Wednesday, 22 October 2014

How about some mitts, too?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ca3u6Jqw-w
StarPainter Fingerless Mitts by Susan Elizabeth

These are the StarPainter  fingerless mitts.   I've got the pattern written up, ready to be test knit.   In the meantime, I am pleased with the test knit of the StarPainter Shawl.   There have been a few typos and chart errors to fix, but so far, the test is moving along smoothly.

Happy Knitting!

~Feather~

Monday, 13 October 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, and Saltatio Vita by OMNIA









I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend with friends and family.   And, if you are like me and over do it with the turkey dinner and all the rest, this video will re-energize you.



The band is Omnia, the song is Saltatio Vita, which in Latin means "The Dance of Life"





Even a full turkey dinner cannot keep you on the couch when you hear this music!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Garment collecting and recycling

I like this video, and the fact that there actually is a place to drop off old clothes of ANY CONDITION to be recycled.      Garment collecting: http://about.hm.com/en/About/sustainability/commitments/reduce-waste/garment-collecting.html






Currently, I drop off wearable old clothes in the donation bin in my neighborhood.  These clothes are either resold at Goodwill, or  Value Village.  But,  not all old clothes are in a good enough condition for resale.

Now, there is a an easy option for the worn out clothes!       I am happy.



De-clutter your closets in an eco-friendly manner!



Blessings of a clean closet,

~Feather~

Thursday, 9 October 2014

StarPainter Shawl is in testing!

Just a quick post to keep everyone in the loop.  :)
I've been knitting and knitting and knitting.  Of course.  My latest project happened as a direct result of my knit group.   Mary was working on a baby afghan, using a star stitch.   I LOVE that stitch, and it put some ideas in my head.

That night I researched different star stitches, and soon got to thinking about one of my favourite paintings,  Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.  Naturally,  it didn't take much of a leap and I was drawing and designing a shawl.  You never know where inspiration comes from!
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

I knew Becky of Morning Bright Yarn would be able to dye some fingering weight wool in just the right shades, and sent her a message.   Becky took up the challenge and created the most beautiful yarn.  PERFECT. Becky called the skeins Starry and Night!
"Starry" - Morning Bright Organic Merino/Nylon Sock Yarn
"Night" - Morning Bright Organic Merino/Nylon Sock Yarn




While I was waiting for the yarn,  I started knitting my ideas, and came up with this prototype,  knit with this ombre yarn from Tri' Coterie in France.   It is not quite the same, I have made a few changes, but think it is very pretty in its own right. The yarn sparkles!
Autumn Starry Night - by Susan Elizabeth


Once the dyed yarn arrived, I started knitting asap!  The whole time I knit, I was  nervous that it wouldn't turn out they way I had envisioned   Would it look like the painting?  Would it be worth all the trouble of requesting special yarn from Morning Bright? Would I like it?

Here it is! StarPainter:

StarPainter  Shawl by Susan Elizabeth

So, now the pattern is in testing at Ravelry.   Eleven brave ladies have signed up to test knit the pattern!  I like seeing all the different colours they choose to knit with. You can follow along if you are interested!

In the meantime, I started another one!  This one is with Wild Berries by Indigo Moon, from Gabriola Island, BC.  I have had this yarn for a while, and didn't know what to do with it.   Now is the perfect timing to use it, as it fits into the Canada KAL, hosted by The Loop yarn store.  This month's requirement is to knit something tied to British Columbia.  My yarn comes from BC, so all is good!

Wild Berries Night - by Susan Elizabeth
That's it for now!

Happy Knitting and Blessings,
~Feather~