Thursday, November 26, 2009

New Projects We are Working On

We have completed an awful lot of projects and items this year but here are some of the more recent ones.
These are felted soaps. No knitting required! You just wrap them in rovings, put them in a nylon to keep the rovings in place, wet the whole thing and rub it briskly on bubble wrap.

What a great idea for a stocking stuffer, house warming or hostess gift.

This is my latest concept pattern, the Open Work Wrap.

It is a very easy, basic 1 row stitch pattern and can be made with any yarn and any needle size. It can be made as a scarf, a shrug, a wrap, a shawl or even an afghan. The pattern includes specific instructions for the shop sample, which was made with Silk Garden Sock Yarn and Kid Seta, and could incorporate buttons and buttonholes instead of the shawl pin.
And this is the EZ PI Shawl from Vogue Knitting Winter 07/09. The finished one was made with Schaefer's Andrea and Colinette Parisienne.

And this is my second version using Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn and Cascade Kid Seta, which makes it sooo soft!

And this is Jennifer's version, also using Andrea and Kid Seta.

Beautiful, isn't it? It motivated me to make the second one and I know it has inspired others to start this project. We luv shawls!

And this is my big Critter boy. Don't I have him well trained to do the "cute kitty" pose?

New at the Shop

I can't believe it has been almost a year since I last posted. Did you think I had dropped off the face of the earth? It has certainly been an interesting year and I am glad it is almost over.

Anyway, first off we moved the shop in February to the front of the Haberfelde Building, which is a historic building in downtown Bakersfield. The new space is twice the square footage as the old shop and, while it doesn't have quite the charm of the old space, it has much better lighting and allowed me to branch out into cross stitch, needle point, and to bring in Ashford looms and spinning wheels.

Something else new is a Ravelry group for the shop. You can find it here.

Then these are our newest yarns from Drop Spindle.
This is the superwash merino fingering.

And this is the brushed English Mohair.

D'Elin recently saw a Georgia O'Keefe exhibit and says her current colorways were influenced by that exhibit. All I know is that the colors are very rich and saturated and both yarns are extremely soft. We are going to weave with the purple/green mohair in the middle on the left (imagine that, me using purple and green!).

Arriving tomorrow-JoJoland!!