Thursday, March 18, 2010

IT's All About Knitting These Days!

Greetings & Salutations!

My current obsession is KNITTING. I've been so busy with getting my hands on anything dealing with Knitting. I'm completely crazy over this new love. I'm even dreaming about knitting and the dreams go, knit 1, purl 2, knit 1, purl 2! LOL

On Tuesday during my mad search over at Etsy, I came across a wonderful shop called "Lambsears." Kelly's shop is just amazing and what even makes it better, she is an amazing knitter, and great to deal with. Make sure you check out her shop here Lambsears When ordering these beautiful handmade, hand painted knitting needles, you get a free Knitting Needle Case that comes with your purchase. Also, Kelly does special orders, which she is doing for me. I wanted these Knitting Needles in 14 inch length because when doing bigger projects, I need the extra length. However, I did order some in the 10 inch length for shorter projects.
Kelly also offers some fabulous HomeSpun Yarns. These are very YUMMY!

Check these out! I just absolutely love these, and they are PINK!

I just ordered a bunch of HomeSpun Art Yarn, and I'm waiting to get those from England. So in the meantime, I purchased some yarns from Joann's. These wonderful colors will be made into more Art Doll Shrugs for my little girls.

I just had to get another BASKET! LOL Just full of new and beautiful yarns ready to be turned into something wonderful!

Yes, Books on Knitting. Can't have enough in my library of learning! These books are wonderful. Especially the Book on Yarn. This book goes really in to depth about the properties of yarn and where it all comes from. Who would've thought there are so many different types of wool. LOL If you are new to knitting or would like to learn more, these books are awesome. The book on 400 Stitches is the bomb. You can't imagine all of the stitches you can create by just knowing the knit stitch and the purl stitch! It's just amazing!

Here is my first WASHCLOTH I knitted. My husband actually used it this morning and loved it. Well, why wouldn't he...right? LOL I used 100% cotton yarn (Sugar & Cream) to knit this. When working with WHITE yarn, make sure you keep your hands clean. LOL I'm pleased on how it came out. Not bad for the first try.

My Art Doll Shrugs. These are addicting to make. I can't wait to finish up some Art Dolls so they can be dressed in their little Shrugs!

Now onto my other passion...drawing. Still working on my style, techniques that I'm learning through the various workshops that I'm taking. Shading is the hardest part...I gotta tell ya! It's not there yet, but I swear I will get there if it kills me! LOL

Well, I'm off to make another pot of Java, put some Joni Mitchell in and get knitting and doing some other things. I plan on locking my Studio door again this weekend...hopefully my husband will send food up to me! LOL
Have a WONDERFUL and CREATIVE WEEKEND. Remember...DO WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO and always GIGGLE when doing it!
Until Next Time...


Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Those handmade Knitting needles are stunning! Beautiful work.

Anita Van Hal said...

wow...I seem to have the same books...the same needles (well, not yet but they shipped today!)'s almost like we're twins or something! LOL! I need to get done with this school stuff so I can start knitting today!

Pattee said...

You my friend are just WAY tooooo creative!!!!!

I love your new drawings ~ how's school?

Crow Abbey Designs said...

Thanks guys for the comments. Yes, I'm having a blast knitting. It's my new love. Actually Anita and I are getting ready for spinning classes. Yes, making our own Yarn. School is going well, and I could be in Art School forever. Having a Blast at learning all kinds of drawing, painting, sculpting, and now Knitting! LOL
Have a great weekend all!

Kaerie Faerie said...

My friend is their anything you don't do in the art field, I'm worn out trying to keep up with you, I need more than fruit loops LOL
I don't knit yet, I have a machine I drag out every once in awhile
thanks for sharing all the yarns and stuff, I'll have to pop over to her shop and check out
could have used a sweater or two this winter
have a good one
your fairy friend

Brenda LaBell said...

Michele, you are just a whipping along with those knitting needles. I love the dolly shrugs, they are so cute!! I'm knitting slippers, lol, I seem to be knitting and crocheting slippers all year long. Love the new sketches to, very nice!! BTW, whaaaaaaa, I so want to take spinning classes, I think I would LOVE IT!! I just joined Clay and Cloth Dolls, can't wait to make one of them. Where do you live, we seem to have the same passions...

Have a great day Michele

Julie said...

I wish I could knit! Beautiful needles and your new sketch faces are stunning as always! I hope you have a great weekend locked up in your studio! ; ) xxx

Zan Asha said...

Gah!! I've been trying to learn to knit since the beginning of the year. I don't have the time, though! Don! Once again, it looks like the froot loops and caffeine is in high gear! Hugs!

Juliette Crane said...

what beautiful knitting needles! your artwork is just amazing! i love your dolls and your drawings and your knitting creations. thank you for being SO inspiring.
best wishes! juliette

The Josie Baggley Company said...

-I've been a lackadaisical commenter lately-please forgive me less I should mope!
I agree that as needles go they 're definitely cute but I would probably use them for stirrers or plant sticks or decorative hair accessories etc lol as I AM RUBBISH at the aul knitting! Yep ever since I was six when I was launched into knitting gloves using FOUR needles at the same TIME! I've never recovered..even the sound of them clicking together gives me a rash! But I DO love the finished items that others create!

Mary Ropelato Art Dolls said...

Wow! Such talent! I love your drawings. The second from the top is my favorite. It's always good to stop by your blog and see what creative project you're in the middle of!

Deedra said...

Lol welcome to the knitaddicted world! It's so much fun! And I love your little projects! Can't wait to see the shrugs on your girls!!!

jasmoon-butterfly said...

hee hee & away you go x
Will be popping back to see them on dolls
love & light
Trace x

The Studio at Crow Haven Farm, LLC said...

Hi guys, stop back next week to see the little shrugs on my Art Dolls. Now I just have to get the Dolls done. LOL

Wollgut said...

Welcome to the knitters' world! Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog (French Knits); I am quite intrigued by yours! Apparently you already found out that knitting is addictive: the needles, the yarn, the patterns...! Are you on Ravelry? It's a great online knitting community and worth checking out, if you aren't a member already. As to the the Entrelac scarf: it's hardly as difficult as you might think!

Wollgut aka frenchknits

MarZel said...

You are crazy busy!! I have felt the call of the wool...only it is felting not knitting. Blessings!

So Dark So Cute said...

Hi Michelle! You've been tagged at my blog! Come check it out!

Kymberly said...

Your dolls are stunning! I am a knitter tooand also a vintage altered artist and soemdays it's a struggle what to chooseto do--lately it's been altered art! If you love knitting, you will rally become addicted when you learn to knit lace! I was stayiaang on aneven keel until I learned ssssssto knit a few lace stitches and then came the addiction!! I own too many knitting books now (if that is p[ossible) and my yarn took over my walk-in closet! No room for clothes now!

I learned this summer to dye yarn--I don't spin but I have read so many articles of people that just fall in-love with it! But--talk about fun--my kids love to dye yarn with me! It's sosuch a fundamental process--veyr satisfying work! I feel like a poineer from the late 1800's!

You will love to learn to spin your own yarn! And you will eventually want to learn to dye it too! You'll love all of it as much as you love knitting! I could dye yarn everyday of the week!

Have you heard of Ravelry? Are you a member? Also, there is a Yahoo Group dedicated to nothing but knitting washclothes! I am a member and they have oodles of patterns! YOU would love this group!

Happy knitting!


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