Monday, January 30, 2012

Hats, hats and more hats!


Okay I am back to posting! This is the Women's Elegant Cap and Neckwarmer set made from bamboo wool. I love the way the bamboo wool feels and I am going to make more wearable items from it.

This is the Red, White and Black Visor Slouch Cap.

This is the Earth Tones Visor Cap.

Jaimaican Rasta Visor Cap.

Rasta and Tan Visor Cap.

Black and camo Visor Tam and Earring Set.

Red, White and Black Adjustable Slouch Cap and Red Queen Earrings.

Warm Red, Tan and Brown Adjustable Tam.

I have many more but I will post them later.

Friday, January 27, 2012

New items going up in my artfire!


Reopening my artfire store!

LinkNow the most difficult...well not difficult but definitely time consuming, part is done. I've taken pictures! This isn't everything but it is definitely a good start.
Around Town Royal Purple Crochet Hat. I don't know. I saw the purple and thought it would look nice. I've been ransacking the place looking for a silver pendant or button to complement it but so far no luck.

Camo plus red = hot! I like this combo a lot. Camo and Red Visor Slouch Tam and Earring Set.

Now I am tired...I've been sticking to my new year's resolution of getting more sleep so even though it is a little after 11 pm I am exhausted. I will finish this later :-).

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Braided Beanie Brim Cap - New Pattern


I came up with a new pattern. This pattern is available for purchase now...just need to take some better pictures for the display image.

The best part about this pattern is how much the stitch stretches. It is snug but very comfortable.

The prototype. I like it, even the additional button I added. The pattern is going to be called the Braided Beanie Brim Cap. I always make slouch caps so making a beanie was a refreshing change.

I decided to do some things a little bit differently with the second one to have more options to add to the pattern. The pattern will come with helpful full color photos detailing the steps which is something I had not done with previous patterns.

This is one row shorter and the bottom is more refined. Brim is thicker on this one and can be flipped up for a different look.

This is a close up of the braided texture...This was two strands of a thin but luxurious merino wool blend yarn held together.

This is the back...I love the star-like pattern.

I would love to have some feedback on this design :-).

First Post for the New Year!


While this is my first post for the new year, I have been busy crafting,drawing, writing, and some of everything else.  My oft abandoned blog is far more deserving of attention.

I got a new mannequin head...I think displaying my hats on this would be far more effective and true to form than the plain white heads.
Here she is modeling part of my luxury feel hats line---Bamboo wool Hat and neckwarmer.  I will take better pictures in the future as I wait for another sunny day.   I love working with bamboo feels soooooo good.

I am presently stash busting.  Somewhat.  I still gave in and bought some Sublime yarn at a new yarn shop I discovered last weekend and some yarn called In LineJava.  I've made a similar hat and neckwarmer set like this one and using the remaining yarn to make a pattern similar to the dashiki by Afya Ibomu in her book Get Your Crochet On! Fly Tops.  I did some of my own modifications of course.  I have eight skeins of this dark green beautiful yarn...I had no idea what it was.  The lady in the shop told me it was an acrylic/nylon/wool blend and felt/looked very similar to the Sublime yarn which it did. She gave me some very valuable information in regards to what yarns to use for the summer and she had a very surprising admission which I will blog about in the future.

In the meantime here is a photo array of what I have been doing:

I will have to take a picture in the future that gives this beautiful scarf some justice.  I made up a simple shell pattern that is relatively common.  The color gradations in the yarn worked perfectly.  It was about 80% complete here.  It is a little over five feet long and seven inches wide.  It is so nice I have been considering entering it into the state fair this year.  I attempted making some hats but it wasn't working out very well.  Some armwarmers or fingerless gloves perhaps?

This was completed right before Christmas as a commission through my artfire site.  She specifically requested a black and white drawstring cap and earrings with the cowrie shell.  She loved it!

I loved how the earrings came out.  I can see this in a number of colors.

Afro women leather pendants.  I did these some time ago but haven't painted them yet.  They are drawn in ballpoint ink.  Since the last one got so much attention at my last set up (and sold) I decided to do more. Oh for the time and space!

Camo and black slouch brim cap and earrings.  I did one like  this in red also.  I have made hats into the double digits so far that I need to take pictures of.  There's one more thing I ordered that I am waiting for before I take pictures and reopen my artfire store.   Hopefully it will be here soon so I can aim for a February 1st opening. 

I have many more items to post...once I get the pictures. Stay tuned!