Monday, June 16, 2014

Just A Few Sculptures From The Nelson Atkins Sculpture Garden

A couple of weeks age, Michael and I went to the reception for the unveiling of Robert Morris's Glass Labyrinth. This is also the 25th Anniversary of the Donald J. Hill Sculpture Park. So I thought it might be fun to have a post about just a few sculptures you could see there.

A photo of me taking a picture next to Robert Morris's Glass Labyrinth

A larger photo of the Glass Labyrinth. As long as you keep your eyes on the top railings, you will be O.K. I thought following the tiles would work, but I was wrong.

Shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, 1994. The Shuttlecocks were very controversial when they were installed. Now they are a Kansas City icon.

Ferment by Roxy Paine, 2010

Three Bowls, Ursula von Rydingsvard, 1990

Peace On Earth by Jacques Lipschitz, 1969, one of seven bronze castings

The Thinker, by Auguste Rodin. This is one of twenty five  72" Thinkers in the world. It was cast in 1949.

Interior Form by Henry Spencer Moore, 1981. The sculpture garden started out to be a tribute to British sculpture Henry Spencer Moore. There are about 11 of his sculptures in the garden.
So this ends my mini tour. If you want to explore the Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art, click HERE.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Counterpaane Mitts

I just finished a new project using my counterpane system.  This time I used the lace square to make a pair of mitts. I used the same square HERE, for a white shawl and HERE for a gray scarf.

KAWS (Kansas Alliance Of Spinners and Weavers) will be here before you know it (first weekend in June) and this class is fun to teach and I now have more finished samples than ever before.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Gray Counterpane Scarf

In a few weeks I will be teaching my Take The Pain Out Of Counterpane knitting class. It was time to finish another project using my counterpane modules. One third of this project was knitted eight years ago (at the time I came up with the idea for the class). Last week I finally finished the scarf. I ended up making eight squares and twelve rectangles in all.

Yarn And Needles

I hand spun a worsted weight yarn using 50% merino and 50% angora (bunny). The bunny is mine, so I know it is naturally colored. I purchased the gray merino fiber from Jagger Spun and cannot attest to it being natural or dyed.  My gut feeling is that it is dyed. The last photo show a close up of the fabric surface because bunny gives the fabric such a wonderful halo.

I started this with size five double points. Looking back, I wish I had used larger. But that is what I started with so that is what I finished with. With the winter we have had in Missouri, thick scarfs are good.

The Nice Design Surprise

I did not realize that the edges of the piece would become scalloped. This just happened as I was sewing (mattress stitch). These scalloped border made the piece for me and I love it. I think the scallops really shine when the scarf is tied. To me, it looks like a jabot.

Jabot Style

This photo demonstrates how I first sew two triangles to one square and create the scarf using these larger sections.

The Angora Halo

I think this is going to be my comfort scarf. It was cold here this weekend and I had the flu to top it off. I put this warm fuzzy thing around my neck and I just felt better!

For an idea how versatile the square can be, here is my shawl post from September that uses the same square. I just knitted it a lot larger and with lace weight yarn on very large needles.