i am having trouble this week shaking the flu and recovering from an exhausting but exhilerating weekend in canberra, which involved three hours driving there, excellent chinese take away, much knitting and laughing while watching black books, then an early start for a two hour queue (even with prepaid tickets!) and then two hours trying to absord over 100 amazing pictures at the ‘masterpeices from paris’ exhibition. then a three hour drive home. bells has already talked about our adventures, and it was as fabulous as she describes, but exhausting.
i find major art exhibitions like that pretty overwhelming generally. its hard in australia because we dont get them often so when they come they try and bring everything, and probably do too much. there were some really amazing pieces there, but there were some issues i think with the organisation and lighting, as in lights directly onto pictures causing flares, and too much light generally, too many pictures on a wall, and not enough room to see them all. i dont mean to sound like an art snob, because i really have no idea about these things, but having been to the van gogh museum itself, and seeing european art in europe, they loose some of their emotional power here. but a real live van gogh will always reduce me to tears, and so i bought the obligatory poster of starry night to go in the van gogh gallery room at home!
two things struck me yesterday 1: my favourite artists are dutch (van gogh and vermeer) and 2: the current knitting project is kind of related to van gogh because its in yarn called ‘paris nights’ , influenced i suspect by these dark striking blues. of course, as you know i have had some issues with the blue in this yarn, but i have carried on regardless and am ok with how its turning out. here is a picture of it late yesterday as the sun was going down, with no flash:
and with flash:
and the real colour is probably somewhere in between! i know some people were amazed that i didnt notice the colour change as i was knitting but i really didnt, i knit mostly at night and its all bunched up in my lap. i know that colour variation is an issue with malabrigo, but in my defence, i bought all 4 skeins at the same time from the same dealer, and there was not one single mention of the need to alternate skeins in the other projects using this yarn on ravlery, and no warning in the pattern itself. when i noticed the issue, i untwisted the two remaining skeins and noticed a slight difference in the intensity and saturation, so that one yarn was defintely ‘lighter’ than the other. i decided to finish the body in this lighter yarn, then use the darker skein to pick the stitches and knit the collar, so that this will bring a contrast that corresponds to the darker ‘yoke’. then i will probably alternate the left overs for the sleeves. as you can see, its on the collar now, and its coming together really well. its so beautiful to wear, whats a little colour change? i can just call it artistic, anyway.