Sunday, March 23, 2008

To the Acorn - Finished!!

I finished To the Acorn today. Yippee! I am doing such a huge happy dance. And I finished several weeks before our due date. :o) This was a lot of counting and a lot of stitching. I think I am ready to take a break from counted work for a while. LOL




I think next on my agenda is to finish Strawberry Trio, which shouldn't take long at all, then I need to get on my Phase 1 Japanese Embroidery piece. After that I need to get going on Crewel Choices, another EGA group correspondence course which is due at the end of June. And I also have Gracie and Florentine Christmas Ornaments, two other group correspondence courses that will be due around the end of August. These two have been retired, so if I want an evaluation on them I have to get them done! I just don't think I want to think about this any more. LOL

I had my little lambkin shaved last Monday, so now my little lamb is a lion. That's what they call this cut anyways. LOL Look at her poofy little front legs. I think she is just toooooo cute! :o)


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Spring break and Art

This is our spring break week, and I am going to enjoy it. I plan to stitch, draw, and paint, with maybe a little housework thrown in here and there, MAYBE. :o) Megan is going to Lexington KY to visit the University of Kentucky. That is where she has decided she wants to go once she has her AA from Hinds. A part of me is jealous, because I would love to go there and work on a fine arts degree. They have a fabulous art department. :o) But I am happy for her, and I hope her visit goes well. In the meantime, I will get to babysit rats and rabbit.

two of the girls - Pepper and Pipsqueak

one of the hairless boys

visiting bunny - I promise she's just sleeping and not dead :o)

Megan, Billy and I went and played golf frisbee Friday afternoon. I had never heard of such a thing! But Mark informed me it was an old game; he used to play it when he was a teenager. Just goes to show you what's been missing from my life! LOL But it was a lot of fun, and Billy was very patient with Megan and my attempts to throw the frisbee. LOL

We are working on ink washes in my drawing class, and I am enjoying working in this media. It's not easy, and I'm far from having any control of it, but it is fun. :o) This morning I went to the park and did an ink wash of the bradford pears that are in bloom. They are so pretty, with their white flowers contrasting with the dark trunk and branches peaking through. Here is a picture of my piece from this morning.


Here are a couple of my other ink washes that I did during various classes.



We have done a variety of things in my design class, all in black and white tones. Here are a couple of pieces from that class.

This first piece is a drawing I made from a collage. I found the picture of the bones, and I worked and worked until I found a composition that worked for them. :o)


And this piece is an ink drawing. We had to form our picture using letters instead of lines. This was an exercise in texture. I made a B on it because I got the horse too black - you can't see any texture in him. But I don't care, I like the way this looks, and I am going to frame it when the class is over.


I'm off to stitch now - I am almost through with To The Acorn, and I am determined to get it done!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On the Knitting Front

I have been doing a little knitting in between my embroidery and art classes. I have decided to participate in two mystery shawl KAL's. I know, kinda crazy, huh? I discovered that I really enjoy knitting lacey shawls when I did the Mystery Stole last year, so I joined up for every stole and shawl KAL that I found. So far, I have only saved the patterns. But two that are starting up this month caught my imagination, and I have decided to try to keep up. Both of them are in the swatching phase, and I have them both swatched.

The first one is the Secret of Bad Nauheim, a mystery shawl by Moni, who designed the Secret of Chrysopolis. She is a German designer, and a very talented lady. I love her designs. I knitted this swatch in Graceful Lace Yarn that I bought at ROC Day. It is actually closer to cobweb lace than regular lace, so I'm hoping it doesn't drive me batty. But my swatch turned out to be close to Moni's swatch size, so I'm going to give it a try.



The second one is Mystic Light, the second of a series of designs by Anna Dalvi. The first in this series was Mystic Waters, which I also joined but haven't knit yet. I have that pattern saved on my computer, and I do plan to knit it. The theme of this mystery shawl has to do with fire and light, so we are supposed to pick a color that represents fire to us. I picked a variegated red. This shawl I'm knitting out of Fleece Artist's Sea Wool, which is 70% Merino and 30% Seacell. I first saw this yarn at our new knit shop, The Knit Studio, and I was dying to try it on something. So when I discovered Mystic Light's recommended yarn was between fingering and sport weight, I decided to try it and see if it would work. My swatch turned out gorgeous! I love the feel and drape of this yarn. It is going to make one yummy shawl. :o)


So, at this moment in time, I am officially up to date with my two shawl KALs. It probably won't ever happen again. :o)

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Stitches and Snow

Wow! It has been over a month since my last entry. Time certainly flies by when you are having fun, and I have been having lots of fun! I am enjoying my art classes so much. I will do a separate post about them, and share some of that work. Teaching is great too, and the preparation for my class has turned out to be quite time consuming. And I have still managed to work some stitching and knitting into my life. Unfortunately something had to get shoved to the back burner, and evidently it was my computer time. ;o)

I have more progress to report on To the Acorn. I finished Lesson 5 last weekend, and I am working on the last lesson. I am so excited that I am actually going to finish a GCC in time to turn it in for evaluation!



Yesterday Mississippi NeedleArts had a crewel embroidery workshop with Barbara Jackson. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were only 6 of us, so it was very cozy and intimate. Barbara is a nice lady and a great teacher, and I love the project. But it does seem that I am actually learning things in my art and design classes, because I looked at the design with different eyes. I could see things I would interpret differently, ways I would use the shades of colors differently, and a couple of other changes in the stitches chosen that I would have made. I am very happy that my efforts to educate myself on design are paying off! :o)


I will be taking another class with Barbara at the TVR regional seminar in June, and then two more with her at national! Its a good thing I like her designs and teaching style! LOL I really am looking forward to the classes. :o)

We got a "dusting" of snow, as the weatherman called it, on Friday night. So yesterday morning I got up and took pictures.




So we have now had two snow events this year. Woo hoo!!

Here is what Flea does when it snows.


Actually, it is what Flea does when it doesn't snow. :o)