Friday, July 17, 2009


My FIRST completed sweater made out of my FIRST handspun yarn!!! I am thrilled with the outcome! The pattern is called "off the hook" and is from the book "Total Crochet Fashions" by Gayle Bunn, A Leisure Arts Publication. I have to say, I was really surprised with the emotion I felt while working on this sweater. I have made things before with store bought yarn and it was fun, but this was more of an emotional journey. The roving I spun is called Silver Sparks and was produced by a fellow guild member, Phylleri Ball, from Steam Valley Fiber. It is a wool and kid mohair blend that Phylleri dyes herself. The wool comes from her own livestock. (I am so jealous)

On the basket front...these are a few I completed this week. The tote is a pattern from fellow Pennsylvanian Valerie Poirier, called Patterned Tote.

This is another small antler basket I completed. I has some dyed round reed, then my handspun Icelandic yarn, then seagrass and finally flat reed. Simple, yet cute.

This is my own design and is meant to hold straight knitting needles. It is woven over a hard shipping tube for stability. And yes, I am working on some for circular needles and crochet hooks.

I am also working on setting up and Etsy store. Hopefully it will be completed in August, if I can find the time to do it.


Life Looms Large said...

Wow - lots of great stuff in this post!

It's a huge accomplishment to finish a sweater, and I can't even imagine what it would be like to spin the yarn then make the sweater. Great job!

I love all three of the baskets!! The patterned tote is gorgeous, and the knitting needle holder is wonderful. I'm glad you're opening an etsy shop!!! I'll be watching for your announcement!


Tam said...

Deb the sweater is gorgeous!!!
I can totally relate to how you feel about your accomplishment.
I still haven't spun the fiber I bought from Phylleri, but you have inspired me to "get to it".
Once again gorgeous baskets and I KNOW you will do well with the ETSY store.
Hugs from your Auntie

Juliana said...

The sweater is absolutely stunning! Nice work! And love the baskets, especially the one that holds knitting needles...that's really clever!

cyndy said...

Beautiful Sweater!

Looking forward to your etsy shop!
Love the needle holder :-)