If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw a quick snap of my mini watercolor kit the other day.
Painting is something that has always mystified me – watching painters do their creating is like watching magic happen before my eyes. I just don’t understand how these things are made. I suppose some folks feel that way about knitting?
I’ve always wanted to try painting but never felt like it was the right time but the other day I just jumped on it, told myself to stop being afraid – what’s the worst that could happen? You spend a few bucks on supplies that don’t get used right away (and we call that a stash in knitting, what’s it called in other mediums?).
I took some inspiration from an extremely talented artist I discovered on IG – Heidi Annalise – and made my kit with an old Altoids tin I’d previously been using to store beads (for my Olive Garden shawl). I bought some empty half pans, 6″x8″ watercolor board, 3 paintbrushes and 4 colors of paint – black, red, yellow and blue (because this was all getting a wee bit expensive and I know from my elementary art classes that with these colors I can, with enough patience, make all the other colors).
My little water container is actually a small jam jar. I cut down the watercolor board to 2″x 3″ sizes to fit nicely in the lid of my tin and hold them in place with a little binder clip so they don’t get blown away.
It’s been so fun to learn something new and with just a little 2″x 3″ card to paint, it’s not so intimidating. I find it very approachable and have been painting a few cards a day, trying out different techniques, color combos and just generally learning how to put brush to water to paint to paper (not always in that order).
Here are all of my finished cards in order of creation – first on the upper left, most recent in the lower right. I don’t really want to show you the ones I consider inferior BUT I do want to practice what I preach, embrace learning something new and share my process.
What have you always wanted to learn but shied away from? Have you bit the bullet on anything you were interested in? How did that turn out? Please share these stories of success and learning!
These knucks are knitting up pretty quickly compared some of my latest projects! It’s fun to make such swift progress, isn’t it?
I finished the fingers and thumb of the second mitt the other day and started on the first flap! Because I don’t really like seaming, I decided that instead of knitting the flaps separately and then sewing them on that I would pick up stitches on the back of each hand, cast on the rest and knit them already attached. I picked up 17 sts on the back to make sure that I could start and end this picked up section with the k2 to keep it a bit cleaner (not that the recipient will notice but if it makes me feel better, why not, right?). After these two flaps I’ll make sure all ends are woven in and they’re donezos!
Side Note: You can see in the picture above that the body of the hand and the thumb look a little….spirally bumpy? That’s a result of me shifting my dpns around as I knit to avoid ladders between needles. That shit blocks right out (it really does, this isn’t one of those “that shit will block right out” prayer moments, I’ve actually tried it and it does block RIGHT out).
Sounds like a lot but I’m hoping to have them done and have a new WIP to show you next week, so fingers crossed!
What are you knitting this week?
Last Thursday night we wanted to go camping. We picked a spot, mapped it out, packed up the car and the dog and off we went.
The drive was gorgeous, of course, we explored some new roads, saw some wildlife, some changing leaves and gorgeous views of mountains and the city. When we got to the road to get to our campsite, however, we started seeing a lot of signs. A lot of “4WD ROAD” and “EXPENSIVE TOWING FEES.” and “HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES ONLY!” types of signs.
Sadly to say, my little Subaru can handle mud and snow and ice but it does not have a high clearance. We poked along as far as we could on the road and decided to turn around when the going got too rough.
After squashing my poopy ‘tude, we decided to have ourselves a little picnic overlooking the reservoir we planned to camp next to. We cooked up our dinner, drank our milk stout and watched the sun set. Nick with his hangdrum and me with my knitting (and Lisa with her….enthusiasm).
It wasn’t exactly how we’d planned it, but we tried to make the best of it and ended up having a great time. Lots of layers and being bundled in knits helped.
Did you have any adventures this weekend?
As is the case with many a knitter, I’ve got eyes bigger than my stomach (if you take “stomach” to actually mean “knitting time”).
Although I have culled my stash some over recent years, I do still have a large amount of yarn that won’t be knit up in the next few weeks or months and some of it will likely remain in stash for years. In an attempt to at least have a plan, I want to start a somewhat regular Knit List in which I’ll pair up some of my stash yarn with a pattern or two.
And maybe if any of these patterns look like good pairings for your stashed yarns, we could do a mini Knit-Along!
So without further ado, here is the first Knit List:
This fingering weight yarn I picked up at the Estes Wool Market a year or two ago.
I think it would make a great Odd Couple by April Klich.
I’m thinking this combination of half mystery yarn/half Shibui Knits Stoccato should be…
The Saudade by Ysolda Teague. I’m thinking my white for her dark grey, my middle grey for her white, my black for her yellow and my green for her orange – whaddya think?
An additional bonus to these lists will be that it’ll force me to get an accurate stash updated in Ravelry so that I can find patterns more easily!
What’s the state of your stash? Do you have projects planned for your yarns or do you work as the inspiration comes?
See? Keepin’ right on rollin’ with this here blog. Not taking another 3 month break, no-siree.
This week my main project (I think I currently have 3 WIPs total – not counting the cross stitch) is a new set of KnickKnackKnucks. This is an older pattern of mine that originally came out in 2011. I’ve knit quite a few pairs of these and I still have my originals and wear them every winter!
I wanted this pair to be in the same yarn – Pattons Kroy – but I wasn’t able to find a colorway that would work for the recipient. I ended up choosing Premier Yarns Serenity because they had a pretty purple colorway that is knitting up beautifully. The yarn is softer than the Kroy and I’m a little concerned about it’s hardiness but only because I haven’t worked with it before (and obviously the Kroy can hang with the big dogs and still be my main pair of gloves after 5 years). Have any of you knitted with it yet? Does it hold up well?
I’m working on the first glove but it’s going quickly! Compared to my latest projects that were all pretty hefty (sweaters, shawls, etc), gloves are a quick knit!
What are you working on this week?
Crimeny it has been a loooooonnnnggggg time, hasn’t it? I’m sorry. I could go on and on about what happened and why the blog fell to the wayside and how I promise to keep it up this time around but let’s skip that and just get back into the swing of things, shall we?
Conveniently, the last time we chatted here I was talking about the projects that I actually currently am looking for testers for! Yay! The Universe does work in mysterious ways!
The Clover Blossom top is an easy-to-wear pullover that has a unique construction. It’s knit flat, there’s a little seam and then stitches are picked up for the waist ribbing. This sample was knit out of a linen blend and I’ve got another sample out of 100% wool so I’m excited to see what other sport weight yarn knitters will choose to work with!
I’m only looking for one or two testers for this and more information about it can be found in my Ravelry Group.
Ideally it won’t be another 3 months before our next chat, I hope your summer went well and that your fall (these seasons assuming northern hemisphere) is starting off well!