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

Another Felting!

Well, I have to say that each time I decide to felt, it becomes a learning experience and you are sometimes very happy with your work and other times wish you had done more experimenting!  That’s how I feel with this next scarf.  I wanted to work the felt differently than in the past and I feel like this piece is not a representation of my best work!  Having said that, I know that each time you wet felt, you become better at “forecasting” the end result to a point.  That is the process that I am and will continue to work on.  Certainly the process has the same type of steps but the unexpected will be how you used your colors, the layers, types of fibers, and any add-ons; such as strings of yarn.  It will also make a difference depending on your work surface, both of the scarves have been made of silk. The result could be totally different on a cotton piece of fabric.  Wet felting works best on these types of fabrics.

If you are interested in learning more about felting – I have featured this book before – but will gladly show it again.  It’s very informative.

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The colors here are some of my favorites – let me know what you think!

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On this next picture you can see the creme colored yarn and curly felt that I captured within the felt.

 

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I worked on a black silk piece and left out any felting in the middle.  As with any new idea, I wanted to see how that would effect the finished product.

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The final picture above shows the reverse side of the scarf and you can see how the fibers adhered to the scarf and came through in the process.

Next time, I will talk about Nuno Felting and the difference between the two.

As usual, puppy is totally uninterested  – unless I say walk time!!

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Happy knitting and felting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

Happy Friday!  The end of the week is here and the weekend will begin shortly!  Since the cold weather hasn’t changed I thought I would find a quick weekend project that will give you immediate satisfaction and warmth.  Here is a great pattern for leg warmers that will give that added layer when the cold wind blows!

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The pattern is called Wolly and is free on Ravelry.  The suggested yarn is Lana Grossa Basics Boston, but any bulky yarn would work.  The important part to remember is to check your gauge – it should be 15 stitches and 24 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch.  Here is my gauge check on a project that I’m working on now.

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

More Felting!

What can I say, wet felting has become a new interest of mine.  The more you work with it the more you enjoy and find ways to express yourself.  I met with bf and was working on a gift for my soon-to- be 88 year old mom!  She always been that freckled-face red head with her quick wit and no nonsense comments.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of love in those words, but beware, she true thoughts will show whether you are ready for them or not!

So, while puppy was sleeping – again! How is he breathing? lol I was busy putting this blog together!

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Anyway, as I was saying bf and I have bought a boat load of supplies for our new endeavor!  Here are some pictures of my finished gift!

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The pale pink scarf consists of three “flowers” that are flowing around the scarf by Pencil fibers with wisps of yarn that have to be “Captured” within the fibers.  So, interesting how the whole thing works.

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Love the scarf against this mohair afghan that I knitted years ago!

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Whatever your passion is or if you need to find it; I recommend that you find something you enjoy that gives you relaxation and pleasure, because it makes you smile!

The learning and experimenting continues!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

I had to bring you this story that makes me think that anything in knitting is possible.  I came across it about a recent oil spill off Australia and how one women decided to help out.  After contacting other knitting friends-several hundred and more of these Sweater Jumpers were created! Just take a look at this picture!  Cute!

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According to the article, there is actually a pattern that you can download to knit a sweater for these penguins while they are be treated for oil slick exposure. You can be as creative as you would like with your design-I’m sure the penguins will love it!  Check it out!

 

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Keeping Warm?

As the single-digit temperatures continue, I am reminded that there are approximately 30 days left to winter!  (Really, that makes me so excited!!)  Don’t get me wrong, I love to knit projects to keep you warm, but I also enjoy knitting in cottons and light weight yarns as well.  Can’t wait for some warmer weather, even 35 degrees would feel so much better that 10 degrees!  But until that time, I am looking at more knitting projects that keep you warm and cozy.

I am knitting a Sleep Sack for a new little one.  It reminds me of a cocoon and seems like it would keep a baby all snug and warm.  The pattern is called, Owlie Sleep Sack  and though I do like owls, I decided I would like to work a different pattern in that area.  The color request was for a deep worsted weight gray that would be practical, pretty, and gender neutral.  The top roll gives a softness to the Sack.  I just love it!

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This is the yarn that I am using and what I have done so far!

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Happy knitting,

Nancy