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Friday, March 20, 2009



The first day of Spring and the Lake is almost a lake again. The icebergs and floats are vanished, surely popping up on the other side of the Globe so everything stays balanced but I have to say, I am not sorry to see them go. Seeing the water on the north side of the Shedd Aquarium, in Monroe Harbor, so full of color and sky, was the certain clue that warmer, better days are ahead.


Also on the north side of the building? Whole panels in stone relief, of sea creatures. This was my favorite, the Smiling Whales with Floating Turtle. The surface of the walls there were polished by the wind and grand storms the Lake faces year-round and even though they were too high to touch, I could feel their smoothness from afar.


The original picture was fun to try some filters on and this one made it even smoother and dimensional, more like an illustration. The Film Grain filter was used here.


Then it was just a short step to fresco: this is the Dark Strokes applied to the original.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

spring1Since daylight begins earlier and the air has turned warmer, the color of sky and water here in Chicago is becoming more vibrant, more saturated and glorious. It is always mesmerizing to drive along the lakefront and see how the one determines and shades the other. I always fantasize winning the lottery and getting a gorgeous vintage condo overlooking Lake Michigan so I could begin and end every day with a new shade of Water, a unique shade of Sky, never the same color, forever changing.

But living inland means taking the color with you in your mind’s eye. It becomes an oasis where one can take a visual time-out and perhaps feast the senses, relax or invigorate!

The transition of season might still need a nudge, a helping hand to jump over the chilly morning grey skies still lingering around the ever-greening grass. I have my St st project pulling me around that bend and am now one sleeve and a neck-band away from a commuter cardi:


This BCHoodie (Universal Yarn Long Print colors 01 Sea & Sand and 08 African Summer) has all the colors of the March sky & water and more. I’m waiting for a good day to shoot the variations in this yarn because it is really sensational close up. I have a lot of tees in shades of aqua, blue, chartruese and browns and with jeans (and my red hair) makes a nice little daily cardi ready to take over topper duty from the dreary parka parade!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009



bch-p1000051Fini: buttonbands, neck band, sleeves! All that’s left to do is finish the pockets, weave in the ends and sew on the buttons! I’m thinking of going with plain black to mirror the black banding in the piece.

Thanks to a sunnier (!) day (current temp: 30° with a wind chill of 22°), the camera came out and I could take some CU shots of the the colors in these yarns. To me, they are not opposites but more like the yin and yang of a similar tonal range. One encompasses the darker, as if in the shade, the other brighter, as in the sun.


Of course, the width of the stripes was totally at the mercy of the circumference of the garment. At the top of the sweater, in the yoke, the stripes were quite narrow, a function of both the latter and the color repeats of Yarn #1. At the time the division for the Body took place, Yarn #2 came into play, and it yielded wider stripes, as its color repeats were longer and the stitch counts less. The same dynamic happened in the Sleeves, where the widest stripes were formed.


Then there was the Lace. Wherever that happened, a little more yarn was used, and it shifted the tones even more. I especially love the area around the front bands who’s graceful lines wave in a delightful sea & sky kind of way like wind over water.


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