Thursday, 6 August 2009

Five Potato, Six Potato, Seven Potato More.....


The above is the sum total of my painting over the past 10 days! Still one more specimen lurking at the back of my fridge which hopefully will be done today, and then I can get on with finishing the potato plant painting which has had to go on the back burner while I rushed through the live potatoes before they start to spoil and change colour.

I do hope that this book job doesn't type-cast me as a painter of tubers - I so miss losing myself in painting an animal or landscape. It is getting increasingly difficult to be enthusiastic about yet another potato....forty-four more.......


However, I have been enjoying my first attempt at a project from my new purchase, Victorian Lace Today. This is the most fabulous book, full of the most delicate and intricate looking shawls and scarves, each one prettier than the last. I have started with a fairly easy one, a simple 'V' repeat, and I am using some Habu Cotton Gima in a shade I can only describe as Parma Violets - hands up who is old enough to remember those peculiar little sweets that tasted of perfume! This yarn looks and feels like a thin strand of paper, so the simple pattern just accentuates the texture of the yarn. It's knitting up quite quickly, so it won't be long before I can start on the next one!

6 comments:

fhiona galloway said...

go potatoes!!
Well done Caroline-you are the queen of the tatties!

Magpie Magic said...

Love your potatoes! Don't knock them! Who else can make the humble potato like a piece of fine art?

The shawl is looking fantastic already. Might have to get that book.... :-)

PG said...

You've reminded me to start the chips for tea tonight!
This book should be very special, with all your paintings; the kind of book which is usually described as 'lavishly illustrated throughout'.

Midge said...

Hum..... they still sell Parma Violets down here

Sue said...

I used to love parma violets! Your potato project is amazing, I never knew there were so many types. Carrots next? ;-)

natural attrill said...

You can still buy parma violets here!
The shawl is looking lovely Caroline.
Penny.