Last month, a lady down the street from us, Mrs. Nancy Lee, began giving us knitting lessons.  She has started teaching us all sorts of handicrafts, and plans on eventually teaching us how to weave (she has three looms and a spinning wheel…I can’t wait to get started!).
We first learned how to spool knit (in which you use a small loom and one needle).  The following pictures feature samples of spool knitting.  For my scarf I chose to do the “honey comb” knit.  We are now learning regular knitting (in which you use two needles).  I plan on regular knitting a mauve scarf, while Rachel is working on regular knitting a dish cloth and hopes to get started on spool knitting an emerald green scarf.

Believe me, so many prayers for the nation have been woven into that scarf.  I completed it just after voting on

My first hand-knit scarf, which I completed on Election Day.

My first hand-knit scarf, which I completed on Election Day.

November 4th.  It actually wasn’t that cold in Alabama on that day, but my gold coat matches the red scarf beautifully, so (at my mother’s recommendation) I couldn’t resisting wearing it for the picture.

Abigail loves spool knitting hats.  She made a nice soft brown toboggan for

Joseph wearing the hat Abby made for him.

Joseph wearing the hat Abby made for him.

Joseph on his 14th birthday (which was November 2nd).  Mary and Beth modeled for some of Abby’s hats in the picture below.

Hats that Abigail knitted (modeled by Mary and Beth).

Hats that Abigail knitted (modeled by Mary and Beth).

Painting...

Painting in details...

Painting in details...

I was such a perfectionist about Beth’s mouth that I painted over it after this and tried lengthening her face to make it as realistic as possible.  Everyone else thought that her lips were painted nicely, but I went and ruined them just to start all over.  Now I’m somewhat regretting it.  Jenny Clark’s hair has been an interesting venture, since I have never painted a red headed person before.  It took a brief while to figure out how to make the color look natural without ending up pink, bright red or too orange.  Keep in mind that the stages at which those photos were taken were nowhere near finished – I’ve got quite away to go to make their faces look more accurate!

~Amanda~