11.30.2010

Crayola inspired

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A quick sketch of an Amaryllis that I have. I love these flowers, they give us a bit of color when the days are cold and grey.

I did a fast sketch with some Crayola paint brush pens, which I bought on an impulse, thinking they would be good to pack and take (and the price was right). With basic primary colors they are fun, but don’t blend well.

I used a standard office black marker to add some details, and then regular Crayola crayons to add depth to my colors. It was a fun project to play around with.

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11.28.2010

Fiber Momentum

A quick sketch of a tree in my backyard, now minus its leaves.

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Done with a office supply felt tip marker, a fairly fat one.

And finally some fibery progress….

After dithering about after every two rows, I decided to forge ahead on my Iced Sweater from Knitty made with Colinette Point Five. 007

Due to the flash, the colors look pinker than the actual yarn. This is a top down sweater pattern, and after sweating the gauge for a bit. I’ve decided to consider it as a suggestion as to how much “off” I’m going to be, and try to compensate from there.

I have no idea if I’ll have enough yarn to complete the sweater. I have 10 skeins of 50 m each = 500 meters or 546 yds. of Cardinal, (it is fairly bulky, I’m not sure if it is considered super bulky). The recommended needle size on the label is 17 and I’m using a 10 to get close to the gauge needed. This resulted in most of my problems, the knit is turning out to be thick and rather stiff. But I’ve decided to think of it as a warm sweater/coat. I’m searching on EBay and Ravelry for more yarn.  If not, I’m thinking of finding a thick and thin maroon to finish it with. But hopefully I won’t have to go there.

Some spinning has occurred also. I’ve almost spun all of my BFL dark brown up. I just finished plying 2 bobbins, and I’m letting it (and myself) rest tonight. I have two more to ply (hopefully soon). Wishing for enough for a sweater, but I’m estimating approx. 630 yards will result from this pound of fleece.

So I seem to be running short on every project I have going…

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What is on your needles?

11.25.2010

Happy Thanksgiving

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What is this turkey knitting?
Strangely enough this picture was shown on The Colbert Report on 12/3/08
I also like the knitted turkey hats! In child or adult size!
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From    Going Crafty links to the knitted baby tukey hat pattern.see link below that works,
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jive-turkey-baby-hat, available as a free ravelry download.

Mummble-Jummble2 has a free pattern for a felted knitted turkey with a pilgrim hat.
Knit Fast, Dye Yarn
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning how to dance in the rain."

11.24.2010

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11.18.2010

Painting Bamboo

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In an effort to loosen up my paintings and brush strokes I became interested in the ancient Sumi-e Japanese (I have also seen it called Chinese) painting.

Sumi_e roughly translates as ink painting

It is an art form that strives to distill the essence of an object or scene in the fewest possible strokes. A few carefully placed broad strokes that fade off abruptly, a few thin lines and a dot, and a bird is clearly called into being on the paper.

Sumi-e is sometimes confused with calligraphy, because the tools used are the same. Calligraphy is the graceful, artistic representation of written characters, using ink and brush, while sumi-e is painting a scene or object. In the West, sumi-e is often called Chinese Brush Painting, although it has been a major art form in Japan and Korea as well.

To paint with ink requires the use of the Four Treasures. This refers to the must-haves of sumi-e: an ink stone, an ink stick, a brush, and the appropriate kind of paper. The ink stone is a stone with a shallow depression carved into it; it is used to prepare and hold the ink for the painter. The ink stick is a black stick composed of pine soot, bound into a hardened form with resin. It is typically molded in cylinders or rectangles with a lavishly decorated bas relief, such as dragons, on the surface. The reliefs are often painted in gold or other colors, making the utilitarian stick of ink a work of art in itself.

The sumi-e painter creates the ink immediately before beginning the painting, by sprinkling a few drops of water on the stone and then holding the ink stick upright, making circles with the stick on the stone. The end of the ink stick releases some of the soot into the water, making the ink. A skilled sumi-e painter knows how much ink to prepare for the painting he or she has in mind and makes enough, but not too much. Ink is not stored to be used later. Making the ink is a form of moving meditation for the painters, during which they prepare themselves mentally for the painting process.

Brushes used in sumi-e are usually wolf-hair in bamboo - 'wolf hair' can actually be horsehair, boar bristle or other animal hair. The brush's ability to hold and retain a point is critical to a sumi-e painter, since one brush is used to create the widest and thinnest of lines.

