My sketching class resumed today and I did this sketch from a postcard. The picture was from a mural in San Francisco, dated 1934. The title of the mural is California Agriculture and this section of the mural depicts men packing oranges. I really enjoyed doing the sketch and then adding a bit of colour with watercolour pencils.
When we were in Seattle at Christmas time I was pleased, despite the snow, to be able to get to that very good yarn store, Weaving Works. I found a very nice yellow yarn in the Norwegian Heilo wool that I like so much. It’s like the Sirdar double knitting wool that I used many times in the past. I embarked on a sleeveless vest for myself. For the back I cast on 90 stitches on size 3 3/4 mm needles.
This picture showing the completed back and the start of the front was taken recently. I have now progressed about half way up the front. I am eager to finish this project and move on to some baby knitting in the bright blue Heilo yarn. This picture hardly does justice to the bright colour of the yarn.
I recently completed the book for our next book group meeting, With My Lazy Eye by Julia Kelly. I was slow in getting into the book but once I got going I just read it straight through. I found the book rather disjointed. It purports to be a novel but the reader feels that much of the book is exaggerated auto-biography. I wonder if Julia Kelly will write any more novels with a different theme.
One of the books I especially enjoyed rereading over the Christmas holidays was East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It was so good that I decided to reread The Grapes of Wrath. However, I have now been sidetracked to read Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith.