July 13, 2016

Beret, Doodles, Wild Flowers

July 13, 2016
 

After a good soaking, I tucked the beret inside a ten inch plate for blocking. Since it is hot outside, it should dry quickly. It will make a great light fall hat for someone (thinking gift) because it will be too big for me. But, of course, the design is perfect and it's designed to set back on the head.
I may knit another. If I do, I would use Malabrigo yarn. It was the recommended yarn and it's a bit firmer. I would also down size the number of stitches in the band to fit my head and perhaps add another row of leaves. However, I may be able to add a bit of light elastic to the band. Will it be deep enough for the way I like to wear berets it if I do? I'll know more when it dries.

The plate...George and Martha Washington
A few doodles. I wanted to try painting on ephemera.  Antique papers/envelopes would be nice. I am looking for some.
One of my first sketches. In the 19th century women took up fly fishing. What a great escape from the stuffy drawing rooms. I, too, like to fish, but have not fished for many years.  I like to be out there because it's so peaceful, liberating and beautiful on the river bank. I do wish I knew how to fly fish. My Dad had a wonderful bamboo fishing rod and he was a master fly fisherman.

 I bought this little beauty at an antique fair about 15 years ago. Although I've looked, I've never found another one of a lady fly fishing.
The glorious Wood Lilies are blooming in yellow, orange, and a red.  First time I've seen the red ones. They might be a cross mix. They are so airy and tall. I just love them! Sorry for the quality of the cell phone pics; the wind was blowing.  Hopefully, I'll be able to go out again with my big camera to better capture their beauty before they fade.

Did you notice...July seems to slipping away ever so fast.
Have a lovely week.
'Til next time. 

8 comments:

  1. July...the year seems to be slipping away so fast! Your lady fly fishing brooch is gorgeous. She is a beauty. I have never seen anything like this brooch as well. She was a find. Those Wood Lilies are a lovely. I am rather taken with the red ones. Your beret is a lovely pattern; I love the colour. Sweet sketch of the lady fishing, Dixie.

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  2. Anonymous5:59 pm

    Dixie: What a beautiful posting. I love your knitting and the blue beret - what can I say! Blue is my favourite colour. I love the red wood lilies, too. And the beautiful brooch of the lady fly fishing. I always wondered where you got the beautiful gifts you sent me in your Christmas parcel over the years. Your eye is so perfect! Love, Joannie

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    1. Thanks so much, Joannie.
      I was so happy to find that brooch. I couldn't believe my eyes.

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  3. The beret is gorgeous! I can crochet but never got the knack of knitting. And those lilies are just awesome.

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  4. Beautiful beret! Gorgeous lilies! Lovely post! I'm glad we still have half of July left. I love summer.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn.
      I agree. Summer is lovely time of year! Can't beat those warm breezes.

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  5. The beret looks incredible, Dixie!! I love it!! The wood lilies are beautiful, as are your sketches. I hope your find the antique papers/envelopes you are looking for. I don’t have to heart to paint on old things, but I love painting done on them. I know yours will be beautiful :)

    -Soma

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  6. That beret is just gorgeous, WOW!!

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