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Gentle Peace

Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace~~Dalai Lama

May a gentle peace be yours throughout this day. It’s easy to fall into the cycle of trying too hard to do too much, too quickly because of worldly demands. Even if the world outside is not a gentle place, I may still be gentle within me. Breathe. Live it. Celebrate it. Life’s a dance.

It has been feeling like fall for a week, with schools in session and a chill in the air. I am so glad to have some ‪‎knitting‬ time today even if it is only for a short while. Indoor Flyer is my dogs’ favorite toy. They adore it, especially the ones knitted in Red Heart’s Glow-in-the-dark yarn. It’s a riot–great for an amusement ride. Get your pattern for FREE. Use coupon code Katan at check out, good ‘til September 26, 2014.

Inspired by the grape vines that saturate the Walla Walla Valley’s Wine Country, winding cables and plump bobbles travel up the length of this pretty cabled scarf, mimicking the end-of-summer grapes ripening on the vines. First Crush is a versatile scarf that may be worn buttoned up to keep your neck warm or worn with just one buttoned edge, creating a draped shawlette that rests just off the shoulders. The pattern is FREE while it’s being test knit.

Squeeeeeee. The Perfect Pouch! It’s magical–perfect for shopping, stuffed with plastic or nylon shopping bags. Perfect for carrying plastic doggie doodoo bags I need for trips around the neighborhood. Perfect for boys and girls. Clip the pouch onto the purse, belt buckle, backpack, or laptop case. Carry it in the car or leave it handy by the door. This is an everyday pouch; adorable and practical. It’s an addictive quick knit and a fabulous STASHBUSTER. Mine are being felted. Super fast knit. The pattern is FREE ’til end of September.

Whovian Rage. Police Box Afghan is going at the top of my To Make For Me! list. This Tardis blanket is the best looking crocheted version I’ve seen yet.   Imagine–more than a few teens and adults will fight over this!

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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!



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I Am Such a Wuss

50ºF has become totally sweatshirt-weather for me!

Any time it gets below 65ºF inside, I’m wearing long-sleeved tops, long pants, and felted slippers.

Are you ready for winter?

It’s amazing that there are only 32 days left until 2012.

Last day of November typically means the end of the seemingly darkest month of the year…plain dullness, depressing pre-holiday time.  Not so fast…today

Not the typical purgatory of months, relegated to nothingness but required into order to pass into next season with cold winter awaiting.

Day at the park will be a soon-to-be-distant past.

Soon…more twinkles of snowfall and sparkles in the sky. And I will soon get back into the swings of things, I hope.

I wish it were so easy to assess my knitting performance these days.

On the one hand, I have been swatching and sketching and even–gasp–submitting design ideas. On the other hand, I haven’t really been knitting. After a full day (and then some) trucking the kids around, attending to chores and errands, my brain is absolutely fried. I can’t think about what’s for dinner, let alone what to knit.  I’ve been a bad girl. In my defense, I’m still recovering from last week’s illness 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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I couldn’t help it to share what I stumbled onto 😀

Sheep are magnificent creatures. So beautiful and graceful.

Jean-Luc Cornec’s Sheep Sculptures were showcased at the Museum of Telecommunication in Frankfurt.

Felting is an art form, a true beauty–both wet and needle–that is more popular than ever today.

True handmade felt is a non woven piece of matted material made from sheep’s wool, alpaca wool, angora goat or rabbit fur, llama hair, or another animal fiber. It is not the same as the acrylic craft squares called felt that is found at most hobby and supply shops.

There are virtually limitless options in felt expression. You can felt just about anything.

I love felting and have been scouring the interwebs and for websites, pictures, knowledge, and inspiration! I hope to be able to share some of my own creations someday.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Hands-On Inspiration

an event for spinners and true textile enthusiasts. There’s nothing quite like attending a sheep and wool show.

Summers here at my home are always a test of my endurance. At least that is how it feels to me.

Nonetheless, this summer is shaping up nicely.  Here at Black Sheep Gathering, you can talk to producers who raise fiber animals and artists who use the fibers in creative ways.  There’s always something for the whole family and it’s FREE! If you missed it, be sure to mark your calendar for next year.

It was a wonderful weekend, weatherwise and otherwise. The weather man came through with GREAT weather for this year’s “Gathering!”

As if this weren’t enough activity for one show, a Sheep to Shawl competition, my personal favorite, also took place on the Trade Show grounds.

Each team consisted of five spinners and a weaver, who worked on a pre-warped loom but wove with weft spun during the timed competition.

What a fiberlicious cloth, gorgeous in every way…color, texture, composition. Thanks for the inspiring eye candy!

Wish you all could have been there.

I left with a mind full of new ideas for my fiber pursuits/exploits and the hope of returning next year perhaps with my own creations in hand.

I can’t wait to spend my days playing and experimenting with every spare minute dedicated to dyeing, carding, blending, spinning, and knitting fibers from my forever growing stash enhancement!

Fiber artists must learn to embrace solitude in order to achieve their beauty to the universe. This is true for all those who wish to achieve something creative, no matter what the field; however, it does seem that those in the nonperforming arts require a degree of solitude that tends, at times, to weigh heavily, and can be most discouraging.

I find meeting and visiting other artists inspiring not just in terms of firing me to push forward with my own projects, but in helping me bear solitude. Every fiber artist I have ever met, it would seem, has helped me that way.

What are you working on? What have you finished? What type of fiber art do you do?

