In which I talk about the joys of painting, drawing, knitting, cats, music, living in London, and whatever else takes my fancy.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stepping Stone Plans for 2013

It's long been a plan for me to write and publish the knitting patterns for the little creatures I invent, so as a stepping stone goal towards this I am going to be posting the pattern to make these tiny owlets on my blog. I've almost finished the writing up, then I will ask someone to test knit it because I want to be sure that the pattern works, and that I have not missed out a key piece of instructions!

One of my illustration plans is to re-tell the story of The Sleeping Beauty: this is one of the pages I made to test out my idea:

I've been so encouraged by the enthusiasm from people to whom I have shown the painting, so that I am going to follow through and complete the dummy book over the next couple of months.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Achievements to mark

Another huge gap between posts! I've not been idle, just working very hard on improving my hand, with a lot of success: thankfully, I can now draw, paint and knit again without being unduly concerned about my hand's ability to deal with prolonged work - a great start to 2013.

Here are a couple of favourite achievements from the last few months of 2012.

First, an illustration for Little Red Riding Hood, or little Red Riding Hoodie, as I prefer to see her:

A challenge here was to incorporate the wolf, making him look scarey, but not too scarey for a young child aged 3 to 6 years, that I was imaging as reading or looking at the picture book.

Then these fabulous "Fighting words" mitts knitted from Annie Watts pattern  :

These were among the twelve presents I knitted for friends and family for Christmas during November and December 2012. (Such a good strength-building work out for my hand!) The lucky recipient is delighted with his Spiderman-themed mitts!

So, now I am excited to be making progress with my plans for 2013!