Glenn and I have been travelling as far as Oakville once a month, to take over running errands for his parents and give his eldest brother, who is closest, a break (there are 5 brothers). We are second closest at 5 and a half hours away. The rest live in the US so are on the wrong side of the border to come and visit.
This last trip we checked the hotel was still open, Yes. Packed up the car; extra grocery cooler bags, suitcases, and fibre related to the Mr. Mer project. One quick look at the garden and off to Oakville!
1-2 Silly lungwort, silly strawberries, it’s not spring, it’s December!!!
After MUCH debating about what kind of fish Mr. Mer actually is. I suddenly realized he was a pike! A Northern Pike! So off to the internet to get reference images! I carefully looked at fin placement, size shape and colouring.
3 the reference photos
4 wires were placed for the lower fins.
I pulled out the measured wires (floral wire,22 gauge I think) and started to lay out one side of the fin, mixing tones as I went.
5 side one of the fin. (wire still to be added)
Added Fibre to the wire and then stuck the ends of the wire back into Mr. Mer just above the tail fin.
6 lower underside fin
7 Getting ready to start upper back fin.
8 using 3 of the 42 gauge triangular needles. These are quite nice. I would like to get some in the 333 configuration these are the 222’s.
9 I also used the 38 which suddenly felt aggressive compared to the 42’s!
10 I started laying in the dorsal colouring. I was hand blending and tearing the fibres into short unorganized sections which I laid on in thin washes.
11-12 I tried attaching only one side of the fin wire for the hip fins.
I had worried all this addition of fins may have been a bit overwhelming for Mr. Mer, but he found a spot to blend into on the couch and started reading a postcard (he seemed interested in the picture from Dubai)
13-14 Mr. Mer refused to wear a mask but he did have a lot of poking with a needle and may have felt that boosted his immunity. (I did not have a mask that would fit him). I think I will wait for the kind of needle that has the vaccine, fewer barbs in those!)
Parts of Christmas are already in Oakville, they even had more snow than we did! I spotted the mouse angel and the Christmas card from was that just last year?
15-18 A bit of x-mas has already arrived.
19 back to work defining fins and covering that butt.
20 the sun finally comes out shortly before it’s time to set.
21 He had a swim around the computer desk in the hotel room. Then I had a nice float and some stretching exercises in the hotel pool. Just to prove I don’t actually melt in water, So far…
22 The mostly empty hotel
23 The greatest shock of 2020 thus far is I now float,….. in a pool that is saltwater….as long as I hold on to the rope. I wonder if this new skill will last into 2021?
Have a fabulous week and a nice relaxing X-mas! I hope you get lots of Fiber, spinning wheels, wonderful inspiring books probably about felting and maybe a loom or two.