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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Aquatic Nirvana Scrumble


A few months ago, I would go to the gym 3 times a week and swim laps to relieve stress and free up creative process. As I was swimming one morning, I mentally zoned out and visualized different shades of blue. I doodled around a bit and crocheted five patches. Today I pieced them together in a larger patch. This scrumble measures about 9 inches wide. Note to self: You need to go back to the gym exercise regularly for your health and creative inspiration.
The scrumble is all crochet and presently unembellished. I'll probably dig through my other stash for embellishments because I know I have some really cool stuff in blue. Once I do, I'll post the update.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Runnin' Down A Dream...swing coat finished!

The swing coat finished Thanksgiving morning. I'm very pleased how this piece turned out. Yes, the name of this coat is "Runnin' Down A Dream", a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers:

I'm runnin' down a dream,
that never would come to me.
Workin' on a mystery,
goin' wherever it leads.
Runnin' down a dream.

My friend Sarah was more than happy to model the coat for me saying it was much warmer than the other one. I want to thank the following sellers on Etsy with whom I did business.

Aspenmoonarts
Kittygrrlz
TerraBellaSpun
CamelShoppe
LaTeaDaDesigns
Ilashdesigns
JazzTurtle
Whorlingtides
simplytwisted
I also want to thank Linda Dixon for the polymer clay beads that were made for the coat. I also used commercial bought yarns and ribbons to pull all of this together. It was one fun project.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Swing Coat Week 1

I'm about 2 1/2 inches away from completing the body of the coat. I dropped the sleeves (live stitched held with waste yarn) in the dark brown just before the white section. The piece looks much better in person and I think the coat will look much nicer than the last one.

I have the coat on 2 sets of very long circular needles and it takes some doing to get around now....but with only 2 1/2 inches left, it's not so bad.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Scrumbling Right Along...

I'm so glad to be doing this again. Here is a freeform patch that is entirely crocheted. It actually started as three patches that I pieced together. The yarns are both commercial and handspun from sock weight to bulky. This is unembellished but I will down the road create more interest with beadwork and buttons. I never know where these scrumbles take me but in the end it's always a pleasant surprise.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Start of Another Swing Coat

I've gathered the materials for another coat. This one will be heavier in browns. The picture below shows the very beginning of this project. I love working with yarns from talented spinners I've found on Etsy. WhorlingTides, JazzTurtle, AspenmoonFiberArts, TerraBellaSpun, KittyGirlz, LaTeaDaDesigns, CamelShoppe, IlashDesigns, SimplyTwisted, and Fabulosity will be featured in this coat as well as commercial yarns, ribbon, and novelty yarns.

I believe this one will progress a little faster than my last coat. Let the fun begin!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Knitting that Looks like Weaving, The Linen Stitch Scarf

These scarves are knitted...really! A simple knit stitch with a yarn change at every row leaving a tail long enough to create the fringe. A pattern so simple, yet elegant. The first scarf shown is "Rio Tropicale". This was my first scarf I started a couple weeks ago. I cast on 400 stitches using the long tail cast on method. Long tail cast on is "ok" but I needed fringe on both ends. I kept on knitting anyway thinking about how I was going to correct this in the finishing process and find a better cast on method for the next scarf.
Rio is knitted with sock weight yarn on size 7 circulars. The fiber content is merino, alpaca, lurex, and a little cashmere. The colors are so striking in tropicals and electric blue that it demands attention and awe. I see this scarf and I can't help but look at it.
So after I finished Rio, I looked into my massive yarn stash and 6 small skeins of handspuns from WhorlingTides kept jumping out at me begging to play. However it wasn't enough to make a scarf or a hat. I needed a single coordinating neutral! Hmmmm....I then remembered my dear friend Louann in St. Petersburg, Florida gave me two skeins of Angora Rabbit/Merino/Nylon blend yarn that came from her mom's farm in Oregon. Thank you Louann and thank you Margie at Raspberry Farm Angoras. Check out her website and you'll see Margie holding this insanely huge German Angora www.raspberryfarmangoras.com
Give this lovely lady a call if you need Angora for spinning or knitting.
The yarns are mostly DK/sport weight and was knitted on size 10 circulars. To solve my cast on issue, I used a crochet cast on....Awkward!...a cast on method I never used before. It stopped feeling awkward after the first 100 stitches. With a larger yarn weight and size needles, I cast on 300 stitches and it worked real well for the finished length. I've decided to name this scarf "Native Lands" because the colors are beautiful neutrals. I'm guessing what the fiber content would be but it looked like the handspuns were a blend of wool, bamboo, and firestar. The off white yarn is a blend of Angora/Merino and 10% Nylon for strength.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Circle Swing Coat finished at last!

