Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hexipuff madness and other stuff.

It's been a while since my last post, been quite busy these days so today is time to catch up.

1. Hexipuffs. If you've been on Ravelry in the last couple of years you must have read about the Beekeeper's quilt! I don't plan to make a blanket. I don't need another one. But the hexipuff bug bit me. Especially after I saw all the duplicate stitching charts. This month I've started with 5, firmly stuffed as I plan to make something like a chair cushion with them in the end. Random mix so far: animals, Doctor who stuff and Totoro. I plan those to be my small go-to projects in between larger projects, it'll take the time it takes to have enough for a cushion.

doctor who and totoro hexipuffs

2. Mail. The September issue of Simply Knitting made it to my mailbox. Freebie is the best since I have a subscription: short 8mm bamboo needles. Only pattern I really spotted this month is this beautiful pair of colorwork socks. But after my 12 pairs in 2012 challenge last year socks are not on the top priority list right now.

simply knitting 111 september 2013

3. I listed some more gift tags this week, quidditch and house animals: all Harry Potter lovers need!

golden snitch handmade gift tags watercolor painting

harry potter handmade gift tags ravenclaw eagle, slytherin snake, hufflepuff badger, gryffindor lion

I'll  be on the road quite a lot this coming weekend, hope to make progress on my cardigan! 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hand painted Halloween cards...

The whole last week the Halloween spirit has been around. I came up with a large collection of cards, gift tags... Come have a look at the whole stuff!

Here's a mix of different kind of them:

hand painted halloween cards

And this set was freshly finished today.

handmade halloween greeting cards with pumpkins

Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend, now I'm off to frog my dress start again, still not working but I'm not giving up yet.

Friday, August 23, 2013

NEWT update: Cardigan body is finished!

Remember last week I told you about my large crafting plans?

The Matilda Jane cardigan is coming along well. I've finished the body (modified the edges as I didn't like them so much). The ribbon in the back is what I loved immediatly when I saw the pattern. There's also a lot of shaping I followed to the letter. Was a bit annoying to count almost each row but worth it, this will have a nice close fit!

ysolda teague matilda jane cardigan

Progress on the dress? Well, not so much. I misread the pattern and had to frog the whole thing. But it's on the go now...

knitted cotton dress in progress

All together, this is a fat 25% of the global plan, on track so far!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Learning filet crochet.

There are not many knitting and crochet techniques I have never touched. Filet crochet was one of those. Until I made this baby duck washcloth. You can find the pattern here, it's a free one.

filet crochet duck washcloth

I used this video to learn, as well as this post.

Actually, it's not complicated at all. I was confused with the solid block and open mesh stitches. But it's only a combination of "chain" and "double crochet". Then all you need to be able to do is read a chart.

My washcloth is not perfectly even but I'll do better next time!

Monday, August 19, 2013

For Harry Potter fans!

You probably know it already: I'm a big Harry Potter fan (and that's why I knit and crochet along in the HPKCHC)!

That means I couldn't miss The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine. If you don't have a copy yet, you can find it here. Don't live in the US? You'll have to find someone to ship it to you (check on Ravelry, there are volonteers in many Potter or Interweave related groups).

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits 2013 Interweave

Most patterns are gorgeous, my big "must do" is a Hagrid's Sweater: I found some canary yellow yarn (on sale as it's discontinued Rozetti Lollipop!) to knit one... resized for woman fit.

rozetti lollipop canari yellow yarn for hagrid sweater

And inspired by our favorite house animals, bookmarks, ACEO cards and notecards joined my Etsy shop.

harry potter inspired watercolor notecards bookmarks and aceo cards

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Enchanted forest outfit.

Almost 2 weeks ago (yes, that long and I haven't written about it yet!), I've started a knitting challenge we call NEWT in the HPKCHC on Ravelry. If I successfully finish my 3 to 4 months plan I'll get a lot of points for my house. No less than 450 to be precise... if I meet all the intermediate deadlines.

