Saturday, March 27, 2010
Knitting a smaller piece is a good way to see which lace pattern repeat you prefer from the eight discussed.
Using a bright wool/polyester fiber with slubs, here is the completed project called "Feather and Fan":
And now I am ready to complete a shawl with the same "feather and fan" lace repeat on its edges. This smaller snippet of lace was helpful in familiarizing myself with that particular pattern repeat.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here is a good summarization of LED cool white lights:
LEDs present many advantages over incandescent light sources including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved robustness, smaller size, faster switching, durable and reliable. However, they are relatively expensive and require more precise current and heat management than traditional light sources. Current LED products for general lighting have higher costs than fluorescent lamp sources of comparable output.Also, the lights are stated to have a 25,000 hour average light bulb life. The purchased light string consisting of 30 bulbs was less than $5.
Although the cool lights do not emit a "warm" glow, hopefully the candles on the table centerpiece will add to the soft lighting ambience.
Please visit tomorrow for a famous cranberry relish recipe supplied via an NPR podcast.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Friday, December 12, 2008
Here is a thought on this type arrangement from Holiday-guide regarding tradition and whimsy:
This is a grouping of my display of The Madonna and Child icons, displayed under a large mirror in our entryway. These icons were collected from Mexico, Israel, Rome, Italy, Spain and Norway:
A little green, a little red, something sparkly, a few lights --is that your holiday decor plan? Time to go hunting for heirlooms in your china cabinet, add some ... handicrafts and make your home personal and memorable for the holidays.... focus on three elements -- personality, iconic theme and interesting colour combinations -- when ... conjuring up holiday decor ideas. "I recommend starting with your traditional favourites and adding an unconventional twist."
The traditional part of the display would be the icons, and the whimsical part includes paper doilies covering miniature lights which I previously researched in this blog about doilies and lights. So inadvertently, the suggestions from Holiday-guide regarding whimsy and tradition were followed.
This beautiful icon of the Madonna & Child was created by Richard G. Cannuli O.S.A., picture courtesy of The Augustinian Press:
The theme of the Madonna and Child is among the most ancient and widespread in Christian iconography and has the greatest number of variations because--beyond its symbolic religious functions--it allows one to analyze the relationship between mother and child in its many aspects.
Reviewing the history of Madonna and Child art was an interesting morning in blog land. Other sources you might like to look at are:
Stencils and Pages for Reproduction and history-madonna-and-child and History of the Black Madonna and Child
Go to Kelli's House for lovely show-and-tell Christmas displays. Your eyes will have a virtual feast!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Our sweet sister Pam sent me three lovely metallic acorns yesterday in honor of fall. What a thoughtful thing for her to do. Thanks, Pam! I will use them in several ways over the next years and always think of you when I see them.
In the lower right hand side of the picture is yet another lace scarf that is almost off the needles. It will go on the Flickr and Ravelry websites today as a UFO (unfinished object), with another pair of socks begun for the December Pair a Month challenge, also on Ravelry, the international and internet knitting and crocheting community.