I’ve been upstairs in the studio just making stuff for the past week or so. Some good, some mediocre, a lot unfinished, all fun. Above is a cowl I made out of some gorgeous Malabrigo Rasta—forgot the colorway. I tried mixing it with some solid yarn and knitting 4 or 5 types of patterns. Didn’t like any of them. Finally I just cast on 54 stitches, joined it, and knitted seed stitch until I had just enough left to bind off. About 4 yards I think. Used a size 19 needle which gave it a great drape. Took about 1.5 hours. I love it.
Copied a bracelet pattern in a library book to make Bella a new collar.
I’ve labeled many drawers and cabinets with these tags and it seems to be helping me keep things put away. If you can put a label on it, that means you have assigned it a place. My problem is the assigning, not the putting in.
I love winding wire. This was wound around a size 4 knitting needle and then I threaded the ribbon through it. I did make the bangle by coiling the wire with nylon pliers. The wire is copper art wire coated in blue and silver. Cheap and soft. Great practice wire.
I took up Zentangling last year. I love pen and ink and I can’t draw squat, as my mom would have said. This is the only visual art I know where you don’t have to have any talent to be successful. Mainly, you just zone out and relax. Google it. I used Mod Podge and some strange varnish for tole painting that I had been given. Looks great—just don’t put anything hot on it. It sticks to the hot thing. Guess I need a different varnish.
Another project for the untalented artist who just wants to have fun: paint background paper. Just choose colors you like and glop it on. Then you can add stuff, like scrapbook pages or Zentangles. Evan and I painted some newsprint and used it to wrap presents. It’s great to shock folks with. They ask what are you painting and you reply Paper. It confuses them. <smile>
When I use stencils, I just make a mess. This was a gift from DH and I had fun making this. It might become the cover for a small notebook.
I’m really enjoying making these fabric cuffs. I have a favorite that I wear often. When I first saw people wearing these, I thought they were dumb. (When will I ever learn that every time I say that I wind up eating those words?) I love that the bracelet is colorful, and light, and even can be warming. I’ve made a bunch.
These sheep with Bella Baby stamped into them were on ebay. I could not resist getting them and making earrings. I need to add one to Bella’s new collar.
That’s not all, but you are probably bored by now. Anyway, this explains where I’ve been for 10 days.