Author: Barbara van Buskirk

  • A quartet of characters

    A quartet of characters

    I’ve started leafing through my sketchbooks on a treasure hunt, discovering favorite figures, shapes, motifs, colors and more. I’m now literally and figuratively drawing from my sketchbooks to build new whimsical drawings. You can see in the photo above four characters who are about to embark on all kinds of adventures!

  • The pure bliss of stash

    The pure bliss of stash

    I have a large stash of art supplies. I also have a large stash of woolly yarn and knitting supplies. This abundance brings me such joy! I’ve been dipping into A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn as if it is a box of chocolates. Clara Parkes…

  • Newest whimsical drawing

    Newest whimsical drawing

    Finally finished this whimsical drawing yesterday after building it, bit by bit, over the course of the past month or so. I used graphite pencils, Micron ink pens, colored pencils, Staedtler fiber tip pens, and Akua monotype ink printed on BFK Rives printmaking paper to make this drawing. The rectangle of yellow monotype is attached…

  • Experimenting with color+

    Experimenting with color+

    As you can see, I’ve also been on a bit of a roll knitting the Corner Boy Mittens for Youngsters pattern. There is a colorwork design on the hands as well as a colorwork Salt & Pepper design on the palms of these mittens. I’m experimenting with different colors and different aran/worsted weight yarns: Jamieson…

  • Small Blocks Hat

    Small Blocks Hat

    I am smitten with the simple design of the Small Blocks Hat pattern which is featured in Traditional Nordic Knits: Over 40 Hats, Mittens, Gloves, and Socks by Johanna Wallin. This is the second Small Blocks Hat I’ve knit. More to come.

  • New drawing + knitting

    New drawing + knitting

    Johanna Wallin’s Small Blocks colorwork design from her book Traditonal Nordic Knits: Over 40 Hats, Mittens, Gloves, and Socks has made its way into my drawing practice.

  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year

  • Building this drawing bit by bit

    Building this drawing bit by bit

  • … and comes full circle to this finished drawing

    … and comes full circle to this finished drawing