EDM #16


EDM #16: Draw a favourite tool

You at the back there, stop smirking. This is my nostepinne, or yarn winder.
Pen & watercolour in Canson journal.

Remains of the day


This sketch in my Canson watercolour journal was made on the same day as my entry entitled Lily Lily. I was slumped on the sofa in a postprandial stupor when I felt the inexplicable urge to record the remains of our Chinese takeaway, so I reached for my black Pilot .01 pen, a black Inktense watersoluble pencil and a white gel marker and got scribbling. My husband’s mother was in the armchair nearby, and an episode of one of those interchangeable US medical dramas was blabbering away pointlessly on tv.

Daisy done


Candi Jensen’s Sweetpea Cardigan from the Spring ’06 issue of Interweave Crochet waited patiently in my mental project queue for two years before I crocheted this daisified version for little M.

The yarn is Nashua Handknits June in the colourway “Willow”. I embroidered fewer flowers than the pattern suggests, using DMC thread for the stems and centres, and white Sublime cashmere merino (rather than ribbon, which I tried and found ugh) for the petals. I omitted the decorative edging at the sleeves.

I didn’t realise ’til I returned from an outing to Cambridge clutching a set of 3 daisy buttons that this would be the modified theme of my cardi, but given that as far as M is concerned, all flowers answer to the name of “Daisy”, now it seems the obvious choice.

A Life Less Complicated


When my beloved “Art Thursdays” went down the proverbial due to freelance work commitments, I was already facing the frustration of being unable to access our scanner (digital pics just don’t seem to cut it, especially when it comes to works in oil pastel). So, without quality art time (could never do it in daylight or when I wasn’t simply wanting to crash out with a glass of rosé) and without the means to share that art with anyone anyway, I largely abandoned my sketching. Attachment to a creative community seems to make a huge difference to me.

I have done more than languish drunkenly on a sofa, however, these past five weeks, my creativity having been channelled into knitting and crochet. My interest in yarncrafts is just a couple of years old, but already it has brought me many things. The companionship of a KTog group, with whom I knit, crochet and chat at the local pub, and accompany on expeditions around Cambridgeshire. Fulfilment not only of my love of colour, but of my seemingly constant need to be learning to use new techniques and new materials. A creative outlet I can explore from the comfort of my sofa when I’m tired, when the daylight hours are gone, when I’m semi-watching some inane tv show or listening to a podcast. Participation in the wonderful online world of Ravelry, where patterns are discussed, projects are shown and passions are shared. Interestingly, the domestic fibre arts do not induce in me the guilt about a perceived mother/artist conflict that being a painter does. And yet … for someone who has always loved to draw, there remains the guilt about not painting; not sketching. Creating something lovely out of yarn, my obsessive brain tells me, is so often a cop-out from painting, because it is easier: by which I do not mean technically less challenging, but more flexible, more forgiving, more companionable.

Thanks to Amy’s Creative Mom Podcast, I have finally grasped the realisation that I no longer need to compartmentalize these aspects of my life. Motherhood and creativity, art and craft … these things can overlap in magical ways. And creativity is creativity, whatever form it takes.

Today I decided to merge my knitting/crochet blog with this sketchblog: and in a small but significant way, life is suddenly, somehow less complicated.

I will update my sidebar links – eventually! You can view, bookmark and link to the art content only at http://rose-anglaise.blogspot.com/search/label/art. Meanwhile, the direct link to all yarn-related posts is http://rose-anglaise.blogspot.com/search/label/knitting%2Fcrochet, and of course, you can see all the posts together at the blog’s main URL, http://rose-anglaise.blogspot.com/.