Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Knitted Teddy Bears

These cuties were completed a few weeks ago, but were never posted to my blog. The pattern came from Jean Greenhowe's Jemima-Jane and Friends. They are fiddly to put together but not hard, but the embroidery of the faces was difficult at first. I used Vanna's Choice yarn which worked out well. Instead of buttons or safety eyes, I made very interesting french knot yarn eyes, following her directions, and they are wonderful.

Promenade in Red

This kit from Hanne Falkenberg is the most amazing combination of vibrant colors! It is a joy to knit as well, although I must say that it is a huge commitment of time. Each row is currently taking about 20 minutes to knit, because of the very large number of stitches and garter stitch compresses so that it seems that no progress is being made. I am a couple of inches away from completing the right side and then I will be able to see more. Ms. Falkenberg's colorways make me drool. If you would like to join in the drooling, check out her web page.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Aqua/Green/Silver Lampwork Focal Necklace

This gorgeous etched lampwork bead just arrived in the mail yesterday, and it has been calling to me ever since. So naturally, it all came together very easily, and quickly. The focal bead is breathtakingly beautiful.

Pink Quartz Wirebead Necklace

This was also from my stash - pink quartz rounds and then lots of coiling pink and silver wire beads. My mom took it as soon as she saw it! The clasp came out very nice and easy to use.

Amethyst Nugget Bracelet with Fringe

This was so much fun to do! Each beaded bead is a different technique and color, and are mostly peyote stitch with embellishments. Then they were strung intermittently with the amethyst nuggets. I purchased it online at Many more kits may be found at that site.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Whirling Pinwheels Bracelet

This was a high quality kit I purchased online here.

Unfortunately the clasp which was included in the kit (a bayonet clasp) was so difficult to use, that I had to replace it with a magnetic one, which is great.

The tanzanite seed bead beads are made individually.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Teal/Copper Bracelet with Tornado Clasp

Again, I am attempting to use my stash beads! And the tornado toggle clasp I made a while ago. I'm happy with this one too, with the exception of the silver colored beading wire. Copper colored would have blended better with the colors.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Brown Coiled Bead Bracelet

Made with 26, 22, and 20 gauge wire, both brown and copper, plus assorted delica and seed beads. Just experimenting with different techniques, and using my stash (which is HUGE.) I think it came out very well, and I am pleased with it.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Sea Mineral Mittens

This is a free pattern available here . I used Knit Picks palette fingering yarn but changed the colors specified slightly, and am not totally happy with my new colorway. Live and learn I guess. My gauge is about 10 stitches per inch and the mittens are very nice and warm and feel good. I love the scallop edge.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Lacy Newborn Sweater

This cute baby sweater is made from Louet Gems fingering weight merino wool. Took almost no time to knit, as compared to an adult size! There was no provision for a button in the pattern, but I think one of the picots will work just fine for a button hole.