Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Special Shawl

Gene's post reminded me that I never posted this beautiful knitted shawl my daughter made for my Christmas gift. It's the first thing I reach for after getting up each morning. She knitted with soft, bulky yarn, and it feels like being wrapped in a big warm hug!


Monday, February 8, 2016

Psychic Kitty?

One of our two kitties can often be found staring at the ceiling in our bedroom as if there is something there. We don't see or hear anything! 


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Before and After Felting

I love this one! It's taller and sturdier than others, and I love the colors.



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Look at this!

A budding tulip broke off my new plant, so I put it in a glass of water. After a few days, the broken end curled up all around. I've never seen this before, and I think it's pretty! 



Sunday, January 31, 2016

Next Vessel Before Felting

This vessel is about the size of a newborn hat, but it will shrink considerably while felting. I love the colors of this premium yarn. I hope these vessels don't bore everyone, I'm so addicted! After felting is next.




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

More Knitting and Felting

I love working with this yarn so much that I've started a second vessel. The finished one is for someone special who does sea turtle rescue. The next one will look different because the yarn is beautifully variegated. I can already see the top ring will be blue. It's 100% wool (guaranteed to felt) from a local specialty yarn and weaving shop. I have a large drawer full of lesser expensive yarns from JoAnn's, but I've graduated. It's worth it!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Disaster!

QA few posts back, you gave me great ideas for my husband's shrunken, felted sweater. I liked the purse suggestion, so I decided on a shape and cut into the felt. Barb, was it you who said it would be easy? Penny, was it you who suggested piecing it with other colors. Lol!!! I couldn't even succeed at using 1 piece and 1 color! Here you see the scraps about to go into the trash. I spent 2 days working on this, even broke a machine needle, and I never want to see these scraps again!


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Experiment Failed

A few posts below shows this knitted and felted project in progress. As it turned out, the shape and color aren't what I was after. However, it felted very nicely, and it has turned into a nice background display for a couple of my felted rocks. So, I guess it didn't fail after all!



Monday, January 18, 2016

Mini-Quilt

I just finished this 16 1/2" square mini-quilt for my Facebook group swap partner. I had a block pattern, but messed up completely. However, it's OK. At least the result is an original, and I've titled it "Diamonds in the Rough". The theme this month was "Bright". 


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Suggestions PLEASE...

My husband is holding his old navy blue V-neck woolen sweater that had a hole in it. I bought him a new one which he is wearing, then felted the old one with hot water and agitation in my washing machine. Can you believe the difference? Now I need ideas for upcycling the old felted sweater. Standing by for your thoughts. 



Friday, January 15, 2016

An Experiment

I have two yarns, one charcoal gray and the other gold. They each look boring alone, but combining them while knitting a vessel makes them much more interesting. The downside is I have two yarns going all the time. Add that to knitting with 5 needles and my newly acquired clear vision (cataract removal) is feeling quite challenged. Have to stay busy though. ;)


Thursday, January 14, 2016

As Promised in Last Post, Now Felted

It now measures 2 3/4" wide x 1 3/4" high, so it qualifies as a "Wee Vessel" -- my favorite kind! Two more are coming. 



Friday, January 8, 2016

Knitting and Felting Vessels Again

This is the knitted part, next post it will be felted. About 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" high right now. It will shrink during felting.