Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Luck of the Irish!

woolly leprechaun
NOTICE: As of January 1st, 2015 I have taken the Leprechaun Gnome PDF off my website for downloading. My new book, Whimsical Woollies, is coming out in May 2015 and will have all the gnome adaptions in it. They are new and improved and all in one simple location. Thanks!
According to folklore, a leprechaun is a type of male faerie that lives on the island of Ireland. Most often, leprechauns are cobblers. But whatever their trade, they are always mischievous. The leprechaun is said to be very rich with treasures buried in secret places. Follow a rainbow to its end and you may find a leprechaun and his pot of gold!

Create your own woolly leprechaun just in time for Saint Patrick's Day! I have just created a pdf download, below, with photos and directions on how to turn the Woolly Gnome & Mushroom pattern into a wee little woolly leprechaun.

Soon I will will have downloads for the other gnome versions: Matilda the Witch and the Santa Gnome. Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

No Dyes. No Mess.

grade A woolly eggs

Woolly Eggs! They can come in all sizes: Grade A small, medium or jumbo, depending on the yarn weight you use, that is. The above eggs are smallish in size, measuring about 2-1/2 inches long after felting. They were knit using Cascade 220 sport weight yarns with size 8 double point needles. I am loving this yarn for how it felts and the wonderful color choices!

While these eggs were still wet, I stuffed them with my own Woolly Stuffing. Wool stuffing, like wool yarns, has a memory to it, thus holding it's shape better and longer than traditional polyester fiberfill. 

Create a dozen eggs in various colors, stripes and embellishments. Then place them in this cute egg carton I found on Etsy. The egg carton holds 12 eggs beautifully!

easily holds a dozen woolly eggs

You can also purchase these cartons with a blank front, not shown. How fun to print your own creative label for the front, a whimsical greeting card!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Something 'woolly sweet' for you, valentine!

valentine party mix

1 cup chocolate covered almonds or peanuts
1 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1 cup cupid's candy corn
1 cup roasted cashews
1 cup Corn Chex cereal
1 cup pretzel sticks or circles

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with your hands. Store any leftovers in a plastic container with a lid. The mix will keep up to 3 weeks.

Makes 6 cups.

I usually triple this recipe because it goes that fast!

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Bird For Your Nest?

This little robin is from my Woolly Birds pattern. She was first knit using 2 strands together of Frog Tree Alpaca sport weight yarn, #0012 dark grey. This yarn felts beautifully! Then she is brushed with a nap riser brush to pull out the yarn's hairy fibers, creating a soft fuzzy little bird. Every nest needs a little bird to roost in and to call home. Look out, then come the eggs!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Nesting Instinct.

It's feeling like Spring here in Minnesota, thus all the bird's nests of late. I love this little nest! It can sit out all year long. This nest is chirping full of Springtime with these little roving eggs.

I plan on knitting a nest that will include raffia strands and Fizz (a hairy-like novelty yarn) in it, carrying the 'extras' every other round. Then I will brush it with my nap riser brush, only along the rim, to create even more fuzz. The nest in the end, after felting, looks natural, soft and a bit hairy-like. Of course, I will share the photo when it's done. In the meantime, think Spring!