So, I finally started knitting that scarf I've been going on about for ages. My aunt is visiting from Liverpool for a week and got me knitting straight away. She has only taught me how to do a simple knit stitch, but I am FINALLY getting it. My arms are aching as the needles are huge, and my hands still feel slightly awkward but I am so proud of myself for doing something that seemed impossible. I need to buy a some more balls of wool for this scarf, and I will hopefully finish it this week(!) I'm also going to go into a few charity shops on Wednesday to buy smaller needles and cheaper wool to have a go with knitting a purl scarf. Who knows eh, maybe in a few months I'll have that cardigan?
Just thought I would show you the last few bits and bobs, I have bought in the last week. I went into a small charity shop near my house, and was so close to buying a small brown suitcase that looked amazing, my mum asked where I would put it and the idea went down like a lead balloon. So I carried on looking and came away with the bargain of the century, a BHS flower patterned silk blouse. It is a size 12 so I can wear it as a dress with a belt, the best bit? It was £1.50!
I also went to a craft fair with my cousin at Southampton uni on a Sunday. It was a pleasant find for the both us, and I found a small vintage stall that was selling cutlery and plate sets and other bits, but the owner was also selling some shoes, jewellery and some scarf's, so my next buy was this:
It was £5, it is quite small in length so not too sure what to do with it but I sure do love it.
The next stall I came across (a lot of the stalls were similar) was owned by Valerie, the items she had for sale were a different selection of notebooks and badges. Everything was handmade and amazing. I stood there for a while chatting (and boring my cousin with 'art talk') and she was lovely and incredibly friendly. I bought a small notebook and badge, which I have to mention she put into a small polythene bag.. I am a sucker for polythene bags.
If you want to check out Valerie's website (You really should) here is the link
That scan doesn't do her work justice, especially as I managed to scan a cat hair onto the image as well?
The last thing I bought was a small 3ft Christmas tree, it is black much to Nate's dismay. I haven't fully decorated it yet but I love it, I need to buy some lights and more decorations as it looks empty but I'm getting into the Christmas spirit! I put this down to not working in retail this year.
I'll put a picture up when the tree is finished! Until then enjoy your weekend :)
Posted by Holly at 09:28
Images produced after reading about 'Rapunzel Syndrome' a condition when a person twists their own hair, pulls it out, and shallows it. A 'Trichobezoar' is formed in the stomach and will have an extending tail into the intestine. The images are for a project focused around fairytale and folklore.
I have been a fan of the Harry Potter series since I was a little girl, I have the most battered copies of the books on my bookshelf at home. A trip to America when I was 10 started my obsession if you like! Having bought The Philosophers Stone in the U.S it had a different cover and name: The Sorcerers Stone.
The illustration to the British cover is similar, fairly bold line, chalky colours.. It is fair to say I have a very inconsistent series, book 1 has an American cover, and book 4 is from a early version of the adult series (U.K)
I dislike this, I want a shiny series that has the same covers and illustrator! I was also very interested to see the illustrations from other countries, of course some are just reprints of the U.S covers or the U.K covers, and I could only find a small picture of the French and German versions, how disappointing! While I was searching for different artworks I found M. S. Corley's version of the book covers.
I think they are amazing, I would happily repurchase the entire series with his artwork upon the covers. His illustrations really capture the books, I have to admit, I am slightly jealous! However he was contacted by Warner Bros and asked not to produce prints of the artwork, the link to the blog post he put up is here:
What a shame, even more so because Bloomsbury have republished the artwork using Clare Melinsky. Her illustrations are completely different to Corley's, and are on a white background which I have to say.. I dislike.
I have decided that I am going to try and collect all the different art covers of the series, it is perhaps bit of a waste of time but I like the idea of owning lots of different versions of Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived.
I have yet to see the film aswell, the week after next maybe?
Posted by Holly at 16:56
Last week I decided to go in the pouring rain to Hobby Craft, to buy some knitting needles and wool. Having only looked at tutorials online or at simply terrifying diagrams via book, I felt quite brave about the whole situation and thought 'Sod it, I'll give it a go!'.
£10.98 shorter and filled with slight regret I left Hobby Craft and returned home. I'm not going to lie, I couldn't even cast on, the easiest thing to do in the world of knitting. I spoke to my mum and looked quite mournful (Probably) and she helped me cast on (if a little forgetfully) and away I went!
It has been a week, and the £7.99 100% burgundy wool I bought so lovingly looks a bit sad now. I have cast on and off, (and on and off again) about 5 times. I have attempted a Knit stitch and caught on quite quickly, to have it all unravel again. Since the unravelling, I have taken a break. I feel a bit like I am giving up, (Honestly I'm not!) and to be completely honest (again) I have forgotten the point of this post..
I think the point was that even though I am completely RUBBISH at knitting, I can see why people love to do it. It was so relaxing to just sit on my bed knitting. My fingers became used to the wool and needles and I actually really enjoyed it. I was going to post some pictures of my progress.. but it all unravelled so maybe next time. Until then enjoy a Googled image of the word 'Wool'
Posted by Holly at 08:20
I wish I could remember her name! She was Italian and very nice, it was a bit awkward though, seeing as I've seen her naked. She would get dressed in the makeshift 'Changing room'. I wanted to take a video of her brushing her hair, it was lovely.. she was disconnected from the 15 twenty somethings wanting to go home, she looked so contented. Trouble was she had finished brushing her hair when i eventually got round to doing something about it. I asked her to carry on with what she was doing, but alas, the moment was lost, hence this slighty strange '..Am I doing it right?' photo.
I hate being a weirdo.
Posted by Holly at 11:49
So, 3 weeks ago I was given a project for my university course, (I study illustration) the title was "uniforms". That was it, we were told to do observation drawings of the public and to make them "interesting". I hate drawing, so this was really quite worring. I struggled for ages trying to draw that woman lunching, the young mum feeding her toddler, the business man having a coffee early in the morning. I cannot explain how much it stressed me out, I felt like some sort of weird stalker watching people, it was horrible.
Nearing the end of the week I had some sort of break through, I had started to draw just peoples hair. It was mainly women I concentrated on (short hair is hard to draw) and I found myself actually, not minding the stalker-ish tendencies.
Posted by Holly at 08:29