Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Leafprints Shawlette

After two weeks on the needles (small, very, very small..size 3 circular needles), the pretty blue Leafprints Shawlette by Anne Hanson is completed.  YEA!  (Note to self: purchased here)

The picture above shows the shawl after completing Chart A, and ready to begin Chart B.

The edging (shown above) was clever in its execution.  There was a bind off of two stitches every fourth row.

Its picture was taken this morning after being washed and blocked yesterday.  Here is the link for Soak, a product for bathing woolen objects.  It could have been further stretched since its scallops look like more of a wave than a tip.

Another note to self: ensure that at LEAST 400 yd of fiber is on hand to make this shawl.  I will make this again.

This is the Leafprints Shawlette shown on Patternfish ... that lucky mannequin.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pink Saturday

Beverly hosts Pink Saturday.  If you go here, you can see lots of pinks from bloggers who participate.

Here is my contribution, a double pink hollyhock:

Now that fall is here, the hollyhocks are a little worse for wear.  Those dang leaf hoppers have been getting to the leaves.  Believe it or not, just two days ago I found a leaf hopper and took his picture before he flew off to the cottonwood tree, never to be seen again.  This is his 15 minutes of fame:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Iced Sweater

Here is the very chunky, heavy sweater just finished from the sweater design named ICED by Carol Feller.  The pattern is free and can be found here.

It took 8 skeins of chunky weight Lamb's Pride wool (85% wool, 15% mohair).  And after all that knitting and pattern revision, I ended up with only 27 inches of leftover yarn.  That is right living.

See that yarn?  That is the 27 inch left-over tail end from the 8th skein.  (Mug by Jenny the Potter.)

It was a bit large, so I threw it into the dryer while it was still damp from water blocking.  That helped it come down a bit to size, but the front of the sweater has an uneven edge, likely because I have no chest!

Revision details can be found on Ravelry here.  I would knit this up again sometime, but it will be a long sometime before I do it again due to the bulkiness of the project.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

NPR Provides Great Fall Recipes

A link for summer garden bounty use:... click here

(all pictures by Susan Chang for NPR)

The garden season will end soon enough, in a fanfare of potatoes and squashes and pumpkins and gourds. As the weather gets colder, they get starchier and more like breads themselves, so it takes less and less effort — a little egg and sugar to sweeten and bind them — to get them to shine in a loaf pan.

Quick Zucchini, Carrot and Pumpkin Breads all found here.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Artist Bloggers and Urban Sketchers

In looking at artists' works on the internet, I came across Urban Sketchers and some beautiful pictures.  You might find some of the artists' work exceptionally appealing.

Urban Sketchers is a web site that features artwork from over 100 invited artists from 30 different countries.  Imaginative, delightful images are found there; it is an absorbing site and a feast for the eyes.

Above is a watercolor from Caroline who lives in Brittany.  Her blog is An English Artist in Brittany, where she shows some of her watercolors.  She says about this piece:
This beautiful 'maison de maitre' at Dinard was built in the late eighteen-hundreds and is called 'Les Roches Brunes'. It was bequeathed to the town and exhibitions are now held here.
 Here is a sketch by Rob entitled Budenfest found here, painted at a train station in Germany on September 10, 2011.

And below is another sketch by Rob from May, 2011, found here on Urban Sketchers where he writes:
It's been a very dry and warm spring in southern Germany this year. I've been zipping around on my little 50 cc scooter with my sketchbook, looking for little scenes like this to enjoy and draw. I pulled off the road at this spot near the village of Hertingen, watching a tractor plowing up the dry soil and enjoying a field of buttercups before me. Warm. Dry. Wonderful! 

Liz on Sketching Architecture featured this picture on Sept. 10, 2011 where she said...
I love the fluidity and forcefulness, the bold 3-dimensionality, adventurous complexity and all the fun games that are played with curved vs flat surfaces and all the crazy decoration. Today while tidying up my study/studio I came across a print out of a photo I took in Rome last year of a building that I didn't have the energy to sketch at the time.

Judy from the Netherlands sketched this on September 9, 2011.  She can be found at her blog where her sketch was featured here where she said...
The room is filled with the colours of the cyclamen. The flowers are totally odourless but when I let their colour "bleed" into the background, I always feel that I am painting flower fragrance.

