Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bad Blogger!

I've been a bad, bad blogger as of late.
I could give you all kinds of justifications like being busy at work, moving my studio, etc. 
Instead, I'm just going to placate you with pretty pictures.

These are a couple of cowls I wove at Christmas. 
They were made from the same woven cloth. 

Sorry that my pics are a little fuzzy.  I was in a rush to get them packaged and with little sunlight available in the evenings to photograph with ... well, artificial light had to do.

These were woven with various textures, fibers and shades of gray/white/black/silver.  I love making random plaids!  Quite fun!

One of the recipients managed to snap a better lit picture for me later.  Whew!  That helped!

Hope this satisfies your craving for pretty things.  I promise to blog more often.

Or eventually.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Like a Ninja!

This wasn't a Christmas present.  It's actually a piece I finished almost a year ago and never blogged about.  Mostly because I couldn't get a decent pic --- 'cause I was too busy wearing it!

This was a pattern, Ninja Star Shawlette, from the book Seamless Crochet by Kristin Omdahl.  This book is genius!  No more joining motifs with tons of ends to weave in.  These patterns are designed to work back and forth, almost like rows.  Plus, she explains HOW it all works so you can designs with your own motifs.

This piece I worked on two evenings after work and then finished on a Saturday afternoon.  For me, the process was very intuitive.  I'm not sure it's for the beginner, but for anyone who can "read" their crochet stitches, it becomes almost mesmerizing.


The pattern is a triangular shawl and called for fringe.  I left off the fringe.  The yarn is Rastita by Malabrigo.  Such a soft-n-squishy merino.

Love, love, LOVED it!!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sea Jewel Cowl

If these colors don't stop you in your tracks, then I don't know WHAT will!

First attempt at plaid.  I think I nailed it!  LOL
I LOVED how this turned out!  Was a LOT of fun to weave!  Actually, when I pulled it off the loom, I think I actually said "Well, damn..."  See, it was soooo pretty that I didn't want to give it up!  But, alas, I had created it with a friend in mind, and yes, she did get her cowl for Christmas!

Doesn't it look fabulous on her?!  And Suzanne chose a great pin to accent it!
Here are a couple more shots, showing just the color.  I wish the textures and shimmer of some of the yarns would have shown up more.  I really gotta work on my photography skills!

I'll be posting a couple more weaving projects soon.  Two more cowls, a table runner ... plus, a few other Christmas gifts!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Where Art Thou?

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I've been MIA.  Had a craft show in October.  Trying to slowly get a web store up and running.  New job keeps me super busy all day so I'm kinda spent when I get home.  (Not that I mind.)  But the REAL reason I've been lax in blogging?

That would be WEAVING!!!

Oh, how I love it!  This above is my first thing EVER!  It's a mile long scarf.  SRSLY.  It's huge.

And here's my SECOND scarf!

There are other things that have been woven, but they're super secret until after Christmas.  :)  You'll see them then.  But apparently I have a new favorite thing.  LOL  I'm kinda obsessed.  I think you can see why.  Weaving yields such a soft and drapey fabric.  More so than knitting or crochet.  And it's quite meditative.  Once you've warped, it's just swoosh, swoosh, swoosh!  Now, I'm not doing anything super fancy.  This is just plain weaving.  Although I have an AWESOME plaid I can't wait to show you!  ...just not until after Christmas.  ;)

Ooo...and there's these fingerless mitts, too!  In a soft-n-squisy baby alpaca!

You can find the details over here on Ravelry, including the pattern I used.