Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Winter" panel finished

Back of dog sweater in the works

Okay, I got a little side tracked with knitting a dog sweater but I did manage to get the next "Four Seasons" panel finished - behold "Winter" in next photo.


After I finished "Winter" I decided to fix a few things I wasn't happy with in the "Fall" panel.


 I changed the trunks on the trees because I felt the other trunks with the wider strips just didn't look right.  Now I'm on to panel # 1 "Spring" below.


The extended lines are to make sure that all four panels are the same size.  I started out with  5" x 7" panels and after finishing "Fall" the size has balooned to 5" x 8" and then after I finished "Winter" the size was 6" x 8" so I went back to "Fall" and added the necessary inches.  The two finished panels are now 6" x 8" and I can not let this one get away from me because the frames are cut - curtains if one of them is too big!
I quickly roughed out a drawing with a marker to denote placement of objects for "Spring" which I'll start soon - dog sweater is calling me to get it finished!

My  3 year old English Springer Spaniel,  Bizy Bea has very thin hair on her chest and gets chilly.  How do I know this?  Well, now that the wood stove is going most of the time in our family room since we have not turned any heat on just yet and it can get as low as 50 degrees in the house and even colder at night she has taken up almost permanent residence in front of that stove even with a sweater on!  I call her my substitute CAT.  She has two sweaters now but we all know how dogs like to roll on the ground, chase after things and get wet so she needs a couple more.  I'm going to cut a paper pattern with the dimensions of this pattern and the next one I'm going to sew.  Anyhoo, that's it for now - panels coming along, even if a bit slower than I planned.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Winter" Four Seasons Panels - Update

I have started the Winter panel and thought you might like a peek.
I posted a wider shot of the hooking being done so you can see it in comparison to the Fall panel.
Still have a long ways to go since most of this is #3, 4 and some #6's with over spun white yarn.  
One of the objectives with these panels was for me to try to use as much left overs in my wool collection without having to cut anything far so good.  I have put in one strip at the top for the sky color but not sure it's as dark as I would like it to be.  There is one lighter strip near the snow's edge.  I'll have to wait until more is complete before I make a final decision.  Of course changes could also take place in other areas as it evolves - we all know how that can happen!
That's it for today - see you all later.

Friday, November 2, 2012

"Four Seasons" Panels - Update

As promised, an update on my first hooked "Four Seasons" panel.

I started with the Fall section first and I think I will do the Winter one next.  This one turned out a tad bigger than the originally planned 5" x 7".  It is now 6" x 7.5" so that means all the rest of them I will have to be careful to get them all the same size.  I have found some neat frames that will work nicely with these panels when finished.  My husband is going to make them for me so I will have control over the opening which is comforting.  The wool strips are mostly #6 with a few #4's and the greens and yellows are hand dyed whereas the orange bottom is a plaid off the bolt along with the cream color of the trunk of trees.

I only posted this one for a size comparison.

That's it for now but stay tuned and I'll post the other one soon.