2018 finished paintings

Here are all my completed paintings from 2018. Most are sold, but a few are available in my Etsy shop. If you would like me to paint from your own photos, please ask me. I have a very competitive price list. 🙂

 

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knitting: a shawl in Lion brand cotton

I figured out how to make the shape of shawl I was going for after last month’s fail. This one is exactly what I wanted. The triangle drifts off to the side, and the pattern is simple garter stitch, no frills, so the colors do all the talking.

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I used Lion brand cotton yarn, and am very happy with it. I bought two skeins because I thought the yardage (380) wouldn’t be enough, but it worked out just fine. Size 11 needles, so it only took a few days. Since I have an extra skein, I’ll just have to knit a second one that someone will get next Christmas. 🙂

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The color is called “flower garden.” I think how it knits up is different than how it looks in the skein photo. All my eye really sees in the finished garment is “pink.”

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It reminds me of the milk left over after you’ve eaten your Fruit Loops.

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I would definitely buy this yarn again. It is soft, easy to work with, and has a nice drape.

beautiful tote bag

I know we’re getting close to Christmas and we are all shopped-out, but my sister just listed this beautiful tote bag in her Etsy store. She always makes unique items, and her craftsmanship is excellent.  Maybe you will feel like giving yourself a treat with this pretty bag? SOLD, Thank you!

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She ships from Japan, and she is still listing it for free shipping.

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.