Hello. How has October been? Tomorrow is the last day already. It’s amazing. The year has flown by. Ah…
I’m still at with my Daily Sketchbook but as the numbers are going higher my commitment is getting hard to keep up with. I’ve given myself many days off, not in a row but I’m sure it’s at least 7 now. I was feeling a bit uninspired and discouraged but always once I sit down to work in it I enjoy it. I’ve been using this sketchbook for awhile and I love it so much. It holds up to so many mediums. I’ve used acrylic, gouache, pencil, pen, markers and crayons and it only had a tiny bit of wrinkling. You can find it at all the major craft stores too.
Earlier this month I attended the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. It was as great as always. Tons of gorgeous fiber, color, knitwear and animals. I was lucky to get this galley copy of Clara Parkes’ new book signed by Clara herself. It’s due out in February.
I completed this Laurus Hat. It was only my second color work project and I’m not sure why but the tension was a bit off this time on the colorwork. If you are interested in the pattern here’s the link. It’s a free pattern as part of the Fringe Association Hat A Long. There’s also a few more free patterns in the series so check it out if you want to try them out.
Turn a Square 1 (2)
I made my husband this Turn A Square hat. I varied the stripes because I made a mistake and by the time I realized it I decided to just go with it. I learned a lot with the pattern. It’s by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. I love how he writes his patterns. They’re very well done.

I hope tomorrow brings treats and little or no tricks. See you in November!

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4 Responses to Things

  1. anne says:

    I love your leaves!

    I know what you mean about the daily sketchbook being hard to keep up with and how overcoming the hurdle of beginning is really the hardest part. I haven’t been doing my sketchbook for as long as you have and I have given myself lots of days off, but I’m not being hard on myself for it because as long as I’m doing SOMETHING and sketching more often than not sketching I figure it’s ok. One of the problems I find is the feeling of doing the sketches just to do them. It’s the lack of enthusiasm that makes overcoming the hurdle much harder. And it’s what makes choosing what to sketch harder, too.

    Thanks for the sketchbook recommendation. I’m always on the lookout for a good next sketchbook.

    The festival sounds like it was wonderful! And I’m so impressed by your knitting!

    Have a happy Halloween!!

    • Dana says:

      Thank you Anne. It’s always nice to know when others understand. Yes, you will love that sketchbook. It’s great. Happy Halloween to you too.

  2. I love your watercolor leaves they are so beautiful! Have fun with the sketchbook project it sounds great. I have rediscovered sketching again myself and it is great to get lost in the process and just create.
    Happy Painting!

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