Saturday, January 30, 2010

Trunk full of Sweaters

What do you do with a trunk full of sweaters?  These are some of my creations from the past few years,  certainly not all of them.  I gave a red ski sweater to my sister Sue, she says she loves it, I hope she does as these are all made with much love and determination.  There always comes a time, during each project, when I stall and think, "is this going to turn out the way I imagined it?"  or, "Is it worth continuing? It doesn't look quite right" This is a critical time, and if I can work my way through it,  I am usually somewhat satisfied with the result.

Recently, I took another close look at some sweaters that I had put away and not taken out for the past two winters or so.  Pleasantly surprised at the memories of working on them, choosing the yarn, putting the final pieces together, here are two that I photographed for Ravelry:

The catch is that it is impossible to wear as many sweaters as you knit!  And now I am heavily into shawls, and I don't even like the cold weather.  Maybe open up my own shop?  Or post on Etsy or E-Bay?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Woven Towels and Wabi-Sabi Shawl

My very talented friend Steff wove these towels for Christmas, I was the lucky recipient of one of them.  I am in awe of her handiwork as she says she is of mine.  We have a mutual admiration society!   Aren't they really lovely?

And here is a photo of the shawl I made for my sister, Karen.  She admired my first Wabi-Sabi Shawl and I decided to make her one; she was my Secret Santa person so this was the gift I gave her along with a long cotton sweater and camisole.  The thing that was great was I had put together a bag full of yarns that I thought looked good together so I used them, they are all different weights and colors but the shawl turned out just luscious.  This is my new creative interest, I am combining all different yarns to make wraps and shawls and scarves.

Here is a detail of the shawl. See more photos of this project on my Ravelry page 
I have had a little time off from school so I have focused on finishing projects that have been stalled, here is a lavender-filled collar that is supposed to be soothing to wear around your neck.  You can heat it in the microwave for a minute or two, then wrap it around your smells wonderful and is very soothing.  I knitted a "sock" to cover it which is washable.  See more on Ravelry page.