Marita really appreciates my work and skill with fiber and because she is so appreciative she is a regular recipient of the goods :) I made this cute little piece for her birthday a few years ago and she loves it. Lucky girl.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
My friend, Ricky, is a hunter gatherer type. He is really handy too. He has made birdhouses for me, given me his homemade jam, homemade applesauce, smoked salmon (which of course he caught himself) and sausage made from elk that he hunted. He has helped me plant crocosmia at the back of the barn and hunted down and helped me kill tent caterpillars that were on the willow down at the end of the meadow. So I think you'll agree that Ricky is a good friend to have :)
I made these camo sox for him to say thanks for all the nice things he does for me. I hope he likes them and wears them while he hunts and gathers and all of the other things he does to keep himself out of trouble.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
I was visiting my mother-in-law, Jean, a few months ago and she handed me a hat she had bought in Ireland about 20 years ago. She told me she would like me to change a few things and make it for her. I was intrigued and accepted the challenge :) I came up with two versions, a wide brim and a skinny brim. The olive green tweed is the wide brim version and the one that Jean likes. I like the celadon green skinny brim version. The only difference between the two versions is the width of the brim and it surprised me how much it changed the style of the hat by varying the width of the brim!
I have been working on perfecting the pattern with the help of 13 fabulous knitters who are test knitting the pattern for me. I had no idea that Ravelry had a free test knitters group until I was tipped off by Julie at my LYS, Island Wools. The pattern is very close to ready and will be available for sale on Ravelry and my website soon. It will also be available at Island Wools in Friday Harbor and Main Street Yarn in Mill Creek. I am hoping for a few more local yarn stores as well.
Oh... and if you would like to know more about my infamous MIL, Jean, go to her blog for an earful and an eyeful! I know you'll be happy you did.