Its been a little while since my last post so I have a few things to share with you.  Like many of us, spring is a time for all kinds of activities, showers, wedding, and just getting out there to enjoy the (finally!) nice weather.  That’s why, best guy and I took a sunday drive to one of the most beautiful parks around.  It was a hot, sunny day at Saratoga Spa State Park and we just brought a blanket, lunch and sat and watched the people go by!  It was very relaxing!

FullSizeRender-149 I also needed to show you part of my great Mother’s Day gift from daughter.  Besides the day together with the whole family, she always comes up with the thoughtful gift, even when she has so much on her plate – I so appreciate it!  Here is a picture of the roving wool that she got me to use in my felting projects.  I can’t wait to felt something and I need to do it soon!

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And, lastly, I have (crazy as it sounds) decided to work on some Christmas gifts because I never seem to leave enough time to complete them?  I thought I would make a larger version of the Color Tipped Scarf from PurlBee.  It is a fun and easy project and I know when the weather turns to – you know what – I will have a couple gifts done!

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday FInds!

I guess we skipped spring and went right to summer!  Today it’s going to be in the 80s.  I don’t know about you, but I happen to like spring-the mild temperatures, the light breeze, finally getting out and enjoying the pleasant weather, looking at all the flowers and trees that are beginning to grow and bud.  Not that I can do much about it-just saying!

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I found this really cute Cap Sleeve Lattice Top on Purlbee – just right for this warm, warm weather.  I like the style that can be worn with those cute skirts out there or just your favorite pair of jeans!  Enjoy!

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday FInds!

Growth is happening all around us!

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I thought for this Friday Find, I would show off a finished project of mine. This is a blanket I made for a very special  little package due in July!  Can’t wait!!

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I really didn’t have a pattern for this blanket.  I used a garter stitch and single crocheted the edges with a worsted weight yarn called Linen by Lion Brand. The body of the blanket is in a slate blue/grey color from Berroco Weekend.   I wanted this blanket to be washable and wearable. I love the simplicity of it.  I know that I was inspired by Purlbee styling.  They have beautiful patterns, yarn, and great ideas!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

Ok, so the weather is still cloudy and very windy.  I know the calendar says spring – but the northeast is never predictable!  So, I really like this shawl that I found on Ravelry.  The colors are vibrant and will keep you covered during those windy days!  The pattern is a free download and looks very playful.

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This is will go in my bucket list too!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

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