Saturday, 1 August 2015

Halfway There....

Another couple of hours spent on this - all going like clockwork!

Clearing That Blockage!

I've not painted properly for quite a while - not sure why, possibly due to being busy with other things.  I find if I haven't painted for more than a couple of weeks I get withdrawal symptoms - it affects my mood quite badly.  It's worse when you want to paint but don't have a subject in mind.  So I've taken the bull by the horns and started a tiger in watercolour - I used to paint tigers a lot, so much so that the local art society nick-named me The Tiger Lady!  However, you can have too much of a good thing and I moved on, but it's always nice to go back to the same subject once in a while.

I'm planning on this being quite splashy and loose around the edges, with the detail in the centre only - that's the theory at least! 

Giving the knitting a rest for a bit - aching thumbs after a busy week.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Third Clanger

This little Clanger is all done, ready for his trip across the Atlantic - funny how all the Clangers I've made have gone to the USA.  As I make each one, I learn how to do them better - the waistcoat on this one is made with double layers of felt, which gives it a bit more stability, and I have punched holes in it for the leather thonging to pass through.
The actual knitting of these takes less time than the assembly - there is a lot of fiddling around with feet, fingers and of course the waistcoat.  Fun though, and it's hard not to make the sound effects as the Clanger takes shape...boop-boop-beep-boop...
Inbetween paid work, I'm knitting myself a triangular scarf in this navy & white self-striping yarn.  I didn't read the description properly when I bought this as I was so excited at having found the striping yarn I was after, and it is actually aran weight which makes it a bit chunky - I had planned on making socks.  I know there is self-striping sock yarn in this colourway somewhere out there, I just can't find it - any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Today's challenge - a knitted barbeque & all that goes with it.  Almost there, just figuring out the twiddly bits!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Sun & Sunflowers

I do love the summer, but it is quite detrimental to me getting any work done. The pull of the outdoors is very strong, especially this year when there are no builders next door, the weather is good and everything in the garden really is lovely!

So there has not been much painting going on, something that I feel bad about and yesterday decided to  kick start myself back into action.  These sunflowers are in a vase but I transported them out into the garden and painted outside.  I used watercolours on a piece of Yupo paper - Yupo paper is very strange stuff.  It is incredibly thin, made of plastic and completely non-absorbent.  Which means the paint does not behave in a way I am used to!  Even with the warm weather, it took a long time to dry and initially I was fairly annoyed at  my choice of medium.  Then I discovered that I could use the watercolours thickly and push the paint around as if it was acrylics or oils.  So this made my style of painting change radically, and I ended up having a lot of fun with it - as well as painting very fast in order to finish it before having to feed the troops!

I'm not sure this is a way I would choose to work on a regular basis, but it did get a brush in my hand and something down on paper.

Currently on the needles: another Clanger, some very weird stuff for Nudinits, and still slogging away at a summer top for myself. 

Friday, 17 July 2015

A Very Small Dog....

 Here is the completed dog set, all knitted on 1.5 mm needles.  It took a little while to get used to working that small, but once mastered, it was not too bad.
 The dog is 3 inches tall and three inches long.  He has wool jointed legs so is poseable, and I do have a vast collection of tiny safety backed eyes, so that wasn't a problem.
 I quite like how small this is - I think there will be more to come in different yarns, although I am not sure a fluffy yarn would be so easy to work with in miniature.  One way to find out!
He is now for sale in my Etsy shop - come on, I am sure you need a pocket dog!

Also on the cream!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Copyright Infringement - result!

Just learned the offending website has been taken down - don't try the link any more, apparently it now goes to a porn virus site.

This shows that if enough people complain to the right authorities, something does get done. Let's hope it stays down.


 I wanted to see what happened when I knitted this pattern using the 1.5mm needles.  I had to use very fine baby yarn for it to work, but although this was fiddly, it came out rather well.
 He now needs the usual accessories - but of course, they have to be knitted in thing wool on fine needles too...sigh...
However, it will be worth it - who doesn't want a dog that fits in their pocket!