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.

001

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.

008

Then I tried the same sketch in watered acrylic paints.

009

What do you think?

Keep knitting…

Featured Etsy Blogger

Patch First Shop

Patch Vintage Shop – This is the shop that really caught my eye. Interesting vintage wear at good prices.

SALE Vintage Blue Flora Linen Blouse $32.00

il_430xN_111291947

Vintage Pink Kimono Batwing Blouse $8.00

il_430xN_138121267

From her Bio

My name is Patch, I'm Thai and live in Udon Thani, North Eastern of Thailand.
Crystal Beaded Jewelry is my passion. At first I like to buy every kind of jewelry - not expensive one - to match my cloths but sometimes I couldn't find what I want. Then I started to make my own jewelry. All of items in my shop I design from what I like which is another passion of mine Wedding Stuffs... I think about what I will wear when I go to wedding events or sometimes I look at the wedding gowns and think about what will match to those gowns.. As I made them like I will wear them myself, I choose the best quality materials as I can find.. I can guarantee you that you will receive the best quality of jewelry from my shop..
For Vintage items, they are from my mom's closets.. She loves Fashion and she keeps all her cloths as many as she can.. even she can't fit to these cloths now... Most of them is gorgeous and still new coz she wore them several times. At first I want to keep them all but they are 6 boxes of them and most of them is not my style so I think they will be more value for people who really love them.
Anyway, I will be so glad if someone ask me to make custom jewelry for the wedding.. coz as I told you I love wedding events.. Just convo me want you want me to do...
For more about my passions and inspirations... go to my blog.. http://patchfirstshop.blogspot.com

Enjoy shopping!

8.22.2010

Hummingbird Moth and Soaring Socks

While sitting outside and doing a little knitting I spied this little guy. I first thought he was a bee, then when I got closer, I noticed he was acting like a hummingbird.

023

A long nose, clear wings, and a hairy body? Could he be a moth?

024 

Yep, after some investigating, I discovered he is a Hummingbird moth, see this great slowed down video.

He is actually a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth! We have been enjoying watching him!

While sitting outside I’ve been working on my Sock, the basic sock from the Socks that soar on two needles by Cat Bordhi. I love this method of knitting socks!

033

Hoping to get these done soon, it is a fast method of knitting socks, and when carrying them, no worries about having a dpn drop out.

May your knitting needles fly as fast as dragonflies..

8.19.2010

This and that…creative people

79create

I found this stop motion tutorial on flickr, The Making of Origami Koi by MABONA ORIGAMI, website here http://www.mabonaorigami.com/, full of inspirational images! This will make you take a second look at the blank piece of paper.

Need a Mid Century Birdhouse? I grew up in a ranch style house, and now my birds can also. Chris at Curbly.com show us how to make one! Don’t let your birds be homeless!

Need a cute Mini Terrarium? Jenny Ryan on Craftzine shows us how to make one using a Mason jar. Put a little mushroom in and a fairy and what little (or big girl) wouldn’t enjoy having this on her desk?

A Copper Ring Tutorial from Karen Makes Stuff, stop and look at her blog, she has plenty of ideas you will be interested in.

And for all of you knitters and spinners, take a look at the Knitty fall 2010, and the Knitty spin close look at Navajo Plying

 

Knit Fast, Dye Yarn
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning how to dance in the rain."

8.15.2010

Just add Water!

I’ve been playing around more with my water colors. I’m trying different looks to skies, ground and water. Just the basic things. Easier said than done.

We have not been able to get away during the summer, due to my injury and other factors. So I guess my summer getaway is painting. Images of places I would like to be. I’m reading watercolor books, and visiting watercolor blogs.

I tend to forget that I need the white of the paper left, at least some of it! So that is what I’ve been concentrating on.

001

This was painted with the wet on wet technique. I should have used thicker paper or taped it down to prevent the buckling when it dried.

001

I was playing around with trees and everything else was an afterthought.

005

A chickadee on thistles

Again, I think less would have been more, the background was added. I should have left it out. I was going for a blurry background, but……

016

Oops, overworked, I just kept going, I knew it was trash, ha

015

A water bird, working on shadows and the sky

Knit Fast, Dye Yarn
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning how to dance in the rain."

8.14.2010

I got mail!

Sqeeee! I got a package in the mail. Jodi at Eternal Arts and Crafts blog had a giveaway of some lovely potholders. After a failed swap, she decided to have a contest for them. And I was drawn! Yay!!

011 014

What a package! Not only did I get two quilted, vibrant potholder, but two skeins of Debbie Stoller Stitch Nation Yarn, which I have been eyeing, but hadn’t purchased. I’m planning on making a felted purse with them, perfect colors for a fall bag! Also included was a notepad, (for all of my lists), yarn bobbins, (which I needed), and some chocolate! Yum

The potholders are perfect on top of my new range!

018

See how pretty they are! They are the perfect compliment to my remodeled kitchen of black and yellow!

Thanks Jodi! Stop past her blog, she has lots of good ideas and links!

8.11.2010

Soul Hat

I had this pattern and wanted to make it for quite some time. After much dithering about the yarn to use. I choose some of my hand spun super wash merino. 

