With all the fabulous information I have been getting recently on wool and textiles, I thought I would take these books out from the library. The “Fleece and Fiber” book is more of a what’s what in the wool world. It explains about different kinds of animals that the wool comes from and how it’s processed. “The Knitter’s Book of Wool” is a bit more fun in that it does describe where the wool comes from and how it’s made but it also uses about half the book to give some wonderful patterns. Skill levels are set for each project … easy, intermediate and experienced. There is everything from the “Hill Country Hat” (Easy) to the “Comfy Cardigan” (also easy and very appealing) and “Cabin Socks” (intermediate) with the “Prairie Rose Lace Shawl, which is more of an “Experienced” level. I particularly liked the patterns for the “The Three Bears Pullovers” … Mama, Papa and naturally, Baby Bear. Mummy Bear and Baby have some rib to their pullovers while Daddy’s is just a straight knit with lovely Icelandic Lopi yarn.
I have become quite enamored with some of the Scottish artists, in particular those who paint island scenes. I was thrilled to find a little shop in Oban that sold lots of the prints that I like. Unfortunately, I am not independently wealthy so I was reduced to buying blank cards with the pictures on the front for 3 pounds each. I was still enormously pleased with my purchases and when I got home, I went to Ikea and found myself this frame, in which I have promptly deposited my lovely cards. I hope you like the result. The pictures in order (left side, going downwards) are Pam Carter’s “Plockton Shores”, “Dyke to the Holding” and Rowena Laing’s “Scottish Hill Farm”. On the right side, going downwards once more, Rowena Laing’s “Harvest Moon” and Pam Carter’s “Sheets to the Wind” and “The Wee Harbour Plockton”.
At this point, I need to give much credit to my friend Christine from Writing from Scotland as she was the one who began my journey into the world of Scottish artists with John Lowrie Morrison. Christine kindly sent me a desk calendar last year which has now become another framed assortment of pictures on my wall. This second frame is full of only JoLoMo pictures and I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for not writing all 12 pictures down. I do have their names if you want to message me and I can give them to you.
I am enjoying my new paintings on the wall immensely and it makes me feel a little closer to the coast of Scotland. I did also find an Art Greeting Cards site that sells prints of these artists and hopefully that will be helpful if you decide you want to get any of them. 🙂