Spring Hedgehog

March 21, 2010

Bulb leaves shooting out of frosted earth, absurdly bright yellow crocuses, warm sunlight on our faces. Spring is here. Spring Hedgehog is a special custom order.

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Honor the yarn stash

May 3, 2009

The war baby's original balls

The war baby's original balls

Having an abundant yarn stash is akin to having a fully stocked food pantry; when you have ingredients to hand you’re inspired to create all kinds of things you wouldn’t otherwise. So things get made that simply wouldn’t exist without your yarn (or embroidery/paper/paints etc) stash.

My yarn stash is fit to bustin’ right now having placed an order with a wonderful supplier. Then my friend M. was offered two bags of yarn by a fellow seller at a Glasgow Craft Mafia fair and took one. She gave me rummage privileges the other day and mainly because the yarn was part of an elderly lady’s stash which she couldn’t take into a rest home and I felt a bit sentimental about the reverence of her yarn stash I took loads!! *lol*

Whopper Giant Slug

Whopper Giant Slug

She (the elderly lady) had saved even tiny little balls of remnant yarns, marble size, so I figure she was of the war baby generation where everyone saved every scrap of everything and re-used it. I think she would be delighted that one of the first things I have made with her stash is a Whopper Giant Slug for a darling 5 year old boy. I think these are some of his colors and the slug turned out SO good so I think some of the original yarn stasher’s lovely energy is with it along with mine.

As a stash afficionado I would say examining her stash this lady has knitted hundreds of baby clothes in all baby colors, many child sweaters in natural tones, several toys in bright acrylics – I think her stash could easily be 20 years old. Lovely, I am honored to have some of it and so glad some thoughtful person saved it from landfill and took it to a craft fair to find a good home.

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.

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

All things are possible

March 14, 2009

Baby Angel Pig

Baby Angel Pig

If darling angora knit pigs such as winged Baby Angel Pig can fly then I CAN move my blog over to blogspot.

AGAIN WordPress doesn’t allow something blogger does so I am going to move my blog over to a blogspot home. This time it was not being able to put an RSS feed of my tweets onto this page. But it’s easy to do on blogspot. This on top of not being able to add my etsy shop and favorites means it is bye bye wordpress……. *soon*

Twins, really they are!

March 10, 2009

Twins

Twins

Clearly they are not identical but here are TWIN loveys made on the same day, at the same time. Unbeknown to either of us, I made one and my extraordinary galpal M. made the other – at the exact same time and look at how I have managed to unwittingly channel M. who has Covetables and created a similar slightly curlicued head!

I would love to say that I made the elegant lady on the left but then that would be a bit of a betrayal of em, ‘unusual lovething’ on the right who I did make. She was an experiment, made from a second hand Laura Ashley lambswool cardi with machine embroidery and beading. I liked the strange one-eyed look of her face but my daughter preferred she have two eyes and chose two pretty and glittery buttons which I have now sewn on.

The point I have tangented from is that my darling pal M. made Elegant Lady doll for me (!) at the exact same time I was making upcycled Laura Ashley monster sweetie doll for my daughter which makes them TWINS. It does, it does!

New fairies in our home

February 27, 2009

Dancing Fairies silk mobile

Dancing Fairies silk mobile

Woo-hoo we made a dancing fairy silk mobile on Monday!

Poppy Fairy

Poppy Fairy

And the day before that we made a Poppy Fairy (that’s fairy – not emperor nor witch – we may have to give her a haircut).

(It is such a pleasure to create something with your child apart from joy.)