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

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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