Saturday, March 28, 2009

Knitting fiddleheads out of control...

This trend definitively has something to do with me wanting more hair!!!
As far as hair do go I like this one the best, nice and full on top, and dangly to the sides, reminds me of being a Little girl and putting a towel on my short Jean Seberg haircut...

Great hat, and inspired to move on... How about seaweed and trumpets?
Stay tuned

Friday, March 20, 2009

It's all about

As in Knitting, crafting, painting, cooking, eating, creating and now tatting.
Yesterday I Tatted... A dear friend taught me and I could not stop. So I spent the afternoon doing it. I love the shuttles even though I feel like I have 15 thumbs in my way. I also have a whole new respect for all tatting, it is quite a skill.

Also finished the "Spring fiddleheads hat".

Plassar alpaca which I picked up in France, on 3.75mm needles.

8 flaps in a spiral over 5 sts.

And today is the first day of spring, how appropriate!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Egg season

March is egg season in my workspace. Pysanky is one of my favorite craft, quiet time around a candle, the smell of hot bee's wax and vinegar, and holding an egg in my hand. Next week I am going to our school and teaching the kids how to do it, so I have to get ready.
Another method I had always wanted to try was the "drop and pull", where you have a little stove keeping a bowl of wax melted and you dip a pin, then drop the wax on the egg and pull lightly to make tear drops designs. I thought the younger kids would enjoy that, but I needed the stoves....

So I got to make them. 15 of them.....Hunted in the hardware department of the Co-op, and found copper caps just perfect for the bowls.

Some galvanized wire and the left overs from an old oak parquet floor, metal corners and screws...

And, voila, a little forest of stoves ready to go!!!
I tested them, they work great, small enough amount of wax to be safe, adjustable height on the bowl, a tea candle underneath to keep it at the right temperature, and the copper keeps it even.
As for the pysanky, this year's batch is my favorite.

Drop and pull in the forefront.

Here is my favorite design of the tryptilians series.

And the birds.

Outside the weather is mental again, a great day for egging, or maybe tatting...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Knitting fiddleheads

Doing the amount of knitting I produce, you'd think I never get out in the fresh air... I do...Enough to notice nature around me, take in colors, and yes once in a while get inspired.
This next hat in the multidirectional series started with a bicolor multi band, then straight with the body in one color and the flaps in the other.
Fiddleheads hat.

And then when I was making the I-cord I started to feel like spirals where on my mind...

Hence, the fiddleheads...

This was so much fun to finish, I started this am, the wool colorway seem to ask for it, and did not stop until now...
As I stare at it, my creative juices are saying: How far can I go?
I left the hat on the head for now, I just want to bask in it...

Friday, March 13, 2009

knitting flaps, next step.

I have been sick for the last 2 weeks with the retched flu. Barely enough energy to do anything including knitting.
I did do some. The hats have me. I keep knitting and thinking the next level, the shortness of time to do a hat lets me indulge in knitting and thinking the next step in a relatively short period. I get to experiment, my fav...
Presenting the twirly flaps.

On this one, the flaps are worked on 6 stitches and 8 ridges. The I-cord is thicker and makes for a good relief effect.
Still working with Noro, I should be getting free wool for the publicity...
Wishful thinking!!!

The next one worked in Silk garden sock, a twirly twist.

As I was working the flaps I decided to twist them to give them even more texture. Worked on 5 stitches, simply took the flap off the needles and twisted it before putting back on the same needle. I like that effect, makes knobby thingies... Left the tails dangling, maybe a wish on my part to have more hair...
Needless to say, I am working already on the next one, this time
bi color, stay tuned...