Nope, not I. Not in my kitchen. I'm not much of a cook, much prefering to bake (which, I might add is an exact science!). These aprons (17 of 50) were stencilled (my very first attempt!) using the freezer paper method. They're made for a brilliant cook...and the accompanying apron in a tongue-in-cheek way of making sure she has company while she cooks. Perhaps her other half might choose to don the "chef de cuisine" apron and she'll get to play second fiddle...some day.
I love this fluffy sheep pattern! For this cutie (16 of 50), I spun some white roving into a bulky single yarn and knitted with it. The loop stitch was a new one for me, and once you get the hang of it, it's rather fun!
This is quickly becoming my favourite go to pattern for a simple pair of knitted fingerless mitts. I love the stretchiness of the pattern (ribbed to fit!) and it's a really great pattern for showing off handspuns, hand painted yarns and varigated yarns. For this pair (15 of 50), I used Caron Simply Soft Paints in the Sticks & Stones colorway. I love ths subtle color changes!
Labels: Hodge Podge
Silly sheepy note cards (14 of 50). The image was carved on a 4.5" by 2.75" Speedball Speedy-Cut block. This was my first encounter with this substrate, and I do not care for it. While extremely easy to carve, the block is also very friable...making it nearly impossible to carve fine details. As I was cleaning my block, bits of my design fell apart. Disappointing. I stamped multiple images on old book pages, cut out the images, and mounted them on the kraft cardstock.
See? I knew I'd be knitting these again. Thankfully, I scribbled notes on the modifications I made when I knitted the first pair!!
I used Premier Dream yarn in an eggplant colorway for this pair (13 of 50). The second (up close) picture is a truer representation of the actual color. Hope the recipient will be thrilled with it!
Although the pattern for these bowls is titled "Felted Nesting Bowls", it would be more accurate to descibe them as fulled nesting bowls (12 of 50). Fulling refers to the process by which a woven or knitted item is shrunk by subjecting the item to moisture, heat, pressure and friction, while felting refers to the process of meshing unwoven fibers to create a dense material by subjecting the mass of fibers to moisture, heat, pressure and friction.
I used two different brands of 100% wool yarn - Paton's Classic in a burnt orange colorway and Lion Wool in a cadet blue colorway. The large and small vessels were knitted with Paton's Classic while the medium and extra small vessels were made with Lion wool. After fulling, the large and medium bowls were the same size...and the small and extra small were also similar in dimensions. Obviously, different wools full differently. I prefer the end products that were knitted with Paton's Classic and will probably stick with this brand for future fulling experiments. This was my first attempt at fulling, but I'm pretty pleased with the results!
No specific themes. No limits on media or techniques. No idea who you're sending it off to. Totally random. The only requirement is that the finished art piece (11 of 50) should measure in at 4 inches x 6 inches. I used acrylics, inks, acetate and dyes on my piece. I hope whoever receives it will love the abstract nature of the piece.