Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sun Illustration

I'm just about done with this illustration - for my favorite poster contest. I used pen & ink, and watercolor. It's a minor miracle the ink didn't splatter, because the pen nib kept catching on the paper. It's a tough time of year to be working with pen & ink - the summer heat makes the pen stick to my fingers! The colors were inspired by a sea-compass drawing from 1766. The sun feels a little like a compass.

My vegetable garden is bursting with beans, peas, spinach, baby carrots, cucumbers, and TOMATOES - WAHOOO!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Mitten Pattern - Monkey Mittens

Here's my 3rd version of the Monkey Mittens:
MONKEY MITTENS ~ Snow-Day Artist Design
I like this version of the eyes, they are closer together. I knitted many ears before settling on these.   All in all, I'm pretty happy with this design. I'll write up the pattern now, and then look for some test knitters on Ravelry. I am also working on a picture book manuscript. It's a story about a turtle. The prop I am using for my illustrations is in this photo.

Here's a link to the pattern:
Knit these in traditional 'Sock Monkey' colors - or design with your choice of colors

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pattern in Progress... Sock Monkey Mittens

Final design with a twist... in pink & purple! Monkey Mittens
I'm working on a new mitten pattern. I want them to look like the traditional 'Sock Monkey'. In the March 24th blog post are the first pair of Sock Monkey mittens.... Do these need ears? I'm thinking that the eyes are too far apart. Hmmm...
Later edit: check out final pattern here: Mitten Pattern - Monkey Mittens
or at: Snow-Day Artist ~ Etsy Shop