All Ears – and maybe a nose

I’d like to start by saying when I posted about the picture I drew of Harry last week, I think gave some people the impression I wasn’t pleased with what I’d done. I was actually completely chuffed with my picture, I just knew there was room for improvement.

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Don’t know why my camera turned this photo blue.

So this week I’ve been attempting to draw more realistic fur. I started by trying to copy the ears on someone else’s graphite goldie portrait…

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I think they look more like fur, but also as if they belong to a Merle collie rather than a goldie…

I then tried to draw one of Harry’s ears from a different photo, but got part way through  and thought of a different way I could do it. So I abandoned it  looking like this…

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Here’s the ear drawn with the new method I thought of…

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I think this there a definite improvement. Here’s the first and final ears side by side – although they are from different photos and therefore different angles…

I also made a start on a nose, but it’s nowhere near finished yet. I also bought a tool for doing those tricky under-nose blond hairs and had a play with it – not completely convinced it’s good enough for the job…

 

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And that’s been my drawing week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

New Project Fail

When I decided my next crochet project would be the Granny Rocks sweater, I rummaged through my small stash to see if I had any suitable yarn. I was delighted to find just the right amount: six skeins of my own Shetland-Ryeland 4ply that I had saved when I gave up dyeing. I duly wound them into cakes…

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…and began crocheting.  The rib went well, but after a few pattern rows I realised my tension was way off on the pattern rows. I frogged it back to the rib and decreased across the last rib row and worked a smaller size…

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…but as I worked on it I realised that one of the dark blue skein hadn’t been 4ply but double knit…

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I was was also beginning to think the gaps between the clusters were far too big. So although I could have dyed some of my 4ply Ryeland dark blue and used that, I don’t think I will. I’ve therefore sadly put the yarn back in my stash and am now wondering what to make for my next crochet project.

Hope you’re having more luck with your projects.

Until next time.

Bekki x

 

 

Sunday Sevens 2020 #4

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week.

This week was the driest week in the UK since mid September. Such a relief to see the sunshine after all the rain and storms…

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And have some beautiful crisp frosty mornings…

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Harry made the most of it out and about with his chums…

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With snowdrops starting to make an appearance, spring doesn’t feel too far away…

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In doors I started to decoupage the lid of our old blanket box with a map…

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I also wound some wool for my next crochet project…

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However, while I was engrossed in craftiness Harry did have an uncharacteristic moment of making his own entertainment…

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And that pretty much sums up my week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Drawing Harry

It was always only going to be a matter of time, once I started this sketching malarkey, before I drew Harry. I confess I was a little scared. It seemed a big challenge. There were, of course, the eyes to get right, which I tackled first, figuring that if I got them wrong I wouldn’t have wasted time on the other bits.DSCN340100

But the eyes were the least of my troubles. Even harder to get to grips with was the nose and the blond hairs around it. And harder than that was drawing the fur.

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Don’t know why my camera turned this photo blue.

All in all I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt – given I only started drawing 4 months ago, but there’s certainly things I need to work on:

  1. The nose needs better texture.
  2. The hairs underneath the nose are way too thick –  although this was down to not having the right equipment.
  3.  The fur on Harry’s ear is just wrong.
  4.  The position of Harry’s left ear (the one on our right) is plain wrong too.

So the plan is to work firstly on ears – I think the challenge is that the fur on his ears is actually more hair than fur. From there I’ll tackle the nose and the white hairs under it.

As always any constructive advice from you guys will be greatly appreciated.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Charlotte Square Blanket Ta Da!

Pleased to say I’ve completed my second finish of the year. Sorry no arty pictures of my Charlotte square blanket, just a quick shot of it slung over the settee where you can actually see the pattern. Not only am I a bit short of time at the moment, but all the other surfaces I put it on showed the surface more in the photo than the blanket.

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For the squares I only followed the first 18 rows of the pattern and I added a few rows of double crochet to make the edge once I’d joined all the squares. I started it as therapy to help my poorly thumb and regular crochet certainly seems to keep it feeling tickety boo. Which means I need to start another crochet project pronto!

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

 

Sunday Sevens 2020 #3

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

This week we’ve had two storms pass over and another couple of days of wind and very heavy rain/hail.  In the village the edge of this field looked like a waterfall…20200114_16230900

This is the path below it…

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I  know we’re way better off than other folks and I’m very happy to live with our stormy Dartmoor weather, but it still doesn’t make for good dog walking.

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The sheep were pretty unimpressed too…

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But amongst all this we did spot a rainbow…

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And once indoors there’s always somewhere warm and dry to chill…

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Finally on Saturday we had a frosty morning…

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Making beautiful ice patterns on the skylight windows…

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Time to filter the damson vodka to warm the cockles!

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Until next time,

Bekki x

Scrap Happy – Hanging Hearts Ready for Valentine’s Day

These hearts are easy to knit and quick to knit too. They make a nice (Valentines? or Mother’s Day?) gift and look good hanging on a chest of draws or similar.

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As they can also very easily be made from scraps of ribbon and wool – which is what I did – and Valentines only a month away and Mothers’ day 2 months, I though I’d share the pattern with you as my January Scrap Happy post.

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Hanging Hearts Pattern

My hearts were make using double knitting and came out about 3.5″ high.

 

 

Abbreviations:

k              knit

k2tog     knit two stitches together

kfb         knit into the front and the back of the stitch

m1L        Make a left slanting stitch: insert the left-hand needle, from front to back, under the strand of yarn which lies between the stitch just worked and the next stitch on the left-hand needle. Knit this stitch through the back of the loop.

m1R       Make a right slanting stitch: insert the left-hand needle, from back to front, under the strand of yarn which lies between the stitch just worked and the next stitch on the left-hand needle. Knit this stitch through the front of the loop.

p            purl

p2tog     purl two stitches together

ssk         slip two stitches knit-wise, one at a time, onto the right  hand needle then slip them back onto the left and knit them together

sts         stitches

Ready to Knit?

Cast on 2 stitches

Row 1: kfb twice.

Row 2: purl

Row 3: k1, m1R, M1L, k1

Row 4: purl

Row 5: k1, m1R, knit to last 2 stitches, M1L, k1

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until you have 32 stitches

Work 8 rows stocking stitch

Shape top of heart

Row 1: ssk, k14, turn

Working only on 15 stitches just worked,

Row 2: p2tog, p to end

Row 3: ssk, knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog

Repeat rows 2 and 3 once then row 2 again.

Row 7: sssk, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog

Cast off

Second side of top

Row 1: k14, k2tog

Row 2: p2tog, p to last 2 stitches, ssp

Row 3: ssk, k to end.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 once then row 2 again.

Row 7: sssk, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog

Cast off

Sew ribbon to top and hang.

Knitted hanging hearts

If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun (first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Until next time,

Bekki x