Monday, October 31, 2011

More Cadence Progress!

So I "completed" the body of my Cadence sweater last night.

Why the ""? Because 1. the bind off is far too tight and 2. I am not crazy about the length. The bottom edge, if you look closely, is puckered, which is not only unflattering, it could also cause problems when I block it - especially if the sweater shrinks a little. Considering how stretchy this sweater is, I don't need a random tight spot! I did a decrease bind off, which is supposed to be a stretchy bind of and usually is for me, but not this time. I think I'll use a size US13 or US15 needle to bind it off next time. As for the length, I've got a long torso and I really should have measured. But considering that I still have to undo the binding, I'm not really upset about having to undo a few rows.

Other than those two issues, so far it fits great! It's a little lumpy for now, but once I block it, I think it'll be perfect. Trying it on really gave me the drive to finish it so I can wear it. Also I'm kind of excited to alter it as needed, because that means it's going to fit just right. Hooray for self made garments! I can't wait to make more. I hope those of you participating in the knit-a-long are having some success with your sweaters and those of you that are on hiatus to learn more about lace charts are doing well.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another Knitting Project

I've got another knitting project lined up for once I finish Cadence. It's a quick knit, so I'll probably do it before I start my Owls sweater.

It's a free pattern from Lion Brand. I have wanted a shawl for a while to help me keep warm around the house without having to use a blanket. Also it's something extra I can take with me to school for a little extra warmth in some of the colder classrooms. (It'll definitely be a help in the winter when I'm student teaching, one of my rooms is absolutely freezing!) The yarn I chose also fits within my color palette, which is nice.

The yarn is Lion Brand's Homespun in Tudor, which is one of the few acrylics that I still love. It's also the yarn I learned how to knit with, so me and this yarn go way back. (I don't recommend learning with it, though. It's a great yarn, don't get me wrong! It's just fuzzy and fuzzy is difficult to learn with.) It's VERY soft and VERY snuggly. Also it's got...4?...colors from my palette, so hey. I bought more yarn than recommended, but I plan on making a pair of wrist warmers and possibly a cowl and hat, depending on how much I have left over. 

Cool weather is here! Have any warm, snuggly projects planned?

Friday, October 14, 2011


Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

And here it is! One of my first prints of the fall. It's a two block linocut with chine collé (collage). The yellows and background are different decorative handmade papers. This is the first time I've done something as detailed as this with chine collé and I'm pretty happy with the results. I've got some other versions currently drying, so I'll post a few other versions in the future.

This is the first owl in a (hopeful) series of ten that will focus on endangered and extinct owl species. This little guy is the Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, a little guy who lives in cacti in Arizona and Northern Mexico. (The actual print is 8x10 and the size of the printed owl is about twice the size of the real owl, so I really do mean little.) This pygmy owl has actually been removed from the endangered species list due to "erroneous data", but there are petitions to have it put back on the list. Due to how rare it has become, I think this owl fits in perfectly with the series because it's one of the few that can make note of how not every animal that should be on the endangered species list is on the list.

Hopefully now you understand why my blog is called Birds and Ink...birds and printmaking two of my favorite things!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

School School School...

Oh, school. How busy you make me. Nonstop reading and writing and thinking... Last week, for the first time in a long time, I actually felt my brain turn to complete mush. It made me feel horrible, but I doubt it'll be the last time. Hopefully I build a tolerance to it. Hopefully.

But at least some good new creative side is that I'm back in the print studio and I've started my first series of prints! This first run is mostly an experimental test run, but I like what I've got so far. My first critique is Thursday, so I'll make sure to post pictures of what me and my (poor poor) hands have been up to. So! Check back later in the week, maybe I'll finally have something fun to show you!

And if you're wondering what the prints are of, I'll give you a hint: it has something to do with birds. :)