Needle Felting Experiments – May 2013 and April 2014

DSC_0026¬†A strange satisfaction can be had from repeatedly stabbing a small flat piece of fleece, slowly moulding and transforming it into something else – in this case a small ball. Now covered in a bottle green merino with a creamy stripe I reckon I need maybe 9 or 10 more to make a bracelet…

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And so almost a year later… the tiny ball I made when I first started needle felting is now part of a chunky felt bead bracelet. 11 fuzzy beads in Moorland shades, very tactile and beautiful. Inspired by my Fox and Magpie Quirky Craft course – I’m loving needle felting now!

Materials: Texere Dyed Wool Tops РMixed Bag Moorland  DSC_0912DSC_1028aDSC_1026a

Ballerina Cardi – May 2013

Not that I’m scared of starting the blanket project lest it defeat me, I currently waiting for a set of crochet hooks to be delivered (from Hong Kong I think) so in the meantime I’ve started a little something. That little something being the ballerina cardigan pattern I bought a few weeks ago. In an attempt at frugality I haven’t bought any new yarn, I’m using a ball of Baby Crofter in Florrie and a ball of cream coloured Snuggly to make a stripy cardi in 4 row stripes. I’m about half way through the back. I love this Crofter shade – have been getting great stripes, subtle heathers and pinks then bold aqua and mint – it should be great and who knows, may even be finished for the great Californian adventure.

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Back done – some strangeness with the row counter that completely confused me but it all worked out perfectly in the end. The final rows were a coloured stripe ready to do the edging in cream

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Halfway through the first side – it’s knitting fairly quickly which I suppose is a good thing since my hooks arrived this week. They are very pretty but I’m still quite daunted by the prospect of my new project. I think I’ll be doing quite a lot of practise runs before I get started on the real thing (and I’m sure I’ll find a little pocket of time to do a little needle felting). This cardi should be my last actual knitting project for a while so I’m makng the most of it. Should also probably mention that I bought a t-shirt for my daughter last week because it has the same colour stripes as the cardi – I don’t want to think about how ridiculous that is!

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DSC_0977Just about to start making up the cardi. Everything seems to have worked OK so I jusy have to get on with my least favourite bit of any project. Hope to have it finished by tomorrow night so here goes… After spending a despair filled Sunday night counting and re-counting patterns and rows to work out why the sleeves appeared to be far too small for the armholes, sewing up was abandoned in favour of a quick needle felting experiment. I returned to the sewing up two days later with fresh eyes and after a couple of false starts managed to attach and sew up a sleeve and complete one side seam. An incredibly instructive YouTube video, complete with a bizarre sailboat themed intro showed me how to sew up a seam properly – rather than making it up as I went along, so for the first time in my crafting career, I have done a seam I’m almost completely proud of. I finished the second seam this evening so all that’s left to do is add the popper and buy some ribbon. My own ribbon tin was sadly lacking – too many fancy ones when I actually need a plain 6mm width. It’s been another challenging project but it’s achieved the aim of stretching my ability, particularly at following patterns.

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Suitable ribbon purchased, hemmed and sewn into place. Popper attached and final ends woven in. And that, as they say, is that! Not perfect but not bad. And the finished article fits well and is super cute – the finishing off took exactly a week longer than planned but I got there in the end!

Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter shade 158 Florrie, Sirdar Snuggly DK shade 303 Cream

Pattern: Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter DK Pattern Number 1931