014009

And picked out some beads. At first I thought I was going to leave the beads out, then I thought, seriously, take a chance and I decided to use them! I had a hard time finding a color of bead to use that looked good. I  started the pattern, and frogged it once then went crazy and decided to use a variety of colors of beads to pick up with two predominate colors in my handspun.

015

The method I chose to use for knitting with beads was the traditional way, string them all on and slip them down when needed. It worked ok, with this amount of beads (108 beads), but if I was using more, I would attempt the crochet method, (see links below)

The pattern calls for the beads to be applied in 5 rows in a twisted rib pattern, I was pleased that it was easier than I anticipated.

011

I found several good blog posts on knitting with beads. Starting with Claudia at Mr.. Puffy the dog, who was the inspiration for this hat.

From Fluffy Knitter Deb, how to knit with beads crochet style

From Knitty, a through article on beads, and a variety of methods to knit with them

From Fleegle’s blog a tutorial on a modification that allows you to pick up more beads on your crochet hook

From Let’s Knit Together a video on knitting with beads, she shows us how to knit with beads , (a lot of beads) with amazing results, knitted beaded jewelry! Not something I’m ready to tackle….yet

032

top of hat, to show lacy pattern, blocked over a plate, (as Claudia suggested in her post)

034

close up of the beads.

So in the end, I love the hat, and now have enough confidence to knit another project with beads! Now if it would just cool off here!

Knit Fast, Dye Yarn
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning how to dance in the rain."

8.07.2010

Toe up socks on Two circular needles with Silver

I’ve always wanted to try some toe up socks. I found this wonderful, step by step tutorial from Silver on Toe up socks. You can knit a basic sock or design your own socks. What drew me to this tutorial was how in-depth it is.A video' and step by step diagrams, I thought “yes I can do this”. Each page is a separate step in the sock, broken down into little bits that make it clear and concise. Very detailed!

So I’m off to find my sock yarn and needles.

008

I had bought some Trekking XXL sock yarn a long time ago in color 135 Circus, it is a self patterning yarn. I took my instructions and yarn to work and actually cast on at lunch, while talking! It was that easy, I got several rows done, and was then off.

Here I’m at home checking out the progress, Penny is not impressed with it. She would rather be running in the yard.

007 

The tutorial recommends to watch a one sock on two circular video on You Tube, once I did that, I understood the concept, and didn’t have any problems. It is an extremely easy method of knitting socks.

I have tried two socks on one circular and two sock on two circulars (with different instructions), but didn’t have much luck. I found that two at a time ended up with much tangling of yarn, and confusion.

This method is easy fast and fun. Silver also has this tutorial set up to encourage you to design your own socks. I highly recommend trying it! (silver blogs here), and has an etsy shop, Come to Silver, where she sells her cute knitting bags and fibers.

This is also the first time I have used the self patterning sock yarn, it is so fun and easy. It keeps me knitting, as I want to see what pattern develops! I would definitely use it again. The Trekking yarn is great, a combo of 75% wool, 25% nylon, gives it a slightly springy feel and makes it easy to work with.  A big skein at  462 yards, 7.5 stitches per inch, size 1-2 needle, it will easily make the size of socks that are needed.

It is Sat. and I’m off, I hope to have a “sock” weekend and relax.

066

Got a shot of a hummingbird at our feeder.

8.03.2010

Watercolor practice, Just add water

I have recently been captivated by watercolors. This is the last thing I thought I would ever try! But, upon reading Theresa’s blog Blueberries, Art and Life, I was sucked into the world of watercolors.

006

(I’m getting a little looser with my brush)

I’m amazed at how the colors blend and run, creating a  lightness that is theirs alone.

For a reasonable price you can get a basic set of brushes, paint and paper, and get hooked.

I found a website that has info on watercolors, Handprint.com by Bruce MacEvoy. Of course, like knitting, water color painting comes with a language all of it’s own.

I like this site, lots of tutorials, there is a big learning curve in learning the strokes and how to be loose and free with them. I also tend to want to fill in every speck of the page with color.

Unlike knitting there is no frogging!

It is fun to search for watercolors on You Tube and watch some artists paint.

Below is an example of “wet on wet” from Anders Andersson

 

So I practice….some trees…

002

004

 

Now go create something!!

8.02.2010

Etsy Bloggers July 5th Carnival, belated

 
Twice a month the Etsy Bloggers participate in a blog carnival, the topics are the choice of the host of the carnival. They never fail to make me think or amuse me. And of course I enjoy reading everyone’s view on the subject.
 

Welcome to the better-late-than-never edition of the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival from July 5th.

Linda B presents Let Freedom Ring! July 4 Blog Carnival posted at Linda B's Blog.

Lois presents Come on, Baby, Light My Fi-yah posted at Foxy G's Den of i-KNIT-quity.

gilliauna presents Immortalizing Yourself for Future Generations posted at The Meandering Musings of a Consummate Shopper.

Megan Smolich presents Handmade Jewelry from Etsy posted at Glue Gun Crafts.

Jessica presents Blog Carnival: What 4th of July Means To Me posted at Cut Your Heart Out.

sexyhandmade presents Moodboard: Ruby love! posted at SexyHandmade.

Betty Mathers presents 4th of July Weekend posted at The ReFORMatory.

BunnyKissd presents BlogCarnival: Ruby Reds posted at Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too.

 

Enjoy!