been doing some more sketches. sorry they are hard to see but felt like sharing them anyway. when i have them time they will be detailed in with marker.
i have been working on some crocheted to go cozies to send up to the museum with some other goodies for the christmas present buying season.
it seemed like a good way to use up some scrap yarn too. just single crochet in a spiral. no pattern. just made to fit. kind of wingin' it.
currently i am working on way too many projects at once, which is probably why i haven't posted anything lately.
i have officially started my sister-in-law's christmas sweater that she requested.
i am using ONLine Linie 219 Jeans yarn. it's a sport weight cotton acrylic blend in pretty charcoal color. it should hold up well to washing without her having to be super diligent with the laundry. always nice when you have a busy life.
it's my first time using the yarn. i didn't like the looks of it in stockinette on us5 needles, but i didn't want to go done to even smaller needles. so i am doing a garter stitch sweater. top down. raglan sleeves. with cables along the sides and a textured stitch for the main body.
will keep you updated on how it's going.
i am a little slow with this one. cat over at cut out + keep has asked me to contribute to a new blog series she has begun called technique tuesday.
there will be new techniques for sewing, knitting, crafting, crocheting and more on the blog every tuesday. here's my posting from the other week.
stayed tuned for more knitting tutorials from me soon. (ie picot bind off...working on that one).
i was asked a long time ago (in the spring) to submit a few of my little sewn items to haute handbags magazine for a possibility of being published. well i can officially tell you that they are in the autumn issue!!! (no, not my bag on the cover. but ...)
4 whole pages inside! awesome!
and the pictures are soooooo beautiful. when i received my copy in the mail the other day and started showing my family, they all commented on my cute little hands in the picture. my husband even made the comment that he had never seen me where those clothes before. i pointed out that the person in the photo is wearing fingernail polish. followed by the comment, "have you ever seen me wear fingernail polish?" made me chuckle.
you can purchase the magazine (when i comes out later in october) on stampington & company's website or at craft and book stores.
a while back i was given this ball of wollmeise (when i had asked the person for a favor & she gave me yarn! super sweet!). but i didn't know what to do with it because it has a lot going on with the colors. then bam...
simple. garter stitch and eyelets and long connected triangles. so more like a scarf then a shawl. short rows so that the 2 triangles could be knit seamlessly. because let's face it...who likes to seam? and it's reversible.
pattern :garter stitch and garter stitch with eyelet rows
shape : 2 long triangles knit together
technique : short row shaping
directions : written: also written a bit like a recipe so that you can use as much yarn as you like
yarn : wollmeise sockenwolle 80/20 twin (i used one skein)
needle : us 7 circs or straights
gauge : 11 sts x 16 rows = 2 inches in garter stitch (blocked)
finished measurements : 53.5 + 34.25in edges of both triangles where they meet) x 15 inches (blocked)
i have been working on some knitting with more wollmeise sockenwolle 20/80. this is a crazy multi colored yarn that i was given. i have been turning over several ideas on the best way to use it considering all the color changing. i settled on simple stitches with two long connected isosceles triangles. of course, i will have a pattern to go along with it so you can give it a go too. i think that it would also look great with a plain yarn as well.
also on the knitting front, my sister-in-law is wanting a sweater for christmas. so i am on a yarn hunt to find the perfect color and yarn so that i can get started on that puppy too.
i have been working slowly (not much free time lately) on an elk illustration to go along with my deer.
after sketching it out in pencil, i outlined and filled it in with micron markers. i really like the effect of all the lines going different directions. Next step is to add some color.
need to get out the coffee again and looking to experiment on the background with crayola markers and water. just (again) waiting for some free time when i am home. just been super busy between having several part time jobs and running the boys between practices and games for two different sports. doesn't leave much down time. and when i have it...well, that's what i want ...down time.