Sunday, June 30, 2013

Doctor Who Scarf: week 6.

Almost there! My scarf is already over 8 feet (about 2.4 metres) long. I expect it to be close to 10 feet without the tassels. That's a bit less than the 12 feet from the pattern, my gauge is somewhat tighter. But it's more than long enough, it's already reaching the bottom of my knees and it's not finished yet.

90% of knit doctor who scarf

Some advice I can give you if you want to make your own: weave in ends as you go. I'm glad I did it. The scarf has 53 sections. Even if you don't have knots and need to cut or run out of yarn and need to change the ball in the middle of a section you'll have at least 106 ends to weave in.

Only 10% and tassels left: see you next week with pictures of a finished scarf!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sweet ACEOs!

Before another rainy weekend starts, let me show you some sweet watercolored ACEOs. You'll recognize some French pastries. Calorie free ones. And some summerish ice creams with bugs. 

five pastry atc cards

You can find them in my Etsy shop among 100 listings, so happy I finally reached this milestone: it took time but each minute was worth it!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Yarn and scrubbie.

Yesterday was the first day of official summer sales here. Of course I had to make a trip to the yarn store. I came home with some mercerized cotton (well the red one wasn't even on sale).

mercerized cotton yarn

I plan to knit a colored vest with it. There's this Fair Play pattern in the July issue of Simply Knitting I fell in love with. Mine is obviously going to be much brighter. Of course you probably don't ignore my love for pink but I don't want to dress in pink every single day.

fair play vest from simply knitting 108 july 2013

Before casting on I need to finish my 2 garter stitch projects, my shrug is almost finished (less than half a sleeve left) and my Doctor Who scarf has less than 1/4 left.

However, to take a quarter hour break I knocked down this scrubbie. It's going to be a small addition to a swap parcel. Waiting for mail from me? May be for you! The pattern is Hyperbolic Pseudosphere Scrubbie: my gauge being tighter mine doesn't look as curly.

crochet cotton scrubbie

Have a great day everyone! I'm meeting with fellow knitters later today. Once again rainy trip to the Café...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Shrug sleeve and horses.

Short post today. Because I had to let you know I finished the first sleeve of my garter stitch shrug. The second one can't be finished soon enough. Garter stitch is yarn greedy: I have already vanished over 1500 yards.

striped knit shrug

I also finished listing some cute horse ACEO cards I made last week, painting some food themed ones I hope to show you soon these days.

watercolor horse atc

Have a nice day everyone!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Doctor Who Scarf: week 5.

Almost a month already since I've casted on my Doctor Who Scarf. I can see an end coming soon. The huge beige and green portions are behind; the scarf-o-matic says:

doctor who scarf

I plan to work on it for 2 more weeks: one with an additional approximative 15% knitting, and one with the last 10% and tassels.

This scarf is turning out so long I'm having problems to take a picture of it...

knit doctor who scarf

Fellow house cuppers, I feel this 1970's fashion mission is going to be completed successfully in the early days with a great bunch of points for Hufflepuff.

Hope you're all having a nice weekend. I had fun with Birthday celebrations. And got a gift card for yarn. Expect yarn pictures soon!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Random evening post.

1. Rain is back. Wind and cool cold weather too. No knitting on the balcony tonight. Time to gasps pick up a cardigan and blog.

2. Tomorrow is my birthday but also my sister's. We're not twins. She's 9 years younger than I am. Happy Birthday to her!

3. The circular portion of my shrug is finished. It took me almost an hour to bind off the final 707 stitches. Good news, it fits nicely without the sleeves. Sleeves start with 110 stitches and the number decreases. Believe me those rounds seem very short.

knitted circular shrug WIP

4. Before starting the sleeves of the shrug, I made an instant gratification project. The kind you can finish in half an hour. It's a keyring from the July 2013 issue of Simply Knitting that landed in my mailbox recently.

knitted keychain in home shape

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Shrug progress and more yarn in stash.

