Thursday, October 27, 2005

Yummy novelty yarn


Yummy novelty yarn
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
And this is what was inside the package. The colours are even lovelier than on E-Bay. The ladder yarn looks a bit off in this picture but in reality it's brilliant. I'm so thrilled! And many thanks again Ulla, for all your advice!
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Monday, October 24, 2005

My yarn arrived!


My yarn arrived!
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
The yarn I ordered via E-Bay at yarn-paradise in Turkey arrived tonight! The courier had handed it to my neighbour this afternoon because I wasn't home. What a surprise, because I ordered last Tuesday and they would send it by slow shipping. But instead it was sent by express.

Interior with UFO


Interior with UFO
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
You see that funny lopsided lampshade? That's what I produced for my felting class. I DON'T LIKE IT! So I called the thing, which makes me holler with laughter every time I look at it, NoNo. It's definitely a UFO and it will stay one. I'm not going to finish this. NEVER!

By the way, what a funny assortment of object in my upstairs room, now I come to look at it. See the heat gun? That's for melting tyvek.

Huge project


Huge project
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This is the start of a huge project: a cardi, involving freeform knitting, crochet, hand embroidery and loads of time, I guess. I will use mainly various shades of red yarn, with some accents in other colours.
In the mean time I'd also like to start on a bag using the magic ball method. For this I will use recycled sari yarn and lots of other multi-colour yarns. It will be really wild!

Clap


Clap
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This is the clapotis I started in August. Now I've finished three scarves I took up the clap again and really enjoy knitting this.

Finished scarf


Finished scarf
Originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This was my first knitting project since about twenty years and was just to see if I still liked knitting. I DO!!! It got me really hooked!
I's finished now and it feels and drapes lovely. It does need some blocking, though. But I hate blocking, so it will stay as it is.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

A real skinny

A real skinny
A real skinny,
originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This is a skinny I knitted with Scheepjes Fitz. I CO only 14 stitches and it was finished in a jiffy! And it is sooo soft! It won't keep me warm, so it is just meant for fun.

So called mother scarf

So called mother scarf
So called mother scarf,
originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This is my mother (who will be 86 next month) wearing the So-called scarf I knitted for her. She really likes it, because of the softness, the colours and the stitch.
And my mother is not as senile as she looks here, on the contrary...

Sheet drying

Sheet drying
Sheet drying,
originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This is no sheep's skin, although it slightly look like one. Again it's a paper sheet, this time made from meriono wool only.

Silk/wool paper

Silk/wool paper
Silk/wool paper,
originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
This is one of the silk/wool paper sheet I mentioned. I really lay awake the night it lay drying, for fear it would fall apart if I tried to pick it up. But it didn't and was even softer and more beautiful than I had imagined.

It's steaming hot...

...in here. Why? Because it is impossible to sew damp fabric.

Hmm... O.K. This is what I've been up to: I tried (yes tried, because I didn't quite succeed) to felt small pieces of wool/silk paper I made earlier to a a piece of silk. For some reason not all the paper particles felted to the fabric, so I have to be artistic and add some nice (I hope) stitches to this thing. Which, in time, before Wendnesday I hope, when I have my felting class, will be turned by nimble my hands into a lampshade. I don't need a lampshade. I don't want a lampshade and yet I'm making one because of the challenge and my wanting to try out new techniques.
Well, the silk fabric is lying on the radiator, which now causes the room to heat to a tropical temperature of 22 degrees Celsius. Dry, little fabric, dry fast, sothat I can finish this, by now not too favourite, project. I wanna continue knitting my clapotis!!!

I'm sitting here waiting in this heat and that's why I'm writing on my blog, after having been silent for about one week. I've done so much textily, knitting things that it kept me from adding some pictures of what I have done.

Last Saturday I went to a national felters' meeting in Warnsveld. This week I knitted a skinny, I finished the scarf for my mother, I finished my feather and fan scarf, made two kinds of silk/wool paper sheets, took up knitting the clapotis again and began on a freeform cardi. A prolific week, no?

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Textile festival Tilburg


Last Saturday I went to the Textiel Festival in Tilburg, which was organized by the Textile Museum.
It included a crafts market and a suppliers' market. The crafts market was very inspirational for me, as there were several felting artists showing their goodies.
I was lucky to be able to buy some angelina fibre, and, as usual, books on embroidery.
I also vistited the museum, of which I liked the textile lab best. In there people are experimenting with new material on knitting and embroidery machines. Wish I could work there! That would be total bliss every day!
There was a damast exhibition as well, with the most incredibly gorgeous fabrics!

I did not participate in any of the workshops, because I was too late to enroll. However, Neli, who is in my felting course did a workshop on screenprinting on fabrics. You see her at it in the photo on the right. She will surely tell me all the ins and outs.
All in all I had a great day and I came home exhausted but satisfied. And laden with bags with great contents... And I did quite a bit of knitting while on the train!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Fastening

Fastening
Fastening,
originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
Here you see the fastening of the bag. I rolled up a small piece of inner tubing and added a small metal bead. In this pic you can also see that I used striped cotton for the lining.

Tribal motif out of inner moped tube

Moped rubber is clearly tougher than inner bicycle tyre. It was hard to stitch this onto the felt, augh!

Felted bag closeup

Felted bag closeup
Felted bag closeup,
originally uploaded by harvestmoon.

Felted bag with rubber details

Felted bag with rubber details
Felted bag with rubber details,
originally uploaded by harvestmoon.
I finished my bag! It was quite some job and took longer than I expected. But it turned out quite like I planned, so I am pleased with the result.
The bag is felted out merino wool. The rubber is recycled inner bicycle and moped tubing. My fingers still ache from all the stitching I did. Unfortunately the material was too tough for my sewing machine.