Monday, May 30, 2011

My good neighbor Marilyn is going to be a great grandmother to a little girl and her favorite color is lavender and so it made sense since I love to knit baby items for me to knit this sweater for her. The pattern is from, and uses one 4oz skein of worsted weight yarn. I had some yarn in my stash that I used. It is "Spotlight" Classic Elite Yarn made in Italy that I picked up on one of my trips and made of 100% cotton. I used 2 balls of 50gr/92 yards and knit it on #8 needles. It was a very easy pattern and worked up quite fast since the yarn was bigger and the needles bigger.

My life is changing a lot as I have not been working the aide job. Instead I am doing odd jobs for people like cleaning, and last week I wallpapered a bedroom for a friend. A few extra $s to help out the cause. Am working on old projects and new projects for my house and working in my garden too. All the flowers are coming out now and it is taking on a colorful show. Love it.

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Second Wet Felted Purse

Just finished a project I started with my grand daughter. She wanted to make one of these purses. I wish I had a picture of hers'. It was quite pretty but she left and took it with her before I realized I didn't have a picture.

So this is mine and I enjoyed doing it as much as the first one. I did something different though.

I used a solid navy blue piece of felt from the craft store as a base and added my piece of hand felted on top and felted them together giving it more body. It worked really well, but I think almost too thick. Not quite, and definately much sturdier.

The felting material can be bought at yarn shops but should be 100% wool, as this felting must have had some synthetic material with it as it did not felt easily. Kept seperating hence the reason I felted it to a solid piece. Just things to consider in the event you want to try to do one on your own. I may add some beading to it, but for now it pleases me just fine.

Have been witnessing some pretty neat art on all your blogs. Thank you for always inspiring me to do more.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Wet Felted Purse

Front and open purse.

Back and open purse.

Mistake - Didn't mean to have two of these.

Finished Wet Felted Purse. Finished size is 5" wide by 4" tall as shown here.

Today being Mother's Day gave me the opportunity to do just as I pleased. After a wonderful lunch out with my two daughters and a really good time, I came home and had the rest of the day to play. I have been wanting to make this purse ever since I received one from a friend of mine who purchased it for me in Christchurch New Zealand. The one I received was a shade of turquoise blue and I just love it. Since I took a class in wet felting I decided I could do this too.

I completely made the felt by using some Roving I purchased at Trumpet Hill in Colonie, New York. Then of course I added my own laces and felted some flowers into the fabric and hand stitched some French Knots to hold some of the lace down and then did the blanket stitch around the outside and added a vintage button. So much fun. I think I might continue to make more. It definately took me the most part of the day to do the whole thing but I enjoyed every minute.

The true color is actually the color in the last photo of the finished purse. I don't know why I cannot get the same color in all the photos, but that is my poor photography skills at work.

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day and your children let you know how much they appreciate you.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Following are pictures of a brass ornate sconce I bought at an auction last weekend right here in my village. For some reason I could not resist, I think because it has birds in it. Now I have a delema as to where to hang it and what to do with it as it is a little more "formal" than my living environment. I really love shabby chic and am thinking maybe I should paint it "white" (distressed) but I'm not committed to that plan.

I have decided to ask for assistance from fellow bloggers. I would love to read what you would do with this piece if you had it. Would you leave it alone or paint it or perhaps paint it in "real colors". Like the leaves green, the flowers in color, the stems in brown etc. Please help. I do love this piece but don't have the "perfect place" to put it. Something needs to be done.

I am anxiously awaiting your replys.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

For some reason this sock looks out of shape but really it fits perfectly. It is the first sock I ever knitted and the pattern was given to me by my sister Ruth. Of course it was a challenge for anyone who has never knit a sock and my attempt about 2 years ago went unfinished. That makes this a victory. Now, since I "do" have two feet I need to make another one.

It seems everyone I meet says if you make socks you will love it. I'm not sure yet. Perhaps by the time I am done with the second one I will be hooked. Not just yet.

There are numerous sock patterns out there on different knitting sites so if you are inclined to challenge yourself, just look up free sock patterns and you can find one to suit your needs. The yarn I used was because the first sock I attempted was in a plain very pretty peachy color but I found it boring to work on. Therefore this time I chose a verigated color scheme to make it more fun and indeed it was. The yarn I used is Mini Mochi. It is Machine washable blend of 80% Merino Wool and 20% Nylon, produced by Crystal Palace Yarns I used #2 double pointed needles.

I am going to start a baby sweater in between the other sock just because I have a friend who is going to have a great grandaughter and she loves lavender color so that will be my next project.

I am enjoying seeing everyone elses projects on their blogs so now I will go and check out what is new with all of you. Happy crafting.


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