What's been going on here those last days? It's been warm, even really hot. Lots of outdoors knitting until late in the evening. And my shrug has grown a lot. Only about 1" left for the circular part... with plenty of stitches on the needles. My math tells me I'll end up with 707 stitches. I never had that many before, 624 was my previous record. I don't imagine beating those 707. The last Dan Brown audiobook and some old Doctor Who episodes are keeping me great company while working on that.

knitted pink shrug in progress

I've also recently purchased yarn for a future project. No garter stitch again, once I'm done with this shrug and my Doctor Who scarf I probably will be fed up with it for a while. So I'm going to knit a fair-isle vest: A Great British Knit. Coming November I'll make a trip to Glasgow. Even if it'll be a lot of work and only little visiting I'm already excited about it. Hope to have finished it by then, and of course I'll choose the thistle chart for the flowery row of my vest.

Woll butt versailles yarn

The yarn is Woll Butt Versailles. I wanted something soft. Shetland is for sure great rustic yarn for fair-isle but I don't consider it soft. And of course I wanted colors close to the original. Not so easy to find a brand with all shades of the palette. My red is a bit bright and my lilac a bit light but I'm optimistic that it's going to work out fine.

Now back to gasps garter stitch!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Doctor Who Scarf: week 4.

Already 4 weeks I'm working on my Doctor Who Scarf. 4 x 15% = 60%. I'm even closer to 64%. One of those long beige portions at the end of the weekly segment. Wanted to finish it: it's the last huge one of those. Even started a second ball of that color. Good I like light colors, I'd prefer not to have to start a second ball of dark grey (well I hope I won't need to, it would mean a trip to the yarn shop as I have only one).

knitted doctor who scarf 60%

666 rows knitted. Let's hope it's not a bad omen! Needles please don't break, yarn please don't run out, knitting mojo please stay...

To give you an idea of the size of the beast.

lea bronnenkant with doctor who scarf

Only a hair over 10% to reach the 75% mark: next week will be a lot of shrug knitting rather than working on this scarf.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Shrug knitting, fun mail and bookmarks.

This week has been a little bit crazy with a last minute trip and a train strike, but finally time for blogging!

Sooo good to find fun mail in the mailbox.

First, a swap parcel from pamm9333 for the June Friendship Square Exchange. This was very quick mail with not only a couple of super-duper birds squares but also some chocolate with peanut butter (love love love peanut butter chocolate, a shame it's so hard to find here) and tea. July will be all about the farm, come over and join us on Ravelry!

crochet square swap parcel

Second the July issue of Simply Knitting is here. There's a lovely fair-isle tank inside (not listed on Ravelry yet so no link sadly) that I might knit one day. While finishing WIPs (gasps fighting startitis his hard) I'll have fun with the word games. And the buttons as gift are way too cute.

simply knitting july 2013 issue 108

Ok as I told you above these last few days have been a bit crazy, but I had a lot of knitting time: I vanished over 700 yards in garter stitch on my shrug in no more than 3 days. Getting confirmation I misunderstood the increase thing for the circle. I'll end with an heptagonal shape. Fingers crossed it'll look good on my body.

garter stitch shrug in progress

Finally I've just finished listing some quote bookmarks on Etsy, enjoy!

bookmarks with famous quotes

Wish you all a great weekend, I'm planning to knit on my Doctor Who Scarf!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Doctor Who Scarf: Week 3.

Time for the weekly update on my Doctor Who scarf. With Knit in Public Day on Saturday afternoon and a rainy Sunday I've already reached the 45% goal-of-the-week line. 474 total rows knitted.

And here's a picture of the beast!

doctor who scarf knitting work in progress

Sometimes next week I should show you the 60%!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Origami cranes and new bookmarks.

It's been almost a week since my last post about paper crafts: time to have a look at this week's creations!

First, I folded some cranes to color my flat a little. I'm not very good at origami paper folding. But I start to get pretty good at making cranes. There's now a rainbow of birds above my window.

origami cranes folded paper rainbow

Second, I increased my bookmarks inventory. There's a bunch of watercolored ones and some with zentangles. All available in my Etsy shop and eligible for the 20% off birthday sale with coupon code BIRTHDAY2013. 

handmade bookmarks watercolor painting and zentangles

My favorite part when straining paper with soft pastels?

carre conte view of artist's fingers

Even more fun when the mailman rings at the door before you had time to wash the colors off...

See you soon with the weekly progress on my Doctor Who scarf!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Graduation bunny and speed challenge.

