Monday, January 23, 2017

Moody

Wow, January is just hard.  My mood rallies and plunges according to the whims of the universe, what they say on CNN, Vitamin D.  There is so much to worry about, I think, and I am very good at worrying.  I am wearing my latest FO, a mashup of Misa Erder's Lisbon pullover (bottom-up construction and stitch counts) and Ryrau (colorwork chart, which I modified).  This is my fourth and final attempt at using my stash of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, in the wonderfully golden "Hayloft", and I promised myself that if this sweater didn't work out, I would throw it to the wolves and be done with it, so it is happy thing indeed that I am pleased with the results here.  Cramming the 34-stitch pattern repeat for the Ryrau chart into the stitch counts required for the yoke of the Lisbon pattern required me to finagle a little and simplify the original chart, and there was some self-congratulatory fist pumping when the math worked.  So what is that, four finished sweaters for 2017, and we are three weeks into January?  Yikes.  I am knitting too much, and my wrists are in trouble, so there will be a week or so of me sitting here in the evenings wondering what these strange empty things at the ends of my arms are for.   I'll sit down in front of the Netflix machine and, what, just watch?  
There has lately been a huge flock of robins hanging around our crabapple tree, feasting on the leftover raisins and chirping to each other.  If I open the window to see them better, they scatter to the walnut tree at the edge of the orchard, regrouping, deciding whether I am anything to worry about.  If I were a believer in signs and omens, I would assign some portent to this giant congregation of tough little neighbors clustering outside my window.  There are many long months to go until Spring, but the robins are here, and they will be ready when it comes.  Meanwhile, a new idea has emerged from my moody January brain, and I am spending some of these winter hours painting and drawing various perching birds (borrowed reference material from google images) and trying to figure them out.  I might spend the whole winter doing this, just painting birds.  The sun will come up, every day, whether I can see it or not. 

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful sweater and lovely drawings! I'd say you have things covered pretty well. :-)

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  2. I LOVE that sweater. Pattern, colour, fit...it is just gorgeous.

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  3. Just so perfect. I love the colour yarn, the simple shape and that gorgeous border. Beautiful!
    You are so creative and talented Kristen, the bird paintings are wonderful. Hopefully less strain on your wrists too, how can you have made so many jumpers in so few weeks?!!
    Take care and may Spring some swiftly!
    Gill xx

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  4. The sweater looks so beautiful!

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  5. Wow! Four sweaters done already this year. That's pretty amazing! I really like this one and your drawing is enviable:)

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  6. Beautiful sweater.... the 4th this year? Wow. The paintings of the birds are magical, can't stop looking at it, you are able capture them so well.

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  7. Four sweaters in just 23 days of this year? Your hands are gonna fall off! Beautiful sweater and colorwork. Use those empty things at the end of your arms to pat yourself on the back - you certainly deserve it.

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  8. The sweater is stunning and testament to your talent. You are also a very talented artist, your watercolours are a joy to see, beautiful.

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  9. Love the sweater. Pretty color and design. And the bird paintings are wonderful.

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  10. My word...you aren't only a crafty lady, but a genuine artist...those birds are absolutely gorgeous!

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  11. Just beautiful! And so envious of all of your handiwork - both knitting and painting. Please make some of your watercolors available for purchase - please???

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  12. Just a beautiful sweater. January can be a tough month for a lot of people. Instead of saying "I am worried about that", try saying, "I'm thinking about that". Saying it differently has helped me and I am a worrier too. It never helps to worry and as we both know, it doesn't do anything anyway right?
    Stick to your knitting and your lovely we sketching/painting, which are just wonderful. You are good! Have a happy day.

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  13. Who just watches telly for heavens sake!!! Not me lady. It is just not enough. I love your sweater, I had my mum here for two hours on Monday trying to do the maths for my patterned sweater she is making for me - it is a two woman job here, I will post it soon. Jo x

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  14. Love the watercolors. I've hated Januarys and Februarys since junior high. I believe I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Lots of plans and very little accomplishing it seems like. Keep painting! Helen

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  15. Beautiful sweater! The colour is so pretty.

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  16. I adore your beautiful watercolour birds. I wish I could paint like that, and if I could, I would definitely spend a whole season painting them. How talented you are! Meg:)

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