Pretty pictures

April 21, 2009

Lil Darlin Winged Foal on Etsy's front page

Lil Darlin Winged Foal on Etsy's front page

I love Etsy’s Treasury feature, and have managed to secure and create the odd Treasury myself but haven’t managed it for ages. It is so exciting to sit waiting, riveted, for the list to open up when it drops below 333 listings and your creating form to appear (or not) at the bottom of the page.

I love sharing the Treasuries that feature LullabyLily creatures that are chosen for the front page of Etsy. Here is the latest one. It amazes me how designers are so intuitively intelligent about color and choose colors that really resonate in the moment. Like this one by righthand who makes delightful chickens and pinafores.

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Banana Slug love

April 20, 2009

LullabyLily resident slugs discover slug mascot

LullabyLily resident slugs discover slug mascot

So I have fallen in love with a whole other kind of slug that I am ashamed to say I had not heard of – the Banana Slug, official mascot of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Thank you to the lovely Trudy who enlightened me of this wonderful breed of yellow slitherslakers when she gave a home to LullabyLily Wasabi Banana Slugs!

How delighted I was to hear about the slimy creature that lived deep amongst the Californian redwoods and who had been embraced, adopted, loved and fiercely protected as the emblem of the campus. In fact having done a quick google search I see it was voted Best College Mascot by Reader’s Digest in 2004! Hey, how fabulous is the world we live in?!

Can you imagine how thrilled and grateful I was therefore to receive in the post a little treasure trove of Banana Slug collectables from Trudy direct from the campus gift shop. Our resident slugs were curious and in awe as you can see.

The upside of not knowing about something that it seems everyone else knows about is the joy you get when you eventually discover it. But I did feel a bit dumb when, as self-designated Knit Slug Cult Leader, I had to be reminded by a friend that John Travolta wore an iconic University of California, Santa Cruz Banana Slug t-shirt in Pulp Fiction. Oh yeah.

That’s whopper!

April 15, 2009

Whopper Giant Slug featured on Etsy front page

Whopper Giant Slug featured on Etsy front page

Woo-hoo, Whopper Giant Slug has slithered onto Etsy’s front page Treasury! More about slugs shortly …

Choosing who they want

April 8, 2009

Denim Bliss Cat

Denim Bliss Cat

Just like real cats knit cats seem to choose their people too. I know about real cats choosing their people because I regularly saw them do that when I volunteered at the SPCA Cat Module. (They would turn their back on and completely ignore one person and be all over another in the twitch of a whisker.) So little Denim Bliss Cat above was created several months ago in pure cotton chunky yarn and suddenly her person appeared in the form of a toddler girl just the other day. A very lovely friend of mine wanted to buy a knit toy for this little one but had not met her yet. Luckily she lives near me so she chose Denim Bliss Cat from my actual real life hand knit creatures that comfort. It turned out that the little girl has a real thing for cats, LOVES cats! A happy home for a happy cat. I must make more knit cats…

LullabyLily knit kitty kats

LullabyLily knit kitty kats

Husky Warmers

April 7, 2009

Alaskan Malamute and Lambswool wrist warmers

Alaskan Malamute and Lambswool wrist warmers

Husky warmers? No, not ways to warm up your husky – a way to warm your hands with your husky! (Apart from the obvious way of patting them until your hands are warm!)

So warm and cosy

So warm and cosy

This weekend I made these Alaskan Malamute and lambswool yarn wrist warmers, fingerless gloves, wrist cuffs, whatever you fancy calling them. The Malamute wool is the undercoat of my first Mal, darling Boo (aka Paharey Ttorque of Australia) which an expert spinner hand carded and hand spun for me with lambswool. Ha! The lamb DOES lie with the wolf after all and to our benefit when it comes to yarns!

Cotton lining peeps through

Cotton lining peeps through

I am loving this cable pattern, it’s so bulky and the texture is wonderful. The Mal and lambswool yarn is not the softest yarn in the world to have against your skin so I lined the gloves with a pretty cotton fabric which makes them reversible! Ta-da!

Ooo - lovely on the inside too

Ooo - lovely on the inside too

Now I am on to matching legwarmers! Gosh it would be too cute to make booties out of Mal yarn for sled dogs!

and not so scratchy this way round after all ...

and not so scratchy this way round after all ...

Cable warmers

April 2, 2009

cable berry warmers

cable berry warmers, right hand

Cable knitting is so much fun. It is so easy and yet looks so very complex. I made a pair of gauntlets for M. in this beautiful soft berry yarn and there was enough left over to make myself a short pair of wrist warmers with a cable pattern. Although it wasn’t quite enough yarn and the second one is a row shorter!

again with the warmers

again with the warmers, left hand

One for the birds

April 1, 2009

luxe avian design

luxe avian design

A small digression from urban yarns and knitting – what are these wool spindle things? Let’s call them garden bird nesting material stations! Here in our wee enclave of Scotland our garden birds including pairs and flocks of blue tits, robins, blackbirds, song thrushes, crows, feral pigeons, collared doves, woodpigeons, great tits, wagtails and dunnocks enjoy the height of luxury when feathering their nests – Alaskan Malamute wool undercoat wrapped round some twigs!

Last year we put a couple of these out a bit late in the nest building season and the blue tits LOVED the fur. We even did a test of Malamute wool versus sheep wool and there was no competition at all: the sheep wool was completely ignored and the Malamute wool disappeared instantly. It is so gratifying on some primal level to watch little birds take and use nest material you’ve offered them.

We put these out and within 10 minutes there was a great tit pulling the wool out. (However he/she didn’t take any and was maybe thinking, “what kind of weird bird feeder is this thing – where are the seeds in here?!”)

one of our resident crows on the birdtable

one of our resident crows on the birdtable