The pattern came from Sarah Punderson purchased on Etsy. I started this coat back in December when my son was home on leave. The yarns are both commercial and handspun yarns. I started the body of the coat and then put it up when it was time to knit the sleeves. I decided a couple weeks ago that it was time for me to finish this (I needed my stash bag)coat and get it out of my livingroom.
The colors and texture combinations make this coat interesting and fun to wear. Beings that it is August, I'm only wearing it to show friends but this coat will be making it's appearance this fall at the Kentuck Art Show.



Seychelles Retreat

The hat started out as some Merino roving I found at the Worldwide Knit in Public day in Montgomery, Alabama. I had been looking for this colorway for weeks...turquoise, lime and white. A colorway that would lure you to the tropics. Thanks to Beth at WhorlingTides, I was able to do just that with my size 8 circulars. I think Beth was lured to that tropical place as she spun this because she added some silk and firestar glitz to it to give it a subtle shimmer...just enough to give the yarn interest. The yarn turned out brilliant and the hat is beautiful.










Saturday, June 26, 2010

Noro in Brioche


Each summer, I try to have a goal to learn a new skill in either knitting or crochet. This summer it is Brioche Knitting. This technique is from the Netherlands known as "Patentsteek". Nancy Marchant has written a comprehensive book on Brioche Knitting...I figure in an effort to make it more popular here in the United States. The technique is different than your usual knitting, but once you get the hang of it, it's not that difficult.
The really fun part was doing this in two different Noro Silk Garden colorways.
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The colors in this reversible scarf went in their own separate directions and there were no real repeats. As I would knit this, I had no idea what to expect. It was just fascinating. Was as if the yarn went on its own adventure.
I have this scarf listed in my Etsy shop. It is unique from the other Noro Stripe Scarves which is what I'm trying to do. Create pieces that I haven't seen listed anywhere else.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Worldwide Knit in Public and Handspun Creations

WWKIP in Montgomery was fantastic. It is always wonderful to get together with fellow knitters, crocheters, spinners....wow! It was a weekend of connecting with artists and making new friends. Speaking of artists....yes, spinners are artists. Check out these hats I've knitted using handspun yarn.

The hat on the left is yarn from SunriseLodgeFiber. I love Shannon's work, her colorways are so uplifting and positive. She weaves too...one talented gal. The center hat is yarn from FJCruiser on Etsy. Eileen can spin up some gorgeous creations. The hat on the right is a self striping handspun from ceereese1 on Etsy. Charisse was excited to see the result of this yarn and like me couldn't stop looking at the photo.
Coming down the pike will be some more handspun creations. I'll get getting some handspun yarn from Whorlingtides. I look forward to seeing what Beth cooks up!





Sunday, May 23, 2010

Alabama Fiber Gathering

Oh did we have fun this past weekend at Oak Mountain State Park. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet textile artists around the state of Alabama and of course play in the fiber workshops. I was having so much fun, I almost forgot to take pictures so I only snapped off one of my friend Linda making a cell phone pouch.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Thoughts Freeform is finished!


