Sunday, 29 March 2015
It would seem that this knitter was a complete con-artist - 'knitter' and 'con-artist' are not two words I would expect to appear in the same sentence. The man went up to London to collect his cardigan, had a cursory look at it before paying up and going home. Upon taking the cardigan out of the bag at home and inspecting it closer, he discovered that quite a few elements were missing....most of the aeroplanes in fact. He brought this travesty to show me and I was shocked to see that this unscrupulous person had omitted any design whatsoever on the back of the cardigan - it's supposed to look like this:
The gentleman emailed the knitter straight away, but as you will not be surprised to hear, had no reply. Someone somewhere pocketed a fee for some very shoddy workmanship. What baffles me is how they expected to get away with it - although obviously they did! The pattern has a chart for each piece, clearly showing the aeroplanes - they are the main feature of the garment. The written instructions are simple and easy to follow, no excuse for anything to sag or bag.
I am surprised that the man bothered to try another knitter to be honest - but I am very glad it was me. The cardigan I knitted has all the planes, stretch-proofed integral pockets, a zipper, roll-back cuffs and a non-saggy collar. Which is what he should have got in the first place.
Maybe it's because I'm a Sagittarian, but I hate injustice of any kind and this one got me very cross indeed. Not only was it a very unfair thing to do to a client, it gives the rest of us who have integrity a bad name. I am left wondering how many other people this unscrupulous knitter has duped in the past and whether it is still going on.
It's not my place to pursue this, although I feel I would love to name and shame; I just needed to have a bit of a rant. It's a sad old world when even a knitter will rip you off.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Thursday, 19 March 2015
This has been drawn using Derwent Drawing Pencils on a blue/grey pastel paper. I just love doing this kind of dog portrait...or any kind of dog portrait for that matter!
So I am once again free for commission - just get in touch.
In the meantime, I'm knitting Easter eggs; very, very small ones...
Monday, 16 March 2015
Firstly, I hope you all enjoyed your Mothers Day yesterday - mine was pretty good, although probably not everyone's cup of tea. My lovely daughter made this suncatcher card for me - I think it took a very long time!
I also painted my sentry box blue last week - it's such a pretty colour that I was tempted to paint everything else blue as well, but then commonsense prevailed!
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Having looked at these, I think it is time I went through my portfolio and put some of the oldies but goodies up for sale rather than have them languish hidden away.
On the needles - still that big cardigan
Sewing a tree (as you do...)
On the easel, a dog portrait
Thursday, 5 March 2015
This has been painted in watercolours using a limited palette of Cerulean blue, indigo and purple. I used clingfilm to get the rippled effect on the background, and salt on the fronds of the jellyfish to add a lacy texture. No matter how many different versions of this I paint, it never gets boring. This is now for sale in my Etsy shop.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Still knitting the big cardigan with the planes, and currently sewing a very complicated small embroidered fish...but I MUST make time to paint, withdrawal symptoms kicking in.