Bobbin Lace

December 1st, 2010

This fall I took a six week class at the Textile Center to learn the basics of bobbin lace.  Bobbin lace is technically a type of weaving, but it is done with pairs of bobbins and pins instead of the traditional warp, weft & shuttles.

The Snake was our first project and used 7 pairs of bobbins.

Check out those beady eyes!

Our next two projects were exploring the half stitch and the cloth stitch.

Our last project was some delicate nursery lace.

I really enjoyed this class once I got used to the new techniques needed in bobbin lace.  I have some great ideas I’d like to try out once I get through the frantic Christmas knitting on my needles right now…

Harper’s New Cardigan

November 2nd, 2010

My friend Amber and her husband welcomed home a beautiful baby boy last month – Harper Levi.  I couldn’t pass up the chance to knit him a little something and when I saw Pamela Wynne‘s Ella Funt pattern (Rav link), I knew it would be perfect!

Welcome to the world, Harper!

And now for something completely different…

October 31st, 2010

This past summer, rhymeswithfun and I signed up to take a beginning pottery class together.

It definitely took me a few weeks to get the feel of working with clay, but it was definitely fun to do something outside of my normal realm of fiber-y comfort.

I ended up with nine finished pieces and although most would be perfect for holding rusty screws in the garage, I think a few turned out okay.

All in all, a great learning experience and definitely something I would try again!

Woodland Creatures

October 30th, 2010

A few months back, rhymeswithfun and I were able to take another great class at the Textile Center – Woodland Creatures!

We learned basic embroidery techniques as well as how to dye wool felt with Kool-Aid.

But the best part was that The Madre was in town and joined us to make an adorable owlet!

Surprise Visit

August 18th, 2010

Baby Kai came to visit us at work yesterday and look who he brought along with him!

Sooo cute!!  (And Herbert is lookin’ good too!)

Myrtle the Turtle

June 13th, 2010

Look what we saw early one morning last week:

This determined little mama climbed out of the swamp (what looks like a whole mess of weeds above, not to be confused with the GIANT THISTLE that’s about to take over our grill) and up a fairly steep slope to dig a hole in our backyard to lay her eggs.

I don’t think she much appreciated me staring and taking pictures while she was hard at work…or maybe it was the two fixated kitties at my feet who were just BEGGING me to open the door so they could go investigate.

Okay, Madre, what type of turtle babies should we be expecting?

Woven Shibori

June 12th, 2010

Throughout the month of May, my friend Elisa and I spent our Saturdays at the Weaver’s Guild taking a wonderful class on woven shibori taught by Traudi Bestler.  Woven shibori was developed by Catharine Ellis and it was her book, Woven Shibori, that we worked from throughout the class.

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Silk Fusion

June 11th, 2010

Back in April I took yet another class at the Textile Center, this time taught by Susan Stein on silk fusion (also known as silk paper, but silk fusion sounds cooler, doesn’t it?)

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Long Overdue

June 10th, 2010

These last few months have just FLOWN by and I am so behind on so many posts.  So without further ado, here are some long overdue photos of the awesome weekend workshop I took at the Textile Center back in March, entitled Artful Knit:  A Sculptural Approach to Knitting taught by Adrienne Sloane.

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Babies, Babies Everywhere

May 2nd, 2010

Several of my good friends at work are having babies!  Here are two little critters I knit up to help welcome home their new bundles.  First up, meet Jarvis the Jellyfish (Rav pattern link), knit with love for Baby Lucca.

Lucca’s mom has been asking me for a jellyfish since she saw rhymeswithfun’s Julius back in the day.  Jarvis now hang’s out over Lucca’s changing table and is sure to make diaper changes much more fun!  (Well, at least for Lucca anyway…)

Baby Quiba will be welcomed home by Herbert once he arrives mid-June.

Herbert was knit from the free Ribbit pattern with no real mods except that I only used fiberfill instead of the recommended tennis ball for stuffing.  Can’t wait to meet you next month, Kai!!