Friday, May 31, 2013

Doctor Who Scarf - Week 1.

Time for the first weekly update on my Doctor Who scarf progress!

It's only garter stitch. But with the color changes it's more fun than I was expecting. Ends are woven in as I go (well each 4-5 color changes). This should avoid a hibernation period once the knitting is done.

doctor who scarf knitted 172 rows

To reach my goal and finish it in time for the challenge I told you about last week I need to knit 15% a week (keeping a week for finishing and tassels).

So far I'm good with 172 rows done.


Wish you all a fantastic weekend, next scarf update in a week!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Heartbreak Teardrops Hat pattern.

green red and white knit hat
The 5th pattern from the Potions! collection is now available. Heartbreak Teardrops Hat is named after the love potion the Weasley brothers sold in their joke shop. And why so? Well hearts, once again!

You can get your copy of the pattern directly here with Paypal for $3.50:

 

Or you can buy it on Ravelry and benefit from the 20% off launching offer until June 10, 2013 with coupon code POTIONS5.




Now the technical info:

Difficulty: easy.

Skills used: knit/purl in the round, decrease, stranded colorwork.

Size: To fit head size 16" (20", 24").
When choosing size remember stranded colorwork is not very stretchy.

Yarn: Any sport weight yarn:
Main color: 150-200 yards.
Contrasting colors: 30-40 yards of each contrasting color.

Gauge: 24 stitches x 28 rows = 4" in stockinette.

Tools: Size US 4 / 3.5 mm set of 5 DPNs (or 16" circular or long circular for magic loop); tapestry needle; scissors; 1 stitch marker to mark beginning of the round.

Have fun hat knitting!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hook and pencils out!

green and yellow skirt on the hookLast weekend was, once again... rainy! This means I've been pretty productive with my crafts.

1. Linen skirt. I made progress. Not as much as I wished but enough to be happy though. Truth is, I found out 100% linen is rough and you need to make frequent breaks even with a loose gauge. But it's only a matter of time to finish it.




temperance tarot card with owl
original drawing of a devilish owl
 2. More owls. I'm having a lot of fun drawing those tarot cards ACEO with owls. Temperance and The Devil have joined my collection. I know even my devil doesn't look scary. But it's not the goal right? Currently I'm working on The Star and Strength, so stay tuned!



3. Zodiac art. It's been a while I've started a series of 5 x 7" drawings representing zodiac signs. Finally I finished (actually took pictures and listed) the first couple: Sagittarius and Pisces. Other signs are coming in the next weeks. And remember as well these astrology drawings that would make a great birthday present as the owls about are eligible for the Birthday sale.

centaur lady sagittarius sign

tropical fish colored pencil drawing

See you later this week for Doctor Who scarf progress!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bow Jumper is finished!

Finally a moment to blog about it. You may have seen it on Ravelry already. I'm done with my Bandol bow jumper.

bandol in cotton yarn

It was fun to knit. I added 16 rows to the body. It's not too short but not that long either. It took almost 1050 yards of fingering weight yarn. I had the feeling to go up slowly but now I found out the total yardage I actually was pretty quick finishing it in about 3 weeks.

And I love the little bow: it was worth weaving in all the ends.

colorwork pattern close up

Happy Sunday everyone and a great Mother's Day to moms in France and anywhere else celebrating!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Doctor Who Scarf: The Plan.

doctor who scarf close up on purl bumps
This weekend the whistle will be blown for Order of the Phoenix missions in the HPKCHC. I've decided to challenge myself to knit a Doctor Who scarf. It's going to be a lot of knitting. I hope to be able to finish it in time for the July 21st deadline. I'm a pretty fast knitter when it comes to garter stitch.

The pattern says to slip the edging stitch. For sure this would make it smooth. But it's not as the original one is. If you have a close look at it (see picture) you'll notice the purl bumps. So no slipping stitches for me.

set of eleven balls of acrylic yarn for striped doctor who scarfThe most difficult part was to find colors that are as close as possible to the original ones. I found out that depending on the screen and the broadcast the colors of the original don't look exactly the same. So I decided to go for Katia Promo-fin. Not a huge fan of pure acrylic for scarves but it's the brand of sports weight in which my yarn shop has the largest range of colorways. My scarf at least won't be too heavy despite it's length and colors are rather close.

See you in about a week for an update!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birthday sale: save 20%!

Morning everyone! In less than a month it's my birthday. Until then I'm doing you a favor. You can get a 20% discount on all your orders from my Etsy shop: enter coupon code BIRTHDAY2013 when checking out (expires on June 21st).

Not only might you get some of my artwork in the mail, but know that when you purchase one of my knitting atterns you can now download them immediately: no need to wait for an email anymore.

On the art side, I've listed some owl ACEO cards recently, they're the beginning of a tarot card themed series. Want another card that's not there yet? It'll probably come soon...

atc card with owls

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bow jumper: the end is near!

I've finished the knitting of my Bandol sweater. Well at least almost. There's still the neckline to add. But the front is now done.
front of knitted sweater

The bow is really nice and was fun to knit.

close up on knit bow

Weaving in the ends was less fun. It took me about 40 minutes to accomplish. Ok I admit I was watching some old black and white Doctor Who episodes and was more focused on Aztec sacrifices than on my yarn. But there were obviously many many many ends to weave in. I thought there would be only 2 blue and 2 grey ones before I started. Wrong guess. This bow has a bunch of portions for each color you need to use a separate strand for.

ends of bow jumper to weave in

Now comes the making up time. I've added 2 1/2" to the body. It still looks pretty short. I'm certainly not petite but not taller than average either. Hope it'll look good. And it's soon going to be warm enough so I can wear it!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Zentangles!

set of black markers
Have you ever given zentangles a try? If not maybe you should consider doing so. You'll enjoy them because:

- Zentangles are easy to learn, relaxing and fun.
- Zentangles are suitable for all ages and skills.
- Zentangles only require a black pen/marker and a sheet of paper (I have a bunch of different sized points markers but a 0.5mm one is good size to start with).



pastels carres conte
By assembling basic patterns in different ways you can make nice stuff. There are several free lists of patterns you can use as inspiration on the Internet. My favorite source is TanglePatterns.com. However I rarely use them as they're shown. Let your creativity free!

