Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Turquoise/Black Netted Bead Necklace

I started out with five handmade lampwork beads in a riot of color, and made several beaded beads to match. This is a great necklace. For further information about the netted beads, check out

Fiesta Feet Socks

Lucy Neatby, the designer of these socks, is a knitting genius. She found stitch patterns which highlighted variegated yarn to its best look. The variegated yarn would have pooled in an ugly manner. I found the pattern well written, but quite tedious to follow. Yarn is from Joslyn's Fiber Farm and is wool, mohair, and nylon twinkletoes, and hand dyed as well.

Pearl Earrings

Made with vintage crystals and freshwater pearls and pearl sticks.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Wire Crochet Necklace

Fine wire, and an assortment of beads.

Finger Woven Treasure Bracelet

Completed the day after my class in Woven Treaure Necklaces. I like the stark look of the bracelet and I love the colors. The beads actually stand upright on the piece when worn.

Scalloped Pearl Bracelet

Size 8 and 11 seed beads and pink freshwater pearls, done in right-angle weave and scallops. It is very tactile. Featured on cover of October Bead & Button.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Bead Crochet Bracelet

From a kit. I almost threw this thing across the room about a dozen times due to extreme frustration. I like the finished object, but someone please shake me if I ever talk about bead crochet again!!

Woven Treasure Bracelet

This is from my bead class last week, and is woven. There is a fantastic book by Robin Atkins which documents this technique beautifully. Warning, warning. Habit forming. You can look at her website for more information.

Flow Motion Socks

From Vogue Knitting Fall 2006 by designer Cat Bordhi, and knit as per pattern using double strand of Trekking XXL on size 5 needles. I love the construction of these socks. There are no usual gusset increases but there are increases in the lace pattern starting at the top of the instep. I love the way these look. I did not match the striping because it would pain me to discard a couple of repeats of yarn.

For those of you interested in knitting this pattern, there are some errors during publication. Go to Cat's website for details:

Frank's Felted Clogs

No wonder these clogs are so popular - they're so much fun and warm. Pattern is Felt Clogs AC-33 from Fiber Trends and purchased from, one of my favorite online retailers. I used Paton's Classic Merino in black and gray, and used two skeins of black and about one total of gray. They were put into service immediately after they were dry.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Purple Sock

I can't remember what yarn I used. All I know is that the country of origin is Turkey!! These were done in my normal pattern with 64 stitiches around and a dutch heel. The ribbing is normal 2x2 ribbing and it stretches like crazy.

FLAK Finished

All done, with the exception of a single button which I had to order! It'll probably be warm by the time it gets here!! I LOVE the buttons!

Monday, February 05, 2007

FLAK Cardigan Ready for Front Ribbing

I wish I had joined the Yahoo group for the FLAK BEFORE I started this project. I'm not sure I would have chosen 2X2 ribbing for it and now I'm in a quandry about what I should do for the front. I don't care for 1X1 ribbing much, as I believe it does not hold its shape as well as the 2X2. But for the front band, it would look better. What to do, what to do? It also is none too long. It seemed to shrink up in length every time I measured it, so I kept thinking I was almost done, and then measure it, and it would still be the same length. Latest measurement was about 22" long.
But all in all, I am quite pleased with the outcome. I notice there has been a lot of discussion about Elann Highland Wool holding up to wear in the group. My sentiments exactly. However, the consensus was that it will be durable enough!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Aqua Net Beads

There are three different types of beaded beads in this piece. It was a lot of fun. See for more information about the beaded beads.

Tutti Frutti