Paper is very important; it must be absorbent without being too absorbent. A paper that draws all the ink of out the brush at once will be impossible to work with, yet it must be able to draw up some of the ink, since some strokes depend on the brush lingering to fatten a line. Most watercolor papers are not suitable, since the paint stays mostly on the surface. Rice paper is the most common paper used in sumi-e painting.

The paint strokes out of which most paintings can be made are called the Four Gentlemen; these are the bamboo, the orchid, the plum tree and the chrysanthemum. Sumi-e instructors will insist that these be mastered before you progress.

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Still practicing, deceptively easy looking, watch a master at work.

Field study of horses

11.15.2010

What I’m working on…

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Sketch was made with standard office markers, while sitting in my back yard.

I’ve been working on my computer for the last couple of weeks! It progressively got worse to the point I took it to the Geek Squad. I finally decided on reinstalling Windows myself and seeing if I could “make it work”, saving the repair money to put toward a new computer if necessary.

I can say I’ve learned a lot, and am now trying to decide if I need a larger C drive, (cheap and I think I can install it), or keep going until it dies. Hummmmm, close to Christmas and I just bought a new refrigerator! Bottom freezer and I love it!

On the knitting front, I’m knitting with Collinette Point Five yarn, a bulky, thick and thin yarn. I must say, I hate knitting with it, but like how it looks when it is done. I’m in the process of making a top down pattern from Knitty Fall 2010, I love the pattern. It is one of the patterns that was love at first sight for me. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Still spinning my BFL, dark brown fiber, I’m almost done and will be plying it soon. Spinning is so nice to do to relax during this time of the year. Mindless and relaxing!

On the watercolor subject, I’m still into that also. I am surprised at how much it has captured my heart! It is up there with knitting *gasp! I know*!

I’ll leave you for now with a few links for some Holiday knitting!

Five fun links!

-For any knitting beginners, here is a good pattern with detailed instructions on a knit felted Christmas stocking from TLC.

-A knit mini I-cord wreath from Janet Pohl, that would be nice to use as a brooch or ornament.

-A knit cowl/hood makes a quick and nice gift from Crystal Palace Yarns, (check out their other free patterns also)

-A easy knitted bracelet, make one or a whole set of them, thanks to Talitha Kuomi, she also has a etsy store if you don’t want to knit them at  http://www.etsy.com/shop/talithakuomi

-Since I have a new e-reader I’m thinking of making a felted pouch for it, here are a few I’ve found so far,my favorite from Musings of a Yarn Mom is a knitted Kindle cover with a cable on the front,  from Knitting in Asheville her Felted Kindle pouch pattern,  from Berroco yarns a knitted e reader cover pattern

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

11.09.2010

Dead computer, I’ll return soon, (I hope)…

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11.08.2010

A little bit of everything…

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I have managed to squeeze  in a variety of things this week.

A fast sketch and watercolor of one of my beds, and bird bath. Just having some fast fun.

A little knitting….I’m using my Point Five Colinette yarn to knit this pattern, Iced from Knitty. I’m not sure I like the result, I had to use small needles to “get gauge” and the yarn is fairly bulky, this is resulting in a fairly dense knitted sweater. Too stiff? I’m still on the fence. If I frog it I need another pattern for this yarn, ideas?? I’m stumped…

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I have been spinning also, my pound of BFL is slowly getting smaller! Yay

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Happy fall! Enjoy the weather while it lasts!

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

11.03.2010

My appliances conspire against me, and knitting actually occurs

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First it was my washer that decided to die, after being nursed along and babied for about a year. Then my range started heating with no limit, from cold to brimstone in 15 minutes. Now my refrigerator has gone kaput!

So I’m off today, and my big plans are to buy a new one! Ugh! Decisions, top freezer, bottom, French door, or side by side?

In view of that I have decided to start knitting again, finally!

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I’ve had this yarn for quite some time, I bought it to make this hoodie. I have never started it

Now I’m thinking I’ll try to use the yarn for a Knitty pattern Iced by Carol Feller (of  http://www.stolenstitches.com/) I love the ease of this sweater and it is knit in one piece, I would rather do this than separate pieces. After a swatch and calculations for several modifications, I’m hoping to get my knitting mojo back!

Thanks to Theresa at Blueberries, Art and Life for getting me back into a knitting mood.

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