My Portraiture Journey

I have been watching a lot of portrait artist of the year recently. Despite being terrible at painting and not ever being particularly skilled at art I really enjoy watching the paintings coming into form.

Anyways, I was wandering round the shops yesterday and I just got this overwhelming urge to draw. So I bought myself an inexpensive sketch book and a set of charcoal pencils. And off I went.

I decided at first to start the journey by doing a self portrait just as it came out. Here is what I managed.

And here is the photo it is based on.

I am actually really pleased for a first attempt. I was expecting it to be a lot more juvenile and haphazard. I was never terribly good at art and havent tried to draw anything in a good decade at least. Granted its not perfect but its certainly looks like me and without prompting my other half was able to recognise that it was me.

I found a real joy in creating this picture. It made me really happy to see it come together.

Now I have this in the first page of my notebook as a start mark I think I would like to start learning the finer details of portraiture and learning the finer details of drawing eyes and mouths and ears and such. Then maybe I can move on to different mediums.

Exciting plans for the future.

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WIP Wednesday (21/02/18)

I am working on two projects at the moment.

The first is my first ever knit scarf. I have now got to the end of my first ball of yarn (Knitcraft Hug It Out) so before I can go any further I need to youtube how to change yarn. Does anyone have any particular suggestions for good knitting tutorial youtube channels?

When I sat down to do a few more rows last night Max promptly ran over to sit right on my yarn and project. So I pushed her away. Seems she learnt something because the second time she went under.

Look at her eyeballing my yarn…

The other project is my jumper. I can finally see the end. The yoke is now almost done, despite having to frog the entire yolk a week back. So its just sleeves then then the collar and the stitching around the bottom then I am done. I think I dont have enough yarn to complete it so have ordered a couple more balls in a contrasting colour just to finish off the final touches. I cant wait to be able to wear it. Hopefully by next weeks post I will be able to hang it on the mannequin so you can get more of an idea of how it will look once finished.

Incidentally, for anyone who knits, could you tell me how you take such beautiful picyures of your half done knits – mayne its just mt tension amd the chunky yarn but my work is so curly its hard to make it go flat for pictures.

OMG

GUYS! Honestly so excited now! Why? Look!

Isnt this the greatest thing ever. An easy start tag! Maybe I am behind and you all already know about this but I was so excited to see it when it arrived in the post that I had to share this with you all immediately! I think I may have to make everything in Scheepjes Sunkissed now!

Have a happy weekend!

FO Friday (16/02/18)

Hello all. Another project finished perfectly in time for a FO Friday post. Wonders will never cease.

Popping in to share with you my locker pouches that i have been making to organise my locker at work.

Dont you just love the colours.

In order of when I made them. The first was done with a starter chain of 20 and SC stitch all the way around. The second was done with a starter chain of 10, but with a slight gusset to make it slightly deeper and DC stitch. The third was done the same way with a starter chain of 30. The fourth was done using 2 basic granny squares stitched together with a row of SC. And the final one was done with a starter chain of 24 and HDC all around.

They certainly have helped to organise my locker substantially. Here is the before:

And here is the after:

And now, with the small amount of yarn I have left from this project, I might reward myself with an octo… only the one though, since I still have 2 substantial WIP’s to get a mooch on with.

Happy hooking!

#Octopledge2018 Mid February Update

This is my progress so far for this months donations to Octopus For a Preemie UK.

I have actually hidden them away for now because they are so bloody addictive that I was neglecting my other WIP’s as well as my other hobbies!

The first I made was the smaller purple one. Then the larger purple one. I was very surprised when making the heads what a difference hook size can make.

Both of these heads were made using exactly the same pattern and exactly the same yarn (Ice Jeans incase you were wondering). The only difference is that the one on the left was made using a 2mm hook amd the one on the right was made using a 2.5. Just 0.5mm of a difference and such different sizes – really makes you think. How many times have we chosen to go up or down half a size because we cant find the correct hook. Who knew it could make such a difference. Perhaps in the future I best be more accurate with my hooks.

Amyways, I hope to make 1 or two more by the end of the month, but that will depend on how I go with my other WIPs. Wish me luck.

WIP Wednesday (14/02/18)

This week I have no octopusses on the hooks. I banished them to their project bag because they were occupying my time too much and I was neglecting other wip’s. So this week I have much more progress to share with you.

