Wednesday…

Still waiting on my beads to finish up ‘Ile d’Ecosse’ shawl and so committed myself to finishing and blocking ‘Pennae‘ shawl. I like how the two colours of Tosh Merino Light played so nicely together but I have to admit, I prefer symmetrical shawls. I did tweak this a bit to minimize the snooze-inducing amount of garter stitch – again, just personal preference – and I think it’s come out okay.

Pennae’s portfolio:

I’m still really hook obsessed at the moment and so progress on my fourth NCM2016 project has been good. I’m making the  ‘Starry Skies‘ blanket in some very ancient worsted leftovers, yarn too nice to give away or donate but no longer a favourite colour or rescued from very old WIPs. It’s about ‘lapghan’ size as of today and I hope to have it wrapped up over the coming weekend.

Meanwhile, household chores call. I’m staining an antique washstand that has been passed from my Auntie, to my Mum and I scavenged it from the end of our driveway when I was a teen – much to Mum’s chagrin :). It’s been with me ever since and endured an epic session of stripping and sanding to remove the five or six coats of paint it had endured over it’s life with a family of DIYers with good taste. While that dries, I’m planning how to best individualize the translucent, frosted privacy film that I’ll be putting up on the entranceway sidelight. A new front door meant the old, curtained window went – glad, as it was original to the house (!) We’ll see how my attention span holds for the next few days 🙂

All of the WIPage:

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How I Spent The Month of May

It’s been my honour and happiness to welcome the very talented painter, Ben Prewitt to my hometown and to have the opportunity to be a part of his creative process from concept to framing. You can find Ben’s work here: Expressions Of My Life.

There HAS been knitting. I’ll post something soon 😉

Aside

If any of you are in my “neighbourhood” today, and looking for something fun to do, swing by the Atomic Lollipop convention at 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario; the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and with additional programming at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel.

My “Comrades in Arts”, Michelle of Stellar Forms and Cady of Dark Sunlight (see Art for Art’s Sake post:) are sharing their work there. Two very talented artists and they’ll have a range of items and media to see.

Here’s the event link: http://www.atomiclollipop.com

It’s on from August 2nd to the 4th and all details are on the site and promises to be an artistic and entertaining weekend!

What Would Frida Knit?

I love Frida Kahlo. Her art, her philosophy, her attitude, her personal aesthetic. I know I’m not alone in my admiration. I had recently seen this lovely photograph of her:

Frida Kahlo, 1929, Photo by Guillermo Davila

Frida!

When, a few short hours later, I saw this pattern arrive in my inbox, I thought of Frida immediately. I had not considered making knitted or crochet jewellery before seeing this but the colour, shape and visual impact of these pieces is so in keeping with Kahlo-style, I may not be able to resist. The design potential is limitless; brilliant colours that echo Frida’s work, beading or silk flowers such as she wore could also be used for embellishment.

The Art of Frida Kahlo is a Ribbon Around a Bomb - original painting by Windy Springs Art

The Art of Frida Kahlo is a Ribbon Around a Bomb – original painting by Windy Springs Art

The original design echoes Celtic-work knots and would look great in earth toned shades of a luxury yarn. Here is the more classic, tailored version as shown on Susan’s website:

Nelkin Soutache Set

This looks to be a great stashbusting project if, like me you have a lot of silk or exotic blend leftovers or, as it was advertised, a kit with beads. And so, though I don’t know for sure what or even if, Frida Kahlo would knit… I would be remiss if I didn’t add that she did paint this well known portrait of a knitter.

Dona Rosita Morillo

Dona Rosita Morillo