9.25.2010

Spinning and watercolors

Not doing much but taking care of the recovering dog at this point, and the usual necessary things like work.

I did buy an E-reader, it was a spontaneous buy, I had some bonus money that I hadn’t used and was in Borders Books. I am always carrying books around and thought “what the heck?”. I love it, and now can’t imagine doing without it. Hundreds of books in a very small space that can be taken easily anywhere. I looked at them before but thought I would miss having the “book” in my hands. Well there is still knitting, spinning and watercolor books to buy, more room on my shelves for them.

I have also begun spinning again. Every time I start spinning again, I wonder at how much I enjoy it, and why did I stop?

The fleece is a BFL, a lovely dark brown, I was drawn to it because the color was quite dark, and I thought that unusual. I love the way it spins up. A pound is enough for me to really make something with it (I hope). It is  enough fiber to keep me busy for quite a while at the rate I’m going.

One skein done, yardage is approx 240, two ply and 4.4 oz. So I’m expecting about 654  870 yds from the pound.  I was hoping to work this into a sweater, not sure I’ll have enough. May have to mix it with something.

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I have done several watercolors, ordered several books from Amazon on watercolors. Found this interesting site with “lessons” Create38 from Vinita Pappas, she has free tutorials, I like the way she explains everything she is doing and why, while she paints. There is also forums, blog etc… Seems I have the watercolor fever.

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Breezy and tropical

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I did this really quickly, trying to loosen up and not over think things. Can you guess what the vegetables are? I was introduced to an interesting watercolor blog, The Twenty Minute Challenge. The simplicity of the paintings are beautiful.

10 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to do watercolors but am lost on much of what is required. Plus I have a cast on the arm I use.

    That said, I did purchase a "bamboo fun tablet" and can hold the mouse/pen quite easily so I am working on learning perspective and highlight/lowlight and stuff that is less painful when I can hit "undo" when it's wrong. :) Hopefully in another month or so I'll have at leas a tiny bit of background and can use the real deal.

    Thanks for the links. Going there now!

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  2. I completely agree with you on the spinning. I do the same thing. It looks nice and squishy!

    Your work with watercolors is wonderful, you can tell you are growing in your talent. Very lovely.

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  3. Dear Vicki,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. Your landscape has beautiful wash, wet in wet. I can tell what vegetable is. Step by step, watercolor techniques will be yours.
    I admire your skills for knitting and a spinning wheel. I have a sketch of a lady enjoying a wheel. Later, I'll upload it for the blog.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  4. Yay, nicely going with the watercolors, Vicki!
    Bytheway, can't remember if I did or not but, thank you for becoming my blog's 150th follower:):)

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  5. Thanks for that link to the 20 min. challenge. That's exactly what I need to loosen up with my painting.

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  6. Vicki, I absolutely love your watercolors. If I could paint like that I would probably stop spinning too.
    Congrats on your e-reader purchase. Aren't they wonderful?

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  7. You're a wonder... watercolor, knitting, spinning, working, nursing Syd, being a wife... wow!

    Questions:

    1. Do you get graphics on your E-Reader?
    2. What is "BFL"? (I'll probably be embarrassed that I asked that.. but, oh well ;-)

    You're making fast strides in your paintings... and I'm not at all surprised! Keep going!

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  8. Spinning and watercolor fever - Nice!

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  9. I've been spinning lately as well and I wonder the same thing. I love it, but I just don't do it often enough. Some day I would love to have a wheel but for now my kick spindle is sufficient.

    I finally picked up my pencils again and I have so far to go to get back to where I was before. I'm getting there, though.

    You do beautiful work. I'm hoping to get to my paints soon.

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  10. I'm fascinated by spinning! I wanted to try it once but decided that with all my other hobbies, I'd better not start another one - instead I will appreciate that skill in others. That yarn does look nice.

    I think I recognize all the vegetables except the large one on the right side, is that something cut in half? You did this all in 20 minutes? ! that's amazing.

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