knitting:multi-color shawl

I kept looking at the Mandala yarn at Walmart, because they have such pretty self-striping colors, and they are only $4.98. I figured even if the result wasn’t high quality, at least it would be a painless lesson in figuring out how to make a triangle shape. I really wanted to make a lop-sided triangle, so I did learn what I needed to know. Even though this made a traditional triangle.

I love the colors. Daughter says these are “sad” colors, but I think it looks like a Hoggwarts shawl. If they throw all their colors together.

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It’s straight stockingnet, because I wanted the colors to do their own shining.

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I used size 7 needles. Next time I’d use 10 or 11s, and two balls of the yarn instead of one.

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I cast on five stitches, then added one stitch every other row. That’s it.

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One ball of yarn made a shawl big enough to knot over your shoulders, without extra drape.

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I like shawls that wind around a couple times like a scarf, so definitely two balls of yarn are needed. I don’t love acrylic, but it sure is warm. If it pills the first or second time I wear it, I’ll edit this so you know.

painting: a hare and a horse (10/09/18)

These both have a slat frame, but Home Depot stopped selling the wood I liked. This is thinner, and a touch narrower. I guess I like it okay, maybe the other kind was too heavy? It’s just odd when someplace stops selling something. There’s not even a slot and label for it anymore, so it’s not coming back.

This Belgian hare was at the fair a couple years ago. I don’t know if they make good pets–you just never see them. I sure like their litheness, and thin features.

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Hare 12″x16″ oil on stretched canvas. Available in my etsy shop. SOLD, Thank you. 😀

And this horse is just fun. What a mash of colors.

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11″x14″ oil on stretched canvas. Also in my etsy shop. SOLD, Thank you.  😀

painting: bay horse glance (10/01/18)

Whew, are we really closing in on the end of 2018? It sure went by like nothing flat.

In anticipation of the Christmas holiday, I have everything in my etsy shop at 10% off. Can I afford to do that? No. Am I doing it anyway? Go take a look! Everything new I list this month will be included in the sale, including this beautiful bay horse giving a flirty look back.

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I’m sure it won’t be in stock long, so don’t miss out. 😀

12″x12″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.