Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hats, hats and more hats!

I've been busy dressing up a couple of baby hats. One of them is already listed in my BitsOfFiber shop on Etsy. The other 2 will be listed later this evening. They will be at the last Farmers Market I will be attending for this season on Sunday, November 7th. So, come on down and check out my stall and many other artists who sell their products every Sunday from 10 till 3. We also have a French Chef who makes THE best quiches and tarts you can imagine so come and visit us on November 7th as I will NOT be there for the Christmas Market this year!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Red and Orange Nuno Felted Scarf

I wasn't too sure about putting these colors together but I must say I like the way it turned out. I used a dark brown silk chiffon fabric as the base. A handspun wool yarn that runs all the way across the scarf and then layered merino sheep's fleece on top of it with some white and orange curly mohair locks. I'm taking it to the market this Sunday if it's still available after the market I'll be listing it in my PurplePlatypus shop on Etsy.

Re-cycled wool scarf!

I found this beautiful wool scarf in a 2nd hand shop that had already been put through the hot wash by the looks of it. I loved the colors and figured I could make some baby shoes out of it. So here they are. Just listed in my etsy shop.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Variegated Yarn

I just can't seem to find time these days to add to this blog! Not that I don't have anything to show or talk about ... I have plenty of both ... just short on time. Anyway, here are some pictures of a baby set I made for a friend of mine. This will be for a Florida baby so I had to find something bright and cheery. I started using some different types and colors of yarns I still had in my stash but it just didn't say "Florida" to me so off I went to the store to find some yarn. I found this yarn which I thought was nice and bright and thin enough to crochet with except ... it's a variegated yarn. Nothing really wrong with the yarn, it looks beautiful in a skein. I've purchased many variegated yarns in my life but every time I try making something with it ... I'm disappointed with the way it turns out. Not sure if it's the patterns they make (stripes, spots, etc) once you knit or crochet with them or what but I'm just never happy with the results so I rip out my projects and put the yarn back into my cabinet until ... I found this yarn. Now I must say I did start knitting with it and again ... didn't like the result ... would have been fine if I was knitting a pair of real socks but that's not why I purchased it ... so I pulled it all out I put it away for a couple of days and gave it another shot this time crocheting with it and voila this is the result. I still wasn't too thrilled with it until I walked into my studio where I had scattered some things on my table that were going to be for the farmers market when I noticed that the fabric flower I had made actually looked really cute with that baby hat I had made! I had crocheted a flower the day before that I tried putting on the hat .... nope didn't look right ... I tried different ribbons ... nope still didn't like it so I had put it aside until that big fabric flower landed on it and voila! Anybody else who thinks variegated yarns are sooooo cool but when you work with it (except for socks, they are great for socks I must admit) you are disappointed with the results? I suggest try combining them with some sheer fabric do-dah ... you might just be surprised how it will change from "crafty" to more elegant and "artsy". Of course that's if you prefer it to be more artsy.