8.29.2010

Acrylics, Watercolors and socks

The end of August and not getting much knitting done. I did finish one of my Socks that Soar on two Circular Needles, and cast on the 2nd. This is an extremely easy way to knit socks. I have tried various methods of knitting socks with newer methods than the dpns, and always go back to them. However, this method is a keeper! I urge you to give it a try!

I am doing a little spinning in the evening, working on the pound of fleece that I started for the Tour De Fleece.

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The yarn I’m using is Patons Kroy Sock Yarn, at 166 yds, I had this much left over, and I made a short cuff. I rate it a affordable and readily available sock yarn with good color choices.  75% wool and 25% nylon, (4"=28 stitches on size 3 needles), makes it feels nice, I’ll let you know how it wears, but a little skimpy on the yardage per ball. Beware!

I have been reading about watercolors, there is so much info on acrylic painting that I looked into that also. I checked out several books from the library, but the look of acrylics is so heavy compared to the watercolors. I did find a technique in which you dilute the acrylics and use them in a similar way as watercolors.

I decided to give it a try. I sketched a fish and added a water background.

Below is the watercolor version.

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Then I tried the same sketch in watered acrylic paints.

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What do you think?

Keep knitting…

7 comments:

  1. keep doing watercolors!!!! Great job!

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement!
    Vicki

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  3. I like both. The fish just look like they are in different waters. The top fish looks like it's close to the surface, very sunny, reflective, happier place. The second fish looks like he lives closer to the floor, where the sun doesn't reach very well or at all.

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  4. They both look great. I never thought of watering down my acrylics. I learn something new every day.

    I don't know if I could ever give up my dpns though. It's half the fun of knitting socks. :)

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  5. I like the watercolor. Acrylics can be fun, but they are heavier. They are kind of cool if you are doing a very basic sort of picture with not too much detail. But I prefer oils to acrylic.

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  6. omg! i am in a knitting group, i will have to give them your blog!!! i found you on a watercolor blog and thought your name was interesting. you spin your own yarn! i barely know how to knit, but, i want to die my own yarn. p.s. i like the watercolor fish. it came out great!

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  7. VICKI!!! Wow... love the watercolor fish!! You did a great job on this :-)

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