Friday, November 30, 2007

Felting Fun

I've been having a felting lot of fun!
Christmas presents.

Some parts of each object are felting more than other bits but that is part of what I like about them.

Now I think I will reinforce them with a little bit of fine wire and wrap them up!

I can't wait to do more!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Kindof but not really!

I'm not sure exactly what went wrong but I know what I will do next time and there will be a next time!

I knitted this scarf and did a Nicky Epstein to it - wrapped it around balls, secured them with rubber bands and attempted to felt it.

First of all I knit it too loose to hold the size balls I wanted to use. Second I used styrofoam balls - um, they float (duh!!). The mohair didn't felt at all! I put it thru 4 wash cycles. I'm sure it was a combination of trying to felt something when it won't sink into the hot water and knitting it too loose.

But it did turn out interesting - I just haven't made up my mind if I like the unwanted stretched out result or not?

I will try Nicky's methods again - her book Knitting Never Felt Better is a gem.

I do feel better about my other attempts over the weekend.

They were quick and fun! They will both be in mail to colder climates for Christmas prezzies.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Knitters - show us your tats!

I've been inspired by Bells to show my tat to the blogging world (not that so many people read my blog!) but, well, here it is...

When I made the committment to stay living in Australia I decided to get a tattoo of 'home' to carry with me always. This is an Orca whale design from the Pacific Northwest Native Americans - where I am from. There used to be lots of Orcas in Puget Sound when I was younger and living there. I always loved them. So this is my little bit of Seattle that goes with me wherever I go.

I don't know if it has been done before but I too would love to see other knitters tats and hear the stories that go with them!.

And tomorrow I am doing something with this -

I'll share when it turns out fantastic. Cross your needles for me!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Buttons and Christmas Presents

I found some buttons in my bedside table drawer! I don't remember buying them. I don't remember what I bought them for? But I love them - I'm sure that's WHY I bought them. And they look great on my Chinese Vest.

So I got my vest out of retirement (from the winter cupboard) and sewed on some buttons.

Now, it has been almost cold enough this past week in Canberra to get out the Winter clothes again, but I resisted. But the cold did make it easier to knit hats and scarves for my son and his partner who are wintering in Seattle. They are planning on doing a lot of snow boarding.

Neither one of them read my blog or even know about it so there is no fear that they will see this before they open presents on Christmas morning. Wish I could be there to see them try on their new hats! Oh well, sigh!