Wishing everyone a holiday season that is lovely and smooth. We’re relaxing and enjoying our family time together. These little needle felted snowmen put a smile on our faces as Devan and I made them for Christmas gifts this year. The idea for these little guys came from an image I found on Pinterest. The knitting pattern can be found on Ravelry. Since we were needle felting instead of knitting, I just winged it for the bodies. Devan made the carrot noses and we read more
Hallowe’en is a big deal around here; especially because Devan’s birthday is just two days before. It gets busy with parties and baking and events that all need to be fit in. This year I think I baked two birthday cakes (for separate parties), a batch of birthday cupcakes to share with classmates, and more cupcakes for the annual charity bake sale at Rod’s office. Just to add to the stress level a little, I decided to crochet these adorable little felted skulls for the kids goody bags for Devan’s birthday read more
Finished and successful – even the felting part didn’t cause me any problems. They’re cute as a trio – it’s such a shame to split them up. Our Easter guests had fun with their little Easter egg hunt and the Schmeebot bunnies helped out by hanging onto their baskets and overseeing the hunters. Pattern: Schmeebot rabbit Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Needles: 5 mm dpn (green and orange rabbits), 6 mm dpn (grey rabbit) Modifications: Played with length of arms and legs. Tried garter st ears on one of the bunnies instead of read more
Easter is coming and I had this last minute idea to knit some bunnies for my little bunny and his cousins’ Easter baskets. The Schmeebot bunny piqued my interest quite a while back and now I have a reason to knit it! Or should I say three of them. Here are the gangly legged bunnies before they’re felted and finished off. The grey one is knit on larger (too large) needles. The orange one is knit completely on two dpns like i-cord. For the larger sections read more
After carefully bundling the slippers in a pillowcase and then subjecting them to the hot water cycle in the washing machine, they started to shrink and felt. It took two or three cycles and they are somewhat uneven – I even tried to hand felt the sections that didn’t seem to be felting as quickly as the rest. All in all, I managed to felt them down to my size and the felted fabric is nice and dense without any stitch definition – just like my swatch. It actually worked! read more
The knitting is done. A quick knit although a little fiddly with the sewing together afterwards. I’m sure there must be a way to avoid that. I’ll save figuring that out for a future pair of slippers maybe if this felting thing works out. My happy model was willing to put on Mama’s ridiculously large slippers to show some scale.
The knitting for the felted clog is coming along quickly. I’m happy with my colour selection although I realised that I goofed with the amounts. The sole (orange) takes twice as much yarn as the upper (pink). I had one ball of orange and two of pink. Woops! A quick stop at my LYS one day and the project continues. I’m pleased with the difference between the felted swatch and my knitting. It looks like there’ll be hope for this project as long as I have faith in my swatch.
I’ve decided to brave the felted project again. After my past disasters I’ve decided to choose a yarn that has a good reputation for felting – Patons Classic Wool. I have some leftover from a bag workshop I took last year (well I ripped out the unfinished project and reclaimed the wool). I’ve also chosen another good standby for this project: Fiber Trends’ Felted Clogs. I need a new pair of slippers after the last fiasco (wish I had taken photos of the holes – oh well, that was pre-blog). read more
I’ve tried felting in the past without much success. My first attempt was a Cat Bordhi moebius bag. I had some undyed Condon’s on hand (woolen mill from the Maritimes that’s long gone out of business). To digress, when I was first weaving at art college the college bookstore sold skeins of Condon’s. I came across it again at the Co-op Store in Taloyoak when I was teaching jewellery in the high Arctic for Arctic College. I knew the mill had closed down quite some time back and read more