Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Today I:

  • had a raspberry soy smoothie and a cup of coffee for breakfast
  • am drinking coffee with cream
  • walked away from a free lunch presentation to eat my burritos
  • wonder what the hell is wrong with me about that
  • am still a disgruntled worker

Black Alpaca Basketweave Scarf

Pattern: my own, whoop-de-doo.

Yarn: I'm fairly certain this is Blue Sky Alpaca Chunky (I lost the label); 2 whole skeins

Edit: It's Catalina Chunky (100g/109 yds. ea. skein)

Size: one size

This was just a 3s/3r basketweave, over and over again. I mostly knit this up at S'nB meetings because it required very little attention while still being very pleasant. (Ahh, alpaca!) I think tonight I'm going to start a pair of alpaca wristwarmers so that I won't be carrying my niece's around with me everywhere.

Learning to Paint
Every now and then I try to learn to oil paint. This has been happening for about 6 or 7 years now, without much result. (My bouts of painting are usually very brief and filled with scowling and drop cloths.) I was actually getting somewhere with a couple paintings... and then I lost them.
I did this still life study in orange and blue about two years ago when I was taking beginning painting classes in the evenings. I was in school for architecture, so I eventually stopped going after about three nights because I lacked the energy needed for any level of enthusiasm. (This happens a lot when I'm in school.)

I think it's an okay study. I'm posting it so that you can see the approximate level of my oil painting skills. This way, when/if I post the painting I started MLK Day, you, my faithful reader, will be able to say, "Oh, man, that painting is really terrible compared to her earlier stuff!" or possibly, "Wow! She's gotten so much better!", etc.

Last night, I:

  • had tater tots for dinner with a Harpoon Ale
  • started reading Mary Stewart's This Rough Magic
  • cast on another pair of aquamarine Lamb's Pride Super Wash socks
  • discovered I work with one of the women from my Mandarin class (I thought she looked familiar!)
  • discovered I am so rusty that I will have to work hard to stay ahead of the beginners in the class

1 comment:

Lissy said...

I think the painting is swell. Can we see a closer shot of it? You seem to be pretty well-rounded, art-talent-wise. You have a way with a brush AND a bar o soap! I say keep at it.