Monday, February 28, 2011

Getting back to normal

 My degree course is in Visual Arts, and one of my classes involves drawing organic objects.  I have never had any training in art, so this stuff is pretty challenging for me.  Here's a rose stem I drew on Thursday.  I missed most of the Tuesday class due to the earthquake - I couldn't concentrate after I received the text from Sophie saying she was stuck in her building, so went home.  Now I need to get more drawings done to catch up.
I went shopping on Saturday morning - restorative shopping, that is, as opposed to shopping for necessities.  I bought some yarn I wouldn't normally buy (it's acrylic) but I really liked the colours, and it's boucle so has plenty of texture and only a simple stitch is needed. I've stopped watching the TV footage of the quake as I find it too stressful  Instead, I watched DVDs over the weekend, and knitted this stocking stitch scarf.  I'll just knit to the end of the ball which should make a good-sized scarf, and then make a hat and gloves or mittens from the 2nd ball.  Like many handcrafts, knitting is soothing so always makes me feel better.

4 comments:

Julie said...

You're right to avoid the images and news Shirley, you've been through enough. The wool looks luscious, beautiful colours and it looks nice and soft. I always find hand sewing soothing too and it fills your mind so you don't think of other stuff.

Leeann said...

Rose is good, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Jean said...

Loved the roses, and I'm sure your talent for the art section of the course will shine through.Colours in the scarf are shining, a glimmer in the dark days after the quake.Hope all your friends in Lyttelton and Rangiora are safe. Take care in Invers, as it is sometimes called.xxx

Jan Mac said...

I love the knitted scarf too Shirley. What yarn is it? I'm working with Cat from Catalina's Cottage in Auckland to donated finished quilts to Christchurch. I was away when you ran the Pike River quilt appeal so I'm happy to be abkle to help our Kiwi friends.