Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fiber by any other name, would smell just as sweetly....

Yup I'm a fiber geek....I spin, knit, crochet, sew, you name it!  Sometimes I even pat my skeins just to let them know I still care.  But I'm also I fibre geek of another sort...I love fruits and veggies, especially when they come from my own land.  Even a wee crop of lettuce grown in a pot on my back step makes me very happy.

This makes me very happy indeed!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Work

...busy, busy...can't stop for long, have another order I'm workin on...

Hope you all enjoyed a fantastic Solstice and have dipped your feet into Summer!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thanks, I love it!

I finished making my special project to myself.  The fabric is a woven mohair/merino blend blanket end in a dark olive green, trimmed and fringed in black wool yarn.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What...for me? You shouldn't have...

Just a little somethin somethin I'm working on for me.  Just a little hint................

Monday, June 13, 2011

Problem Solving.

What do you do when you need to get some felted projects finished and they just won't dry.......






................bake them.

Worked like a charm.   Now I have all of my orders (except for 4 bags which are not a rush) finished and delivered and I'm very happy about it.  My last order, which I delivered on Saturday, took me 3 weeks to do.  It was huge but I worked night and day (literally) until it was finished.  I know I should have taken it easier than that but I wanted to make sure that the recipient didn't have to wait long for it, or sit there wondering if it would ever arrive.  I like to cross every T and dot every I...it's just the kind of work ethic I have.  Thanks Dad for teaching me that one, I like everything to run with military precision:) and try to always honour my commitments.

Speaking of commitments, eh hem...not all of them can be met with the same speed and grace...sorry my darling sister.  So last night, in a conversation with my big Sis, she asked me "so like, since you have your big orders done...do you think you'll be able to work on my sweater?"  Ooops, I've been working on this sweater for over a year for her but paid knitting always seems to bump it back in the queue.  So she tells me that she's been having the urge to knit again after a many-year hiatus and if it was ok with me, could I give her the yarn and the pattern and she'd be happy to make it!!!!! Seriously!!!! Did I hear her right????  I feel so bad that I dangled the carrot...ur um sweater in front of her and didn't follow through on it, and I thought it might be rude to offer her the yarn...BUT SHE SUGGESTED IT!  So today I packed up the yarn and she'll be getting it next month when I see her.  I really do feel bad that I didn't finish it for her especially after receiving no less that half a dozen sweaters from her that she had knit.  Love you Sis xoxoxoxoxo

Which then solves one more dilemma.  I have been wanting to make something for myself for months but neither had the time to, nor would I have even cast on a single stitch without having finished Sis' sweater.  But now I can, and I will and as much as I love knitting/sewing/felting/creating for others...I really, really need to make a treat for myself.  It shall be this...

...beautiful cardi from Michelle Rose Orne's book "Inspired to Knit".  I love every pattern in this book.  Michelle is a truly gifted designer.

Monday, June 6, 2011

And here they are...

...the pics I promised in my last post.

This is the beautiful fabric called "Wisteria Lane" that I choose for it's old fashioned appeal.  I love the way it worked in the Tea Cozies.




I've made two sizes, small and large...the one I've opened up to show the inside is a small.



Half a dozen cozies in assorted colours, patterns and sizes.

I've now moved on from Tea Cozies to Felted Mitts, I have another 6 pairs to go:)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Helllloooo

Hello there, yes I'm still here and yes I'm still stitchin away at orders.  There is a light at the end of my very happy tunnel though, I should be finished all of it in a week's time!!!  What a sense of accomplishment.  Today I decided that my Tea Cozies were cute but not quite cute enough (after seeing the work of another lady who's handiwork I respect very much) so I stepped it up a notch (pics to follow).  I ended up redoing them and adding a beautiful vintage-look cotton liner, I'm so happy that I did...the first one's just didn't compare.

When I looked closely at the fabric I noticed that the floral pattern was named "Wisteria Lane", I wonder if my lovely Cozies will grace the pots of any desperate housewives:)  I promise to show you all a photo of this pretty fabric soon, I ended up running out of the house to get to my day job and forgot to take any shots of today's offerings.  I guess I also realized that showing you more photos of more orders will just all look the same to you as the last few shots, but the Tea Cozies are certainly new and a bit different from what I've been showing you.

Sorry...have to go now....more mittens to stitch.