Below is a scanned copy of my watercolor worksheet.  If you are not familiar with this "painting tool" mixture of colors on a grid, it is merely the original color of a certain named color down the left hand side of the page with its associated color painted to the right of the name.  Across the top, in the same order, are those same colors.  By mixing the colors, one on top of the other (after each color dab has thoroughly dried), the resulting hues are the combination of the two colors listed on the chart, going from left to right and top to bottom.  In using this worksheet, one never needs to wonder exactly what shade will result in the mixing of colors.

This is one of my watercolors from 2001 painted from a photo I took before a luncheon meal outside Volterra, Italy:

This is one of my watercolors from a vacation in Greece in 2001:

(size 11" x 14")

And thus concludes a blog foray into sketch art from various climes and times.

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Jobs? At What Cost?

After almost nineteen years in the restaurant business, the last two in which she co-managed a restaurant of 120 employees, our younger daughter was laid off this week. And are there any new jobs out there in the marketplace for her?  According to The Washington Post:
The Labor Department reported Thursday that jobless claims rose by 2,000 to 414,000 for the week ending Sept. 3. The department said last week that no net jobs were created in August.
(picture courtesy of CBS News)

Last night's speech, in which President Obama said "PASS THIS BILL"  (the $447 billion American Jobs Act proposal) more times than I bothered to count, was disappointing and disingenuous.  In less than 45 seconds:

From this site:
Essentially, the jobs plan is an IOU from a president and lawmakers who may not even be in office down the road when the bills come due. Today’s Congress cannot bind a later one for future spending. A future Congress could simply reverse it.

Currently, roughly all federal taxes and other revenues are consumed in spending on various federal benefit programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, food stamps, farm subsidies and other social-assistance programs and payments on the national debt. Pretty much everything else is done on credit with borrowed money.

So there is no guarantee that programs that clearly will increase annual deficits in the near term will be paid for in the long term.
The Los Angeles Times this morning said that Obama
... then provided a joint session of Congress with a broadly ambitious list of goals that sounded to many people very much like a lot more spending, like, say, the $787 billion economic stimulus bill of 2009 that didn't stimulate much of anything except that national debt.
I am so disheartened for my daughter Heidy.  She is a hard worker and I have been told by many of her co-workers that she rules fairly and with a velvet hammer.  Hopefully, she can obtain another position she likes and in which she will prosper.

My thoughts are with all those seeking work.

"It's recession when your neighbor loses his job, it's a depression when you lose your own."  Harry S. Truman

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

York, South Carolina

The weekend was spent with our daughter and SIL in York, SC.  Julie is feeling just fine, thank you, and is visited at home three times a week by an RN, and less than a dozen times a week by a CNA.  Her CA prognosis is up in the air, as a PET scan will be reviewed by the tumor board this week.  Her chemo has been suspended for a while as her tumors have responded well to the drugs.

We celebrated her birthday with presents, a lunch in Rock Hill, SC and champagne.  This is Julie:

Julie, Jack, Gene and Jack's dad on their porch...very hot and very humid!

Historic York and its ancient cemetery and tombstones gave a glimpse into the past and occupied some of our hot and humid time in the outdoors.  Next time, I will take pencil and paper for rubbings so I can get the oldest dates on the marble that have been obscured by moss and the ravages of weather.

Engraving on the stone above shows that Isabella Davis died in 1834, a consort of the Reverend William C. Davis.  A consort?  That was odd wording, but she would have been born in 1767, so terms were different back then.  (Mrs. Davis would certainly not know what a microwave, airplane, digital clock, battery or the internet was, so why do I think the term "consort" is odd?)

To round out the history of the graveyard, a Civil War veteran's stone:

Kudzu, originally imported from the Orient to prevent soil erosition, is an invasive species in the South, growing a foot a day under optimal conditions.  This picture showing kudzu covering both land and power lines is around the corner from Julie and Jack's house:

Historic homes abound in York, SC, population of about 10,000 people.  Here are a few old homes on Congress Avenue:

Now we are home.  The brief interruption in the South did allow one visit to a Pineville, NC yarn shop.  Yes,  the credit card was used for some pettable and pretty fibers at The Yarn Shop by Rainy Day Creations in Pineville.