Friday, June 14, 2019

Lots of Beginnnings

 The best beginning was the one that began yesterday -- the beginning of summer vacation. I have plenty of work to do, but at least it's on my schedule. On my very first morning, I was able to join the Plein Air painting group at Donald County Park, where I painted an outcrop:
I think it needs a few finishing touches.

Later, I started in with some summer reading. I usually avoid popular fiction, but this has gotten so much publicity, I had to find out for myself if it's worth all the buzz.
If you've read it ... no spoilers, please.

I started a hat pattern, Hoopla, from PomPom magazine. I have a small collection of these beautiful magazines, but I haven't actually knit anything from them. Their patterns tend to be a bit complicated. 

This hat, for example, has a Latvian Braid, something I've always wanted to learn. I did learn in a class a few years ago, but I've forgotten everything from that. It turns out that You Tube has some pretty good tutorials.
Wah-Lah! I did it! The pattern is from this issue:
 And, I've found some time to hang around with one of my favorite girls:
Now, I just need some sunny weather for sun-dying cloth, and I'll be all set.


16 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a pretty productive first day. Hope your summer vacation is full of all the things you love.

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  2. Hooray! You have made an impressive start in enjoying your vacation time. I admire your painting and knitting and ability...attention to detail is ever a challenge for me in life, but I am grateful to be able to try various creative pursuits and appreciate the productive talents of folks like you, Deborah! xx

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  3. Happy Summer Vacation!
    As always I love seeing your sketching. The closest I come to sketching anymore is to watch other people do it on You Tube. Lol.
    I keep putting that book in my Audible cart and then taking it out. I'll be curious to know what you think about it.

    That hat is beautiful. I did a Latvian braid on a cowl a while back and it was a real head scratcher but turned out to be very pretty.

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  4. Happy Summer Vacation! Your painting is lovely as is your hat start!

    No spoilers, but to tell you that I truly loved Where The Crawdads Sing (and I hope you do too!)

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  5. I love Pom Pom but I too have not knit much from them. The hat is gorgeous, I really must make an effort to make more from this wonderful magazine! Have a fabulous break.

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  6. Ooh! Your hat is going to be lovely! Can't wait to hear what you think of the book. While I have it on my To Read list, I've been rebelling against its popularity. Perhaps I'll read it one day, when all the hoop-la has died down.

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  7. Enjoy your summer vacation! Your hat looks great, I love the braiding on it. Cathy x

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  8. Love your painting! I've never painted plein air, but always wanted too. Maybe I should dig out the old water colours...

    Kitty is just too sweet.

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  9. love your plein air painting!! I live in a tiny town, I'd be painting by myself. However, my husband is doing pastels and maybe I can convince him to join me :) I want to read that book but waiting for an easier price point or drop on Kindle. As for your hat, beautiful! Congrats on making it to SUMMER VACATION!!!!!

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  10. Hooray for summer vacation! Your painting is lovely. Your Latvian braid is a nice touch for a hat. I did them on some color work mittens but I'd have to find a tutorial in order to do them again.

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  11. Enjoy every minute of your summer break. The hat is going to be lovely - happy knitting.

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  12. There's nothing quite like summer vacation! :-) Enjoy! XO

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  14. YAY for summer vacation! I did a Latvian braid on a sock and loved it. I also read Crawdads and enjoyed - it's a good summer read.

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  15. Today was sunny in Lake Geneva! Hope the sun shone on you too!!!!I love your painting

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  16. Ohhh what a sweet kitten, kiss kiss!! I thought about learning knitting via You Tube but have not been serious enough. You are indeed talented, I can't paint anything unless if painting like a 2 year old counts. :) Have a great week!!

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