For years I have wondered what to do with all my little scraps of hand spun, hand woven wool fabric off cut from larger projects that I just can’t bring myself to throw away, then I started making these little dudes and I need wonder no more! Best part is they are a delightfully quick project so all my loved ones get a cheery fulled wool Holiday ornament gift. I have an abundance of supplies on hand to make them and bonus- I also get to utilize all those heel & toe blown colorful knit socks (that I just can’t bring myself to darn one last time)- for gnome hats- win-win, grateful!
I then use a running stitch in a co-ordiating thread, use a strong yarn or rug warp as this will eventually be pulled through the top of the hat for an ornament hanger . . .
Hats are made using scraps from commercial and/or handmade socks (that are way past being darned for the last time) I use a serger for stitching each sock into many little hats, but a regular sewing machine or even hand stitching would work too . . .
Each sock will produce many various sized, delightfully wonky gnome hats, stuff each hat with wool, then. . .
She will also be at the West Columbia Gorge Fall Festival of the Arts on September 22 and 23rd, click here
for more info on that event. Also, check them out on facebook here
Then, on November 2nd& 3rd Anne has once again been chosen as a participating artist on the Clark County Open studios tour, and very excited to feature her new work space in Ridgefield! More info on that event will be continually up-dated on the link below:
Anne once again participated in Salt Lake City’s annual Living Traditions Festival this past week-end to represent Scotland with her tartan weaving display and demonstration. It was a little chilly but the clouds parted and the rain stopped just in time to open the gates and a jolly, all inclusive cultural sharing good time was has by all!
Ridge was a big help and a hit in his kilt, bundling up in our woolies was just right for the highland-ish weather!
It was especially nice to have many friends and family stop by for a visit (sister Paige and Mama Marguerite pictured here)
Winding down after a busy Solstice season of Holiday shows and Farm work, it was fun to sit down and work on some Holiday gifts for loved ones. It was particularly intriguing to invent this mathematically complex cable design in a cap for my eldest grandson Elliot. I used elements of classic buckle braids in mirror image, interlaced with horseshoe cables.
Messing with the chart as work is underway, I always design ‘on the fly’ it seems.
The finished hat on the husbeast (easier to get him to hold still than to get Elliot to cooperate 🙂
I also did up a quick pair of mittens for my middle grandson, he now wears them non-stop!
I re-visited my fenceline Mittens design for this project
He’s always such a happy little camper
I did a pair of Celestial themed mitts for my daughter which have been in the works for some time, I was so happy to finally get them done:
Crescent mitt under way
All Done, and fitting for a Soltsice Celebration!
cuffs feature phases of the moon, palms have little stars
My initial design sketch, sort of pleasing to have the original concept somewhat resemble the finished product 🙂
Anne will be giving a hat knitting lecture/demonstration and q & a session, as well as a highland waulking at this event next weekend. She will also be hosting a vendor booth with all her latest creations, if you are in the Evanston Wyoming area c’mon out and see us! Check out the Uinta County Library Facebook Page for more information, as well as the link above.
Many thanks to all of you who for attending last nights’ spinning class at Clark College, it was indeed a pleasure to meet each of you and I was so pleased to share this ancient craft with you for the evening. Here are some links you may find interesting if you decide to add to your knowledge in this fun and fascinating pursuit-
Save the date for Clark County’s 3rd Annual Open Studio Tour!
50 artists throughout the county will open their studios to the public Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, from 10am to 5pm. Open Studios is a free self-guided tour where local artists share how, why and where their art is created. This is a unique opportunity to visit artists and artisans, get inspired and shop local.
It’ so exciting to be included this year, and though we admit this old milking barn is still under-going it’s transition to a weaving studio, there will be a warm fire crackling in the wood stove, artisanal teas, hot cider and great live music for all comers. Join us in Hockinson!
Get all the details to take the tour and check out this year’s artists at:
We have added 3 new Jacob Ewes to our little family at the farm! We are so excited to welcome Megan, Carmen and Niambh to start our flock of registered Jacob sheep, a rare heritage breed that we are only too happy to perpetuate. We are hoping for new lambs this Spring and a great source of beautiful multi-hued wool very close at hand (these sheep live right next to Anne’s new weaving studio, in fact!) This is our lamb Niambh (pronounced sort of like ‘Nee-ahhv’) -upclose & personal. This photo is courtesy of her breeder Dawn Stuart of Bear Creek Farm in Bend, Oregon: http://www.bearcreekfarm.org/jacob-sheep.php
We are also busy setting up the 16-shaft AVL in its new home here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After the long journey from Utah we are anxious to start weaving again!