Sorry it's been a long time since my last post. School has kept me busy, but I am enjoying it very much. Now that it is the winter break, I have much more time to relax and such.
I did find time to knit this past semester, I found it a great stress reliever. A lot of my friends are pretty impressed with my skills and want to learn how to knit. I'm really happy that they want to learn and will try to teach them in the new year.
This semester I made my mother a scarf out of Alpaca, it's the softest thing I've ever made. I found this awesome yarn store near my school where I got the yarn. The lady at the cash said that once you've tried alpaca you won't go back. I agree with her, but I don't have the money to knit with alpaca often but my mom's worth it and she loves the scarf. It's grey and I'll try to get some pictures of it.
I also made these lovely finger-less gloves. That have little owls on them! They're so cute and I wear them all the time.
I've also made a matching owl cup cozy, but i haven't added the eyes to it yet. But I just love the owl and it was really easy to make, I finished both gloves in the span of 2 and half weeks, and I was able to stay on top of my homework while I was at it.
I also made this awesome hat for my friend Julia.
(Sorry my computer is being silly and won't let me rotate the picture)
This is based on a hat I got myself when we were together over the summer. I made her this one as a Christmas present because she liked the one I got so much.
Enough about knitting, I also made this awesome necklace for a friend of my mothers. I am really happy with how it turned out, the colors work well together and hope that she likes it.
That's all for now I hope I'll update more often, tell me what you think about what I've made this semester.
It is now the last week of summer before I'm off to Ottawa for school. I finished my summer job. Now I have my days all free! Which is fantastic, but unfortunately, they will mostly be filled with packing.
On the weekend I finished this lovely "The Amazing Spider-Man" inspired hat. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I was somewhere on the internet and saw this picture. I fell in love with the hat Emma Stone was wearing.
I would have tried to do it myself, but before this project, I had no clue how to do the zig-zags (i don't know if that is what you call it) or the puffs (that I now know are called bobbles). I did a little googling and found this cute ravelry pattern. I really like the pattern, it was easy to follow. The "b" should be "mb" (make bobble), I was a little confused when I first read it. I did do an extra zig-zag chuck than the pattern had, to make it more like a beanie and less like a tuque.
It toke me about two weeks, as you can tell, it is not the same color as what Emma Stone was wearing. This blue is a really soft acrylic that my friend picked out for a hat I made her. I had left overs and after this I still do and might make a cup cozy with it.
Here we are:
I think it turned out really well. I haven't been able to wear it very must because it is makes my head all hot. So it will be prefect for fall and early winter.
I purchased a pair of plain white shoes at the beginning of the summer. I didn't really have any plans for them. I was thinking of leaving them white and writing quotes all over them. I obviously changed my mind. After seeing some super cute wedges that had a galaxy scape that would make NASA proud, I knew what I wanted to do.
Thus is my tutorial on how to make galaxy shoes!
What you'll need:
-Shoes that you are willing to paint on (I recommend that they be black)
- Acrylic paint, the more the merrier.
-Brushes, something that you can dab with, and a small one for making stars
- Pictures of space (optional)
-Some spray varnish
-A cupcake for when you are done (optional but strongly recommended)
Here are the white shoes, fresh from the box.
I started painting the edges of the shoe black with a smaller brush, in retrospect, starting with a black shoe is easier because you can skip this step.
I changed to a bigger bush to fill in the rest of the shoe. I kept the trim white but you can do what you like with it.
After I finished painting the shoes black I searched Googled galaxy and space photos. I eventually went to NASA's website because I didn't like the results I was getting on Google. (That doesn't happen often does it?)
I found a picture that had a lot of blue and brown-red colors. So that's what I used for the first shoe.
Here's the "finished" result for the right shoe. I added stars in after it dried.
Here's palette with the colors I used. I used a stubby, short bush and used a tapping motion to pain it. I found I could spread the color without mixing or smugging the colours together.
This is my work space before I started the left shoe. Yeah. It's kinda messy and on the left of the picture you can see all the tubes of paint I used in this project.
If you turn your head sideways you'll see my left shoe. I painted two nebula's on this one.
Here is a side view to show that I paint the design on to the side of the shoe.
Here are both shoes all painted.
I let them dry for 24 hours before starting the next step.
The next step is to splatter white "stars" on the shoe. Make you sure you test your splatter before you do it on your shoes. I know I have the tendency to make really big messy splatters and get most of it on myself. This is not at all what I wanted for these shoes so I tested the splatter technique with a couple of brushes before I found one that makes super small white dots. Perfect!
I used a small brush to paint big stars. I also dabbed in some stars in silver and some yellow stars that supposedly glow in the dark, but they don't glow, the dots are too small.
Above are the shoes after splattering, and painting in the stars. When I was looking at the NASA pictures I noticed that some of the stars are clouded over by gas and particles that may eventually create planets. I went over the nebulae with a thin layer of transparent colours.
I waited about a day or two and sprayed them with varnish to seal the finish. Below are the final result,
I hope you enjoyed that. If you have any questions feel free to put them in the comment section.