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As you all know, I’m trying my hand at Zentangle and have decided to start participating in the Diva’s Weekly Challenge.  This week’s challenge is “Truffle”.  I’m hoping that my interpretation works for this fun design!

My “Truffle” is the in the top left corner and turned out more like a flower or shell. I rather like it :)

Weekly Challenge: Truffle

My “Truffle”

 

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My Vest is Done!

Oh I love my vest and it turned out liked I hoped it would.   The Knit Picks Cotlin gives lots of drape, which I really love.  I think this will be perfect for summer wear, and even all year around wear.  After blocking, my finished vest grew about 3″ ( 26″ from the middle of the neck to the bottom), but I don’t mind as it’s the perfect length for me.

I had mentioned adding a bit of vintage crochet to my finished piece but after much thought I’ve decided not too as I really like it just the way it is.

A front view

 

Back view

 

Side view

 

Ravelry Project Page

Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin in the color Gosling – 6 skeins (738.0 yards /674.8 meters)

Needles:  US 9 – 5.5 mm
US 8 – 5.0 mm

Pattern:  Misty Pearl Vest

Modifications:  I knitted 18 repeats of the stitch pattern and then worked approximately 11″ in stockinette .  Both of the front panels were placed onto stitch holders so I could work the back.  The pattern calls for casting on 34 stitches between the front and back panel, and continue in pattern, which would give a garter stitch break up for each repeat. I casted on a total of 110 stitches – 4 garter stitches at each edge and three repeats of the stitch pattern. I worked the stitch pattern to match the front panels and then changed to stockinette.  For the front border, using size a US 9 circular needle, I picked up each garter stitch bump along the front left edge, 2 stitches on each side of the neck, and picked up each garter stitch bump along the front right edge.  I worked a total of 6 rows and bound off using Judy’s Surprisingly Stetchy Bind Off.

Now I’m off to finish up my second Frostwork sock!

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning, and crafting!

Often many of you know come to a place in your life where you need a bit of change, something to renew you and something to help you express yourself even further.  I personally am one of those people.  I LOVE knitting and just about everything else in the fiber arts world but I am also finding that I need a little something else to boost my spirits and give me another creative outlet.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing my “ZenDoodles” with you and have commented on how fun this has been.  Well folks, I decided to take an official Zentangle class and what fun!!!

My Certified Zentangle Instructor, Jean Chaney of Tangle Street Studio, was awesome and I could not believe how fast my 2 1/2 hour class went.  I am very excited and will be taking further classes to “hone” my skills and just to have fun.

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My first official Zentangle tiles

 

If you are on the West side of Phoenix, Jean holds her classes every Friday at Hobby Lobby on Bell Road and 75th Avenue in Glendale, just across from the Arrowhead Mall.  She also holds classes at other locations and gives private lessons as well.  Each beginning lesson is $30, which includes your tiles.  All you need to bring with you is a #2B pencil, a Micron Pen 01 and a tortillon for shading.

You can find more about Jean’s Zentangle classes online at Tangle Street Studio.  If you are interested in learning about Copics, Jean is a certified instructor and gives classes for this art form at well.  You can find out more about what she does online at Tangle Street Colorway.

I do have to share that Jean is also a knitter and spinner, making her a true kindred spirit and my class even more enjoyable.

 

 

Courtesy of Zentangle.com

What is Zentangle? The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. ~ Zentangle.com

Until next time, happy knitting, spinning, crocheting, crafting and tangling!

A Friday Tangle

Inspired by a Zentangle drawing I saw on Helen Williams blog, A Little Lime here’s my version of a Paisley Feather.

 

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Not too much to report this week but I can say that I’ve made good progress on my Frostwork Socks.  Two more lace repeats to go to start the heel!  I truly love this pattern and the simplicity of the stitch pattern makes it the perfect carry along project :)

 

One finished and one to go!

 

I have also made great progress on my Modified Misti Pearl Vest.  I have finished the lace portion and have started on the stockinette.   I will work 10″ to match the front panels and will see how everything looks before grafting them together.

Almost done with the back!

Currently hibernating on my needles:

Shallows Scarf – not much progress being made but hope to work on it more soon!

Soon to cast on:

Couplet Socks designed by Bonnie Sennott

I must admit that this week I have spent most of my time creating Zentangles.  I really do love this form of art… it’s so relaxing!

Paisley Fun!

 

With the news that the Outlander Series (series based on the books by author Diana Gabaldon) is coming to Starz, I have decided to start re-reading the series, starting with the first —Outlander.

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don’t let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It’s one of the fastest reads you’ll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn’t all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she’s never known before.

 

If you haven’t read the Outlander Series , I highly recommend it and Amazon currently is offering books 1 through 7  50% off for the Kindle addition.  Great time to read this series!!

 

 

What’s on your needles, hooks or wheels?

Any good books?

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

A couple of years ago I mentioned  adding a lovely piece of vintage crochet into one of my projects and I must share that I still wear my vest today.  I’ve had a lot of compliments and questions regarding my vest, many of which got me thinking about incorporating more vintage crochet into my knitting.

I purchased a bag of vintage filet crochet (12 pieces in all) for $5 a while back,  which contained various pieces including four squares with a butterfly motif.  While working on my Misti Pearl Vest this weekend, I have decided to add these  squares as accent pieces to each front panel and will possibly add them to the back as well.  I plan to attach them by using variegated pearl cotton thread in grey tones.

Filet Crochet - Butterfly

Vintage Filet Crochet – Great Accent!

 

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Work in Progress Photo: The back is coming along quite nicely.

As I collect more and more vintage crochet, I can see many possibilities in using various pieces in my knitting.  To me this will not only be a fun way to show off vintage crochet, but will be great for accents in a unique creative way.

I am starting to really collect these pieces so if you see anything that looks unique, let me know where you’ve found it so I can check it out!  I’m really thinking this might be a great creative outlet for me and repurposing old linens can be quite fun!   I have started collecting ideas on Pinterest too, which can be found here … Repurposed Linens.

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

 

 

I’m very excited to have finished my Haiku shawl using my very own handspun.  I did not quite have enough yardage to make a full size shawl, so I will be wearing this one more like a cowl with a pin.  I really love it and the pattern was super easy to follow and the stitch pattern was super easy to memorize.

Our last few mornings here in Phoenix have been a bit humid, which causes my photos to look a little hazy and misty, but here’s what my finished shawl looks like and the particulars of the project.

Yarn:           Handspun 100% BFL (Blue Face Leicester) – Springtree Road Fiber Club in the color Secret Garden

Yardage:    240.0 yards (219.5 meters) sport weight  … not a single snippet left over!

Hook:          G (4mm)

Finished Size:  18″ x 40″

Modification:     I repeated row 4 of the pattern three times at the end due to yardage shortage and  I created two tassels for the bottom tip.

My Ravelry  Project Page

 

Still on my needles:

Casting On:

 

What’s on your needles, hooks or wheel?

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

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