My First Sweater!
I’ve been working hard at learning to knit this year. My first lessons were in April and I’ve working on cowls, some lace, shawls and hyperbolic crochet (for the Washington DC area Coral Reef Project at the Smithsonian).
This is my first sweater. I’m very proud of it, the pattern is the Gathered Cable Pullover and it’s sold through Interweave. I used Silky Wool which feels like a washed t-shirt after it’s been blocked and washed. Very very nice!
My sister is in town visiting, we had our birthday recently and its been wonderful celebrating with her. She used to claim to be the oldest, but once we hit 40 (which hurts when it hits back!) but since she’s in my timezone she’s once again older than me. So order is once again restored to the world!
Egg 26, Duane Keiser
Last night was an odd one for me. I worked some on my silverpoint class from last week, mainly evening out the shadows. I did add some background shadows but not much.
I went to a new page in my moleskine and tried several portraits. None of them worked well so I gave in and watched Robs amazing watercolor sketch demo.
I also brought in several of my Duane Keiser paintings from his One Dozen Eggs paintings. Rob spent about 15-20 minutes talking about them with the class. It was really interesting to see through his eyes four paintings that I love so much.
Duane your work is well loved!
Yesterday afternoon a storm hit the metro DC area that was brutal. I’ve lost a huge limb of the tree out back of my house and I think I’m going to have to have the tree cut down, I post a photo in a bit.
There is a huge limb that fell from my tree and slammed into my neighbor’s fence, shed and is occupying his entire yard. A tree across the alley shed a huge branch with totaled my neighbor’s truck as well and his next door neighbor’s car as well.
When I say huge, I mean these branches weigh between 300-400lbs at least. Several were tossed 20-40 feet in the air.
I was at work when all this happened. I noticed it had gone grey/dark and looked out a window, At first I thought it was snowing. Turns out I was looking at small hail flinging about sideways. When I checked the weather forecast on the net it said max of 37 mph winds. Yeah, 37 mph my Uncle Bob.
So I had no power and my street looked like a war zone. It took well over an hour just to get home on the metro.
Today was cleanup day, I took my truck into the back alley and two neighbors and I loaded 4 truckloads of limbs into my trusty Toyota. I then drove to the front of the house and left them curbside so the city can deal with them. We cleaned out as much as we could of our yards and even the pain in the butt neighbor’s yard so she wouldn’t have to deal with it.
I was a good citizen today.