Monday, May 25, 2015

Thirty Minute Fur Wrap

It started with an amazing sale at Michael's Canada.  $1.99 for a 100gram skein of Premier Yarns Starbella Arctic.  I scooped up 7 skeins, and decided to use it to "arm knit" a thick wrap.  How to arm knit:  check out this or other youtube videos

 Yarn:  Starbella Arctic, or other furry or fuzzy super bulky yarn.  Artic is actually a thick ruffle style yarn, but looks great when arm knitted.
Gauge - unimportant.

"Cast on" 10 stitches, and arm knit until last skein is 2/3 done (I was getting about 1/3 skein per row).  Cast off.
Use a shawl pin to hold the wrap closed! 
This took me 30 minutes to knit and cost $14!
 Beautiful!  The edge of netting, usually used to knit through gives a nice texture to the fur stitches.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Panoply Conference

My nuno felt workshop took a road trip to Burlington, Ontario, where the Ontario Spinners and Weavers were hosting a three day conference.  They wanted a few other techniques for their members to try, and invited me to do a half day scarf workshop!
Here is half my gear rolling into the room.

Here we see one of the eight students, laying out the beautiful fibres onto the bed of silk chiffon.
 Another layout in amazing colours.
 Busy learning the joys of nuno felting!
 They even tackled the hard physical work with humour and grace.  I attempted to entertain with stories of large and unexpected felting successes.
 And after three hours each of them had a unique and completed scarf to wear home (although they were a bit damp).
 They are much more impressive in person, as the photos do not show all the textural details that you would see, and the way they float around when worn.
 Later in the evening, there was a fashion show, and a few of my pieces found their way in!  Here, a model really shows off the volume and the float of the soft nuno felt coat.
 A model in the black and red vest.
 Also very warm in the burgundy winter coat.
 And the finale of the show, my butterfly coat, worn by a delightful gentleman, who swooped around like batman and showed how big and dramatic this piece can be!
I had such fun with this group, and everything was well organized, with enthusiastic attendees, and energetic volunteers.  I thank them all for the opportunity to be involved.