All tied up in stitches

Walk with me as I journey my way through life using the crafts of knitting and crocheting as tools to help me make my way.

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Location: Bellingham, Washington, United States

I'm like a butterfly emerging from it's cocoon, trying to find who I am in the midst of a total life change. At times its exciting. At times challenging. At times a little scary. But something I know I have to go through in order to fly.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Java Huggers

One last thing I wanted to share with you all. I had gotten so tired of spilling my husband's coffee whenever I wanted to surprise him at work with a Starbuck's that I decided to do something about it. I wanted to make a 'potholder' for a throw away coffee cup. I had seen something similar to this on the internet, but I liked these better. I'm calling them 'java holders'. The one on the coffeecup has finger holes, the other do not. :) I haven't spilled a coffee on my since. Posted by Picasa

Change Purses

These little beauties are what got me started in using my hands again. I must tell you I have been diagnosed with arthritis for a very long time now and when I started I was in such pain. It took a lot to ease the pain that I carried with me through out the days that was lodged in my hands, but thank God, the more I knitted or crocheted, the less the pain. These two crafts not only seemed to ease my pain of not being in the classroom any more, but they also took my physical pain away. :) I no longer take ANY pain medicine. I am so grateful for the act of creativity.  Posted by Picasa

I thought I might share some of my other work that has been keeping me sane since my retirement. The white and yellow articles are swimsuit coverup skirts. The colorful scarves are made from fun fur. Posted by Picasa

Well, this is my verson of the sophie bag. I wanted to create a tied handle instead of the braided one that is used in the pattern. The yarn is a beautiful Araucania Natural wool. and was verigated before I started. So the pattern was not intended, but happened as the knitting went along. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 28, 2006

This is a closer view of the yarn that I used for the bag below. The name of the yarn is "cache" and it is from Moda Dea. I wasn't sure how it would turn out because I have never used a thick/thin yarn before. If you look closely you can see that it has gold threads that run through the bag. I like the effect. And it did just fine felting.  Posted by Picasa

This is another original bag of mine. I wanted to try out this year. It is NOT 100% wool. But is 75%. I love the colors together (pinks, yellows, brown, a little purple). The following picture tells more about the brand and gives you a link to the company's website. Posted by Picasa

Friday, May 26, 2006

Remembering those who went before...

This weekend is memorial day. And it doesn't really matter if we agree with what's happening in our world, but what does matter is that we support our troops wherever they may be, serving however they are. I was once a Navy wife and I understand the emotions that play out in families throughout our country... Watching loved ones leave, listening to little children ask "When is Daddy coming home", having to make important decisions by myself, going thru what I call the 'Knight in Shining Armor' syndrome, taking second place to a higher calling, long periods of time never being able to talk to another adult, so as we go out to our back yards, our city parks, our nation's highways, let's not forget those men and women who wear the uniforms that went before them in so many other wars and conflicts. Let's pray for their safety. That soon they will be brought home to their families so they can enjoy the things they have fought so graciously for. May those who have lost their very lives stand tall and proud with those who have gone before them, doing the same thing they did... Following another man's path and did just what they were told to do. GOD bless them and their loved ones!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I'm going to call this my little alligator bag :)LOL I wanted to experiment with felting a cable bag. Again, this is my own creation. I love the color and the texture, but am a little disappointed that you can't see the cables clearly. (The yarn is from Patons) I guess the thing I've learned thru this experiment is that we can plan and plan and knit and unravel as many times as it takes to make something look just right, and then it's only when it comes out of the wash that we see what we've really done. Life is kinda like that. We can do "all the right things", follow all the rules to a tee, and make everything 'look' right, but it's only in the end that we will really know what we've done with the life that we've been given. :) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I LOVE this bag. It's another of my own designs. I used a Cascade 220 gold and a very soft white. If you look closely you will see that I used the two colors to create the cord that runs through the bag as the handle. Posted by Picasa

This is a sweet little button hole bag that I made in no time at all. I love it's 'roundness'. :) Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

This is my first felted backpack that I've designed. I LOVE the colors. Made of Cascade 220 yarns the colors blend together well. Soft navy, beige, white, light blue all of these colors seem to compliment each other. And again, I wanted to have that cell phone pocket on the outside. I hate it when mine rings and I can't find it at the bottom of my bag. By the time I do find it I've missed my call!  Posted by Picasa

This is a large tote bag that is just right for the professional lady. I wanted to make a bag that had a pocket on the outside for a cell phone and if you look really close you will see a pocket on the right side. I used a Cascade 220 yarn in a deep peacock color (rich navy/emerald) Posted by Picasa

I have been soooo busy!

I've become so addicted to this felting activity that I can't seem to stop. I've now gotten to the point of just putting the needles in my hands with a couple of balls of wool beside me and the needles seem to come to life and they do the creating. I no longer use a pattern, I just sit and create. Take a look at a few of my works. :)