There's been some frenetic crafting going on these days.

First, I took part in a time trial in the HPKCHC. Quidditch race was all about crocheting this market bag or knit a similar one as quickly as possible. I went with crochet as it's faster. I spent 2 hours and 10 minutes making it. With a couple of embellishments. I finished 4th. And with achy fingers. I'm amazed by how fast crochet goes with a 6mm hook, first time I used one that large (and actually the largest I have). The embellishments are this flower and this butterfly.

crochet market bag with butterfly and flower

Once the adrenaline of the race went back to normal rates, I knitted the Bravo Bunny I promised my sister for graduation. I love Alan Dart patterns. He's a genius in toy designing. The pieces are easy to knit. But expect to end with something like that.

alan dart bravo bunny pieces

The making up makes it all. I hate sewing. I really do. I love seamless sweaters and in the round stuff. I usually don't go for flat toys. But Alan Dart's patterns are so great once finished I even learned to mattress stitch neatly.

knitted graduation bunny from alan dart pattern

Wish you all a fantastic weekend and Knit in Public Day tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Doctor Who Scarf - Week 2.

This week I'm early with my goal. It's super fun to knit. Far from the boring thing I thought I'd gotten myself into.

338 rows are done: this is less than a third and my scarf is already getting pretty long...

doctor who striped scarf

Yes, a hair over the 30% line, but I have a lot of stuff planned in the coming days between a speed challenge crochet bag and a graduation bunny stuffie.

Next week's goal is 45%... starting with one of those loooong beige portions the original scarf knitter Begonia Pope decided to inflict us: sounds the perfect plan for Saturday afternoon's Knit in Public Day event!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rat Tonic Hat knitting pattern.

knitted hat with colorwork rats
Rat Tonic Hat is the 6th and last pattern from the Potions! collection. It's an easy beanie pattern with a band of stranded colorwork to make it unique and fun to knit. It's named after the Rat Tonic potion from the Harry Potter books.

You can get your copy of the pattern directly here with Paypal for $3.50:
Or you can buy it on Ravelry and get 20% off as a launching offer until June 20, 2013 with coupon code POTIONS6.

The sample shown here is a chemo hat for Octobre Rose (link is in French only).

colorwork mouse patternNow 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!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Fruity bookmarks and more owls!

It's been a while since my last brushes and pencils post. Time to have a look at my recent production. Yes, I think production's the appropriate word, because I've been feeling really productive recently. Maybe the  effect of (shy) sunshine that's finally shown up...

1. Owls. A couple of brand new owls have joined the collection of Tarot ACEO cards: Strength and The Star.

pair of owl atc cards

2. Don't fear the devil (but the techy stuff)! There's only one devil available in my Etsy shop, the second is a ghost listing that happened during an Etsy bug. I'm still hopeful a tech can remove it or I'll have to wait until September 24 with this second unexisting devil showing up. Sent the staff a screenshot and been promised they'd have a look.

3. Bookmarks. This weekend I got my watercolors out. I felt greedy for sweet food too. Good thing with virtual calories is you won't take weight. So, fruit and desserts joined the bunnies.

set of three painted bookmarks with fruit and dessert

4. Graduation. Nothing to do with art or knitting but I'm the happiest sister as my little sister graduated from college today. Wonder if I should knit her a Bravo Bunny to celebrate as they don't do real ceremonies here in France. That's her tasting my hummus...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Instant gratification projects.

As you probably know if you've read this blog those past weeks, I have several large projects on the needles at the moment.

I needed a break this weekend to feel the "finishing a project" excitement.

So I made the square for my monthly swap. Birds being the June theme I went for an owl. The pattern is owl granny square.

granny square with owl crocheted

I also made a couple of 30 minutes hair accessories. The green bow is knitted from seed stitch bow. And the butterfly is crocheted from butterfly grace.

green bow knitted hair accessory and red and white butterfly hair elastic

Feel inspired? Good news, all the patterns are free ones. If you're playing in the HPKCHC group on Ravelry you can get some easy points with those!

Now back to the Doctor Who scarf to get to the 30% goal of the week before Thursday. Because on Thursday I'm taking a crazy crochet time trial challenge. I'll tell you more about it soon.