Sunday, 2 August 2015

More wooliness going on along with some colouring and a haul

Hi everyone

Since my last post I have been knitting away and my needles have been clicking so fast that there were sparks flying from them - well nearly.  I did try wooden needles, but I really couldn't get on with them, I couldn't get any speed with them.  Does anyone have any tips for using them as I always find that my steel ones get hot and sticky and I need to wash them regularly?  

Last time I showed you the little jacket that I had made for my new grandchild due in October and the front and back of a jumper in self patterning wool for my grandson.  Well the jumper is finished and sewn up (my least favourite part) and I'm really pleased with it.  I loved the self patterning wool so much that I thought the new baby would also need a self patterning jumper too.  

This was such a dream of a pattern to knit that I did a second one in the wool that was left over from the jacket.  

I have also been knitting squares.  I had made a blanket for my grandson when he was born and what I did for one, I feel I have to do for the other.  Squares are easy to knit up when sitting in the evening watching tv.  Again it will be the sewing all the squares together that will be the difficulty.

Some of the colouring that took place for the colouring challenge included the following 

I love these cute bees and used my watercolour pencils and a water brush for this one.  My watercolour pencils are not expensive, but I find them very easy to work with and they blend really well.  I added some glossy accents to the eyes to finish them off.  I made this into a card for my husband's birthday.

This is a new stamp to me by Woodware called Boxed Daises Trio and I coloured it with Distress Markers.  I really love working with the markers and enjoy the watercolour finish to any project I use them on.  I have been trying to use my small collection of Copics to improve my colouring with them, but I think that this effect is my preferred finish.

This one was coloured with Distress inks.  I blended the colours through a Simon Says Stamp stencil which gave this lovely background.  My nephew celebrated his 50th birthday and I felt that this colour would be perfect for a male card.  I don't know about anyone else, but I always struggle with cards for males.  I die cut the numbers and embossed them with WOW's Primary Lagoon regular embossing powder - the effect was gorgeous even though I say so myself!

Here's a set from My Favorite Things called Sea Life.  I've had this set for some time, but for whatever reason, I haven't used it.  I did a watercolour background on Ranger watercolour paper with Distress inks and then used several different makes of ink to stamp the elements.  I love that some of these pieces sit inside the circle and some overlap.  It's such a cute stamp set and I will be using this more often with different sentiments.

I've been working in my art journal more recently and have found three ladies on YouTube that I have been following with great interest.  If you get a chance check out Maremi SmallArt, Nika in Wonderland and Mimi Bondi, I love watching them all work and I have been inspired to do some more pieces in my journal.  All these ladies use stencils lots in their work and if they do, so should I - right?  Hence the recent haul.  

Yes, I did sneak a couple of Copics in and also two of the newer Distress colours that I didn't have in my collection.  I'm really enjoying using texture paste with the Crafters Workshop Mini Chickenwire stencil and also the Tim Holtz Dot Fade layering stencil.  I haven't used the Splatters or the Creative Expressions Swoosh stencils and I'm really looking forward to using the two Indigo Blue stamps.  

My most recent purchase has been a calendar - I know, what a random item to buy at this time of year!  Since I left work, I have not had a calendar and I'm finding that I am totally losing track of dates, days and even weeks so I have bought a mid-year calendar that I have put up in my kitchen, I make sure that I look at it every day and I take note of the date.  Hopefully this will help me to be more organised about when I post my blog instead of getting to the end of the month and thinking 'Oh, it's blog time'!

Thank you for taking the time to peek into what's been going on in the studio and I hope you will check in again next month.