For the set below, I've stained the background paper with soft pastels. I love the Carré Conté ones as they blend well but without being excessively chalky.



ACEO cards backgrounds

I blend the colors with my fingers. It reminds me finger painting when I was in kindergarten. I didn't take a picture of my fingers though: my camera would have spots of all kind of colors now.

Should you want to make a first zentangle attempt I suggest photocopy paper or bristol. Once the cards stained with pastels you have to spray them with fixative. And it's not the easiest surface to work on.




And here's a picture of my recently finished cards (you may already have seen them in my Etsy shop).
set of five atc cards with zentangles



Friday, May 17, 2013

WIPs Friday, the second.

bandol tee on the needlesRemember last week I told you about the 3 large projects I had on the needles? Well I made some progress this week. A bit different from my initial plans but a lot of crafting anyways...

1. Bandol. I have finished the back. And started the front too. I'll sure reach the part with the intarsia bow. It should get less boring than the stripes then. I was a little worried about colors in the first place as I took out oddballs from my stash, but they look good together.

pink knitted rectangle
2. Garter Stitch Circular Shrug. If you haven't found out yet, garter stitch is:
- slow.
- boring.
- repetitive.

The back rectangle of the shrug is done. I need to do the math for the circle around now. Pattern is a tutorial only. Fingers crossed it's going to work out. I prefer not to think about the enormous gigantic rows of garter to come.

green and yellow skirt on the hook
3. Linen skirt. This is going slower than expected. Progress is only about 2" from last week.

4. Plans for the coming week:
- Finish front of Bandol.
- Do the math of the shrug.
- Add about 5-6" to the skirt (first portion).

We'll see next Friday how far I went...

I wish you all a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Crochet square swap: a treat in the mail!

The Internet is fast and useful. You can send a message to someone at the other side of the planet within minutes, seconds. Once I've clicked on the "Publish" button at the top of my browser anyone from the next door neighbour (by the way I can't hear music so I suppose he's not home) to a reader in the US or Australia. But as fantastic it is to be part of a world wide virtual community of crafters nothing is as exciting than finding something in the mailbox or have the mailman ring the bell usually while lunch is cooking and sometimes burning.

That's why swaps are fun and why I take part each month in the Friendship Square Exchange that doesn't ruin me in postage.

Yesterday I got this great parcel in the mail from Cristal for the May swap. The theme was flowers. Remember I showed you my square earlier, the white and hot pink peony block that hasn't made it across the Atlantic yet, blame all the May public holidays in France.

The square I received is from the same 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton I made mine out too. The book has a lot of flowery squares in it. There's also a lovely card and some yummy British herbal tea I enjoyed a lot.

square card and tea

Like birds and feel in a mood for swapping? You're welcome to join us in June.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

And some more ACEOs...

My crafting wasn't as productive as I was expecting it to be those last days. Too much time in the dentist's office. Now I have a tooth less and no more toothache. So I have good hope to catch up. We'll see on Friday what's up with those WIPs.

However I made a bunch of ACEO cards that are now available in my Etsy shop.

Changed a bit from bunnies...


1. A roasting pig in a crystal ball. I think this cool weather makes me dream about barbecue.. or wish for a warm fire. Good I'm a vegetarian. Piggy is safe and won't have to fear this bad omen.

2. Santa's elf. Did I mention before I love Christmas and make Christmassy stuff all year round? And zentangles were right what I needed to relax these days...

3. Mitten with a pear. Just for fun. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Etsy Treasuries #10.

It's been a while since last eye candy... I've been crafting hard. I've been knitting a lot of small items. I'm now working on large projects (I'll show you progress on Friday).

Today is sunshine day. Not that it's sunny outside. It's once again grey and rainy. But a bunch of bright items here!

First a collection of items I like, then a very knitting-friendly one from Stephanie Benning featuring my bunny washcloth!

'Let the sunshine in!' by lea67000

Sunny yellow collection.


Lemon yellow interi...
$140

YELLOW leather sunf...
$48

Orion (yellow/green...
$3.5

Yellow linen shawl ...
$30

Paris Photography -...
$30

Needlefelted sun br...
$16

Golden Crookneck Su...
$1.5

small cearamic bowl...
$23

Pressed Flower Jewe...
$20

Leather Clutch Bag ...
$25.5

50s 60s Young Jaege...
$199

Kermit
$35

Soap - Sunny Day Ci...
$3.99

Print Giclee 8x11 T...
$33

Sunflower Earrings ...
$26

Jewelry Box, Trinke...
$5

'Sunny Day' by benningsm

Yellow, yellow, yellow!


Sunflower Hand Dyed...
$23

Pillows, Yellow Pil...
$16

Kettle Dyed Roving ...
$2.25

Lemon Lip Scrub - a...
$7.75

1 OZ Organic Calend...
$2.29

Women's Yellow ...
$29.99

Hand Spun Yarn Two ...
$31.68

Superwash Merino Ro...
$14

Yellow Short Dress ...
$19

Knitting PATTERN - ...
$2

Floral Bright Yello...
$6

SALE 27 % OFF Knitt...
$16

Hand Dyed Organic M...
$17

Business Card Holde...
$15

Yummy Yellow - 5 Co...
$7.5