Well I went to my first class in sketching and drawing on Thursday and I really enjoyed it. As it was the first week I think it was more for the tutor to assess what level we were all at. We were given large pieces of paper, easels and charcoal to draw various items on a table e.g. wine bottles, glasses, pieces of flint, pine cones and a vase. Apparently we are all pretty good at getting the proportions right and were taught a measuring method to help with it. Drawing with charcoal was something I had never done before but I really enjoyed it. I got extremely messy and was a bit paranoid about getting black smudges all over my face. I want to push my own limits if I can so I tried to use all of the paper(A2 size) and not draw tiny pictures. We have homework, to get a sketch book and draw as much as we can and we have to draw an apple!! We are working on drawing what we SEE not what our brain tells us is there. I’m really looking forward to next week now!
Sparkleknits has knitted two Odessa Hats, pattern by Grumperina and I wanted to give it a go myself. I cast on with some cream Debbie Bliss Rialto DK last Sunday but by Monday evening I realised there was not enough yarn in the ball to make an entire hat so I frogged it. But by then I was hooked on the stitch pattern, there’s a ssk and a yo which gives a really nice stretch spiral pattern. I had a root around in my stash and discovered some Elle Stretch DK in a maroon/burgundy colour that I wanted to make long socks from. And then I had a lightbulb *ping* moment “I could knit stretchy Odessa patterned long socks”!! So I have begun a toe up sock with the Elle Stretch on 3.25mm dpns using the Odessa stitch pattern on a widdershins sock pattern. It’s working ok so far. I’m about to turn the heel which may be challenging but I’m gonna give it my best shot.
P.S the pic is the Three Little Pigs jumper I made being modelled by it’s owner and I think he looks extremely cute in it!!