Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Knitting and blogging – blogging and knitting…..

I have been knitting with a little crocheting thrown in….No more quilting for a while. I carefully organized my projects in all stages of their development and put them away for next year. We head back up to Maine in the not so distant future and I want to leave everything here in order. So directions, patterns, pieces and fabric are all packed neatly and will be ready when I come back next fall.
The new knitting bag is from Sarasota’s wonderful new yarn shop A Good Yarn. You can visit Susan’s shop by clicking here. The knitting bag is already full of yarn. I haven’t knit for many years but I am enjoying it very much. The shop is full of energy so it’s fun just to go there and knit.

However, I have to have something going on…..I am almost finished my Granny Square afghan in bright Kaffe Fassett colors and of course there will have to be one for Jack in more muted colors. L1030095
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I made a scarf. I can’t seem to get a good picture of it but there are felted flowers attached to the yarn.
But the most fun of all has been knitting socks!!!! Not fun if you drop a stitch – the eyes are not what they used to be.
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And then my friend Jackie in the UK got me started on Virtual Painter which you can read about here. The new header is done with VP with a little help from PhotoScape and Picasa. I would love to find one program that does it all! There probably is but I haven’t found it yet.
IMG_1460 becomes a gothic oil painting
gothic oil
or impasto with a tile background
pink impasto
or a linear style.
I will be playing with this program for quite a while as I redo my sidebar. Stay tuned. Back to the socks!


Anonymous said...

the photo's look great using the Virtual Painter Classic programme. You have been very busy wth the knitting, using VP and the wonderful slideshow.

Great work, wonderful friend,
take care, Jackie in Surrey,UK

John said...

Carol, you never cease to amaze us with your creative abilities. Your afghan is truly beautifully bright! I love the new program. What fun it must be. The slide show in your sidebar is sweet.

John & Dean

Bella said...

Love your knitting projects. And those photos - isn't it amazing what you can do on computers? They look great. I'll look forward to seeing your other creations.

Kate at Serendipity said...

Carol, I love the new header. I was studying it and wondering where it came from. Aren't you clever!

I'm impressed that you can knit socks. I have friends who do, and I love the socks, but I can't ever seem to get it right...

Have a great trip up to Maine.

Lilly's Home said...

Awesome! I love to see anyone using yarn to create beautiful things!
Thanks for the info on VP...your pictures are stunning...I'm impressed!
Loved your visit!
Have and happy day!

Mary said...

Carol, you are so talented with a needle. It's a skill that has eluded me so I'm always in awe of those can work with them. Your photos are terrific. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh my so many great things in one post! LOVE the exuberant afghan. My Mom knitted constantly -- and there is still a backlog of afghans, never used, stacked up in our family beach house. I think there are about a dozen... just enough for each of her grown grandchildren to have as a keepsake.

My niece is expecting twins, and the first thing my sister and I thought was, "Oh no! who is going to make all the baby sweaters and booties?" So, I'm dusting off my knitting needles too -- I learned when I was 7. Time to get back in the game. Isn't knitting and other handwork fun? And you MAKE something tht doesn't get eaten or thrown out!

I am going to have to check out the Virtual Painter site. that looks like a LOT of fun!


Maria@ChicaBellaCrafts said...

You are quite the knitter. I'd love some cozy socks like that in the winter. Thanks for the link to virtual painter, i'll have to give it a try. Looks like fun. Hope your having a wonderful week.

Maggie B said...

Is there no end to your creative talents, first you wow us with the quilts, then knitting scarves, socks & afghans. Now you're turning your wonderful photo's into masterpieces. Chapeau, Madame.

Sarah said...

Carol, ditto what Maggie had to say. Your are one talented lady. Love seeing the knitting projects and the beautiful flowers.

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