Friday, August 19, 2011

Experiments With Color

Thanks for all of the great feedback yesterday you guys. I think some color and some black and white is the way to go. Now to experiment with color. I'm not comfortable with merging lots of colors and coloring the whole thing in.  Here are a couple of things I tried last night. I'd love to hear what you think!

Just a couple of color pops...

Limited three color palette with less saturation/intensity.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Exciting News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been doodling tote bags recently and someone suggested I go down to The Sow's Ear and talk to Heather about selling them at the store. I called today and Heather agreed to meet with me this afternoon. I walked into the store with 5 bags hoping that she would agree to take them on consignment.  I walked out with the five bags and so much more! Plans are in the works to have a kind of gallery night on a Friday that isn't Knit Night. The store will stay open later and I will hang my totes on the walls so people can come in and look at them and hopefully buy them. This will kind of push the point that these aren't litho-printed, mass-produced bags. Each one is completely unique, and drawn by hand. Heather even mentioned having me there drawing so that people can see. Then after the show The Sow's Ear will carry them for sale with their regular inventory. Cool Beans huh? ! Here is what they look like'

 This one has triple pockets on the front. 100% cotton. Natural colored. Permanent ink.
 100% cotton. White. 13 1/2 x 13 1/2. Permanent ink.
 This is a mini 5" x 6" bag.  I fill them with chocolates and use them as gift bags, They could be used for small projects as well.

 100% cotton. White. 13 1/2 x 13 1/2. Permanent ink.

 100% cotton. White. 13 1/2 x 13 1/2. Permanent ink.

100% cotton. White. 13 1/2 x 13 1/2. Permanent ink.

We didn't set a date, but I think I'm going to ask her about October 14th. (Happy Birthday to me!) I'm also going to make some more bookmarks, note cards and necklaces to bring along as well.  Lots of planning to think about!
♫ I' m so excited....and I just can't hide it...♫  You'll come to the show won't you? ♫

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tolja! Two in a Row!

Finished a pair of socks too! Since there are two socks I'm counting it as 2 projects finished!  Don't snarl at me.  I know how many of you have cases of Single Sock Syndrome!  I think this was Jawool.  Doesn't matter what the brand was... purple, now that's what matters!

Basic ribbed legs with ribs continuing down top of foot.

The weather is almost cool enough to dig out the cable sweater and get it finished. It was just too much to work on in the humidity.  Also working on another pair of socks but then again , I've ALWAYS got a pair of socks going. Also have another Swiss cheese scarf on the needles. Three projects at a time, unusual for me! It's slow going since I can't seem to tear myself away from the doodling! What are YOU working on?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Noelle Renae Browne

My honorary nephew, Sweet Willie Browne's, sister Noelle arrived on Sunday! 7# /4oz/21 inches long and absolutely adorable.  She gets that from her Aunt Molly Bee! (NOT!)

 Here are some pictures of the christening gown I made for her.  She received them yesterday so it's safe to post now.

Closeup of the bodice.

Full length view

I was a little disappointed when I realized as I was blocking it, that there were color shifts in the yarn even though it's white and all the same lot number. You can see where I started a new skein twice although it's not all that noticible unless it's laying flat. The yarn got a shiny thread running through it and I wonder if it has to do with which direction the skein was knit from-outside or inside-might make a difference in the sheen and be noticible. Don't know for sure.

I also knit little Mary Janes from a free pattern that I found on the internet. It was only when I was packing them that I realized that they both button on the same side. Doh! You get what you pay for pattern-wise!
So, see! There has been knitting. And, hold on to your hats, People! I'm posting ANOTHER finished project tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Animal Cookies And Broken Piggies

Yummy Whoopie Pies, no? 
I didn't think so anyway, but Ben sure did. These are tiny dog treats that Mum found on her foray to the coast of Maine this summah!  Ain't  they cunnin, Deah?? Ben consumed them too quickly to appreciate their cuteness but he gave them two paws up for 'hazzing flavor'!


In keeping with the' cookies for animals' theme, I made some Camelid Cookies for Llamas/Alpaca last weekend.

Shredded zucchini, oatmeal, wheat flour, salt and a dash of molasses. Yum-NOT!

They were only slightly more appetizing looking when they came out of the oven, but with those ingredients I though the llamas would love them. Not so much. They turned up their llama-ly noses and went back to munching the stinging nettles and thistles in the pasture. They preferred the prickly texture and toxic taste of prairie weeds to the rubbery concoctions that I baked for them with so much love. Now THAT's an insult!

I'll take them to the barn and try them on the goats Wednesday night. So far, I haven't found anything they WON'T eat, or at least try to eat, including my pink bandanna and an empty cat food can. If they turn them down, then into the trash they go.

In other news, I worked at the barn  on Sunday, rough and tumble style, and escaped unscathed. Eddie-the-turkey-1/Molly Bee -0 but it was a half-heated attempt and didn't hurt all that much.  Our 'personal best' day was Eddie-4/Molly Bee-0.  I was not a happy camper that day! But I came home from lugging heavy things, wrangling pigs, goats and what not, dealing with Eddie and climbing fences only to stub my foot on my own dining room chair, that was just sitting there placidly minding its own business, and broke my pinkie toe.

It hurt like a sunuva when I did it, but it's not so bad now, although it looks worse now than it does in the photo. I have to wear flip flops because I can't put my shoe on.  I walk even more like a duck that I usually do in the flip flops. Especially since I have to keep my foot kind of sideways and lead with my thumb-toe so that the pinkie toe doesn't bend.  At least my ring-finger-toe, my pointy-finger-toe and the toe I give bad drivers are all ok!  The true test will be tomorrow night when I have to put on my boots and deal with Eddie again. Not only will the boots hurt, by I may be a bit lacking in the agility department so he may get more than 4 licks in ! I'll keep you posted as to the score!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Tote Bag

I have ventured into the world of tote bags. Here is a knitting bag I doodled on Sunday night. It's 100% cotton and hand drawn in permanent black ink.I'm thinking about trying to sell them at knit shops locally or maybe open an Etsy Shop to sell doodled bags, necklaces, note cards and book marks but I haven't really investigated and don't know if there would be enough interest to bother. All of my stuff is pen and ink/black and white.  I think people tend to lean toward bright colors.  At any rate, I kind of like this one. That will be the hard part if I decide to try and sell them, letting it go if someone wants it and not adding it to my already bulging bag collection!

Do any of you all have an Etsy shop? Do you sell any crafty things through local shops? Any hints/tips/tricks!  All suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Barnyard Spotlight: Sonny The Rooster

This here's Sonny.  Sonny is a sweetie pie and loves to be right around seeing what is going on in the barn.One of his favorite things is positioning himself to walk in front of you and then turning around and puffing up to defend himself because you are 'chasing him' .  His other favorite thing is perching somewhere close behind me and crowing to scare the bejessus out of me. He is a handsome boy with a good sense of humor. My kinda guy. Unlike some turkeys we know.
 This here's eggs.  They are not from Sonny. He's not that kinda bird. Some of his lady friends gave these to me this morning.  They don't look like this now. They look kinda exactly like egg salad.

Cooper and The Garden Guest

I discovered earlier this summer that finches aren't the only thing that like my thistle seeds. Even though there is a plethora of seeds...