Archive for July 2011
I get so excited when I get to be a part of a new spinner’s intro to spinning! The satisfaction of creating something made with your hands, with your heart and with loving attention (that is also a tangible, (uneaten) staple item, instead of like say pie!) that may end up living on for generations in someone’s treasured photograph or handmade doll or any number of yummy things, is so delightful! The joy of your little effort will spread beyond your knowledge and is probably incomprehensible! You’ll just never know how many people will one day admire and appreciate your work (or otherwise, pet, coddle, hug, blot, squish, stroke, and mostly LOVE!) KUDDOS to all artists and creators for everything you bring to the table! And kuddos to those willing to try new things!
Here’s a brave new spinner that was nice enough to share her work after she purchased the spindle kit from my website and spun her own yarn and created this sweet hat and headband from her very first spindle spun yarn! This handspun, hand knit little beanie and headband is beautiful! I am so proud and happy for you, Lenka! Here’s to you for taking the first step to many years of beautiful creations of and from handspun yarn! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. I appreciate you!
Lenka chose Winter Crocus for her projects!
Another fun fiber artist that started her journey into spinning with one of my spindle kits is Christina of Tres Belle Knits. Here’s one of Christina’s latest creations from her own handspun yarn -
You can click on the photo to be transported to Christina’s facebook page to see more of her handspun creations! Thank you for sharing Christina!
I hope these artists will inspire you to get your spindle kit today and you too can be sporting your newest handspun and handmade creations for the world to enjoy! (and maybe keep some little beans warm too!)
Quick update regarding some superwash fun I had last week when I dug out my black dye and dyed this roving. When it was done I felt I didn’t leave enough white space and the pink wasn’t bright enough.
I spun a pretty straight single from this wool and set a course to practice some stitches I had recently seen used in an aran blanket. I thought I could use it as a scarf but there is a right and a wrong side. But I had fun calculating stitches and (although I’m sure it has been done before, somewhere by someone)..created my own pattern. Albeit probably not an original pattern, but irregardless MY creation. It’s simply a modified cable, diamond and cable stitch. It’s going to get ripped out because I don’t need any more pot holders or table runners and I will go back to the drawing board (someday) and find some reversible stitches to play with for this yarn. I do like how the Smokey Chico Chick colors worked up, even without so much white and a toned down pink. I think I like it even better than the original Chico Chick..shhh don’t tell her!
Just posting some pics and places I’ve visited and enjoyed recently. Have a great day!
this inspired me to..
I’ve spent what few spare computer moments I have cruising around on the Knitting Paradise forum . It’s a great place to get inspired and learn even MORE about knitting. Here’s an awesome thread with great links where I was inspired to learn about Gansey sweaters.
And somehow I found this free knit pattern for Mary Jane booties for baby I’d like to try sometime - http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/free-baby-bootie-knitting-patterns2.htm
Maybe they will inspire you too! Happy creating!