Mixing Yarns: mohair and cotton vest

I have recently been sampling stitch patterns from a wonderful 1940s pattern book that I was lucky enough to acquire a few years back.  A popular pattern of the time was combining a stocking stitch background with a drop stitch in a contrast yarn (often cotton thread).  This experimentation inspired this vest which is a bit of a stash buster using up some lovely neon colours that I had purchased in the January sales.  The wonderful orange is Amy Butler Belle Organic DK (sadly now discontinued!) and the lime green is Rowan Kidsilk Haze.  The background is Rowan Pima Cotton DK.  The combination gives a lovely soft and airy handle.

"drop stitch stripe vest"

A Nicky Barfoot hand knit design in Amy Butler Belle Organic DK, Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Rowan Pima Cotton DK

Another Cartoon, “Noooooo!” (WIP)

Finally got around to inking up the last cartoon I did at the fabulous John Freeman cartooning course at West Dean.  It’s still WIP as it now needs a background.  Working from imagination requires so much brain power!  At least I used one of my everyday experiences to draw on (pun intended).

"cartoon dog chasing a bird"

Nicky Barfoot New Design: Openwork Summer Tee

Whilst still a little black, the ankle is certainly recovering and I have now reached the rehab stage.  Good job then that the diversion designing/knitting is now finished, as I see running again in my not too distant future.  I was particularly pleased with the neckline on this one.  I can just see this Tee thrown on over a bikini top and a pair of denim shorts.  Summer days here we come!

"openwork hand knitted Tee"

Knitted in Debbie Bliss Prima.

New limited edition greeting cards added to the shop

I have just added lots of new, limited edition, printed greeting cards to my shop, along with the patterns for the Glamour Tank and Glamour Tee (originally called the Emo Sweater), which were exhibited at the Alexandra Palace Knit and Stitch show last Autumn.   Do have a look and see if anything takes your fancy.

"nicky barfoot greeting card design"

one of the new nickybarfoot card designs available in the shop

Nicky Barfoot shop: http://shop.nickybarfoot.co.uk

Extending a Life Drawing session

Another great Life Drawing session at Southampton City Art Gallery today, led by the lovely Brian Reynolds and modelled by the energetic and dynamic Pav.  I spent the morning sketching, and still excited by my recent visit to the Kurt Schwitters exhibition at Tate Britain, the afternoon translating my work into collage.  One of the sketches and its inspired collage are shown below.  I think I might get the lino and printing ink out next.  Watch this space…..

"seated male nude"

graphite stick sketch on paper

"paper collage of life drawing"

Paper collage on paper

Drastic measures to earn a few more, guilt free knitting hours

"sprained ankle"

Loving the purple and green colour scheme!

The things we will do to earn a few more, guilt free knitting hours!

"openwork sweater knitted in the round"

Are we nearly there yet? Openwork pattern in Debbie Bliss Prima

So it’s Day 5 now of my enforced inactivity following a pesky tree root interrupting my routine dog jog around the woods last Friday.  Inspired by the glimpse of sunshine over the past week or so, and confined to the armchair when not hobbling around at work, thoughts have turned to Summer knitwear designs and the bag of Debbie Bliss Prima I had stashed somewhere in the Room of Doom.  This yarn creates a lovely stitch definition due to its 20% merino wool content while definitely giving off a Summer vibe.  And, unusually, I managed to find it in one of my recommended colours!


Hanger Farm Artist’s Reception 2 April 2013

Great artist’s reception yesterday evening at Hanger Farm where I am exhibiting with my textile group, neuf.  It truly is a wonderful building, full of character, and the technician’s were so helpful and good natured that the hanging process was a breeze!  We are there until 27 April so if you are in the Hampshire area do go along and sample the atmosphere of this lovely listed barn, while enjoying a coffee in front of some unique textile art.  An example of what to expect is shown below.

"textile art exhibition at Hanger Farm"

work shown is by Sue Fish, Lynette Long and Nicky Barfoot

Hanger Farm exhibition 3 to 27 April 2013

It’s been a manic week, but framing and labels are now all done and I can breathe a sigh of relief ahead of the grand hanging tomorrow at Hanger Farm, Totton, in Hampshire.  As a member of Textile Art group, neuf, I am excited to be exhibiting throughout April at Totton College’s performing arts facility and professional community arts venue set within a Grade II listed 18th century converted barn.  If you are in the area please come along and view what is sure to be a diverse and entertaining exhibition entitled “moving on” to mark our first independent exhibition as a group since graduating last summer.

"textile art exhibition at Hanger Farm"

Please come if you can.