Friday, August 1, 2014

Winter is well underway?

I have been busy making my winter stock.... nuno felt coats, and full size, winter coats!  New this year on Etsy, and at Pamela's in a few weeks are beautiful hand felted winter coats, embellished with silk, and beaded vintage sarees.  The photos look cool, but in person the textures really POP.

 Above is the spring, fall or indoor weight nuno felt jacket....  Below are two very warm winter coats (it is a hot summer morning, and I am modelling winter coats!!)
 yes, you can see they are all Aspen Approved, as great bird perches.
I have a burgundy winter coat in the works, and stock materials for a purple, denim, and two more blacks!  I also have several more complete sarees for the light weight coat, that already sells very well at Pamela's.

Please visit my Etsy store (upper right corner link) or Pamela's in early September. (Pam also has lots of scarves, vests and dryer balls for sale right now).  Let's everyone start WEARING their favourite ART!

Monday, July 7, 2014

baby's first yarn sale....


We just got back from the annual "tent sale" by The Needle Emporium.  Fabulous as usual, yarns for $3.50 a 50gram ball.  You can see some of the delights surrounding baby Claire.


She was great, and clearly loves the feel of merino wool in her hands!
Start 'em young!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Productive Sunday


I was on a roll.... started with a great round of golf in the morning, then hit the workshop.  I completed two pieces of fabric for the new winter coat.  I made 6 sets of dryer balls, as they are selling well at Pamela's in Jordan Village.  Then still not tired, I made a new nuno felt vest.  The vest is made in one piece (no sewing) using a resist.  I have made 5 of these over the last couple of weeks, and they will end up at Pamela's too.
 The vest has lots of beading and sequins embedded in the fabric.  Super light weight, and crazy warm.
 Here is the coat.  I assembled it this morning, and I love the finished product.  You can see it (and buy it) on etsy.
 Funny to model it in my short jeans and the warm sunny day.  Too warm to wear it today!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Baby Red Riding Hood


Baby Red Riding Hood.


This one is made from an amazing stretchy yarn, and will probably not work to gauge with any other yarn, so knitter beware....  Elann's Esprit yarn, a mostly cotton, with a bit of elastic, makes it soft and stretchy. I used only four balls to make this, but you could use 5 and make a toddler size.

Sizes:  first year,[ second year]
Yarn: Esprit, red , 4 balls [5 balls]
Needles: 4.5mm, (US 7)  Circulars work well to hold all the stitches.  Do not join, this is NOT knit in the round
4 stitch markers
YO = yarn over
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
seed stitch= k1, p1, k1, p1.... across first row, then knit the purls and purl the knits on the second row.
stocking stitch; knit right side, purl wrong side.

Gauge: 25 sts = 4 inches  *** again, I suggest it will be difficult to find a yarn that knits to this gauge OTHER than Esprit.  It is worth getting this yarn!  They ship anywhere.

