Friday, January 11, 2013

woolly santa ornament

woolly gnome & mushroom pattern
I created this santa gnome ornament over the holidays and just love him!

I used the same Woolly Gnome & Mushroom pattern. As you can see he is smaller than my usual gnome, a perfect size for the tree or wreath. I hung him along with my matroyshka doll ornament on my dining room chandelier -- decked with pine boughs, little glass pine cones and ball ornaments.

This gnome santa is made using Cascade 220 fingering weight red yarn and size 5 dps. I needle felted a bigger nose and used embroidery thread for the eyes. I knit the gnome’s hat’s brim with the cream yarn and once felted, needle felted a decorative trim on to give the brim a fur-like look. The beard is needle felted wool roving. No feet on this gnome.

I also stuffed him with woolly stuffing so it would hold its shape longer. Plus the stuffing allowed me to needle felt it afterwards into desired shape. I love woolly stuffing for that little trick alone!

It would be cute with a white jingle bell on top too.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Yarns for Sale!

Frog Tree Brushed Suri - CREAM
I have been doing inventory these past few days, counting each and every ziplock bag, pattern and whatever else I can find that needs to be accounted for. In the process, I found several skeins of Frog Tree brushed suri. These skeins are leftovers from my Woolly Sheep Kit days.

I absolutely love this yarn! It is a fingering weight yarn that is perfect for carrying along with another feltable yarn to create soft and fuzzy little bunnies or sheep or owls, you name it. Don't be limited by only adding a cream yarn along with it. Use it with a grey worsted weight yarn and create a fuzzy variegated owl. Or along with a black worsted to create a little bigger grey-like kitty kat. The addition of Frog Tree's brushed suri doesn't distort the shape of whatever you are felting.

Speaking of black worsted yarns, I also found several skeins of Nature Spun worsted weight, #601 Pepper. This too is leftover from my Woolly Sheep Kit days.

Nature Spun worsted weight - BLACK
Both yarns are available on my Etsy shoppe for a limited time only. That is, until they sell out. Get them while they last!

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

pdf-style patterns!

I am now starting to offer pdf-style patterns available on my Etsy shoppe. Soon, all of my patterns, except for the nest ornament kit, will be available both in booklet and pdf formats. I personally love the booklet format and the feel of a printed pattern in my hands. But not everyone is like me, thank goodness!

Many customers have contacted me over this past year, putting in their requests for a pdf-style pattern. I have listened, believe it or not! and they are now available. I am still formatting a few others but soon all of my patterns will be available PDF-style.

I will have all them available for sale on Ravelry soon as well. Stay tuned!

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Happy Knitting!