It is past seven am and it is still dark. The rain is pouring down and the wonderful extended summer has abruptly come to a close 😦
The furnace is blasting out heat and I am sitting here with a shawl over my shoulders – it must be a little psychological – it really isn’t big a difference temperature wise outside – but the wet cold is colder than the dry cold!
Sophie tried turning into a cat (read Robert Heinlein – Door into Summer) just now… She did not like the sound of the rain at the back door and tried the front door to see if it was raining out front….. too funny!
We have been for walks every day this week. But the last sunny one was this walk at Pipers Lagoon. A beautiful sunny morning, there was a Great Grey Heron posing for me in the Lagoon and the Oaks were gorgeous against the sky. The sky’s have been getting progressively greyer since that morning.
Have you every noticed that when you are knitting, and getting closer to the end of a ball of yarn and waiting to switch to the new ball, that the end of the ball never seems to arrive! It seems that way when you are waiting for things to happen in life as well. Time slows down and extends itself until the wait seems twice as long as it really was! And the trip home is always faster than the trip there – life creating one of times’ paradox’s!
I am working on a new shawl pattern and a new Knit-a-Long. The shawl pattern is a bit of a departure for me but the KAL – titled Patina – is right up my usual alley!
Patina (pronounced /ˈpætənə/ or /pəˈtiːnə/) is a tarnish that forms on the surface of bronze and similar metals (produced by oxidation or other chemical processes); a sheen on wooden furniture produced by age, wear, and polishing; or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure. On metal, patina is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides or carbonates formed on the surface during exposure to the elements (weathering). Patina also refers to accumulated changes in surface texture and colour that result from normal use of an object such as a coin or a piece of furniture over time.
Artists and metalworkers often deliberately add patinas as a part of the original design and decoration of art and furniture, or to simulate antiquity in newly-made objects.
Patina is everything that happens to an object over the course of time. The nick in the leg of a table, a scratch on a table top, the loss of moisture in the paint, the crackling of a finish or a glaze in ceramics, the gentle wear patterns on the edge of a plate. All these things add up to create a softer look, subtle color changes, a character. Patina is built from all the effects, natural and man-made, that create a true antique.—Israel Sack
For this KAL – the artist’s medium is the yarn we choose; the process we use will be knitting and the Patina will be – lace patterning and beads.
Patina will be a shawl with some unusual features. The shape and how it is created is quite unique – at least I haven’t seen anything similar yet. There will be a lace weight version, knit with 2 hanks of Handmaiden’s Marrakesh yarn and a 4-ply version, knit with 1 hanks of Handmaiden’s Sea Silk and 2 balls of Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze.
The KAL pattern will be released in 4 pieces with a week between each release date. There will be a small charge for the pattern. As we get closer to the release date I will be sharing more information. It will also be a fully finished pattern, test knit, with no apparent issues, unlike the earlier KAL’s where we were all knitting at the same time. I hope that you will join us in the KAL.