Little Owl handmade journal book by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

Little Stories – After Hours

 

Little Owl handmade journal book by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

 

Hi Everyone!  Little Stories are posts I write every now and then where I share odds and ends that I work on or things that happen around me.  This time I want to share a few finishes consisting of knitting, sewing and this impromptu little owl book I made.  I love to keep my hands busy by working on projects like these, mostly after dinner.

 

 

Knitted mitts and hats by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

 

Previously I wrote about an exchange that Mary and I did.  She made me an amazing artist apron ( you can see it here ) and I knitted her a couple of sets of hats and mitts.  Since Mary and I both love autumn colours, I had fun shopping as if I was buying the yarns for myself.

I used the patterns Westward Hat and Westward Mitts by Rebecca Woelber for this set.  The cable part of this design required my full attention.  I mostly worked on this one while my husband was playing a video game and I was “helping”.

 

 

Knitted mitts and hats by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

 

For this set, I paired Prim hat by Andrea Mowry with Staghorn Mitts by Pamala Jane Patterns.  Both were quick knits and easy cables too.  They are not beginner patterns, but very well written.  If you are a generally a confident knitter, and want to try cable knitting, both of these are very good patterns.  Once you get used to the cable patterns, they don’t require so much attention either.

It was so wonderful to make them for a friend, and I am happy to hear that she got to use them a lot during the colder months.

 

 

Autumn Leaves Line art clip art @ inktorrents.com by Soma Acharya

 

 

During the time I was knitting for Mary, I decided to donate my serger.   The lady who was fostering our kitten was delighted to hear that I would donate the serger to the Rescue.  She lives an hour away, and halfway along the way is a JoAnn fabric store.  I wanted to remake this blanket for our kitty Charlie ( You can read about it and download the leaves file for free here ), so my husband and I made a quick pit stop to pick up some fleece.

 

 

Double layer fleece kitty blankets by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

 

I had to pick up some extra fleece for a few more kitty blankets, of course.  I cut the pieces in half to make them double-layered.  I like both the slow process of binding by hand, and also the look of hand binding.  Instead of matching bindings, I decided to use contrasting colours and designs.  They had to have an autumn and winter theme to them as those are my favourite seasons.  I specially love the wispy and wintry tree branches of the binding on the top blanket.

 

Please click on the image thumbnails to see the photos –

 

 

Now they are all ready for my little kitties when the weather turns cold around here.  These would make cosy and quick baby blankets too.

 

 

Current Play List

It was good to see my old play list slowly winding down, making room for new experiments and play time.

Finished –

New and In Progress –

  • Indigo leaves printing – In progress
  • Painting  – Flowers and butterfly
  • Sew flower blocks for Garden Path quilt – Almost there!
  • Book binding – New cover design for Everyday Journal

 

One of the original Fairy Lantern flower prints is going to a new home soon, as are a few of the everyday journals, which is always exciting!  They are available in the shop.

 

 

Little Owl handmade journal book by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

 

Most of my work is thought through and planned ahead.   This little owl book, however, was a complete exception to that and was certainly not on the list.   At the end of one day, I was so mentally exhausted that I needed a feel-good project.  I had a little 2″ x 3″ book made from before that needed a cover.  I pulled out washi tape,  some scrap pieces of book binding boards, paper, micron pen, glue and scissors, and set to work.

 

 

Little Owl handmade journal book by Soma @ InkTorrents.com

 

 

I didn’t even feel like drawing anything new.  I have always had a soft spot for owls.  I traced the owl from one of my old marker paintings, copied it on the cover and inked it with micron pen.  I love designs by Morris Brown, and I got this washi tape from Jet Pens recently.  After affixing the front and back covers to the book,  I attached the spine board with a strip of the wide washi tape.  I added some scrap washi tape triangles to the corners and the book was done.  It took me a total of around 30 minutes and it certainly uplifted my spirit quite a lot.  Paper, pen, glue and tape – ingredients for utter happiness.

 

These after hours projects have a calming effect on me.  While I work on them, I mentally prepare for the next day too.  Do any of you do anything special to wind down?  I would love to know.

-Soma

 

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Dragon in the mountain watercolour painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Little Stories – Small Finishes

Dragon in the mountain watercolour painting @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

 

Little Stories are posts where I share odds and ends from my life and my atelier.  Since I missed making posts in October and November, I will share two Little Stories back to back.   While I am working on large projects, I like to keep a few small projects handy.   When I need a break, I switch over to the small ones.  Specially when I am stuck on a project, taking a break and going back to it after a while helps me see it from a new perspective.  Before we continue with the adventures of The Girl And Her Cat, let me share a few small finishes with you.

 

 

A “little” decision

 

I have a small announcement to make.   Last month, I have officially closed my Etsy shop.  With all the recent seller policy changes over at Etsy, I felt like I was losing my identity as an artist there.

Ever since I opened my shop here at the website in 2020, you gave me the confidence to make this decision with your continuing support and purchases from my shop here.

Most importantly, I can keep in touch with you more directly.  I always enjoy the interaction that I have with you here. 

So, from now on, this is the only place where I will sell my quilt patterns, cards, prints and journals.  Thank you so much for continuing to purchase from my shop here.  It means a lot to me.

 

 

A little warmth

 

Thea Colman hat @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

I really like Thea Colman’s knitting patterns at Ravelry.  They are beautiful and very well written.  This one looks intricate but it is an extremely easy cable pattern to follow.  I made this one with extra long ribbing, so my husband’s ears will be covered completely and keep him warm when we travel to cold places in winter months, which is something we do often. 

The yarn came from Shropshire.  We were meandering around the small villages there when I happened to spot a small yarn shop.  I was looking for some English wool. The lady at the shop was so helpful.  With her help I got three skeins of this 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool, reared, sheared and spun in Yorkshire.  The yarn is wonderful to knit with and softened as I knitted with it.

The combination of the pattern and the yarn made for such an enjoyable knit, and the smile on my husband’s face made it extra special. 

 

 

A little drawing

 

Sierra Cabin @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

 

Last December, we were visiting one of my favourite places in the Sierra mountains.  I wasn’t in much of a mood for gallivanting around the mountainside this time.   I saw a tree outside the cabin window with its wild-looking trunk and branches.  It was so peaceful to sit by the window-side and a warm fire, sipping hot chocolate and drawing the time away.

 

 

California Tree @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

 

I probably will paint this one day as part of a landscape, but for now it is a finished drawing in my sketchbook.

 

 

Little bookmarks

 

Little watercolour bookmarks @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

 

Specially since I started book making, the amount of scrap paper I have lying about has increased.  They are too small for any significant project, but not small enough that I can toss them in the recycling bin without feeling guilty.   I use them for playing with colours.   Recently I started making little 1″ x 4″ mini bookmarks out of them.  The four botanical ones went to their new homes.  I have the flying birds at home now.  They are all painted using Van Gogh watercolour on leftover papers from the pocket journals available in my shop.

 

 

A little Girl and Her Cat

 

 I have of course also been painting in my little 3″ x 4″ blue books.  Here are some more of the adventures of The Girl And Her Cat from the Wandering Pages book.  Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures and read about their wanderings –

 

 

 

Wandering Pages has all the paintings that I have shared from this little book so far.

 

 

Do you also work on small projects alongside large ones?  Or are you a one-project-at-a-time kind of person?  

Until next time,
-Soma

 

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