Read All About My Freestyle Knitting Below
We have reached 'Y' in our ABC of Artist Trading Cards and I have received a simply super and clever card from Joss in London.
She is so inventive.
I had trouble with the 'Y' so ended up doing Yellow, but I do like the result!
Joss also sent a pretty little Lily of the Valley card, which wouldn't photograph well as it was so bright outside and a super 'fishy' piece of paper:
I know I'll find some use for this.
The other ATC I received was from a lady called Beth Meador. I belong to a community of women only artists of all sorts, called Milliande Art Community for Women. Beth put out a plea for help with a project she would like to do before the Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) leaves her completely blind. She is hoping to send ATCs all over the world to spread happiness and awareness of her condition.
I readily joined her quest and have just received the most marvellous ATC which is of Buster. She saw a photo of him on my page at Milliande and copied it.
Isn't it wonderful? I have no idea how she does it, having so little sight left.
Here is a link to the Milliande Art Community for Woman if you are interested (and a woman)!
Retinitis Pigmentosa refers to a group of inherited diseases causing retinal degeneration. If you would like to know more about it, which is, after all, Beth's goal, please have a look here:
I am of course going to send Beth one too. She is trying to send one to someone in each of the States in the USA and then from all around the world. Beth has a page on the Milliande Community where she explains it all in her own words.
The above art community has various sections with different interests such as ATCs, Photography and one on Knitting and sewing. I was interested in a section on Freeform Knitting - now this sounded like my kind of thing!
Basically, it's playing with knitting. You knit a bit, cast off a few stitches if you like, turn the work round, swap needles, anything goes. There are some books on it apparently. Anyway, I decided to have a go. I really enjoyed just knitting away, making holes, changing colour and took it with me to Suffolk. When I finally looked at my 'piece' it looked rather like a knitted woolen hat!! I put it on my head and Jim nearly fell over laughing.
Well, you just have to see it, don't you? So today we had a photo session. Jim took several of me full length but I look like a rather overfed whale, so I cropped them to just my head! Are you ready for this? The one at the top was just a taster for you.
I think the little peak at the front just finishes it off!!!
From the side! It even has a flap down the back to stop you getting sunburned! The red bit was a rectangle I had already knitted so I just incorporated it.
The other side - it's no better, is it!
I really think it needs a couple of ribbons where my hands are!
What - you want one?? LOL. I couldn't reproduce this if I wanted to. It's odd how it turned out that shape. I'm going to wash it on a hot wash when I eventually have enough water to use my washing machine again.
In the Garden
Can you believe we have a water shortage in Ireland? It's been a struggle to keep the plants alive. We keep looking at the weather forecast hoping for rain. Last year we were awash with the stuff. I was weeding and bramble clearing by our 'stream' today. It's like a desert. It's funny how the weeds seem to grow no matter what the weather.
Every year a huge spotted orchid comes up in our meadow. We have to protect it with wire or the hares eat all the flowers off it. Jim took some photos of it recently, so I'll leave you with a pretty image:
Isn't it amazing? There is another one close by, but the hares got to that before we could protect it.
A close up. The flowers are just starting to fade. We do also get a few individual orchids dotted around the meadow. I love them.
Buster followed Jim up the meadow and was most interested in what was going on. Then he got bored:
He then rolled over and lay on his back but decorum prevents me from posting that photo.
Our delphiniums have been a picture this year. Here is a close up of one of them:
They are all different shades of blue, some darker than this and some quite pale.
Finally, a perfect rose: