Saturday, September 28, 2013

Mandala and zentangle art week...

Today's post is about my weekly art updates in my Etsy shop. It's all been very geometric with (another bunch of) mandalas and some unique zentangle drawings. Zentangles are perfect to keep busy while on a short trip: they're time greedy to accomplish but you'll only need paper, a compass, a ruler and a couple of black ink pens so materials won't stuff your luggage.

First we have a large ocean life mandala with cute fish and other sea creatures, this one's an original watercolor pencils and ink illustration :

ocean life fish painting mandala art colored pencil original drawing

zentangle mandala art original drawing pen and ink back and white

To finish, I've also listed some smaller and thus less expensive zentangle designs:

zentangle art black and white ink drawing flower illustration owl decor and heart card

Isn't that owl a cutie?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

And I have new socks!

They're done! I finished my pair of Brighton socks. And I love them...

colorwork socks brighton cooper

Know why you need a pair too?
- They are entertaining to knit.
- There is colorwork only in the part you see when you wear shoes (because, you know, you mostly won't work bare boot in winter streets).
- They are a great way to use up leftovers.
- The heel is made in a solid stitch pattern.
- There are 3 sizes, and they fit perfectly.

Now what? Remember this skein of bamboo lace I stuggled to untangle? It was so crazy I put the yarn back in a box. Just took it out, I decided to knit a shawl with it. Going with Mermaid's shawl!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Crochet pouch bag and Christmas cards.

This past weekend has been pretty productive craftwise, probably been boosted by the sun!

First I crocheted this pouch bag, just large enough to put the essentials in: this is my second Keeper project for quidditch in the HPKCHC. There's no pattern. It's a couple of basic crochet squares joined with a row of single crochet, the flap is improvised. And the yarn comes from the leftovers bag, mostly half skeins of Katia Promo-Fin (my go-to yarn).

improvised blue crochet bag

Second, I added a bunch of Christmas cards to my Etsy shop: each one is unique, so hurry up if you want to be sure to not miss one you like.

original drawing paper handmade greeting cards for Christmas

So this is it for today, next plans are to finish those socks I've blogged about several times already!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A color blast!

This past week has been rather gray and rainy, so I thought some bright colors would be welcome.

I finally finished my first quidditch sock. A great leftovers busting project. Now to start the second one, second sock syndrom is not an option when I can 50 points in the HPKCHC quidditch for a finished pair.

knitted colorwork socks

The blue yarn is Wendy Happy in colorway Jupiter: I love working with that bamboo blend yarn!

I also colored the mandala section of my Etsy shop somewhat more with a set of 4 x 6" pieces (wouldn't that sheep be cool in a knitter's home?)...

original mandala art colored pencil and ink drawing

... and some yummy kitchen decor with French macaroon pastries.

kitchen decor macarons wall art colored pencil and ink mandala drawing

Wish you all a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mandala art fun!

Those days there's been some mandala art fun going on! In Sanskrit, mandala means circle... So I played with the compass quite a bit (well, even a lot).

mandala drawing nursery wall art bunny illustration

Second, a couple of smaller mandalas, one with zentangles:

zentangle mandala colored pencil drawing

bouddhist mandala ink drawing

Need ideas on how to "use" those smaller mandalas or my Aceos: you can now turn them into a card or get a framing mat!

See you soon for a post about sock knitting!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Christmas stocking is ready for Santa to come!

I like to start my Christmas knitting early. I hate being in a rush. I totally am each year again because I forgot some stuff I needed to make or decide on last minute projects. But at least my Christmas stocking is ready early this year!

knitted christmas stocking colorwork

It's made with some charts from Spindleknitter's Stockings pattern (free Ravelry download), however I switched to a short row heel and made a star toe.

So have you started your Christmas knitting too?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Time for a (long picture heavy) update!

Just realised I haven't blogged for a very long time! Been to busy knitting and painting...

1. I finished my Matilda Jane cardigan. As I couldn't find a ribbon that satisfied me I added an icord instead. Happy with how it turned out.

matilda jane cardigan by ysolda teague

2. I made some more hexipuffs, I'm having a lot of fun with them! Note to HPKCHC players: they're a good way to get easy points for activities without yardage requirements (like classes or some quidditch this term). All the duplicate stitch patterns are charts from Ravelry, just browse hexipuff in the pattern search...

3. I casted on socks. Because winter is coming. And because I had a crush on the Brighton pattern in the September issue of Simply knitting. Mine are going to have a very colorful leg as I wan't this to be a stash buster for my sock yarn leftovers.

4. I'm stocking up for the Christmas season in my Etsy shop: below are a few samples.

unique hand painted christmas cards

Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Is it too late to make sunhats?

Summer is back, sunny and warm. This late summerish weather had me crochet a sunhat. I lost my store bought one and can't remember where. As I have hiking planned if it's sunny, I'll need another one... and it's not so easy to buy one in September, stores have winter hats out already!

So I grabbed a couple balls of cotton yarn (last ones in my stash of the sadly discontinued Muskat Soft), a hook and the lovely There'll be roses sunhat pattern. You can check out Lara Sue's other patterns. I hesitated a while between several of her gorgeous crochet sunhats.

crochet summer sunhat

And here it is on my head:

crochet lacy hat

Monday, September 2, 2013

Don't miss that sale (many knitting patterns included)!

Morning everyone, I hope you've had a great weekend!

Short post today to let you know there's currently a sale going on in my Etsy shop. It includes a fat bunch of knitting patterns. There's only 1 copy of each pattern available at sale price, so don't miss it.

Are you rather a hat...

knitting pattern - colorwork hats

... or a sock knitter?

knitting pattern - knit socks

Other update, my shop has now a new section with prayer cards, here's a sample:

handmade prayer cards - watercolor painting - catholic art

handmade prayer cards - colored pencil drawing - catholic art