30 Oct 2015

Here a pumpkin, there a pumpkin...

There are pumpkins everywhere these days. I've seen so many types: huge, small, and the unusual. In the spirit of the season, I thought I'd share a few pics, along with a short video.



We recently went to the village and saw a spectacular display...aptly named Pumpkin Inferno. What you will see is a small example from 6 thousand carved pumpkins, including Jack in the boxes, huge carved archways, Chinese lanterns, monarch butterflies, etc.

Taken with the flash on..so much nicer if taken in the dark, but tricky to take without a tripod.

video

Vines
A parliament of owls.

I've been having a problem with my internet connection, so unfortunately I can't upload another video, or check to see if the one I uploaded works. I hope it does.

So I'll close with a drawing of Edgar Allan Poe; he definitely fits in with the  season. Who can forget his poem The Raven.
Have a safe and happy Hallowe'en!

23 Oct 2015

Knitting with a Helper

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am knitting another pair of Rosetta Mitts  in Classic Elite Yarns Fresco, colourway Superman Yellow. I checked my closet to be sure and found out that these mitts are the one and only piece of yellow clothing that I own. Yellow is a wonderful colour, but I don't look that great it in. (Who knows perhaps there are different shades that might work.)

  Recently, a knitting buddy arrived.  Like most knitters, Sadie loves yarn and has gotten into my knitting twice. It's a good thing I knit tight because she has dragged the the yarn and needles all over. 

Hmmm an empty shopping bag. I don't think so.
My toys are tedious! So foot stool beware. "A girl just gotta have fun."

Sadie will be visiting for another week...batten down the hatches!

I hope you all had a great week. Enjoy the weekend...

5 Oct 2015

Bird and Butterfly

Thank you for your lovely comments about my Rosetta Mitts pattern! There has been a lot of downloads on Raverly. I'd love to see these mitts knit with different yarns and colours. I am knitting another pair in Superman Yellow, using Classic Elite Yarns Fresco.

 Before I post a picture of my latest painting, I want to share a few pictures of wild flowers and something unusual that I ran into lately. That's the great thing about nature if you are looking you just might see something that you've never seen before. In this case, it was my son who pointed out this unusual bug to me. Apparently, some of us have our heads in the clouds.
While I was trying to capture a picture of this monarch butterfly, a dragonfly landed on my hand. He left and came back and was on my hand when I took this pic.  My son took a picture with his phone, but unfortunately it's fuzzy.
I think these are wild cucumber.
A leaf bug. I couldn't believe it...we actually saw two.  As you can see from his eye, he has a giant attitude.

My painting "board" is foam board. Balanced on the tray, it's the perfect height for me.  I can draw on it and because it's so cheap, I'll throw it out when it gets dirty. 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I'd like to open an Etsy shoppe, so I've been busy looking for printers etc. We have several printers in town, but, unfortunately, not one focuses on watercolour prints. In particular, I would like to order Giclee prints. I am in the process of sourcing printers in Toronto. Hopefully, I'll have something on the go soon.

Enjoy the week...
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