The last two lessons at college have been on life drawing. I was quite nervous about doing this at first but once we got going it really was ok. My tutor was very good and referred to the model as ‘the figure’ for most of the lessons which made it easier and less embarrassing. Last week we did charcoal sketches and the emphasis was on getting the essence of the figure within the picture. We focussed on tone and using texture/line to show the shape of the body. This week the emphasis was on proportion so we used pencil and spent a lot of time measuring size and angles. Both were quite hard work, especially as it’s very obvious to the human eye when you have drawn a figure wrongly but it takes a bit of thinking to figure out why they drawing isn’t working. I measured some angles wrongly at first this week and the model ended up with very wide and short legs, when I realised I had done this I was able to fix it but it took a little while to get there.
There hasn’t been much knitting this week unfortunately. Work has been very manic so I’ve not felt like doing much when I get home in the evening. I have made some progress with the Autumn scarf but only a few rows really, it’s now 50% completed. Last week I finished the Clapotis for mum and she’s really pleased with it. I love the Noro long colour changes and it was fine to knit with but it feels really rough to me. I’d love to knit my own Clapotis but I need to find a non-itchy yarn with lovely colours that I can use. We only had one skein of the Noro (420m) so I did 5 increase repeats (83sts wide) and 18 repeats of the straight section which almost used up the entire ball so I think I used about 400m for the whole scarf. The pattern is really nice to knit, it requires a slight amount of concentration but not enough so that you can’t watch tv at the same time.
It’s been very cold in the UK this week so I’ve been using my hot water bottle but as Jane says I’d like to knit a cover for it. So I think I’m going to attempt the same pattern she did but I will probably leave the cables in as I’ve never knitted cables before so it will be a good first cabling project.
Talking of cables I was in Next today and they have this lovely flared tank top and I’m either going to buy one or knit one – I shall probably buy one as it’s quicker!! But I do think it’s a nice use of cables and bobbles and the flaredness means it is flattering, which is always a bonus. [edited: I went to Next on Sunday and tried this top on and it really DOESN’T suit me. I still like the idea but the patterned bust area was not good for my figure]