Monday, March 24, 2014

HI-LO Poncho

Hi - Lo Poncho

 I made this one twice, a cute chunky poncho with keyhole neckline, and collar and mini sleeves to keep it in place.  The first is an incredibly extravagant beauty, made with Colinette Point Five yarn.  At full price and 6 skeins, it would cost over $150 (US), plus taxes and shipping.  I was fortunate enough to find it and get it to me for just under $100.  Still a treat for sure!  Shown in blue mix above.
I love the pattern, but thought it may be worthwhile trying to duplicate it in a wonderful value yarn, like Lion Brand Hometown. Shown in Pink mix above.  Six skeins of this cost $24 (US) plus taxes.  Quite a difference, and still a lovely poncho!
Your choice, go Hi or go Lo, but go poncho.  It is a fast knit and great for these transitional season days.

Sizes:  Small,[ Medium, Large. ] A loose fit should fit most.
Yarn:  Colinette Point Five,  6 [6, 7]skeins.  *** OR *** Lion Brand Hometown USA, 6 [6, 7] skeins
Gauge:  7 sts = 4”
Needles: 10mm (US 15) circular needles  (24 “ max)

Body of Poncho (work 2 pieces the same)
Cast on 28[31, 34] sts.  Knit four rows  (garter stitch)
Next row (right side),  Knit all stitches.
Wrong side row:  Knit 3, purl to last 3 sts, knit 3.
Repeat last two rows until 29”[ 31”, 33”] worked, then garter stitch next four rows.  Cast off all stitches.
Checking out photos, sew short end of one rectangle to long side of other.  Fold like photos and sew other short side to last long side, creating a poncho with v-neck front and back.
Mark with safety pins 2 inches each side of each “V”.  This is the space to be left for “keyhole”.
At one pin, start picking up neck stitches, 28 along one side until next pin, then turn and cast on 2 sts over the keyhole gap, continue to pick up 28 more sts until next pin, and cast on 2 over second gap.  Closing the circle start to knit around the neckline, in K1, P1, ribbing.  Work for two rows, then on third row, cast OFF the last two stitches of the round (over the keyhole that will be the front.)
Now work the rest of the collar, back and forth (NOT in the round) continuing the ribbing for about3 more inches.  Cast off loosely.
Fold the poncho, and mark center of “shoulder line”.  Measure 8 inches down both sides and place two safety pins.  Working between the 16”, pick up 30 stitches, and work in K1, P1 ribbing for 4 inches.  Cast off loosely.  Sew bottom edges of mini-sleeve.

 Mark the "V" for the keyhole.  It makes the collar more round!
 Hi - lo, anyway you go, the perfect poncho.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monarch Butterfly Nuno-Felt Coat

Last photo of the butterfly pieces in assembly line....

 And the photo shoot on the front porch.  A lovely sunny day, perfect for the arrival of the first butterfly of spring!  I will be taking this one (size Small - Medium) to Pamela's in Jordan Village.  BUT, you have a chance to own one yourself, as I have also posted it to ETSY, where you can order a custom sized coat!

 I love these nuno felt coats (in all the colours that I make) as you can wear it almost all year 'round, inside in the winter, and outside spring and fall, or chilly summer nights.  Silk is warm and cool and light.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


On my mind for quite a while, has been a nuno-felted Butterfly Coat.  I have made quick sketches at work, and while on vacation, but did not start the project until the wall art (in the background of the photo) was completed.  I started with some fine silk chiffon in white and black.  I spent a morning dying the white to orange.  Then I began the many segments needed to produced the effect I had in mind.  here is a quick peek at the work so far....

I am please with the first pieces.  I need 7 individual pieces of nuno-felt, then a few hours to sew it into the floor length coat.  It should be light and airy and kind of float around the body as I walk.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

At Eye Level

Here is the finished Felt Art Piece.
It is titled "At Eye Level", and represents the retina of the art lover's eye, with the rods and cones that allow the viewing, and appreciation of art.  Fibre art particularly is a "touchable" artform, but you must not touch.... so the eye takes in the texture, depth and colour.

 Aspen thinks it is a wall of birdhouses!
The retina has 4.5 million cones and 90 million rods!  Eyes are amazing

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

pods and art

My art project, almost finished, uses felt pods on a field of mohair curlylocks.  The whole concept will be revealed in a future post, but for now you can get a sneak peek.  I think it is coming along nicely and you can see in the first photo a section that is missing pods and locks.  I have only those to make now.
 The project is for a fibre exhibit hosted by the City of St. Catharines this year, and is a result of a call for fibre art entries. I will be presenting the project via photos and email within two weeks, and should know if it will be part of the exhibit by mid March.  Fingers crossed.  I still have to count the number of pods, but it felt (pun intended) like an endless task making these things for the last four months!

Monday, February 10, 2014

it's been a while...

I realized I missed January completely!  I have a good reason.  January welcomed my new grand-baby into our lives.  Here she is wearing the superwash merino cocoon, that I made so many months ago.  (not the best photo of baby, but a nice one of the cocoon!)

Here's a nice one of her gray-blue eyes and a headband that I made.
 I have also hosted two workshops in my felting studio.  They are so fun.  Email me if you would like to be notified of future workshops.
 AND, I began a wonderful relationship with a charming shop in Jordan Village.  Pamela's now carries my nunofelt scarves, shawls and coats.  The rust coloured coat below was featured in the Fashion Show on the Ice Wine Weekend in January.

I have been knitting as well, but not as much and mostly socks and simple shawls.  No new patterns for a bit.  I will be showing a felt Art piece shortly, hoping to place it into a fibre art gallery soon.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Hand Cabled Collar

Here's a relatively quick knit, with a huge cable framing your neck, and no cable needles required!  We worked hard with all our Christmas knitting... it is time for a treat for YOU.  This one should come from your stash, less than 100 grams of worsted weight yarn.   Everyone has some of that!

Hand Cabled Collar

Yarn:  Patons Classic Wool (100 gram, 210 yards worsted weight – less than one ball for this collar)
Needles:  4.5mm( US 7)
2 stitch markers, darning needle, and big button
Gauge: 20 sts = 4 inches (no worries if not exact… it’s a scarf)
Cast on 40 sts.
Row One: knit15, place marker, knit 10, place marker, knit 15
Row two: knit 15, slip marker, purl 10, slip marker, knit 15
Row three: knit 40, slipping markers.
Row four: same as two
Row five: knit 15, remove marker, cast off ten stitches, remove marker, knit 15
Row six: knit 15, turn and cast on 10 (see photos until you get the hang of this), careful not to twist stitches, turn and connect to other side by knitting last 15.

REPEAT rows One to six , until about 22 inches have been worked, ENDING WITH ROW FOUR. Now cast off all stitches.
 flip to cast on.....
 flip back to continue the row....
 Hand cabling:  Looking at the detailed photos, start at the cast on edge, make a loop out of the bottom “10 stitch ladder”.   From underneath, grab ladder 2 and bring it up and through the loop, and to the front, as the new loop.  Keep bringing the ladder above, through from the back, up into the loop, to create a new loop (using your finger like a huge crochet hook!) **** see the series of photos below****
When you get the last ladder at the top up into the last loop, use yarn and a darning needle to tack it permanently as the last loop, (and this will be the loop that can go over a big button, that you can stitch on the other end to close the cowl.)
 the loop.....
 bringing ladder 2 up through first loop
 see?  there it is....
 climbing the ladder...
to the top......