I've been making decent progress on my Aquatic Mug commission. (You can read more about the inspiration for this project here.)
We started out with these sketches;
Then we decided to do a Crab instead of a Sea Dragon;
I grabbed my mugs, cleaned them with Rubbing Alcohol and got to sketching the sea creatures on my mugs with a pencil.
So far I've created the basic shapes I want the creatures to be and chosen their colors. They're turning out Very bright!
My turtle mug is the closest to being finished and he still needs another coat of blue on the waves, touch up detail work and outlining.
I'd say I'm less than halfway done with this project. The waves will wrap all the way around each mug and I also plan on adding more color to the creatures once the waves are in place.
Whew! This is definitely a challenging project. I sure hope these turn out as adorable as I'd imagined. I rest assured knowing if they aren't up to my standards I can wipe them clean with Rubbing Alcohol and start over!
Wish me luck!
My Greystone Cardigan is flying off the needles! (You can read more about this project here and here.)
First, I finished the bottom band of ribbing on the main body portion of the sweater.
Isn't it pretty!?
Second, I knitted the pockets.
Then I knitted one sleeve...
And Saturday, during an epic day of Nachos and MST3K with some of my besties, I finished sleeve #2!
Now I just need to knit the front band and sew those pockets on! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I'll be finished with my sweater just in time for my Birthday!
I am a little concerned with the sleeves being as huge as they are, they're very wide for some reason. I think it'll make it extra snuggly for layering over clothes in the Fall. I was hoping for a more streamlined sweater, more Cardigan and less coat, but you get what you swatch for. I'm not very experienced with sweater knitting, this is only my 4th sweater in all my years of knitting! But, I stocked up on Sweater yarn during a KnitPicks sale (Wool of the Andes ftw!) and I'm going to go pro. By the end of this year I'm going to be Awesome at knitting sweaters!
Stay tuned because finished sweater photos will be coming soon! Ahh! I'm so pumped!
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This time I'm making some fabulous aquatic mugs. These guys will be loosely based on my Art Car. I don't know if you've been properly introduced but this here is my Oceanic Cruiser.
I purchased the Cruiser when my last Art Car bit the dust. This is Lucille btw. May she rest in peace.
I spent most of the Summer of 2011 painting the Cruiser, then drove her back to my hometown (Tri-Cities, WA) where my sisters Jeanne and Lindsey helped me finish up the paint job. Jeanne is responsible for the mermaid and the sea dragon, while little sister Lindsey created the Octopus and helped with lots of detail work.
Anyway! These new mugs will feature the creatures from my Oceanic Cruiser and lots of fun blue waves.
I've been working on some sketches to get an idea what the final products will look like.
I know, they're a little busy!
I'm not sure if I'm going to carry the waves up to the top and bottom of the mugs (covering the mug surface completely) or if I'm going to leave a band of white on the edges like in the sketches. I do think I'll be featuring my gold and silver markers heavily so these will be extra sparkly, just like my car.
Ideas? Suggestions? I'd love to hear some feedback before I start busting these puppies out.
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I've been making some great progress on my Greystone Cardigan!
The yarn is lovely to work with and so far the pattern has been easy to follow. I did have to start over on a different needle size because it was turning out too small and now it's flying right along.
Look at fuzzy alpaca yarn! It's so soft and wonderful!
I've started the waist shaping and am cruising right along. I'm really pumped to see what it looks like with the collar stitches picked up, I'm thinking it'll look a lot more like a sweater and less like pattern pieces.
Look at that wonderful texture!
Moonunit kitty decided to be super brave and climb down the stairs to help me with my photo shoot.
She worries about my safety when I'm outdoors and does her best to protect me. <3
I am now almost done with the body of the sweater!
I'm not making it quite as long as the pattern calls for because I'm super short. At this point in the pattern I'm supposed to whip up some pockets in the Purl Twist Stitch pattern (same texture as the back panel) but all I really want to do is start busting out those sleeves!
I love how it's turning out but my progress might slow down in the next couple of weeks due to this toasty, hot weather! I know I've dedicated myself to knitting a Summer full of Sweaters but holy moly! It was so fiery this weekend I didn't want to knit anything!
Fortunately, I found this wonderful lady and her cute knits that are going to help me get some knitting in when I'm too toasty to work on a big 'ol sweater.
I thought I'd start with this little project, then work on this little top. I have a bunch of Cascade Fixation leftover from an ill fated bathing suit that I'm going to put to good use.
Anyway! Jeeze I get off track...
Stay tuned for more updates PLUS some new, exciting mug projects! What could they be!??
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I've been working on a GIANT commission of painted Owl mugs for my Step-ma. Some of her co-workers are transferring to a new Elementary School next year and she wanted something special to send with them.
Welcome the Sage Crest Elementary School Owls!
I used my Oil Based Sharpies and my Mod Podge Ceramic Sealant as usual. I gave all of these mugs three coats of sealant before they were packaged up.
All in all I made FIFTEEN mugs!
It sorta feels like I made 100.
Look how cute they are!!!
I hope that all the Sage Crest Elementary folks love their new mugs! I've been working my butt off on these puppies all month long.
Look at 'em all packaged and heading out the door! (Sometimes that's my favorite part of the process!)
I've got a few more mug commissions to work on over the Summer. I'll keep you updated! One set in particular is going to be super cool! I'm already pretty pumped about it.
Stay tuned for updates!
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