Summer Cap Sleeve Lattice Sweater

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Back in the beginning of June, I went stash diving for yarn that would be good for Purl Soho’s Cap Sleeve Lattice Sweater which proved to be a bit challenging…at first.

I stumbled upon the 5 skeins of Berroco Maya that I had which is a dk weight and 85% Pima Cotton / 15% Alpaca mix.  The yarn was originally intended for a Rayures cowl that never got made.

When I realized that I likely wouldn’t have enough of the cream color I wanted to use for the base of the sweater, that’s when I devised a plan to put in some simple, thick stripes. I ended up arranging the stripes from light to dark or dark to light (if you view it from top to bottom).

So after about 7 weeks, here is the finished sweater:

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For more details on the pattern/yarn, check out my project page for this sweater on Ravelry.

What is a puni? New offerings at iKNITiatives!

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iKNITiatives now offers Punis!

What are Punis you ask?  I will give you a very pared down explanation. They are tightly rolled, cigar-like preparations of fiber for you to spin. They are similar to that of Rolags, however, most people find them easier to spin and more portable. Hand carders are used to prepare both punis and rolags.

You can spin these punis to make a nice lofty, woolen type yarn.  Because these punis are smooth (superwash BFL and BFL was used in the creation of these), the yarn produced will not be textured or bumpy.  If woolen isn’t your thing, no worries, you can also spin these worsted as well.

Grab these now in my Etsy shop!

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My latest watercolor explorations

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Below are some of my latest watercolor explorations. These happened while I was on a much needed vacation.  I’m still on a florals kick and I don’t know if that will be stopping anytime soon!

The first is a floral wreath ‘thank you’ card that we sent to my husband’s uncle.20150622_141059The second is one of my favorite floral bouquets to date.20150621_214829The third is much like the second. I get much of my floral inspiration from Yao Cheng who is amazing with watercolor florals and has an awesome tutorial on Creativebug right now.20150621_214815-1This fourth one is a barn from the sub-division where my in-laws live and one of my favorites as far as landscapes / scenes are concerned. This was done in both ink and watercolor.20150621_202746-1And finally, this last floral was my practice of having more white space incorporated within my florals. My goal was to leave more white showing through in both the leaves and the flowers themselves.20150621_182148Stay tuned for my next knitting related post in which I will show you my latest sweater project on the needles: Cap Sleeve Lattice Sweater by Purl Soho.

‘Newt’ 3 ply handspun

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Stephanie from Loop Fiber Studios is a color and fiber genius!

Recently, I purchased one of her bullseye bumps in colorway ‘Newt’ and I am always blown away at her color combinations and gradient transitions.

I am so happy to have this off of my spinning wheel…seems like it took me forever.

I have yet to count the yardage, but my guess would be around 250 yds. The yarn varies from maybe sport up to a worsted in some areas.

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Watercolor flowers

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IMG_20150524_211426I recently painted these small watercolor flowers and added a leafy vine underneath as a nice final touch.

I loved how the white matted frame brings it all together.

My mother in law, who was the recipient, loved it which made me super happy!

Let’s face it…who nose?

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I decided to start practicing sketching faces and facial features- noses in particular.

Now, I’m not where I want to be with my sketching but thank God I’m not where I used to be…

I’m proud of the progress I’ve made and truly do believe that consistent practice is worth it and goes a long way – with both sketching/drawing & watercolor painting.

Here are a couple noses, a face, and also my attempt at loose, gestural watercolor flowers.

Have a wonderful day!

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Rainbow Sprinkles

Rainbow Sprinkles colorway

A few days ago, I hand-painted this yarn for a custom order. This is my made to order “Rainbow Sprinkles” colorway on my sock base Footsie which is 80% SW Merino and 20% Nylon, 410 yds.

It took everything I had not to keep this yarn and dye up another one for the order… lol.  Needless to say, it will ship out to its lovely owner tomorrow :).

This is probably my most favorite of my hand-dyeds right now.  So much potential in this colorway.  Perfect for socks, small shawls, and anything in between.

I’m envisioning this yarn in Susan B. Anderson’s How I Make My Socks  or maybe a Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West.

Hopefully in the near future, I will be making a skein (or 2) for myself.

The custom order listing for this yarn can be found here.

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What’s in your palette?

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Yesterday, I bought some gouache (rhymes with squash) at my local art store and went back and forth regarding whether I should buy the less expensive quality vs. the more expensive quality and because I had other items to buy, I chose the $7.99 gouache 12 pack from Reeves.  My mentality is “try before I buy”…

I must admit, I’m not really sure how to go about painting with it….from the tube? in my palette? Is it a mix between acrylic paint -for which I have no experience with- and watercolor? I like that I feel I can mix a wider variety of colors easier than I can with the watercolor and that you can mix a color with white and get some lovely shades, but other than that, I am lost.  For that reason, I will refer to YouTube.

In addition to those, I also picked up some Faber-Castell watercolor pencils, a couple water brushes, a Canson mixed media tablet, some blank watercolor greeting cards, blank watercolor postcards, 3 tubes of M. Graham Watercolors in Cad Yellow, Naples Yellow, and Sap Green, and 1 tube of Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolor in Indigo.  My choice for those colors in particular was due in part from reading the book “Urban Watercolor Sketching” by Felix Scheinberger in which he mentioned those colors as must-haves.  Excellent book by the way and I will soon post a review on it.

So now, I sit at my kitchen table surrounded by all of my art supplies and implements wondering what my next sketch / watercolor / gouache will be.

In the meantime, here are the list of paints currently in my palette.

Winsor & Newton:

– Winsor Red, Opera Rose, Quinacradone Magenta, Winsor Orange, Yellow Ochre (Cotman), Burnt Sienna (Cotman), Winsor Yellow, Hooker’s Green, Turquoise (Cotman), Phthalo Green (Cotman), Cobalt Turquoise Light, Cerulean Blue (Red shade), Cerulean Blue (Cotman), Phthalo Blue (Cotman), French Ultramarine, Indigo, Ultramarine Violet, Ivory Black, and Chinese White.

After reading up on watercolor paints, I now realize I could have saved some money forgoing the white and black.

M. Graham:

– Naples Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green

If you have any experience painting with gouache, please leave me some comments on any tips!

I’d also love to know what your go-to paint colors are in your palettes…doesn’t have to be watercolor :)

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