The wind is still blowing.
Today we also had snow. And sun. And clouds. And something that smelled like rain but wasn't quite. Is it any wonder that we're all completely neurotic here?
I guess the benefit to all this stubborn wintry weather is that I might actually get to wear the scarf that I (novice knitter) finally finished today. Iris, Beki and Deborah! Look! I did it! In November I showed off the first 9 or 10 inches of this project at the bottom of a post. Today it's (I kid you not) 9 feet long. Insane. Many, many thanks to Carrie, who bailed me out several times. (And who has been so cheery about it that she's even going to help me make mitts and a hat.)
It's safe to say I'll never be a full-fledged garment knitter, but I'm finding I enjoy working on projects that exercise my brain in ways that carving and printing linos do not. (Well, I enjoy it when I'm not making a huge mess or wondering if I will ever finish...)
linocut I was working on last week. I managed to get the blue where I wanted it, but by the time I did, the entire thing just looked overworked and tired. The theory was good but the execution was weak, so this one's relegated to the chopping-up-for-other-projects pile. Oh, well.
In the wake of non-success I have found it challenging to identify what I want to work on next, but I think I'm finally there. Image idea is in place, but size and format are still questionable. I typically print on Hosho paper, which comes in 19 x 24 sheets, and I feel pretty strongly that I want to work 18 x 18 this time. So..... I need to decide if I want to try a new paper! After all these weeks of 4 x 4 and 6 x 9, it seems an epic leap to increase both size and surface, so maybe I'll just work 15 x 15, which will comfortably fit on familiar Hosho.
Let's see... what else?
David has gigs at Adam's Mountain Cafe on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Come on out if you're in the neighborhood!
Maybe it's not really windy. Maybe I'm just running around so much that it feels windy.
Probably not. But at least I have a nice new scarf.