Well, it is February already! It was pancake day (Shrove Tuesday) on Tuesday, but we didn't have pancakes - does pizza count? - it's flat and round.
Last month I chose green living as my "...for Dummies" topic and learned a few things I can do to be more environmentally responsible. This month's book is "Calculus for Dummies" which I got out of the library. I failed Calculus at college partly because I was a dummy and partly because not only did we have the Maths Professor to teach us but we used the book he wrote on the subject as well and both were incomprehensible. Maths was meant to be my best subject so it has been a great source of annoyance that I just didn't get it - especially more recently as Sam seemed to find it so simple. So now is a good time to take another look at it. I have read the first chapter and it's making sense so far.
This month's Crafty Threads 'n' Yarns quilt-along challenge theme is "Romance". One of my favourite artists is Gustav Klimt so my intention is to do something inspired by The Kiss - probably his most famous painting. I love the swirls and spirals and all the shapes and patterns and colours he uses in that picture. I remember looking at it in Office Max, but I am hoping I actually bought some of that paperbacked fabric that you can put through the printer so I can print off the faces from the picture. That will be the centre and then I will surround it with appliqued motifs from the rest of the picture. I am feeling this is a little ambitious at the moment, but we will see. One thing I find a little odd about this painting is that the faces are squished up in the top of the painting and there are acres of space it looked like he had trouble filling up at the bottom.
I haven't been doing much knitting lately. I made a vest from Patons SWS, but it is a bit too short and a bit weird round the armholes, so I may frog it and start again. I made it short because I was worried I was going to run out of yarn, but Ialso need to shape the armholes so, I am hoping they will compensate for each other. I have nearly finished a coat for Charlie made from washable wool. I made the pattern up starting at the neck and trying it on Charlie at regular intervals to see how the shaping should go for each section. I used a 2x2 rib throughout to make it stretchy and close fitting. It's black so won't photograph well.
We mananged the whole month without buying any chocolate so I must now decide who to send the loot to - so many organisations are deserving it's hard to know what to do and I'll have to think very hard about it.