Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mittens

This week is all about Mittens.....


...and I put the Granny Triangle Bunting together for the front window....


...took another armful of goodies to Rose Cottage Antiques and Gifts in Summerside as well.  What have you been making?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Playing Hooky

I've taken a wee break from knitting because that darn "Granny Fever" has hit me again.  It came on all of a sudden and hit me like a sack of wet cats (I'm assuming that a sack of wet cats is very heavy, although I've never actually experienced one).  I couldn't help myself...with hook in hand I started to envision delightful squares being made into over-the-shoulder bags...wait!  Didn't we do that 40 years ago!!!  Ah, who cares, it's a timeless classic and a throw back to decade that shaped me as a child.



Just needs an I-chord strap to pull it all together.

But the madness hasn't ended with 70's Granny Bags....

Last year I enjoyed watching Lucy at Attic 24 making Granny Triangle Bunting.  Well, I thought it would be a good idea to have a string of these adorable triangles hanging the the store window.



I figure a dozen triangles should do it so that only leaves me 2 more.  They are quick to make, they're great stash busters (especially for the little leftover bits) and they should add a lot of colour to my store front.

If you would like the pattern for these, click on the Attic 24 link above and it will take you to Lucy's triangle blog post, it's a beautiful blog, full of colour and crochet.

Happy Hooking! :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Felted Poppies

Thought I'd pop in a share some pics of another work-in-progress....this time, it's all about poppies.  I thought the red and black on black would be very eye catching.

First I did a layout of wool roving.....


Wrapped it up and pre-felted just a little.....


Then added some pre-felted poppies and wrapped it up and felted a whole bunch more....


Pretty Poppies......


Monday, March 24, 2014

Springtime

Spring has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere but in my little corner of the world, it is well below zero today with a fierce North wind.

I don't know about you, but as much as I love Winter, I will be very glad to see the end of it.  Until then, I thought this might help cheer up both my customers and me.  It's a warm, felted wool scarf (same pattern as my Felted Holiday Scarf, using felted roses instead of berries), but with decidedly Spring-like colours.




I love it when a plan comes together and what you have in both your head and your sketch book, are able to turn into something special.  I'm knitting up a few of them to send to Rose Cottage Antiques and they should be there, available to you, by the end of the week.

In the mean time other stitching is still progressing in an effort to fill both a section of Rose Cottage and my own Country Store.  Here are some pics of my work in progress as I pull a section of my own store out of hardware and into soft, woolly goodness.





It is by no means full, but I'm working on it and I love how cheerful it is.  I hope Spring is much warmer for you, but if not...you can always pop into Rose Cottage Antiques and Gifts in Summerside and pick up a warm accessory or two :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

FOs And A Little Felting

I've been on a bit of a hat binge the last couple of weeks...the tally is 10 hats completed in a fortnight.  I don't know about you, but I'm thinking that's a pretty respectable number.  This latest batch has been all about "Nutmeg" and "Sweet Cherry Pie" patterns that were designed by yours truly.  I hope you like them, they're very dear to my heart.

Nutmeg is so fast and fun to make....


...and Sweet Cherry Pie looks great in a blueberry colour:)



Played around with some felt too this week, it certainly is good fun.  I did this scarf using a dark, natural grey wool that I had in my stash with some variegated purple mohair yarn.  I liked both the process and the finished result (even though it didn't turn out exactly as I had planned it).  More experience will allow me more control over the felt I'm sure.



This scarf needs to be felted again as it wasn't felted quite enough.  I was going for a very light, cobweb effect...just not THAT light.  The picture unfortunately does not do the colour justice at all, there are beautiful greens, purples and rusts through this merino and sea cellulose mix.



I took some light grey and dark grey wool and layered the two colours alternately to get the mottled effect here and used the same variegated mohair yarn as above to make the swirls.  It ended up being a very thick fabric and I think it will work well for either a bag or some mittens.  (A little larger and it would have made a gorgeous rug!)

All in all, I've been having way more fun than should be allowed for just one person and as I write this blog post, I'm thinking about the lovely Pink Tweed, MacAusland's 3-ply yarn that's patiently waiting for me to pick it up and turn it into another Sweet Cherry Pie Hat.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February

What a lovely, cold, old fashioned Winter we've been having here in the North East.  It's just been the perfect weather to make me want to knit, crochet, stitch, and cuddle up in woolly blankets.  The cold, snowy weather seems to bring out the best in my creativity...don't get me wrong though, I do long for the warm greens of spring and an end to FLU SEASON!  Poor Mr. is at home as I write this not feeling very well at all, I had hoped that we would escape it all this year, but I guess that is wishful thinking on my part seeing as everyone who is sick runs to their nearest convenience store for supplies and provision (bringing their contagions with them).  Let us hope it doesn't jump to me also and that he has a speedy recovery.

Just so you know that I haven't been lazing around and that I really have been busy stitching, here is a small sampling of what I've been up to.


Some Nautical themed cushions for a customer......



....and of course some more hats!



I've also made several pairs of warm, squishy mittens.  Sales of my wee textiles have dropped off a bit, which was expected given the time of year, but I'm pleased they they are still happening...in fact, I am very busy just keeping up with custom work that a few clients have asked for (no time crunch though, they are for next Christmas).

Hope all is well in your homes and studios and that all manner of flu bug has passed you by...feel free to drop by and let me know what you've been stitching!  I'll put the kettle on......

For anyone physically in the neighbourhood....knitting kits for both my Nutmeg and Sweet Cherry Pie hats will be available in Summerside, PEI at Rose Cottage Antiques and Gifts in the very near future!!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Doing What I Do

My friend Rosemary has had her new shop open for two months now, and in that time I have been very successful in selling my wee knits and things there.  While boxing up another shipment of woollen goodies to take to her, I realized that I was packing up the 70th piece!  Thank you to Rosemary and all of the customers that have stopped by Rosemary's Store and supported both her and I in the last couple of months. I'm looking forward to 2014 being a busy and successful year for all of us.  Here's a little sampling of what you can expect to find when you go there...


Cushions


Hats


More hats, and mittens and other lovelies.

You can find Rose Cottage Antiques and Gifts in Summerside, Prince Edward Island at
401 Water Street W
902-724-3399

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