Friday Finds!

Looking for a great spring/summer item to knit?  I have, and I found one to share that I think I would definitely add to my wardrobe.  Here is a good-looking tank with a twist in color variations that can be worn with just about all of your capris and shorts.  The pattern is free on Ravelry. I need to add this to my bucket list!

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Spring is really here!

So, you know that it is really spring when you start to see more people out and about while you are walking your dog around the neighborhood – where were they when puppy and I were out in the 30 degree weather!  (lol) I happen to enjoy walking in the cold weather and snow almost as much as I enjoy walking in 60 degree weather.  Actually, I like it a lot because you can always add another scarf or wear that big old WARM down coat and kind of laugh at the chill in the air!   Now, with the nice 60 or so degree weather and all the brown leave bags in front of the houses, the neighborhood is coming alive!  How wonderful!

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It’s great to see the grass trying to grow tall and green.  Soon, the flowers will begin to sprout, too.  Yes, spring is here – a new beginning  – new creations to come!

My projects are keeping me busy and a felting gathering is being worked on with bf!  Pictures to follow.

Enjoy,

Nancy

Flower Felting!

So, just had to play with felting again and tried my hand at making some flowers in the most enjoyable way – with bf, conversation, felting supplies and have a little of that red beverage!

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I love the colors and I added some leaves!

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Happy knitting and felting,

Nancy

More Felting Ideas!

I am busy working on some knitting projects but since they are gifts, I am unable to show you till later in the month.  Now with a new working position, I find myself with less time to work on my knitting and felting projects! :(

Since I have started to be interested in felting and have found a new way of expressing myself, I bought this new book on felting called Flowers in Felt & Stitch by Moy Mackay and it is really interesting how she has created beautiful works using the needle and thread along with other sewing items on her finished felted piece.  It is a progression of layers worked first on plain white merino roving wool as a template to her “painted” flowers.  Moy then works, as a artist would, with colors that reflect her idea of a background.  She then begins with her vase and actually shapes it with scissors, which typically is not a tool that you use in felting.  This gives the vase sharp, clean edges.  Next she works on the stems and leaves.  This part allows you to manipulate the felt to reflect your vision of stems and leaves.  It’s your eyes intepretation as with any expressive work.  Moy has explained and photographed the process so well for the reader.  Here are a couple of the pictures that I took from her book.  I plan on utilizing some of these techniques in upcoming projects.

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Please enjoy!

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This is her beginning template with the sky being added.

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Shaping the vase.

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Placing the stems and adjusting them as she wants.

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Adding the flowers – just love the colors!  This last picture does not reflect the finished piece, it’s just the beginning of a beautiful artwork!

There is so much more in the book and I am anxious to find the time to read it!

Happy knitting and felting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

So, as you all know, I have “found” an interest in wet felting.  There is still so much to learn and experience.  BF and I are planning another get together to work on a new felting project with the supplies that we recently bought at the New England Felting Supply.  But in the meantime, I found a quick project for my Friday Finds that marries my love of knitting and felting! Soap Socks are knitted “envelopes” of wool yarn that once the soap is used will felt!  What a great gift idea and fun project!

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Happy knitting, happy felting,

Nancy

Happy Friday Finds!

Happy friday to all!  I am really excited for the better weather we are having, even if it’s been cold, the snow, which is not pretty anymore, is receding and you just know that spring is on the way!

Which brings me to my find for today.  I found this great looking light weight sweater that looks so comfortable that once made you will be looking to wear it every day.  This is my favorite neckline and it’s a classic style.  It’s called a Simple Summer Tweed Top Down V Neck – long name but it works.

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This pattern will definitely be on my “to do” list.

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Felting Road Trip!

It was time for BF and I to take our road trip to the New England Felting Supply in Easthampton, Ma.  We started out on a very rainy Saturday morning, making our usual caffeine stop, and traveling the two hours to get to our destination.  I love this time because we get to talk, catch-up, support and laugh with each other.  I honestly don’t know where I would be without our friendship – that connection with a person that you know you can be yourself with, a person you can look to for that shoulder, that inspiration, that belief.  I am truly lucky!

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So, as we were flying down the wet highway, I was able to take this picture of the mountainside demonstrating our icy winter weather that is hopefully behind us now. Awesome, right?

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Anyway, the Supply place is just unbelievable.  After walking through a normal looking store front that shows off the most beautiful felted objects, you move to the back of the store which is full of all kinds of supplies, colors, ideas, books, embellishments, and the most helpful staff.  Here are some pictures I took.  These felted pieces are just so beautiful and unique!  I hope to try my hand at similar ideas.

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This picture does not do the dress justice – the work in it is so beautiful!

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Nuno felting on a printed silk scarf.

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These are call vessels – and are all made from felting.

Well, about 3 hours later – here is what I bought!  Can’t wait to get started on a couple of felting projects!

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Happy felting (and knitting),

Nancy

 

Friday Finds!

Since the weather is starting to warm up, in a matter of speaking, how about knitting a great wrap to wear as a lighter outer cover!  I found this one and just love the simplicity of it.

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Called a Sasha Wrap – put it around you and you are ready to go!  It’s from Blue Sky Alpacas.  Enjoy!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Felting Again!

So, what do your get when you tape empty water bottles together, wrap them with roving wool and follow the steps for felting?  You get this bright blue beautiful abstract cowl!

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I added some Pencil Wool – those are the blue rope-like cords that wander around the cowl.  I “Captured” it so that I would be sure it would adhere to the Roving yarn.  This is how you can add different embellishments to your piece.

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The edges were left the way they felted – natural and unique!

 

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Don’t forget, I am also working on my knitting project (never not knitting!), which I will have pictures later.  It’s kind of a surprise!

Happy knitting and felting,

Nancy