Post pictures as those will make me drool!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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A Whole Lotsa Suede Soles…

When I saw the price of pre-made slipper soles, I bought instead a 1/2 pound bag of suede remnants by Tandy Leather Factory at JoAnn for $2.40 (used a 40% discount coupon.)

I do prefer leather over other options.  It’s wonderful and most practical to be able to wear the slippers to the yard without having to put on a pair of shoes.

All the punching with the rotary leather punch is a killer on the hand.  I haven’t been able to find one that is less strenuous.  Some folks complain about the punch merely indenting the surface.  Mine however does punch through the suede–not pushing out a hole completely–it works for what I need.  Don’t spend $10 for the tool if you do only one pair of slippers.  A hammer, nail, and some patience would do the job too.

The cutting, punching, stitching up the soles with artificial sinew is quite time-consuming

The teen’s Uggs Wannabe boots by Cocoknits are now complete…with Organic Element 1″ Wood Purple (#2725)  by Blumenthal Lansing.  I am still in awe how pricey buttons are–$3.25 for a pack of two!

Next Finished Project is these frugal felted clogs for Father’s Day present. I LURVE the new color Heather Green!

It took two full-cycle in the washer to get them felted to size

and another hour of manipulating by hands–shaping and stretching on a 88° day–to fit hubby’s 12.75″ soles.  Keep them tight initially as it they will stretch out over time.

Once dried, there will be suede sewn to their soles.  Maybe this time, the clogs will last for six years! The shoes really talk…it re-affirm how far my knitting/felting skill has come.  Practice does make perfect.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (drumrollplease)

These are a quick project, but, difficult to get them to look as good as the pattern picture.

I had to pull out parts several times at first.

Pattern called for 2 skeins.  Me?  I used one skein for each pair and had leftovers. Granted, Paton’s typically generous with their yardage than labeled. For the pattern as designed and written, one skein is more than adequate…until you do two-color and/or large version of the loafers.  Perfect project to use scraps… Just keep the yardage in mind.

I made two of the loafers and they both turned out too “baggy” for my small foot and one medium-size intended as a gift.

On the first one, I knitted in Size 8 circular needles in Patons Classic Wool Royal Purple, held strands double.  Each sole weighs 23g or 52 yards; each embellished tap 2g or 4.5 yards. The whole pair weighs 112g or 250 yards.  If you don’t have two circular needles in your stash, don’t go out and buy a new set just for this project.  I knit this pair using magic loop.  Everything worked out just fine, at one 2-hour car sitting.

I wanted the ridge edge to show and knitted a knit row flat after cast on, instead of connecting in a round

The second pair in Royal Blue was knitted on two Size 6 circular needles. Each sole weighs 21g or 48 yards, each e+mbellished tap 2g or 4.5 yards. The whole pair 106g or 237 yards. It’s still baggy as knitted version. So, I felted it again.  It’s something to think about if you’re a loose knitter.

Without doing an actual swatch and much experiment, I’d presume the recommended Malabrigo Worsted yarn is lighter weight than Patons wool used here. I will definitely play more to get a knitted pair just right as pattern.

Revisiting a classic Cole Haan with a clean and sleek knitted pinch penny is just too sweet to lose my affection.

Quality is everything and style, like the sound, is smooth and sophisticated.

It captured the essence of the 20th century spirit with beautifully designed and well-made shoes for the dapper gentleman and lady.  A bit more versatile, IMHO.

Inspired by a passion for innovation and beauty, from authentic handcrafting to the fast-forward excitement 0-degree perspective, Julie thinks of every angle and give each its own design element.

Her level of detail sets Malabrigo Loafers a part on trend fashion, downtown-style that people love to own.

That’s a wrap, folks.  Yep, correct.  Felting are done.  It’s time to divert my attention back to a sweater in progress…Listen to the silence.  Never has it sounded so sweet.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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To The Two Important Men

I often ponder my dad whom I’ve lost in early 80s and the role he played in my early life.  He wasn’t a good provider but a fearless disciplinarian.

If I did something bad, all my mom had to say was wait ’til your dad gets home tonight.  That in itself was plenty of punishment for the crime committed at that time.  Now I am old(er)…perhaps he was a wise man who was rather influential in my child’s years.  His strength.  His discipline.  His confidence.  Even his drinking, gambling, and smoking…it didn’t cost him a penny, yet, priceless to me to this day…they have changed my life and enabled me to grow into a person I hope he’d have been proud of.

If I never become anything more, I’m content to be his daughter.  If I do accomplish all that I want to in life, know that all the credit belongs to you, Dad, the very person who brought me to this world and molded me into the person I am today.  You have always been right about all the advice you gave me even though it angered me sometimes–it got me where I am right now.  Albeit the loss of all the photo albums, along with other family possessions in a robbery in the 80s, your image is engraved to my memory.  I miss you dearly.

Ten years later after my dad’s passing, I was blessed to meet my soul mate, my best friend.  Now can I spin a beautiful story about my squeeze…somehow, the truth always seems to come harder.

Fibers spilled across my space, painting a world of my creation– that, I can do.  But somehow it’s infinitely more difficult to put how much I love my hubby into words, to capture all the thoughts whirling around in my head and set them down for him to keep for eternity.  Words just aren’t good enough.  Happy Father’s Day!

And yes, I’ll felt these giants to size to keep you toasty, hon, even on 80-degree days this week 😀  That’s how much I LURVE U!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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