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Finally...


We are finally having some hints of Fall, with some rain, cooler nights and leaves changing colors.


After our extremely long and extremely hot Summers we love this time of the year.


Still warm enough to wear t shirts during the day but cold enough to go under a blanket at night, perfect!


Mum's knitting project matches in color, not sure yet what this complicated looking thing is going to be.




But those red leaves are just small patches, we just started Fall and Winter will be here in December, before we know it Summer will begin again.



Flowers are still blooming and butterflies are still buzzing around, unfortunately mosquitoes as well arrrggg.


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Bag Maths


Sometimes bag / knitting patterns are no different than crazy maths. This pattern was very confusing as it is 3 dimensional and has lots of color combo's but flat and black and white it was har to follow.


I colored the squares, cut out the pattern and glued it in the shape it was going to be knitted in.


This way Mum could easily follow the pattern without the need to figure out the colors or next row.



The result was pretty cool once finished.



And even cooler once felted! Dried around a little bucket to dry in shape.


I sewed a lining in place and added straps.


And voila a super cool geometric bag!


As it is felted it is firm and water resistant. I love the pattern and the color combo, cheerful and unusual.


The bag is available at StarBags.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Our Creative Space...


Mum has been knitting, well she almost knits non stop its her favorite thing to so (beside buying yarn to knit).
She made these beautiful triangles from 100% to felt after it is all sewn together.


However the bag turned out tiny after felting! After so many hours the result was very small, pretty , but small.


So she started again, this time much bigger triangles.


This time it really turned in to a bag or lets say a decent sized bag :)


Here you can see them together to compare. Looks fun as a mother-daughter duo, but they are available in the bag shop separately.


After mum finished the knitting and felting, I sewed the zippers and linings and riveted leather straps to them. They are available at StarBags, among many other special bags :)


Monday, 10 October 2016

Our Creative Space and a New Family Member


These pictures are actually from a while back but I forgot to blog them :)
Here is mum knitting this top we have in the shop.


Instead of knitting the black and white together (and seeing them through making it grey-ish), mum came with the genius idea of knitting with a gazillion yarn balls, making her crazy in the progress...


Well she did finish it eventually but she had to un-knot the mess every few rows, it was madness really and took ages :)


Aaaand we have a new adopted family member, just when we got to 9 doggies we are back at double digits... she is crazy and seems to be already the head of the pack, she has an attitude but is also very sweet. Her name is Truusje, something very Dutch, but she got the nickname of 'crazy melon' because of her crazy movements and round belly :)

Monday, 23 June 2014

Newly Listed: Orange Knitted Leather Messenger


Orange Knitted Leather Messenger Purse Laptop Tablet Bag by StarBags
California photography, San Francisco trolley, Fishermans Wharf, travel art, urban city, train by MyanSoffia
Butterfly Insect Art, Nature Photography, Glasswing Butterfly Wall Art, by RockyTopPrintShop
Aruba Starfish-beach photography-sand-starfish-ocean photography- vacation photo by myvintagegardens

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Knitted Beach


Usually when you think about knitting you think about cozy evening close to a heat source with a cup of something hot for the long winter evenings, making sweaters, and other things to keep you warm.


As soon as spring is in the air knitting is a bit forgotten, the sun will warm us up, won't it?


But some genius people come up with great thing to knit like these wonderful shells and starfishes, made with tutorials of Ginx Craft at Craftsy. If you would like to give it a try here is the seashell and here the starfish.


According to my mother, how made them, the tutorials are very clearly written and very well explained so easy to follow.


I think these will make a great beach-y bag, don't you think?


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Magic of Felting


I have done it now several times, but every time is like magic!
Knit, knit, knit till you have an outrageously large and shapeless garment, throw it in the washing machine ...and voila, a perfect fit.


This is a free Ravelry pattern. Don't you love Ravelry? You can find it here.


The pattern is skimpy with directions. The slippers  are knit and than folded in an ingenious way. I strongly recommend that you mark the folding places like you see in the first picture, otherwise, the moment that you start folding you don't know anymore what is up and down and you are toast.


But the slippers are toasty :)

Monday, 4 November 2013

Our Creative Space...


Mum has been knitting lately, she finds it therapeutic. Although she buys a lot of yarn, it is still cheaper than a shrink and some nice things come out of it :) She always explains her next projects to me before starting and often I warn her that it will take her a while to finish it as the project is big and she doesn't knit very fast, but of course my warning always go to waste and she makes it anyway. About half way through the sighning and complaining starts but eventually she finishes them all.


Of course after all those complaints you would think she wouldn't start all over again, but she always does, actually right after one ends she starts a new one and so goes the cycle of signing, complaining and finishing projects :)


While I write this she already started to knit something else, but the one in the pictures is a beautiful blue round knitted bag. It was huge and in the same time she could have knitted a clothing piece.


As you can see my entire upper body fits in to it, but this bag was made of 100% wool and after a machine wash to felt it, it has a perfect size.


Now hardly my head fits in it :) The ribbles give a super fun detail, only the lining, closure and straps to do and it will be in the shop shortly.


Thursday, 28 February 2013

This and that



I told you about the next knitting project last week. It is a Ravelry pattern.
People that had made it told all how they did in just one day. Right, yeah it took me a week, much to Estella's fun. Let me say in my defence that I knitted with much thinner wool than indicated in the pattern, and I had to put number tags on every rectangle lest I got hopelessly confused.


The thing grew and grew, till I disappeared behind it.


Here it is sewn together, a very large thing indeed. My fear was that the wool that I had used wouldn't felt properly. It was hard to believe that those very elongated rectangles would become squares after felting.


But lo and behold, wondrous indeed, they did became squares! I just put it in my front loader washing machine at 60 degrees with the other laundry. I didn't dare to do it at 90 degrees, next time I will for I hope a thicker felt.


Not that this one is thin, it is very nice. I want also to try knitting wool together with a synthetic ribbon yarn and see what happen when felting. I hope that it will produce bobbles of ribbon enmeshed in the felt. We will see.




And this is the next experiment (for a bag). Thick wool knitted with 6 mm needles. I than traced a drawing on the knit stitching through  paper . After removing the paper I appliqued a fake leather cord with a zig- zag stitch.


I was afraid that the machine stitching would flatten and distort the knitting, but that didn't happen. In fact it makes the knit firmer. I did put the pressure of the presser foot at the lowest. It looks so neat that it does not seem hand made anymore. Duh!  Well, some veining with embroidery floss will help.


And here is Tommy, as happy as a clam, restored to full health and one of the tribe :)


He has that delightful gait that young dogs have, all loose limbed and floppy. Sweetie pie. They all are, really.