Pattern:  Cast on 200 stitches.  Work in seed stitch for 2 inches.
Next row (right side):  Seed stitch for 10, place marker, knit until last ten stitches are remaining. Place marker, seed stitch last 10 stitches.
Next row (wrong side):  seed 10, slip marker, purl 180, slip marker, seed 10.
Work these two rows , seed outside 10 bands, and stocking stitch between the markers for 2 [ 5] more inches above the lower seed stitch band.
BUTTONHOLE ROW:  (right side facing you) Seed 3, k2tog, YO, k2tog, seed 3, work rest of row the same.  Next row: work the same until end seed stitch band, where you need to knit in the front and the back of the yarn over below... making up the missing 2 stitches.
Work even for 1 more inch.
Decreases:  with right side facing:
Next row:   seed stitch to marker,  [k2 , k2tog] repeat across this row to next marker, seed stitch last 10.  155 sts remain.
Work even for next 3 rows (seed the seed stitch part and stocking stitch between the markers)
Next row:   Seed to marker, [k1, k2tog] repeat across this row to next marker, seed 10. 110 remain.
Work one row even,  Work one BUTTONHOLE ROW, work next row even, increasing 2 in the yarn over button hole.
Next row:   seed 10,  [k1, k2tog] repeat until next marker, seed 10.  80 remain
Work one row even,  Work one BUTTONHOLE ROW, work next row even, increasing 2 in the yarn over button hole.
Next row:   seed 10,   [k1, k2tog] repeat until next marker, seed 10.  80  remain on needles.
work even for 3 rows.
Next row: Cast OFF 10 sts, remove marker,[k1, p1 ] across the row (seed stitch for the neckline) until the end of row (remove the last marker as you pass by).
Next row (wrong side) Cast off 10 stitches, and seed stitch across the row.
Work seed stitch only for 4 more rows.
Right side facing:  seed 10, place marker, stocking stitch to last 10 sts, place marker, seed last 10 sts.
Work, as established for 3 more rows.
Increase row: seed 10, k 2, [knit front and back of next stitch, k2] repeat to last marker, seed 10
Work even for 3 more rows.
Back of hood shaping: seed 10, knit 12, place marker, k2, place marker, knit 12, seed 10.
Work even for 3 more rows.
Increase row for hood:  Seed 10, knit to stitch before first middle marker, knit in front and back of this stitch, slip marker, knit 2, slip next middle marker, knit in front and back of this stitch, knit to last marker, seed 10.
Work even for 3 rows.
Repeat last four rows, increasing 2 sts at center back of hood, then 3 rows even.... until hood is 6 [ 8] inches from neckline.
Cast off all stitches, and seam top of hood together.  Sew button on.





Monday, May 12, 2014

Spring time.... finally


Our tulips are perfect this year, and the cool days and nights are making them last a long time.  Love that.


 I found this tiny "bug cage" in the children's section of Michaels.  It is a perfect travel size for Aspen, and you can see that she is playing with her tictac box, and chewing the paper liner.  She happily goes in this in the stroller for a walk around the neighbourhood!
 And here is a sneak peek at the next knit.  A red riding hood cape for baby.  Should be ready to model and post the pattern within a few days, so check back then.
Lovely bright colours make it feel like spring has actually arrived.  Finally.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Asymmetric Wrap Poncho

Asymmetric Wrap Poncho


 Want a new super fast transition season outer wear fashion statement?
Pick up 600 yards of super chunky yarn, and spend a couple of evenings with huge needles.  Ta da.
This one is worked in one piece, with a few short rows at the left shoulder, before returning to the right again.  One shoulder seam and two tacked spots make it custom fit, and one size fits all (make it a bit wider or longer if you want more coverage!).

NO Purls in this pattern, but the skill of SHORT ROWS is required, or take this opportunity to watch this video and master a new technique!

Yarn:  Lion Brand Woolease Thick and Quick, super chunky yarn About 550 - 600 yards (or any yarn with recommended needles of 9mm - 10mm)
Gauge: 8 sts = 4 inches in garter stitch (realistically , this is one where you can get away with between 7 and 9 sts to 4 inches and still succeed)  further afield from these numbers, change your yarn.
Needles: 10mm (US 15).  Circulars help with weight of this bulky yarn, but straight works well.  NOT knit in the round anyway!

Note:  you are knitting from front right side, to left shoulder, then back to right back edge.  BUT, once finished you can wear the short rows over either shoulder.... Asymmetric!

Right Front edge:   Cast on 30 sts.  Knit EVERY row (garter stitch) for 25 inches (measure without stretching please).
SHORT ROWS:   With right side facing (bottom edge of the wrap poncho) start short rows:
Row 1:  Knit until only 5 stitches remain on left needle,  wrap and turn, knit back on row 2.
Row 3: knit until only 10 sts remain on left needle, wrap and turn, knit back on row 4.
Row 5:  knit 15 sts, wrap and turn, knit back on row 6.
Row 7: knit 10 sts, wrap and turn, knit back on row 8.
Row 9: knit 5, wrap and turn , knit back on row 10.
ROW 11 and 12 :  knit the whole row
Row 13: knit 5, wrap, turn and knit back
Row 15:  knit 10, wrap and turn and knit back
Row 17: knit 15, wrap and turn and knit back
Row 19: knit 20, wrap and turn and knit back
Row 21: knit until only 5 sts remain on left needle, wrap , turn and knit back.

