Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tyler Art Walk

We wandered around the Tyler, TX Art Walk, a newly revived edition of it.  Evidently it has been a few years since it was done and it is slow getting artists to participate.  It took place in downtown Tyler in the park across from the Smith County Courthouse.

When we arrived there was a group of kids rap dancing on a stage near the center of the park and a few booths in the shade at one side of the square.  Other booths and displays were in front of stores or inside buildings.  The first display I saw was the Eastside Fiber Artists' area.  I asked permission to snap some photos to share.  Permission was granted along with an invitation to join the group and to attend an upcoming workshop.  Here is a sampling of what was displayed.

Colorful pieced kimono jackets
Pieced wall hanging with interesting stitches
Colorful hand-stitched dolls and spool knitted baskets
Pieced wall hanging quilt with ribbon stitched in

Sunflower and sea scene mini-quilts
Close up of the sunflowers
Another of the artists was in a "hardware" instead of "software" mode.  The blacksmith with an electric furnace was turning out all sorts of iron hooks, brackets and dinner bells.

There were paintings, sketchings, ceramics along with many musicians to entertain.  My favorite was the singer who performed "Mack the Knife" in classic Bobby Darin style.  We didn't stay long enough to see the finish of the wooden sculpture being assembled.  The artist was nailing together pieces of 2x4's and other scraps in a sort of skyscraper look.  He said that he would spray paint it all one color and it would be "cool."

I have finished Clue 3 of the Fall Mystery Shawl.  Interesting lace patterns are developing.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FMS Clue 2

While based in Atoka, OK for the last week we have spent most of our time visiting area courthouses, libraries and cemeteries.  Yep, back to the genealogy addiction, digging up dead relatives is fun and challenging.  When not researching, I have been updating the info in The Master Genealogist software and figuring out what else could be found based on what I already had found.  I have been missing my file cabinet full of bits of paper notes and charts that I had accumulated over the 20+ years of researching. 

I finally managed to squeeze in the time to finish Clue 2 of the Fall Mystery Shawl and have a few rows knit on Clue 3.  I am liking the way it is turning out.

Friday, September 7, 2012

2012 Fall Mystery Shawl Clue 1

"I let my mind wander
And what did it do?
It just kept right on goin'
Until it got back to you
I let my mind wander

Can't trust it one minute
It's worse than a child
Disobeys without conscience
It's drivin' me wild
When I let my mind wander"

I Let My Mind Wander by Willie Nelson

Letting your mind wander is a fatal mistake when knitting on lace.  Thank goodness I had earlier had presence of mind to put in a "lifeline" so only had a few rows to tink.  Tink is knit spelled backwards and to tink is to undo the knitting stitch by stitch.  Think about how you get a runner in you hose.  Same thing with a dropped stitch in knitting. 

As it was, I got it all back on track and have finished the first clue or set of instructions.

The yarn is Ella Rae Lace Merino and the beads are transparent silver-lined glass.

The second clue will be out on Saturday so I am ready!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Scarf Swap Pretties

The Lonestar State Knitters Yahoo Group held a Dog Days of Summer Scarf Swap.  Members who signed up knit a scarf to send to the swap partner.  Who would be sending your gift scarf to you was a mystery, known only to the organizer.  I received my scarf yesterday.  It was knit in a wonderfully soft silk and bamboo yarn and is a lovely teal blue.  It also uses two of my favorite stitches, cables and lace. 

Caroline M from Austin also gifted me with a pair of embroidery sissors.  They are just right to fit into my newest project bag.  Sure wish the weather would cool so I could wear the scarf.