December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory… ―
This mornings constitutional with Sherman was all about December’s wintery breath… and frost on the ground! It was a morning that we needed our woolies!! The frosty cold weather showed me clearly that I need a new pair of walking mitts! I am going to toss the handspun stash this morning to see what I can find to make myself a new pair of mitts!
The weekend had a bit of a mad rush feeling to it. A throwback to days long gone… perhaps you all will remember as well. That mad dash to get back on the “School Track” because vacation is over! Yep, that was me… I realized that I had homework due on Monday! Yikes! So I hurried and watched the video and then spent a chunk of Sunday getting the homework done. I am sharing my attempt at making an ordinary window box extraordinary. There is lots of room for improvement… lol.
In the plus column… my washes have improved dramatically. I think this is a combination of using better paper (I am strictly using Arches paper now) coupled with my better understanding of how to apply a wash. Anyways, I am very proud of how I have improved!
In the needs lots more practice column… graded “things” … and in this image, the graded thing is flowers. I have much to learn in this skill. Good thing I like painting as much as I do! Haha
I also gleefully dipped my toes back into doing some embroidery this weekend. I saw these thanks to Kym last week and while I am not making a set of ornaments… I have purchased the pattern, blown it up a bit and have begun Star Stitching! I will share my progress on Wednesday!
And!! Gnoelle (thanks Vera, that name is perfect!) Knitting has begun! No spoilers, but let me assure you that thus far (two clues in) the differences are so fun! I am amazed at the genius of Sarah Schira! Not only does December have knitting clues, but she includes a fun story as well! December Gnome Knitting at its best!
Happy Monday all! See you back here on Wednesday with some Unraveling!
I think your window box watercolor is stunning! I don’t think I’m a good judge of washes and graded things, but I would hang this one up! And you’ve got a lovely week of making ahead of you with stitching, new mitts, and Gnoelle taking shape. Enjoy!
I am very impressed by your painting. Well done!
Count me as another who really likes your window box painting Kat. I think it is lovely. Those snowflake/star embrodery pieces are so pretty – hope you share soon and I cannot wait to see Gnoelle!!
I am loving your window box, and am so impressed with the improvement you make each time. Those snowflakes or stars look fun.
I absolutely LOVE your paintings!!! The windowbox is amazing. I am in awe. 🙂
I think your painting is lovely. Happy Monday, Kat!
I know you’re a lot more critical than anyone else of your work, but I think your painting is lovely! I noticed some iced-over puddles out there today, though I’m sure they’ll soon melt. You will be able to use some cozy handspun mitts for a while, though!
Arches is the paper for the watercolor win! I want to use up other papers but they are just awful to use…ugh. Your painting is lovely and inspiring.
I think your watercolor is really beautiful! Hope you have a good week!
Oh my goodness. Your painting is beautiful. I would hang that up in a minute. Handspun mittens will be so warm and great to knit. I wore a hat I knit from handspun and a strand of Kid Silk Haze. It’s a great feeling to wear a handknit handspun anything.
I’m still rereading the fact that you painted that in…less than a day!!?!
I love painting with you “virtually,” Kat. And you’re right! Your painting has improved so much. 🙂 A combination of good materials AND consistent practice make all the difference in the world. And those snowflakes are just wonderful.