Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What is she up to now?

As the calendar marches to September within a short time and the lure of Fall projects beckons to me, this is what I have been playing with this week.  Even though it is blazing hot outside I am still lured to create with wool and mohair!  The sleeveless jacket started in a dream which woke me and wouldn't let me go back to sleep.  I had begun this jacket sometime in the past but was not liking the sleeves and other things about it and set it aside for some time.  With the inspiration found in my dream, I got up out of bed, took a pair of scissors, hacked off the sleeves and slashed and rearranged things to create a new shape.  Then, fibers and embroidery threads, silks and mohair locks called my name and voila!  Magic!In addition to this coat, here is another ruffle neckwarmer.  This time I combined it with handspun and a great handmade ceramic button.  In my opinion, it turned out pretty nice.  I've also been making sketches of new ideas conceived in my dreams.  I love when that happens.  This Saturday, I'll be at Unraveled again and am bringing more spinning fibers and another spinning wheel with me as well as some knitting projects.  Hopefully, you will be in the neighborhood and can join us for more fiber, spinning, knitting and crocheting fun! 

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fiber-wrapped bracelets on Saturday

Last Saturday (August 16th), I spent the day hanging out at Unraveled (my favorite place)and got to spend some one-on-one time with Christine as she opened boxes of stunning calligraphy pens and accessories as well as simply gorgeous Midori ribbons and vintage Noro yarns I have never seen.  These will all be available in the store for purchase.  I already staked my claim on a green feather calligraphy pen and stand which is luscious!  If you are a lover of beautiful things, come in and check them out.  Christine has impeccable taste when it comes to her choices in yarns, gift items and knitting bags.  Just exquisite! Well,the new Belle Armoire Jewelry fall issue is out and contains some wonderfully creative approaches to using crocheting in making jewelry.  My fiber-wrapped bracelets and cuffs are also featured in this issue and turned out pretty good.  My only note on this is that in one of the photos the millinery leaf is turned backwards for some reason and doesn't show the "public" side of the leaf.  Other than that the article looks nice.  Since the larger neckpieces seem to be a bit daunting to a lot of folks, this coming Saturday (August 23rd)I will be teaching a wrapped bracelet and cuff class at Unraveled.  It will be possible to complete the project during class.  Bring various types of yarns, embellishments, ribbons, fabrics, buttons, beads or whatever else floats your boat!  I will supply the cording and the mesh for the cuffs.  We will whip up delightful adornments for wearing and gifting!  Come and join us for a day of fiber play! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Another lamb spotted on line

Here is a photo of Kyle's lamb from the class last Saturday. Is he the cutest or what? We all called him Elvis because of the black curl between the ears and he does look "all shook up!" You can see more of Kyle's wonderful creativity on his web site. Just click on kylewilliam in my list of blogs to the left. He always has an interesting project in the works.

Looking forward to this weekend, I will be hanging out at Unraveled for most of Saturday, playing with fiber and having a good time. If you have a project that needs a little help bring it in and I'll work with you. The Mach 1 spinning wheel is available at the shop for a test spin and more fibers for spinning. Also, we are going to be doing some photos of new garments and things as well in the shop. It is such a beautiful background, I love it. The Pasadena Bead and Design Show is also this weekend so hopefully I will zip through and check it out taking great care to not spend much money. I have heard it is a very tempting show for bead and fiber artists!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Flock of sheep spotted at Unraveled!

Amidst lots of laughter and flying needles, a wonderfully delightful group of eight knitters (Kyle, Roxanne, Anita, Susan, Mary, Lisa, Jeannine and Michelle) gathered today at Unraveled to turn Ozark Handspun and an assortment of worsted weight yarns into an adorable flock of whimsical sheep! They developed personalities all their own with help from each knitter. By the end of the day, we gathered the little critters together for their colorful group photo. As you can see from the photos, everyone was having a good time and had a productive day. Who could ask for more?

In addition to the class, there were several busy knitting circles happening in the shop which included Larry of knitdad fame, the gorgeous Hannah and her mother Lisa, Sylvia and Melanie. Fay Lynn was here today hanging out after teaching a class this morning. I tell you, the joint was jumping today!! Joining in was my friend Shella who was auditioning yarns and ideas for a new project. A few people including Melanie tried out the Mach 1 spinning wheel today and checked out the new spinning fibers in the shop as well. Susan was working on another fabulous pair of socks and Christine was working on her knucks (which are looking amazing as she is carefully blending her colors as she works.) Margie was working on another wonderful baby sweater too. Such industry on everyone's part!

There was a steady stream of people through the shop all day including friends I haven't seen in a few years. It was absolutely amazing! My heart was bursting with delight by the end of the day!

Afterwards, my husband and I met his oldest brother and his mom for dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant (Chang's Bistro)in Monrovia. Following that, we headed home and as we were driving down the little two lane country road near our house, I spotted a large flock of sheep grazing right next to the road with the shepherd and his dogs nearby. You have to love it! We also pass a dairy farm on that road and in the "maternity pen" were five new calves which weren't there on our way out of town in the morning. So, today was a busy day on the farm too! Great day!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Fiber fun and future class

On August 2nd, I escaped from home and ended up at Unraveled (my favorite hang-out)with the Mach1 spinning wheel, drum carder and loads of fiber in tow. There were lots of people in and out of the shop all day. We carded custom spinning batts and other tantalizing fibers which will be available in the shop for spinners and/or felters. I brought in some dyed Cotswold locks to add extra texture to projects or even use for doll hair. Additionally, I brought in new garment samples for future classes and patterns for sale at the shop. Do check them out! I am also working on some new ones for Fall which will be ready soon. I left a Mach1 spinning wheel, lazy Kate and bobbins as a floor sample so come in and give it a try. Christine will be carrying the wheels for sale in the shop as well as some spinning fibers.

A number of people tested out the Mach1 including a couple of folks who had never used a spinning wheel before. This trusty wheel performed like a champ and the learning curve for a newbie seemed a lot less frustrating than with most wheels. I also ended up doing a bit of impromptu teaching of knitting techniques. As an added bonus, I got to see some friends whom I haven't seen in a bit. It was a busy day, filled with fun, laughter and lots of fiber! At the end of the day, my husband and I went out to our favorite Thai restaurant in Monrovia (Chang's Bistro) and had a wonderfully delicious meal and a lovely drive home.

Looking to the future, on Saturday, August 9th, I'll be back at Unraveled teaching how to create my Lambie Pie. I have written a pattern for a knitted and a crocheted version of this adorable critter so I hope you will join us to create your own whimsical flock! I am looking forward to this one. Apparently, Lambie has been well-loved by nearly everyone who has come in the shop in recent months and they all want one of their very own. Here's your chance! Hope to see you there.