Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Knitting, painting, and finishing The Wave.

 Hubby's away this week, all week, and I'm on a mission to finish up some projects while at the same time taking advantage of the freedom from meal making to relax a little. I am doing what moves me at the time while taking the time to breathe deeply, savor the moments and to just be. A good way to slow down is to pick up pencils and brushes.

Because it is done in my sketchbook, I'm not worried about the finished product. It's all about the process and maybe learning something new.

Last night, I took advantage of a lull in the rain to go out and pick a fresh bunch of flowers. I took this pic at dusk.My bungalow is small but it is cozy. I surround myself with the colors and patterns that I love at the time. The lampshade is a recent addition that I picked up from Home Sense. It is a soft gray with embossed trees.

Since I can't get around as much as I'd like (gardening is OK if I move slowly) because of my hip, I've been keeping busy with my knitting. I've finished 3 baby afghans all except for some end weaving.

When I'm ready to sit in my corner nest with ice packs or heat, I make sure I'm surrounded by everything I need for a while. The only thing missing below is my tea!

This is the Spiral Stairway shawl that I also started a few weeks ago. It's nearly finished. I love the variegated blues and greens. It is Borroco Baboli Lace.

Finally, I've taken  the time to get back to putting the finishing touches on The Wave which is based on a picture of my son surfing last winter on the south coast of Nova Scotia near where he lives.

Ha, I just noticed how the scarf colors match. All that remains is to add the batting and do some quilting lines. I struggled a bit with the water; I've not tried stitching it before. And I may have added more stitching than I needed to. Learning when to stop is an art. I'm pretty pleased with it though.

I'm linking to The Needle and Thread Network.


Laurel's Stitches said...

What gorgeous results, Holly! You have captured the ocean wonderfully in your surfing piece. Beautiful!

Mereknits said...

Enjoy your special time alone. It is a special gift to have time to do exactly what you want when you want to. Those baby blankets are wonderful. Take care of that hip.

Mystic Quilter said...

The Wave is beautiul, you must be so pleased with it. You have a very inviting corner there it'a a great idea!
Hope you manage to spend time on your stitching while you have a few days to yourself.

Angela said...

Gorgeous work! Enjoy your time on your own!

rtquilter said...

Your surfer looks GREAT Holly! Well done!!

Connections Fibre Artists said...

The WAVE looks fabulous !!!!
As do your baby afghans !
Sorry to hear that your hip is bothering you :(
Isn't it so relaxing when you get a few days alone ? I treasure that time ;)