Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Diva Challenge and Birthday Business

I haven't participated in the Diva Challenge for a while for reasons that will soon become clear.  This week's challenge was to use a specific string from zentanglepatterns.com.


 Since I am working from home today, I took 30 minutes at lunchtime and tangled. When I took Diane Knauff's class in October she told us that we didn't have to stay in the (string) lines. That concept blew my mind since I am a color-in-the-lines kind of girl  but I took it to heart and played really fast and loose with the string on this one. It was so much fun!

 

And here is the reason I haven't done the challenge for the past few weeks.


When I went home for Christmas, Mum had cleaned out her hobby closet and boxed up a bunch of skeins of yarn that I had sent to her over the years so she could knit her own socks . She doesn't enjoy knitting as much as I do and though she has knit a few pairs for herself, there was no way she was going to knit up all the yarn I sent, so she sent it back home with me on Dec 26.  So from December 28-January 25, I knit socks from that yarn to send back to her for her birthday today!  I was disappointed that I only got 3 pairs done but I had a lot of other stuff going on so I guess three is not so bad considering.

I also sent her my first attempt at doodling on a photo mat. Here it is without the shading:

And here it is with the shading.  I'm always amazed at the difference in depth. The blue thing is just a towel it's sitting on, for contrast.

And here is the whole thing in the frame. Sucky photo but you get the idea.  (For you Dr. Who fans, a friend saw this pic and said that it looked like I was taking the picture with the TARDIS (see reflection)).

I also did a little one for me to frame one of my favorite snapshots. The picture sucks because of the wrid angle but I like the way the mat came out. I'll take another picture once it's framed.

At any rate, that's what I've been up to lately...how about you?

11 comments:

Renee Anne said...

You only knit three pairs of socks in a month?!

I can barely finish two pair in a year...

Donald Wilka said...

Your tile looks like a garden. Really great. Love the socks. The colors are great. Cannot see real well, are they tube socks or do they have a heel?

raven said...

Love the garden and the socks as well.

Jana said...

I love that you added the night sky to the square boxes. It now looks like looking out from under a glass dome. Lovely effect!

Daniele OBrien Design, CZT said...

I think playing fast and loose is really working for you. Makes me think that Spring might be here soon! Love your frames and how dramatically different they become with shading.

Michelle said...

I'm not a 'tangler' or whatever you call it, but I can tell that your art form has grown by leaps and bounds! And three pairs of socks in a month is INCREDIBLE by my standards.

Anne's tangle blog said...

Your tile is beautiful, I like the little bird in it too.
When I stopped smoking (almost 10 years ago) I started knitting socks. There is still a plastic bag somewhere with the needles and the whool in it. But .... still no smoking :-)

ledenzer said...

I love what you did with the string! I find that it has flair and pizzazz!

Didisch said...

Your string tile is gorgious. I do love the bird, and all the flowers in the top. It makes me smile and happy. Its a very organic tile with lots of movements. Great.

Sue said...

Lovely tile - I love the bird and flowers and other organic fills - make me smile and think spring thoughts (on a cold, blowy, snowy day in Toronto). Thank you for sharing. (and your socks ROCK!)

Dilip Patel said...

Great shading. Beautiful tile.