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Thursday, 2 July 2015
Despite the pretty bad reference photographs I was given (people never take pictures of their pets from their level, it's always from above!) this double portrait has gone surprisingly well. I think I have done so many pet portraits using Derwent Drawing Pencils that they come very naturally now. I'm having to use a fair bit of white acrylic on the cat in the foreground though - white pencil is always too insipid for this kind of work. I think one more session will see this one finished.
Despite the heat, I have been manfully ploughing on with this commission - let's face it, you don't do the work, you don't get paid! It is a chunky baby blanket knitted in a reversible cable pattern using washable pure new wool. A beautiful yarn, very soft and great stitch definition. I only have another few inches to go - thank goodness today is cooler, I had to give up last night before expiring of heatstroke!
I'm also crocheting a set of geckos but have come to a grinding halt due to being let down by a large yarn supplier. Under normal circumstances, a couple of days delay would not be a problem but I need to have these done by the weekend - fingers crossed the other supplier I went to will come through as their parcel has already been despatched.
And when I get a minute or two spare, I'm working on this summer top for myself in a luscious deep teal cotton yarn. It has an asymmetrical hemline with a lace border, but for the time being I am knitting the main part of the body in the round. Thankfully it seems to be a fairly quick knit, unlike the other summer top I have on the go which has been put on the back burner due to commissioned work and the fact I felt the will to live slowly slipping away! I will get back to it, honest.
Meanwhile, everything in the garden is on the verge of producing. We've had a few bits and pieces - strawberries, new potatoes, chard, but there is plenty more to come. Getting impatient now!
Finally, a few months ago I bought some coloured tin planters similar to the above for what now appears to be a vastly inflated price. I found these little beauties in a shop called Tiger yesterday for £2 a piece. I'm sure I can find something to fill them....