Friday, December 30, 2011

Fingerless Mittens

These fingerless mittens are newly finished and I can't wait to wear them. Inspired by the Composed Mitts I mixed up the colors and yarns, using wool, mohair, and a little cashmirino. I shortened the original design and changed the thumb opening.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Knitting in the Nordic Tradition

I walk while I knit! People are amazed and think I am very talented, but perhaps it is just genetic.
Knitting in the Nordic Tradition was in my stocking this year. I am drawn to the Faroe Islands Knitting as well as the Shetland Island traditions for two reasons, my mother is of Norwegian decent and my father of Irish. That really only counts as one reason, the other is that these islanders lived in a place that had limited natural resources and they sold their exquisite handmade treasures as a part of their livelihood. I live in a tourist town that is much like an island, it is a small peninsula on a larger peninsula, which is remote in that there is one road in and one road out. You can also access it by boat. I am hoping to create my own independent economy!
Now for a little trick, winding yarn. If you like to knit or crochet by pulling the yarn from the center of the skein, first loop the loose end of your yarn around your thumb and pinkie about 8 times. Fold this in half keeping the end hanging down and away from the loop. Wrap this ring of yarn around your thumb and continue to wrap the rest of the yarn around and around keeping track of the original tail. When you come to the end, wind the yarn around the center of your skein about 6 times and tuck in the end. Be sure not to wind too tightly as it supposedly stretches the yarn and reshapes it.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hang on We've Almost Survived Christmas

This is my personal painting of The Scream. I gave it to a friend of mine. I hope that she finds comfort in it. I think it pretty much sums up how we all feel once in a while.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Tree oil painting and New York City

I dug out a couple of old oil paintings for fun. The Christmas tree was painted from life and it is really amazing how much color is captured compared to painting from photographs.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Amazing Portrait

Tonight was Gallery Walk in Port Townsend, our little city was buzzing with Christmas Cheer and interesting art.
Recently I checked out an American Artist magazine and ran across an article about Nelson Shanks. His portraits are right up my alley. Colors and images that appeal to me. Like a small child, I try to immitate what impresses me by copying. My intention is not to copy his portrait, but to use it as inspiration and infuse my own creative ideas.