Work again in garter stitch for 20 rows (10 ridges are completed) and you are again facing the right side. (very important that you start your short rows at the same edge as the last set of short rows!!)
Repeat the short rows again....

SHORT ROWS:   With right side facing (bottom edge of the wrap poncho) start short rows:
Row 1:  Knit until only 5 stitches remain on left needle,  wrap and turn, knit back on row 2.
Row 3: knit until only 10 sts remain on left needle, wrap and turn, knit back on row 4.
Row 5:  knit 15 sts, wrap and turn, knit back on row 6.
Row 7: knit 10 sts, wrap and turn, knit back on row 8.
Row 9: knit 5, wrap and turn , knit back on row 10.
ROW 11 and 12 :  knit the whole row
Row 13: knit 5, wrap, turn and knit back
Row 15:  knit 10, wrap and turn and knit back
Row 17: knit 15, wrap and turn and knit back
Row 19: knit 20, wrap and turn and knit back
Row 21: knit until only 5 sts remain on left needle, wrap , turn and knit back.

Now continue in garter stitch for 25 inches, and cast off all loosely.  See photo below for stitching seam and arm tacks.  Sew the shoulder seam 14 inches from the straight edge towards the shorter side of the short rows.  (B to A in the photo).  Tack the front to back with a few overhand stitches at D and C, about 5 inches from right shoulder edge and bottom of short row arm edge.  These can be wider or smaller, depending on your arm width and comfort (tight or loose).  Best to put a safety pin on first and try it on!


 also note, the funky new Fluevog Boots, kind of hiking boot meets crazy fashion.  Oooooh.


Monday, March 24, 2014

HI-LO Poncho

Hi - Lo Poncho

 I made this one twice, a cute chunky poncho with keyhole neckline, and collar and mini sleeves to keep it in place.  The first is an incredibly extravagant beauty, made with Colinette Point Five yarn.  At full price and 6 skeins, it would cost over $150 (US), plus taxes and shipping.  I was fortunate enough to find it and get it to me for just under $100.  Still a treat for sure!  Shown in blue mix above.
I love the pattern, but thought it may be worthwhile trying to duplicate it in a wonderful value yarn, like Lion Brand Hometown. Shown in Pink mix above.  Six skeins of this cost $24 (US) plus taxes.  Quite a difference, and still a lovely poncho!
Your choice, go Hi or go Lo, but go poncho.  It is a fast knit and great for these transitional season days.

Sizes:  Small,[ Medium, Large. ] A loose fit should fit most.
Yarn:  Colinette Point Five,  6 [6, 7]skeins.  *** OR *** Lion Brand Hometown USA, 6 [6, 7] skeins
Gauge:  7 sts = 4”
Needles: 10mm (US 15) circular needles  (24 “ max)

Body of Poncho (work 2 pieces the same)
Cast on 28[31, 34] sts.  Knit four rows  (garter stitch)
Next row (right side),  Knit all stitches.
Wrong side row:  Knit 3, purl to last 3 sts, knit 3.
Repeat last two rows until 29”[ 31”, 33”] worked, then garter stitch next four rows.  Cast off all stitches.
Checking out photos, sew short end of one rectangle to long side of other.  Fold like photos and sew other short side to last long side, creating a poncho with v-neck front and back.
Collar:
Mark with safety pins 2 inches each side of each “V”.  This is the space to be left for “keyhole”.
At one pin, start picking up neck stitches, 28 along one side until next pin, then turn and cast on 2 sts over the keyhole gap, continue to pick up 28 more sts until next pin, and cast on 2 over second gap.  Closing the circle start to knit around the neckline, in K1, P1, ribbing.  Work for two rows, then on third row, cast OFF the last two stitches of the round (over the keyhole that will be the front.)
Now work the rest of the collar, back and forth (NOT in the round) continuing the ribbing for about3 more inches.  Cast off loosely.
Sleeves.
Fold the poncho, and mark center of “shoulder line”.  Measure 8 inches down both sides and place two safety pins.  Working between the 16”, pick up 30 stitches, and work in K1, P1 ribbing for 4 inches.  Cast off loosely.  Sew bottom edges of mini-sleeve.


 Mark the "V" for the keyhole.  It makes the collar more round!
 Hi - lo, anyway you go, the perfect poncho.