I'm real close to going to Sheep Street in Morgantown Indiana and buy some roving it's amazing - I'm ready to kick it up a notch. This is a roving - for those new to the terminology:
It is top or sliver (long I) wool that has been washed, combed and carded and sometimes dyed. This is what you pull to nuno felt...can't wait. You'll be seeing the results so-o-o-o-n!!
I'm making a vest for Karen, she saw the pattern, bought the yarn and asked me to make it. This is the pattern, the blue yarn is Paton's Chunky Tweed. It is hand washable, 25% wool. It is a great yarn, thick, making a solid fibre piece of clothing. The dark color allows the tweed contrasting colors to pop.
The pattern is different as there are several variations to the patterns in the book, but each section of the item is in a different section in the book, i.e. front, back, trim, sizes, etc. Depending on whether it has sleeves or not, is long or short, has a collar or not, each section is highlighted so you can mix it up and design your own piece...this I like!! I'm about to do the trim on the second sleeve, then I have side seams, front trim and the collar and it is in the MAIL!!
I just posted some instructions for felting a handbag. The knitting instructions were a few weeks ago, while I was traveling, just got the thing to a washing machine. Turned out pretty good, once it dries, I'll trim all the straggly yarn from the felting process, shave it, shape it and walla!!!
If you check out the following link (a post I did earlier today) you'll see this purse laid out on the same throw, the squares pattern on the throw show the amazing amount of shrinkage in the felting process.
The strap is cast on 13, knit every row. When this felts it does not felt as much as the bag, so instead of expecting a 1/3 shrinkage, allow for only about 1/4. Other knitting patterns have a tendancy to curl if you're trying to do a wide strap.
DID I MENTION I STARTED KNITTING A VEST! (NEXT POST)
The youtube video is at the bottom of this blog.
Also, check out a new link to one of my reader's web page. http://www.thetwistedpurl.com/
The top picture is the finished project before felting.
The next pic is after hand washing in very hot water for a long time, I mean I had to keep heating up water in a teapot and adding it to my water, because it kept cooling off, and was overworking my camper water heater. Then I stopped after about 20 minutes, towel dried and rolled the piece, and later did another 30 minutes in hot soapy water before it finally started getting very tight fiber. This piece I call Tailored Tweed Stripe. It is spoken for. It holds a standard size laptop (15" to 17") and has a sweet pocket on the front to hold the cords. There's room in this bag for a 3 ring binder or two and some folders if needed.
The straps will be attached via grommets, and it will be one continuous strap that crosses over the top opening, serving as a guard for the computer inside.
These are so much fun to make, I'm polishing the pattern for publication.
Check this out. This web page answers tons of questions about knitting. It is printable too.
I put a pendant on the strap with a bead chain. I made the pendant from Polymer clay, and made a bead to match. The colors all blend, the photo lightened the pendant some, so it doesn't do it justice.
This was a very simple bag. The base and bag are two strands of merino wool (size 4) yarn held together (ALL WOOL OF COURSE) and knit up from the base. The i-cord follows the i-cord instructions in a former blog:
I held 3 strands of yarn together for the i-cord instead of two, thus a chunky strap.
The polymer clay is blended colors for the pendant, and layered sheets cut into thin strips then wrapped around the sides of the pendant. I cut the hole for the chain, and wrapped a ball of clay in the remnants of the clay stripes and baked 30 mintues.
More on polymer clay in the future.
Well I'm in New Mexico. Left one week ago from Indiana on my motorcycle, and arrived today in Angel Fire, about 50 miles from TAOS ... it's all meetings and hooking up with friends, so no time to go Southwest Yarn shopping, bummer...hate being this close and yet so far!!
This link outllines a history of Fiber Arts.
I'm working on two projects currently, the previous post - Market Bag, which I totally forgot to mention that it is important to knit the entire project holding two strands of yarn together. I'll edit the pattern right now.