In response to a request for a slim, hand knitted scarf that could be worn all day in the same way as a cotton or silk scarf, I headed off to my stash of odd balls of commercially produced yarn that lives in my craft store room. I enjoyed a good old rummage and got quite excited by the different colours and textures. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of my first effort but it was well received. An order for a second one, with hat to match, has been placed.
I booked a space at the table top sale held on the island in early March. This event provided the gentle nudge I needed to try out some of the ideas I had been toying with since the beginning of the year such as key rings and hair slides. I also decided to knit a few of the narrow scarves to add to my woven selection.
The scarves are knitted using 4mm or size 8 knitting needles, 15 stitches and stocking stitch. They are roughly 77 inches in length and have the obligatory buttons at each end.
I use various postcards as inspiration in relation to the proportions of different colours and textures/mood, for example this fun lively scarf was influenced by a card I have with hens on it.
The scarves fit quite well with my hand knitted hats. I have sold the hat on the right. These hats are knitted with my hand spun wool. I aim to knit some in the same commercially produced yarn as the knitted scarves.
I am also enjoying making key rings with small pieces of felted fair isle patterned jumpers cut into a heart shape.
The key ring here is embellished with a bit of needle felting, beads and some cross stitch.
I have already sold a few of these.
I am also pleased with these hair slides made from felted jumpers embellished with needle-felting, hand embroidery, beads and buttons.
On a slightly different but related note - I have bought a spinning wheel from eBay. It's old, Swedish and in need of some bobbins. I am really pleased with it. Pictures and stories to follow.
Well that's enough for now. Lots of crafting events planned for the summer so I better get on with it.
Bye for now folks, see you next month.