First of all, with the most progress, is my set of locker pouches. I now have 3 complete pouches and one half way done pouch. This means I have just 1 and a half more to go until I finish.

I have done a few more rows on my first ever knit scarf.

And the jumper is still languishing in my WIP box. Soon it will have its day!

Hand Made Wash Cloths

Hello all. You will have already seen these wash cloths if you saw my end of January post. I got very annoyed when I couldnt find any flanels in my local shops, so I decided to make my own. Well finally, I am here to share the patterns with you!

Th first is this star stitch flannel.

Pattern

Chain 35.

Row 1. Pull up a loop from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th chain from the hook, then yarn over one more time and pull the final loop through all loops on the hook. *Chain 1. Now draw up a loop from the space made by the chain 1, the final post of the previous star, into the chain at the bottom of the final star and then the next 2 chains. Yarn over once more and pull through all loops on the hook.* repeat until you have just 1 more chain remaining. HDC once more into the final chain. Turn your work.

Row 2. Chain 2, HDC once into the top of the HDC from the previous row then twice into each chain 1 space. When you reach the end of the row, HDC once into the top of the first stitch of round 1. Turn your work.

Row 3. Chain 3. Pull up a loop from the 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook then into the stitch at the base of the chain 3 and the next 2 stitches of the previous row, then yarn over one more time and pull the final loop through all loops on the hook. *Chain 1. Now draw up a loop from the space made by the chain 1, the final post of the previous star, into the chain at the bottom of the final star and then the next 2 chains. Yarn over once more and pull through all loops on the hook.* repeat until you have just 1 more chain remaining. HDC once more into the final chain. Turn your work.

Row 4. Chain 2, HDC once into the top of the HDC from the previous row then twice into each chain 1 space. When you reach the end of the row, HDC once into the top of the first stitch of round 1. Turn your work.

Row 5 to 18, repeat row 3 and 4 7 more times.

To finish, complete a round of SC around the edge of your square, comprising of 32 stitches per side plus 3 in each corner. Ss from the final SC into the first SC. Fasten off and sew in ends.

The second is this cluster stitch face scrubbie.

Pattern

Round 1. Into a Magic Circle, Chain 3 then DC 11 times (for 12 posts in total). SS into the top of the first post.

Round 2. Chain 3, then DC 4 more times into the first stitch. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the chain 3. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the chain. Chain 1. In the next stitch, *DC 5 times. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the first of the five DC stitches. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the first DC. Chain 1.* Repeat 10 more times for 12 clusters. SS into the top of the first cluster and again to the first chain 1 space.

Round 3. Chain 3, then DC 4 more times into the first chain 1 space. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the chain 3. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the chain. Chain 1. In the same chain 1 space, *DC 5 times. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the first of the five DC stitches. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the first DC. Chain 1*. Repeat 22 more times for 24 clusters. You should have 2 clusters of 5 DC in each of the chain 1 spaces. SS into the top of the first cluster and again to the first chain 1 space.

Round 4. For the final round, chain 1, then SC twice into each chain 1 space until you reach the end or the round. SS into the first SC, fasten off and weave in ends.

The third is this bobble stitch scrubbie.

Pattern

Round 1. Into a Magic Circle, Chain 3 then DC 11 times (for 12 posts in total). SS into the top of the first post.

Round 2. Chain 1 then SC into the first stitch. Chain 1. In the second stitch, complete a bobble stitch. (DC 5 times into the stitch, but instead of pulling through twice, just pull through the first time and leave the loop on the hook. Once you have worked 5 stitches like this, yarn over once more and pull through to create 1 bobble). Cain 1. SC into the next stitch, Chain 1, then bobble again. Repeat this around until you have 6 bobbles and 6 single crochets. Chain 1 then SS into the first SC.

Round 3. Chain 1, then SC twice into each SC and twice into each Chain 1 space. SS from the last to the first sc of the row.

Round 4. Chain 1 and SC twice into each of the first 2 stitches. Bobble stitch. Sc twice into the next 2 stitches. Bobble. Repeat to end of round.

Round 5. Chain 1. SC once into each sc and into the top of each bobble. SS into the top of the first SC to finish round.

Round 6. Chain 1. SC once into each stitch to end. SS into the top of the first SC to finish round. Fasten off and sew in ends.

And there we are. 3 wash clothes. Work them in 100% cotton to create a lovely set that can be washed over and over again.

I think I will make a couple of sets of these amd pair them with some handmade soap for some cute christmas presents.