Friday, January 29, 2010

A few months ago, I came upon a blog that gave me an interesting idea. Small crocheted pansies like the ones you would normally see on a doily, were placed on a crocheted string and made into a bunting, or what we may call a garland. She used the pattern from a doily to make the pansies. I happened to have a few doilies with various flowers crocheted on them. I thought that the flowers could be removed from the doily and made into a garland, so the bunting would already be vintage and less crocheting would be needed. I reused the center doily cotton My inspiration blog is Knot Garden at and the post was from July 13, 2009. My idea worked very well. I hoped to save the green leaves, but the yarn was too weathered and it broke as I unraveled the top. I saved one and placed it by a flower to show how it could look with leaves. As you see, I did not use a pansy, but I think it is equally beautiful.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sunday Undies

I like to prepare for Valentine's Day, long before it is here. It is a time that anyone can declare love and compassion for anyone despite age and gender, (relative, friend, co-worker). It is also the time that couples declare undying love for each other. Valentine's Day makes me want to prepare the table for tea. I have made a few items to show off that favorite teapot and put a little pink foo-foo in your life. The winter is so dull here and we need to add some bright colors that awaken our eyes and say "Hello!" The top 2 pictures show a Sunday Undie made with blue fabric printed with snow flakes and novelty yarn.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I just finished a new hat made from novelty homespun wool yarn for a special friend. The yarn is made from BFL wool and it has little twists coming out of the wool at random spots. This yarn reminds me of worms. The colors look lighter in the pictures than they really are. The color is blues and greens.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Frost on the Trees

I was out showing an apartment and I had to take a video of the frost on the trees and the ice on the lake.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Holiday Quilt

I received a lap quilt from a resident at the apartment community where I work. She makes lap quilts for those who have greater needs than herself. She repaid me for donated fabric with this quilt. What goes around truly comes around.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Necktie Party!

I finally finished my first necktie. I made it from Merino wool which was died with many colors. The tie is very soft. I lined it with a baby blue satin. I am not too thrilled with the way the satin looks where it was hand sewn in. I may have to place a decorative stitch in that area. I have begun the next tie and I am crocheting it on a slant with a decorative stitch and every 6 rows I am adding two small strands of mohair/silk blend to the Merino wool. This tie made is ocean colors.

New gift bags for 2010! These are made from cotton fabric decorated with roses. The bag comes with a pink, rippled, satin ribbon and a paper rose to attach to the ribbon. You can not tell from the photo, but the bottom of the bag is made like a paper grocery sack where it can accommodate larger items with a fitted look.