Monthly Archives: May 2012

AFHandcrafts at the Handmade Mafia

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Always exciting in Edmonton are the constant farmer’s, artisans, pop-up and handmade markets throughout the city.  I feel very fortunate to be able to take part in these events to be able to showcase my handmade products to locals.  I have had much more luck selling items in person than online with Etsy.com

I love that at markets customers can come up and feel my yarns, rovings, batts, scarves and bags.  When I have stuff for sale, I know that touching an item is a big part of wanting to purchase it.

Needless to say I’m in full gear for the upcoming Handmade Mafia Market on June 2, 2012.  As always, I will have varied selection of hand spun yarns, uniquely dyed roving, crazy blended batts, squiggly scarves and a wonderful project bag.

Here are two Shetland rovings dyed with the season in mind. Bright green spring and late, lovely fall.

Newest from my studio are beautiful blended batts.  Ranging from 40g to 75g in weight, these batts contain wool, silk, firestar, locks and sari silk.

Crafter in the Mountains

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Spring has finally arrived in chilly Alberta, and with spring comes camping!  Last year, my Hubby and I were very fortunate to find our very own travel trailer.  A 1973 Holdaire, around 18′ long with a bed, a bathroom, a small kitchen and 2 rolling wheels!  Needless to say that we’re excited to get going!

We’ve decided to head out to the Mountains for the May Long Weekend.  This time, however, we’ll be on a fully paved highway in a well-established campground/resort.  Learning from experience, camping off of logging roads is best done is dry season.

Hopefully this camping trip will be a little more mellow and a lot less snowy.  So far the weather reports are hopeful, mild weather and a little rain!

Now the debate starts, what do I bring to craft over a 4-day weekend?

Japanese Flower Shawl

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As a response to my “Unique Blanket Patterns” post I received a new request! It took me a couple of days to get back to this one as my little guy has been sick and my family has had an exciting weekend including the university graduation of my sister-in-law (Congrats Holly!) and the Kamloops Family Market where Brian had a booth.

Imagine my surprise when I received this lovely request in my inbox!

What beautiful patterns! especially the star at the top. Have you seen Japanese Flower Shawls? I’m looking for a simple circular pattern to make the pieces for my own. Apparently, the actual original pattern is only available by buying the original book (in Japanese). Here it is on Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/pin/239042692691556187/:)

I do love a challenge! So I have set out on a treasure hunt and found some resources that I hope will answer lotsofnicethings’ request and also inspire some of you out there to give this beautiful and unique pattern a try too. Thank you so much to lotsofnicethings and please feel free to keep those requests coming!

Tracking down this pattern definitely proved itself to be quite a challenge. I did find a few blogs, most in French (Yay for bilingualism!) but even these had pulled down any tutorials or written instructions out of respect for the original author.

They all have a valid point of course. As any of you who have ever written a pattern know, crochet is an art in itself. I too have chosen not to write out any pattern or offer tutorials. In an effort to inspire you to learn the pattern yourself, I have posted a few pictures from outside sources and some crochet charts. (Check out this post to learn more about reading crochet charts.)

Japanese Flower Shawl

Delicate and brightly coloured, these flowers are beautiful draped over your shoulders as a shawl but could also adorn a sweater or toque or become a beautiful afghan!

As was mentioned in the request, the original pattern for these flowers is in Japanese. This isn't quite the same flower but may work. If you can read a crochet chart, this little picture may serve well as a guide!

Another chart.

This is such a great picture. If you are familiar with crochet, you may be able to figure out the pattern by this photo alone.

Yet another clear photo to follow. And the comments on this blog post may give you a few more hints too!

You may notice that these are not all the same. They are quite similar but there are a few options out there so I guess it is up to you what you like! Aside from these images, most of what I found was quite repetitive. If what I’ve listed here doesn’t do the trick, try this search for plenty more resources!

Please share your Japanese Flowers with us!

Thanks and happy hooking!

Easter Crafting Love

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I hope everyone had a lovely Easter Weekend!  I feel doubly-lucky as I was able to hop a flight and go spend the weekend with Shaz and her family, then fly home in time for a wonderful Easter lunch with my family.

While in Kamloops we (surprise, surprise) crafted like it was going out of style! Because it was going to be a short holiday for me, I did not bring my full compliment of spindles.  On the average long weekend trip, I bring 1 spindle/day, plus one.  For this trip, I only packed one spindle that was working on, spinning a merino braid purchased at Wool Revival earlier in the week.

Merino Roving on Airplane! spindle

I had planned on spinning both of the braids in the photo (one ripped into strips) and then ply them together into a sport-weight 2-ply, but once I got close to finishing the first braid Shaz declared that it was her yarn.  We were able to give it a bath  and hang it to dry.  I am very happy with the results!

Laceweight single

We were also able to visit a wonderful yarn store, Electrictree Yarns! Full of yarn roving, spinning wheels and a great sit down area, I was happily able to buy linen roving, cashmere down, silk hankies and beautifully dyed BFL roving from Caroline’s (the owner) collection.  I was also very happy to stay in my fibre budget for the trip!

I love LYS’s!