Happy Mother's Day! Today is happy colors and a freeform that has been a work in progress for almost a year. Happy Thoughts is a lapghan for someone who is disabled and wheelchair bound. Perhaps a disabled artist who finds this on their lap inspiring...that would be pretty cool.



I've updated my Flickr site to include close ups of Happy Thoughts in my freeform gallery.




Sunday, April 4, 2010

More hats!

Happy Easter y'all! It's amazing we're almost a quarter of the way through 2010.

I guess when it's cold, I make cold stuff but the time I get around to listing them, we're headed into summer. Oh well, I create whatever grabs me. Last month it was hats. Both of these were knitted with the Malabrigo worsted. The red hat has a lurex thread carried through to give it some sparkle. Of course it wouldn't show up in the picture!
I'll list these sometime this month.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

2 more scarves and other fiberous rantings...

This has been one crazy week at my real job and I guess when I get stressed, I knit and crochet...a lot...but it's much healthier than smoking...yuck! So my evenings are filled with lovely yarns from all sorts of places and watching a few episodes of NCIS. I digress.


Let's start with another Boteh scarf I crocheted. Once again this yarn came from AlaskanNancy (http://www.alaskannancy.etsy.com/). Inspired by her trip to Costa Rica, she created this colorful self striping yarn I just had to have. I know once she sees this scarf, she'll probably be inspired to dye more.




The next one I finished (I actually finished this one over a week ago)was a skein of Malabrigo SFO Sky that I wanted to see what it would look like in a star stitch pattern. I had a name for this scarf when I got half way through the project. This yarn really brings out the stitch definition of the star stitch and Malabrigo is excellent yarn to work with. If you've never knitted with Malabrigo, go out and get yourself a skein...you'll thank me later. Ok, back to the name of this scarf..."Mostly Cloudy with Snow Flurries", the colorway reminds me of a cloudy day and the occasional white/grey star stitches pop out like little snowflakes. Buttery soft scarf!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

From Artisan Handspun Yarn to a Knitted Beauty


Last year in March I bought a handspun yarn from an artist in New Mexico (www.twistedsheep.etsy.com) and was smitten immediately by the craftsmanship of this yarn. I set this yarn aside from my regular stash saying to myself I will find the perfect pattern or stitch to bring out the beauty of the colors to compliment the artisanship of this yarn.

A couple weeks ago I came across the yarn in my closet, pulled it aside and was tinkering with the star stitch in my knitting exploits. I got about 5 inches into the scarf and looked at how the stitch was revealing the yarn. This yarn wanted to tell it's own story and as the scarf grew, I got excited. WOW, yes, I'm keeping this scarf! I wanted the artist of this yarn to know how much I appreciated the thought and creativity that birthed this skein. I will wear this scarf often!!! Even in Alabama!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Scarf in Crochet



When you grow up in cold weather and snow...later move to the south in your adult life, it's difficult for me actually LIKE this weather. It snowed in Alabama Friday, and disappeared Saturday. Now that I can handle.
Sunday was a beautiful photography day and so I caught up on a few items that I needed to get pictures and eventually list them in my shop. This scarf is one of them. This is "Alaskan Midnight Sun". The yarn came from an artist in Anchorage "AlaskanNancy". The yarn was a self striping sock yarn in a superwash wool. Once I finished this piece I was instantly drawn to the colors and the abstract beauty.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A wonderful easy knit project

This was one of those projects where I had just as much fun photographing as well as knitting.
The pattern is a very simple knit but it creates such a complex, elegant hat.

The pattern starts from the cuff and then decreases to shape the crown. Even from the back, the colors and the design is fantastic.
This is one I did in ice blues and white. These will be in my Etsy shop in a few days. I knitted these in some yarn I purchased at Joann Crafts. The fiber content is 75%nylon and 25% wool, they're pretty soft and stretchy . Both are ladies sizes.
I have another one on the needles, this time it's in Malabrigo worsted in "Autumn" and I'm making this one to fit a man.