Monday, 21 April 2014

Crazy Randomness 2

Time for the revelation of Crazy Randomness!
Inspired by Ali and John Foster's poem It's Spring....

As always, for a project, there were lots of plans and ideas in my head...
I experimented with some freeform shapes and new flowers 
(all of which popped up in blog posts!)
and the design was going to be lots of scrumbles and flowers.

However, I kept returning to the poem and its references to clothes...
it felt like I should be making something to wear!
So.. an Easter bonnet began to take shape in my mind.
As time went by, and needing to make a start, I seized a spare afternoon my basket of spring colours and a hook...
I wanted to experiment with spirals and different thickness of wools...
so I just went with the flow...the colours picked from the yarn bouquet as I went...
 including daffodil, primrose, crocus, snowdrop, blossom, green shoots and sunlight.

it does lay flat if smoothed out!

The pink flecked yarn is a beautifully soft charity shop find. The white baby soft acrylic that runs all through the design is left over from the baby blanket I knitted ( did read that right) 8 years ago for the special person who had the rainbow chevron pencil case for her birthday!

 I thought about the embellishments I was going to add...the flowers, the surface design (with the embroidery thread Ali was so looking forward to seeing!).
I studied the shapes formed by the spiral and the natural undulations resulting from the different thicknesses of wool....

.....the forms reminded me of hills...heathery paths spiralling towards the summit...
hiking, as a teenager, to the top of Roseberry Topping to watch the sunrise on Easter Sunday....

so I decided to stop,
 not to over egg it,
keep it in its natural state, 
and leave the interpretation of scale open to the viewer...

 As is customary in my recent blog posts there is a backside view!

...which is necessary - as hidden in the beginning of the spiral is the start of  the poem...
a reminder of the dark winter garments

 I had great fun devising, choosing, experimenting and creating this piece of Crazy Randomness..
I'd like to thanks Ali  and everyone who has shared our excitement..
for the support, inspiration and motivation..
...and I thoroughly recommend the whole experience!
Ali has posted about her design here - I have avoided peeping so far! 

As many of my ideas tend to spread, morph and blossom I'm sure you will see references to this whole process again!

 Thanks Ali  - its been a frill!

....and as a stashbuster - a seasonal 29g busted!!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Egg-citing 2!

Another clutch of eggs has been made,
 for friends and family that we will be seeing over Easter. These are three dimensional light and fluffy!
It all began a couple of years ago with these two characters...
a plan was hatched and below are this years chicken and egg models!

Here are some photos of them in the making!

Each is  formed from a pile of fluff, wrapped round a plastic egg and wet felted.
All the eggs have a secret middle - a contrasting colour with a strand or two of zingy wool!
Sometimes a hint of the contrast migrates through the layers -
making felt is so much fun - the results are always a surprise!

I based my technique on the hands on method - and added the surprise insides!

Some have Wensleydale curls!

Once dried the fuzzy shell was cracked (using sharp scissors to form a zig zag shape!)


Having found some colour combinations I liked, the fluffy egg theme continued..

Fibre needlefelted onto polystyrene eggs and wet felted by hand...

Believe it or not..these are tiny!

Large ones,
displayed in one of RW Jnrs early egg basket creations - its probably 9years old now, but appears each year replenished with consumable eggs!


The light blue is hand dyed shetland from Sarah's Texture Crafts..
it has a beautiful bluey green hue..

My hands were lovely and soft as I used olive oil soap from a solid block during the felting process.

The colours look extra zingy when wet!

Remember that huge chocolate I had for Christmas?
The contents disappeared very rapidly, and extra deliciously, one weekend  - 
the container is very useful!

Wishing you all moments of thoughtfulness and a very
Happy Easter!

Friday, 11 April 2014


Spring has Sprung! 
Its nearly school holidays in Brum...
and some egg-citing creations have begun
to make their way to new homes
to spread some Easter fun!

These are flat ones...with squidgy shells... that fit in envelopes!

the third adaptation of the Random Wooliness plarn petal

flattish with a slightly domed centre

...a granny style version..

and a more petite, delicate shells with wool you may recognise..

..the backside reveal is becoming a habit!

Its amazing how the shape, outline and curvature change with yarn type and hook selection..
you learn something new every day!

59g of stashbusted yarn shelled out
on no calorie eggs!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Rainbow Chevrons

A special young lady was eight last weekend. She has a passion for stationery.
A Fiber Flux pattern was tweaked for cotton in my stash, 
extra stitches as my yarn weight was less than the pattern,
extra rows to make a rainbow,

a splash of pink to fill the gaps...

...and a bright green button.

A unique pencil case - no-one else has one quite like this!

It was interesting to work with several brands of cotton in one project
...quality and price go hand in hand!

49g of cotton busted

I hear it was proudly the subject of show and tell....
Happy Birthday! May your days be filled with rainbows! x