Faded

Mixed news! A vinegar soak did not stop my beautiful yarn from bleeding, but heating it on the stove with water and vinegar did. Unfortunately, it faded quite a bit from its original state.

At least I learned a lesson, eh?

Bleeding yarn!

Last year I picked up this pretty skein of yarn at Stitches West.

Last week I started knitting a cute little headband out of it.

I chose it for the blue specks which match my blue puffy coat.

It wasn’t long before I wondered why my fingernails looked so dirty! And my hands were turning purple!

I wash my hands OFTEN, and yet…!!!!

So the purple dye is rubbing off onto my hands. I would appreciate any advice on how to treat the FO so I don’t have a purple forehead!

Totoro mitts

Ever since I saw the pattern for these Totoro mittens (I mean, yeeeeears ago!), I wanted them. I printed the pattern out right away, but somehow actually making them was never urgent.

Enter winter in Portland. There are some days that are icy cold enough to warrant a good pair of mittens, and not just fingerless mitts! I want full mittens!

So it was as good timing when a friend asked if I wanted to make a visit to Twisted, a lovely LYS that is closing its brick-and-mortar soon. I picked out a gray and purple for the mitts, and had them wound so I’d be more likely to CO soon!

Corrugated ribbing instead of k2p2 in MC.

I casted on a few days ago, but have been reading Purple Hibiscus and felt more inclined to read than knit. But tonight I finished the ribbing and started the color work.

It’ll look better after blocking, but those purple stitches spell out Totoro. I might change the palm to a more traditional Norwegian style mitt, partly to make it easier, and…. well, it’ll be easier. 😂 also maybe warmer.

What have you been working on?

Bring in the Clowns

Yesterday I completed the last few rows of ribbing for my Bring in the Clowns socks, aka Clown Barf-off KAL. They’re pretty!

But…. they’re a bit too long in the feet!

I’m pointing to where my toes are. Ugh.

These were knit toe-up, so I’m wondering what to do. Have you ever fixed a problem like this? I could use some advice!

Jurassic Squirrel

I always get these silly ideas in my head- parodies, rhymes, almost-rhymes…. one I’ve had bouncing around my head for a while has been Jurassic Squirrel.

It almost rhymes with Jurassic World, so I imagined the super scary scene in Jurassic Park where the t-Rex is in the rear view mirror of the Jeep, but with a giant squirrel instead. It felt like it would be hard to draw, so I didn’t do it.

Until! It hit me that I could draw it as the logo instead of the rear view mirror, and it has come to fruition!

I drew the squirrel skeleton by looking at an image online, and it wasn’t hard at all. I happen to love squirrels, so I suppose that helps.

It took a little bit of time to get everything how I wanted it. I couldn’t successfully download the Jurassic Park logo font, so I made do with one that I deemed close enough.

Overall, this was a fun challenge! It has also occurred to me to create “Jurassic Bark” with a canine skeleton…. would that be cool?

Spirit animals!

Oh my goodness, I am having so much fun drawing Pokemon spirit animals!  Over the past few days I’ve drawn Gengar and Bulbasaur.

I’m experimenting more with the tools in Krita, and have been getting bolder with highlights and shadows.  I think my technique has improved!  It’s also been a lot of fun researching these Pokemon to find positive traits that would make them good spirit animals.  Check out their descriptions on threadless, if you’d like!  https://www.threadless.com/discover/s/henryx4

In other news, when I’m not working on my drawing tablet, I’m either reading gardening books or working on my Bring in the Clowns socks.  They’re coming along great- I’ve finished the first and am increasing for the toe-up gusset on the second. Screen Shot 2020-02-03 at 6.42.37 PM

The toe-up gusset is pretty interesting.  I’ll share better photos of it when both socks are done.

I just love how the rainbow yarn contrasts with the black to mimic stained glass.  It reminds me of Saint Chapelle chapel in Paris, or Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  I also like how they are extra tall!  I asked for Doc Martens for Christmas, and I like to wear long socks with them so the boots don’t chafe my legs.  These will be perfect.

Happy creating!!!

Charizard is my Spirit Animal

For a few days, I’d been trying to come up with a decent digital rendition of Charizard.  It was harder than I expected!  (Some) other Pokemon are so much easier to draw!  Today I took my time, drew slowly, erased a LOT, and in the end, I was happy with my Charizard design!

Charizard is my spirit animal

I’m learning so much about Krita every time I sit down to design!  There are SO many tools and effects to play with; I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it is.  My only problem with it is that I don’t always remember which tool/brush I had used to create a certain effect.  I suppose that will come with time……

This design is live in my threadless.com shop! https://www.threadless.com/discover/s/henryx4/design/charizard-is-my-spirit-animal#m

Tomorrow I’ll have 1-2 exciting knitting updates to share!  Yay!

Happy creating!

Galactus, Snorlax

Oops, I’d left Silver Surfer out of my last design! Fixed it!

Today I drew up another idea I’d had for a while: Snorlax is my Spirit Animal.

I mean, this guy loves eating and seeping, but can hold his own in a battle! It’s my kind of Pokémon!

Happy Tuesday!

Galactus finds a gumball machine!

I am a big fan of silly, geeky humor.  A lot of the t-shirts I’m designing are based on comic book or anime characters in silly situations.  Today I made a new design with Galactus.

I had never heard of Galactus until my son became a big fan of Silver Surfer last summer and I heard lots and lots and lots about them both! The big takeaway with Galactus is that he is a devourer of planets. So….. I started to imagine him in different scenarios involving planets to eat. That’s how this idea of a young Galactus encountering a planet-filled gumball machine came about! I made a few sketches on paper, but it really came together when I messed around with it on Krita.

galactus gum

 

I am so tickled by this idea of a child Galactus encountering a gumball machine filled with planets!  I just hope he has a quarter!

Making the planets was the best part of this process!  I used all sorts of different tools in Krita to make them unique, and I think they turned out great.  My mom didn’t know what this design meant, so clearly you have to know a bit about Galactus to get it.  And that’s ok.

If you haven’t heard, for the past few months I’ve been designing t-shirts to sell on threadless!  Here’s the listing for Galactus Finds a Gumball Machine.  https://henryx4.threadless.com/designs/galactus-finds-a-gumball-machine?fbclid=IwAR2xD4NENw6betFiLFqkHzUWAiuYd5SonV62RE2uapnrN5SImWBpth3ahBE

Happy drawing!

Spin!!!

Since moving to Portland last summer, I hadn’t touched my spinning wheel. Here’s the last bobbin I spun in SF.

Maybe I wasn’t sure where I was in the progress of this braid of roving- maybe that kept me from it? Well, I took the wheel out of the closet today and this awaited me.

Ahhhh isn’t it pretty??? I spun while watching a movie with the kids, and before I knew it, I had this:

It looks like I spun more tightly on the second bobbin, but I imagine things will even out in the plying and washing.

It feels nice to pick up a project that hasn’t been loved in a while! Now I think I’ll see how much I can ply before I need to sleep. Note: I’ve always let the singles “rest,” but tonight I think I’ll throw caution to the wind and see what happens.

Happy crafting!