Thursday, 26 February 2015

Plane Sailing...

I don't usually knit clothes for other people, I find it a little tedious these days - even my family have to make do with hats and gloves as knitted presents.  However, when someone approached me with this pattern, I could not resist!

It is a vintage pattern, I couldn't find a date on it but it cost 25 cents new.  Judging by the design of fighter planes (they are, aren't they?) I would put it at from the 1940's.  It's also knitted in chunky wool, so knits up really quick - the back took me under a week of evening knitting to complete.  I am enjoying this, and even the prospect of making pockets and fitting a zipper doesn't put me off.

However, there is a certain gentleman in the house who thinks he'd like one of these as well...I might not be quite so enthusiastic second time around!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Cuddle Cushion

 Here is the finished painting of Jasper on a calico cushion cover. This has been painted in Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks, so should be totally wash-proof.
Feels odd to see him like this - I can have a cuddle again if I want to!  If you'd like your pet painted on a cushion cover, see my Etsy shop for details.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

More Memories...

While searching for photos of Jasper through the dusty cobwebs at the back of my computer files, I came across a folder full of photos I thought had been lost when my last computer died.  It will take many days to trawl through them and see what is there, but it was good to find records of past commissions and paintings that are long gone.  Above, this was a 'treasure chest' painted with a portrait of a cat - it was also lined with silk, with a hole in the corner where a tiny painted mouse peeked out.
This is a painting of a saluki pup that I did for a calendar - I was determined to up the profile of salukis in print, there are not enough!  Unfortunately, shortly after I completed 24 paintings for two calendars, the company went into liquidation and I never got my paintings back - I believe they were being held hostage by some graphics designer until he got paid!  Luckily, I did get paid but there were other artists who lost out big time - if anyone out there knows the whereabouts of my work for these calendars (12 puppies, 12 kittens) I'd dearly love to get them back!
This was fun to paint - many years ago (before the builders moved in next door and made our garden a scary place for birds) we had a pear tree which blue-tits loved.  We used to get a nesting pair in our eaves every year and this is a painting of three young blue-tits who were so tame I could go out and if I stood quietly for a few minutes, I could get the perfect reference photos or check out their colours before trotting back to my easel.

On the needles this week - a very big sweater!
Also sewing bushes and plants as scenery for a new animation.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Memories...

I'm currently painting a picture of our old dog, Jasper, on a cushion cover using Inktense pencils and colour blocks.  The idea is, if this works then I will offer the chance to have your own dog immortalised on a cushion cover...or scarf...or t-shirt.  I quite like the idea of having Jasper still sitting on the sofa even after he's been gone five years - he was a game little chap and we still miss him.
 It was quite sad going through al the old photos yesterday trying to find a decent one to use, I even found a snippet of video with him in the garden which brought a tear to my eye!

Very excited today - we are going toUnravel at Farnham Maltings, showing the knitted animation Tickled Pink by Nudinits and giving a talk afterwards.  Not only that, there will be rooms and rooms of yarn.....


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Lovely Lace...

I've been knitting this scarf for what seems like an eternity!  The yarn is quite fine, the stitch to ages to learn and I kept getting sidetracked with other projects and having to put this to one side.
It's very pretty, very soft and very warm and now for sale in my Etsy shop. I have a lot of this gorgeous yarn left over and must think of something else to do with it...that doesn't take so long!
My son came home for a visit last week and opened a parcel that's been waiting for him for weeks.  Inside were some copies of a book he illustrated the front cover of.  It will be in the shops next month.
Can you read the credit on the back? Here...
I'm one very proud mum!  He also has two (count them, two!) front cover illustrations on upcoming editions of the Adventure Time comic book.  We're going to run out of room in the maternal pride folder!

Very busy at the moment - but not necessarily with what I want to be busy with.  I wonder why when you have extra time there are always things that crowd to fill it?





Thursday, 12 February 2015

Friday...Again

The weeks are just flying by, I'm not sure where the time is going.  This week I have been sewing, mostly hand sewing a tiny walkman for a new animation.  I did get a few minutes to run up this cushion cover with some very cool fabric - I just love jellyfish!

Working from home is proving to be a good decision - I have bits and pieces coming in that are enough to keep me going.  Next on the needles is a fabulous vintage men's cardigan - I cannot wait to get started, it is the coolest design I've seen for ages.

Next weekend is the Unravel knitting show at Farnham Maltings.  If you are planning a visit, try and make it on the Saturday as we will be there as 'nudinits', showing the film at 1.30p.m. and fielding your questions!  I have a feeling it might get raucous...

Monday, 9 February 2015

Pretty Polly

Currently on the needles, a green parrot scarf!  Now that the fun part of making the head is over, it's a long boring haul knitting the scarf in 2 x 2 rib.  It will be worth it when it's done though.

Spending my days mostly sewing at the moment - tiny fiddly little things for a new animation.  Certainly makes a change from dealing with recalcitrant five year olds - I feel a whole lot calmer these days!

I'm looking forward to Unravel at Farnham Maltings next week - as part of the Nudinits team, we're showing the film and giving a Q&A afterwards on the 21st February, 1.30 p.m.  If you are in the area, come along and say hello! (There will be yarn too, oh yes, there will be yarn...)