Posts Tagged ‘felting’
Occasionally–ok, often– a project comes along from our fellow employees that deserve a little praise. This week a couple of things have passed around the store for fondling.
Theresa in customer service has been knitting a pair of mittens that has elicited a multitude of gasps…and a mad dash to our Ravelry queues.
Main Color: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine Color# 1207
Contrasting Color: Noro Silk Garden Sock , Miscellaneous discontinued color, although any would be lovely
Lining: Rowan Kidsilk Haze Color # 597
A few of us kept this at our desk for prolonged periods while we warmed one hand (the 2nd is yet to be knit). The lining is achingly soft and the colorwork is mesmerizing.
Debby, an associate in the store, has many talents under her belt: knitter, weaver and now needle felter! It may be a new hobby for her, but you’d never know it. Look at this intricate doll she just whipped up. I’m impressed! (You may not be able to tell in the photo but her hair is actually braided). This doll is made from our Harrisville Dyed Fleece and modeled after the Gnome Girl in Wool Pets by Laurie Sharp
Awesome job ladies!
One of the fun things about working in the store is the wonderful finished things that come in our door for show and tell! It is so great when our customers come back to show us what they did. Because on our end we are always wondering what someone will ultimately end up creating with their purchases. And, over the past week we have been thrilled to see some amazing projects that you can check out below!
We just love it when we see Sue heading our way. It usually means she has created another one of her incredible needle felted masterpieces. Sue has only been needle felting for 4 months! Incredible! And she free forms it! There is no skeletal model inside these, pure needle felting! How does she do it? All we can say here is Amazing! Thanks for sharing Sue! And check out these adorable needle felting kits we have. I have done a couple of these myself, and had a great time watching them take shape.
Well, despite my best efforts involving avoidance and denial, the holidays are nearly upon us. I love the holiday season, but this year everything is moving so fast I’m worried I’m just going to miss it all as it flies by in a blur. I’ve been feeling somewhat overwhelmed with all that needs to be done and I’m not even talking about knitting projects.
This morning, our Store Manager Karen came in with a new project that lifted my spirits:
Isn’t he adorable? Karen made him from one of the Woolpets kits that we stock. These needle felting kits come with everything you need to make the Woolpet shown on the package. Karen simply added a loop of Plymouth Goldrush to Sock Monkey’s head and voila – a tree ornament!
I think these would make a great gift either as a completed project or just the kit itself! Here are a couple of other options to consider (we have 27 different Woolpets to choose from):
The holiday inspiration did not end with Sock Monkey. When Steve & I returned from recording this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit, Karen came back into my office to show me this:
Isn’t it beautiful? The pattern is Nancy Lindberg’s “Christmas Socks” and the yarn is Valley Yarns Amherst. It only took 5 balls which works out to just under $25 for a stocking that will last a life time.
Ready or not the holidays are coming. I hope these projects awaken your holiday spirit!
Kathy & Steve announce a new adventure. Kathy & Pixie talk about felting and the next KAL.
Purchase Bird in Hand Mitten Pattern from WEBS, or at http://www.kategilbert.com/
Part 1 – What is Stranded Knitting & Getting Started
Part 2 – How to Strand
Part 3 – Knitting the Mitten
Part 4 – Answers to Listener Questions
Part 5 – Thumb Gusset & Finishing the Mitten