was a "right, done my bits-n-pieces, lets go back home NOW, immediately, start marching!"
The dark started descending outside before I'd taken today's photos, I prefer to take my photos in natural light, the camera copes better.
I'm always telling myself I need better lighting in my studio, one daylight bulb isn't enough over my desk. The central light and two lamps don't really contribute much, so I'm finding that I have to stop painting between 2:30 and 3 in the afternoon, because the light changes dramatically, causing the colours of the flowers and the shadows to alter too much. It's then I get on with my papier mache figures (hope to show you something soon). I am loving doing the papier mache figures, love, love, loving it!
And my Orla Kiely mug, don't you think this pattern of Orla Kiely's is one of her best?
And I've been meaning to show you my latest knitting................... I think my reluctance to show it to you springs from my doubts about it.
Let me explain.
So off I went, knitting away cheerfully in the beautiful Rowan 'Renew' yarn, colour 'Garage', untill I reached the patterned section. I like a challenging pattern, and this was quite a complicated pattern repeat. I knitted a goodly section, only to find that the pattern wasn't showing up very well in the dark colour I had chosen. When you spend time and energy on a complicated pattern, you don't want the design melting away in the dark colour do you?
Well, rather than persevering with the Rowan pattern, (it dawned on me why all the garments in the book were knitted in light colours, the patterns in the designs show up better in paler colours), I had a re-think.
Maybe this was the opportunity to try a design I had in my mind after seeing the cable pattern in Debbie Bliss' book 'Design it, Knit it ' (above). I love the way the cable goes from large to small.
You can just make out in my scribble above, the design for a dress where three central cables go from large at the bottom, gradually decreasing to small at the waist, then they fan out from the waist up to the neck-line. It's exactly the same on the back.
There's just one problem. I have a sneaky feeling (and I think all knitters are familiar with this), that I'm not quite happy with it, and I need to unravel it all.
You see I've tried it on, and it's much more fitted than I intended. And it's not fanning out at that bottom, like I envisaged. I think the size of the cable at the bottom is too small. When I tried it on, I found that the cable was actually quite bulky, because of the flatter stocking stitch either side of the cables, which had the effect of accentuating my stomach, which noone wants do they?
I'm wondering if I actually need to have cables all the way round the skirt section of the dress, and abandon the three cables in the middle? The yarn is bulky, I think that's the problem, if this was being knitted in a finer yarn, it wouldn't be such a problem. What do you think? It might look quite nice with cables all the way round. Then the top section could just have very thin cables, fanning out or whatever, so they weren't too bulky, Or maybe I just need the cables wider at the bottom................ I'll have a think about it, and listen to your words of wisdom.
Well, I need to have a bite to eat before I head off to my knitting group, so cheerio for now! Love Vanessa xxx