Thursday, August 28, 2014

Etsy Store!!!

My brand new Etsy store is now open under the name Chantelleknits!  That's awesome and I'm pleased as punch but there should be a lovely Etsy button to the left of the screen and I just can't get it to work.  So hang in there....I'm working on it.  For now....if you'd like to check it out, just click on the the link above:)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Experience

What experience has taught me is that you can learn off of someone else, and not always have to figure it out on your own.  I recently started making some simple shawls using the help of a knitting machine.  They are great and I love them and of  course because they are in stockinette stitch, they are in desperate need of a good blocking when finished to remove the curl.  I had been laboriously pinning them onto a bed and that worked fairly well but still left uneven edges and a very sore back.  So I listened to the knitters that came before me (and seem to know what they're talking about) and bought a set of foam mats and some wire for blocking.  Wow, what a difference!  It didn't take as long to block, the edges are beautifully even and it was easy to adjust one side to match the other as there were way fewer pins involved.  Since I was pinning the piece directly onto clean foam, I was able to use a large work table out in the studio making my back much happier also.


I ended up with a warm, 2ply weight, 100% wool shawl which I will embellish with something pretty and colourful along the spine.


I love how much easier it was to pin with the wires, foam and higher table.


The wires worked so well.


The shawls, both the kind shown here and the corset style, have been well received, so off I go, back to my desk to work on a few more pieces.  What are you working on?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wandering and Wonderings

We are having such a wonderful Summer here on the homestead.  Mr. and I have had a little leisure time both out on the water and in our wee camper, fun!  My stitching has taken a bit of a back seat, as it does this time of year.  It's been hot and humid which is not really nice weather for working on anything, but thankfully, that doesn't usually last long in the the North East.  With the heat and laziness it seems that the mind has more time to wander and wonder....coming up with new ideas for knits and things.  Some will work, some will need more tweaking and some will be discarded, but what a wonderful time of year to let your mind create.  In my wanderings and wonderings my mind became completely full with carpets, yup little ones, like bedside carpets.  Armed with my 7mm hook and some scrummy 3-ply MacAusland's Chunky yarn, I let my hand be guided by my day dreams and this is what happened......


The granny squares have made yet another appearance, this time in thick, deliciousness.  Can't you just imagine your toes touching down on these on a January morning?




The finished piece before washing and blocking, measured 19.25 inches by 31.5 inches and weighed 1 lb exactly.  I am going to give it a try and see if it needs a backing or not.  I'm thinking I need to repeat this piece in browns, fall colours and maybe in some Christmas colours too!  For now I'm playing with a round crocheted rug...we'll see how that one goes, hope it's as yummy as the squares.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Show

The West Prince Arts Council, Showcase of the Arts was a whole lot of fun.  We were hoping for more foot traffic but all in all it was a successful day.  I was able to sell enough pieces to make the day pay and I made some valuable contacts.  I was a little concerned at first that I would not have enough pieces to fill my table.  I was mistaken.  The table was full and lush and I was very happy with how it all turned out.








There were many other Artisans at the show.  Pam was there with her amazing hooked rugs and wall hangings....



Michelle had a table filled with her quilted lovelies.



Sandy did not disappoint with her paintings.




And Deborah...well she blew me away with her amazing paper sculptures.



I really enjoyed myself.  Thank you to everyone who was in attendance,  council members, volunteers and members of the public.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Two More Sleep

I recently became a member of the West Prince Arts Council, and as luck would have it, just in time to have a table of my own at the Showcase of the Arts.  The event takes place this Saturday, 28th of June at The Parish Centre in Tignish, PEI.  If you happen to be in the area it promises to be a fun day.  The showcase with be featuring different artists from this area's Arts Council (WPAC) using quite a variety of media.  There will be an Oil Painter, Basket Weaver, Portrait Sketcher, Wood Turner, Sculpture, Quilter, Rug Hooker and of course my woolly treasures will be in attendance also.  Of course this is only one piece of a larger event called the Tignish Irish Moss Festival, so there will be quite a few things going on that day.  I am lucky to live in a mostly rural area where all Summer long, some community somewhere, is having their annual festival. Just like they did 100 years ago.

So, it's only two more sleeps until the event and I've been playing around with different boxes and baskets to see what kind of display I can put together for my table.  I'll be sure to take some pictures of the event and share them here next week.


One of the new items that I'm taking with me to the showcase is this beautiful shawl, hot off of the pins last night.  It's made with a wool/mohair blend in a natural silvery grey and I took the liberty of adding islets up the spine to lace in this gorgeous ribbon.  Knit from side to side in two pieces and joined in the centre using a Singer 151 Chunky Knitting Machine.  I love it and I wish it was going to be cool enough to wear one on Saturday so that I can really show it off.  (Words only a knitter would say at the end of June.)


I will be using my array of knitting machines much more in the future.  My first love is of course hand knitting but to make larger quantities of larger pieces and still be able to fill the shelves, I need a little help along the way.  It's the same as a quilter using a sewing machine, they're still doing ALL of the work, just not every stitch is by hand.

Hope to see you in Tignish on Saturday, xo.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What's For Afters?

Here are some after shots of the Trillium with her pretty things on....


I love how bright and colourful it all turned out.  The Turquoise and Olive go so well with the yellow of the fiberglass.  It's all so shiny and clean now and I must say that I'm glad that all of the hard scrubbing is finished.  I had enough fabric left over from making the curtain tops, to put together the fitted table cloth too.  I think the layering of fabric really brings the look together.



Mr. installed a laminate floor in a colour and texture very similar to the faux wood doors.  The under seat, porta-potty cupboard still needs it's door put back on the hinges.  You can just see a glimpse of a turquoise throw on the right seat...another layer of fabric!


And here's the sweet wall pocket that I mentioned in an earlier post.  Made with the same fabric as the main part of the curtains.  I think it's looking swell.  One last project is to dress the bed (where the larger dinette is), we spent all of last evening building a quasi-permanent plywood bed in the forward dinette/bed combo.  With the little dinette, the two of us don't need to use the larger, so we are putting a proper foam mattress on it.  After all...while we're camping, we live outside and only really use the inside for sleep.

It's been an exciting couple of weeks all in all, what with getting the camper shiny and ready and having several stitching projects on the go.  Oh, and I must tell you that I've become a member of the West Prince Arts Council and am very excited to be doing my first show on the 28th of June at the Parish Hall in Tignish, PEI.  Drop in if you're in the neighbourhood, there will be lots to see and do.