Thursday, November 24, 2005
Picture taken through a kaleidoscope.
And with a toy as intriguing as that could I stop with just one photo? No way. I went on to take over 30 more (thank goodness in this age of digital photography not every photo taken must be printed!).
These are a few of my favorites.
Close up of a basket.
Two different violets.
Another basket? It's hard to identify the object in some of the photos.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
The natural camel color might be a little odd for a baby item, but I like the slight color variations the natural fiber gives and didn't want to mess with overdyeing them. Besides, I think it gives them a bit of an antique, "heirloom" look.
They are 4 inches long. I asked around at the Knitter's Review forum for suggestions on a good size for newborn-ish babies.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
I spotted this cutie in the Sears catalogue and just had to pick her up. She'll be perfect for the spinning guild's Christmas gift exchange. Don't you just love the socks? I'm sure they must be handknit of handspun. ;-)
If anyone knows of a source for sheep shaped cookie cutters, speak up. I'd love to fill this with sheep cookies as part of the gift.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
The Traditional Princess
You are generous, graceful, and practical with both
feet planted firmly on the ground. You tend to
be a little on the old-fashioned side. You
value home, hearth, and family life and love to
be of service to others.
Role Models: Snow White, Maid Marian
You are most likely to: Discover a hidden talent
for spinning straw into gold.
What Kind of Princess are You? - Beautiful Artwork (Original Music is BACK!!!)
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I love this picture. Too bad she isn't spinning or knitting. Oh I know....she's not sewing a flag. No, she is doing the finishing work on a knitted afghan made from handspun vicuna. It's for her knitting chair/throne dontcha know?
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
This is certainly an exercise in perseverance.
I've ordered the Shy Sheep Vest pattern. The knitting won't be started any time soon though. I'm thinking I'll probably spin the yarn for it. Fitting hey? Handspun sheep wool for a Shy Sheep Vest? Something like that is bound to be popular at guild meetings and spin-ins!
Friday, November 11, 2005
There is no real pattern Lizz, they are needle felted, not sewn. You can buy an instruction booklet that gives the basic "how-to" but the personality and individuality just happen during the process.
You might be interested in reading my older posts about these bears.
And HERE is the source I used for supplies.
Other items that I am also taking to the fair:
Thursday, November 10, 2005
And here they are, all steam blocked and ready to be labeled for the Chilliwack Christmas Craft Fair.
The labeling. Now there is another enterprise that took longer than I expected! Still, I was done before bedtime last night and everything is packed up ready to be inspected by the Standards Committee this morning.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
The basic Gnomy Hat pattern is in Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitter's Almanac", page 69. Instead of inserting a ping pong ball in the tip as Elizabeth did, I extended the point some and knotted it. I knit it of hand dyed, handspun 2 ply wool. I didn't dye the wool myself, but I did spin it from purchased, sprinkle dyed roving. I combined one ply of the hand dyed and one ply of natural, brown wool.
I am also knitting a pair of thick socks from the same wool. I hope to get those completed today as they are destined for the Chilliwack Christmas Craft Fair and the guild Standards Committee must have them to "approve" by tomorrow.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Ashlyn looks happy with her Strawberry Cupcake Hat.
And Isabella seems pretty darn pleased with the chocolate one.
And the amazing thing is they both kept them on and continued to play!
....which of course pleased this Great Auntie . (Great Auntie....that makes me sound ancient doesn't it? *sheesh*, it sounds older than "Grandma".)
PS - sorry about the large pictures. For some reason I couldn't get these into my photo editing program to crop and resize them.
EDIT: I should point out that these hats were altered to be smaller, and fit a younger child, than the original pattern measurements. I used a tighter gauge and reduced some of the depth in the "icing" portion.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Suzanne, are you familiar with the "knitted on cast on"? If not, follow the link and familiarize yourself with how that is done. The nubbles on the Cupcake Hat are time consuming but, once you understand it, quite simple. All you are really doing is casting on 4 stitches using the "knitted on cast on" and then immediately binding them off again. This is done in every other stitch in the round. So:
*(K1, CO 4, BO 4) repeat from * around.
CO = cast on
BO = bind off
If you, or anyone else, would like further clarification write to me using my email address, which is available on my profile page, and I'd be glad to help. That way I'll have your email address and will be able to respond to you directly.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
(The shiney spots you see on the cookies are are crunchy, peanut brittle like toffee bits.)
These yummy cookies (my own original, just thought it up today, recipe) have a delicious peanut butter and toffee taste due to the unusual ingredient (Wunderbar* and Crispy Crunch* candy bars).
*Apparently these Cadbury brand bars are only available in Canada.*
Canadians, be proud, raise your cookie and say "Eh!".
Those outside Canada could try other crunchy style bars. Sorry.