Finally Done with the Hobby Horses!

I finally finished the hobby horses. Boy, these sure have been a long undertaking. It's not that making the individual horses took that long, but when you design something instead of following a pattern, you wind up with a couple beta runs and there's usually at least some "tweakage"! The last piece was trying to decide how to best attach the heads to the dowel rods. Then, in the last moments, I decided I wanted tags, so I printed some paper and put together a label. BUT I LOVE THEM! I am very satisfied with how they turned out and I can't wait to give them to Bug (Lightning), Fairy (Daisy) and Pixie (Iris). I do plan to eventually write up instructions for the horses...obviously, at this point, it will be after Christmas. But now I can check one more project off the list. Here's some pics of the herd.

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Drawing with Wool

A little while ago I decided that I wanted to make a series of images to display inside the kids' play house. I think it will be nice to change these out seasonally. I didn't really have a set plan, but this seemed like a good time to try out a new medium for me... needle felting wool roving. I attempted this with a "who needs directions" attitude and just sorta winged it (of course it's not like I haven't seen the process outlined in books in the past). I learned a few things along the way and have a better idea of how I will attempt the second piece. I definitely think I have a way to go before I will feel confident in this medium... but it is fun to have a challenge like that. The kids all like it. So I guess that is a good start. Now I just need to get it a nice wood frame.

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What is this?

Anyone want to guess what this is? Perhaps the inside of my wastebasket? Or the floor after I've finished a project? (Uh, no it isn't BUT this IS what my floor looks like after I've finished a project! Why aim for the wastebasket when the floor is so much more convenient?) Anyway, what you're looking at here is an honest to goodness compulsive behavior!

I'm constantly working with felt, and that means I create a ton of felt scraps. Sure, it would be easy to pitch a few little scraps here and there; some might even argue sane, but I can't bring myself to do it. Maybe it's the exschool teacher in me that learned most things have value to a creative mind, or my Polish ancestry that has a tendency to save everything "for a rainy day", but I see diamonds in this colorful heap. Somewhere, in the back of mind, behind this week's obligations, daily errands, and other interactions with humanity, I have an idea forming to turn these scraps into a work of art. The actual usage hasn't made itself known to me yet, but I'm sure one day while showering or waiting for a traffic light to change, or...Read more

Directions for Traditional Waldorf Style Gnomes

Once you let a gnome in your life, you'll never be without one again! Our house is crawling with gnomes. We have unassuming gnomes and rather ostentatious gnomes. We have gnomes that love to tell stories and shy ones that prefer to listen. We even harbor a couple rather naughty gnomes, but down deep, they have a heart of gold! Their personalities are as different as you'd expect in any group of friends. For that reason, we'd like to give you the opportunity to invite a few gnomes into your house.

I decided I just wasn't going to have the time to get a tutorial together for making the holiday gnomes. But an email from a new Crafting Club Member, requesting a gnome pattern so she could make some for her children's advent calendars, made me walk away from my Christmas projects yet again, (LOL like I need an excuse!) and I threw together a couple of the traditional Waldorf style gnomes and wrote up the directions.

If your house isn't already crawling with gnomes, I hope you find the time to make a few before the holidays! Certainly you can take this basic pattern and alter it to individualize your gnomes. The possibilities are endless!...Read more

Mitered Bowl Directions

When Michelle posted her blog on the Mitered Bowls, she called me up and asked if I was up for getting the directions together. Okay, I put the afghan aside, and dug through my files to find the directions I'd written up this past summer. A quick read through convinced me that a diagram was in order, so I knitted the teeny tiniest little bowl so I could properly label the diagram. Next time I machine felt, the gnomes are going to get their own mitered bowl!

Anyway...the directions are good to go and are being offered as a Crafting Club Pattern. BUT, as Michelle said, this pattern is what we would consider a Beta pattern. It is complicated enough that we would like a couple more people to knit it before we would consider the pattern "public ready". We've both knitted bowls off this pattern, but just like it's never wise to edit your own isn't a good idea to knit your own patterns. We subconsciously make corrections!

So, if you do tackle this project, (and they are certainly worth it, because they are relatively quick to make, a couple of evenings for the seasoned knitter, a wee bit longer for the adventurous beginning...Read more