I'm going to knit an enchanted forest outfit: a dress with a cardigan.

The cardigan is a modified Matilda Jane, I'm not fond of the neckline so I'm changing it and I'll add long sleeves because I don't have much use for short sleeved cardigans.

green and lilac matilda jane cardigan in progress ysolda teague

The dress is going to be something based on Nyskabende. As the pattern is freeform there's a lot of stuff that needs to be improvised. I've just started this one, not much to see yet.

And as this blue cotton yarn is pretty hard on the fingers, I needed breaks and made a few greeting cards you can find in my etsy shop: each one is completely unique.

hand painted watercolor greeting cards

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chinese Zodiac ACEO cards.

Those days I've had quite a bit of time to paint. I've decided to go for another set of ACEO sized cards. Love the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" size: fun to work on, easy to collect as they fit in standard collectible cards plastic sleeves and affordable.

For this set of 12 I painted the 12 animals from the Chinese Zodiac. Wonder what yours is? You can check here. Unlike our traditional Western Zodiac, you'll have to determine your sign depending on the year you're born in and not the day and month.

Want to see close up pictures or get one of them for yourself or a friend (those would make great Birthday presents!)? You can find them HERE.

watercolor aceo cards with chinese zodiac signs

Monday, August 12, 2013

Celebration party aka giveaway.

Great Monday morning here. I woke up to fantastic news: my Hufflepuff team won the Spring round of the HPKCHC!!! To celebrate you can choose one of my single patterns on Ravelry and get it for free. Just put it in your cart and enter code PUFFWIN. You have until tomorrow (August 13) night to grab your favorite pattern.

Other crafting news, I finished my octopus skirt, ready for cold weather.

knit demi octopus crochet skirt

And a close up on the octopus.

knitted octopus with fish

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Inspired by the sea and the garden.

Recently I've been inspired by colors and sealife. Probably my recent vacation at the seaside. Even if, well, in Brittany you won't meet any tropical fish. The ones below can be found here.

tropical fish painted atc cards

Still inspired by the sea, I've decided to go wild and add some embellishments to my crochet skirt. It's not finished yet. But here's a preview: it should turn out fun. The cephalopod is made from the (free) Demi Octopus pattern, knitting 2 strands of worsted together: it's a gigantic sea beastie!

octopus crochet skirt

Finally, rather garden than sea inspired, I've made a set of pumpkin aceo cards.

zentangle halloween pumpkin cards

This afternoon is knitting group meeting, I plan to make progress on a cardigan...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Flowers and pumpkins.

When I came home from vacation, the August issue of Simply Knitting was waiting in my mailbox.

simply knitting issue 110 august 2013

There are several gorgeous lace tops inside, but let's face the truth: by the time I'd finish one it'll for sure be too cold to wear it. So keeping this for my Spring knitting next year. However I didn't wait to unpack the free gift and crochet up a couple of flowers. As I'm not a brooch wearer I attached them to hair combs. My hair on the growing out path tends to get a little wild these days and can benefit from any kind of accessories to avoid me looking like a cavewoman.

pink crochet flower hair combs

I also finished some Happy Halloween ACEO cards (you can find them in my Etsy shop), never too early to start celebrating.

halloween painted cards aceo atc

And talking about celebrating: this post is my 100th already!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fair play fair-isle vest.

Time to get back to blogging after this fat week vacation break.

I didn't chat (here, I did over there on Ravelry) but I walked a lot... and knitted a lot too. Well not that much (I hear you laugh, but seriously during Ravellenic games last year I vanished twice the yardage during my vacation week). Anyways I finished my Fair Play vest.

red fire knit fair isle vest

I love the fair-isle pattern, and with the short repeats it knitted up pretty quickly holding 1 color in each hand.

fair isle colorwork pattern

Some curious knitters have asked me about the back, here's how the woven colors look like on the wrong side.

See you soon for a post about my new addiction (the hexipuff bug bit me...).