Thursday, December 09, 2010

Something for Pink Fans

This hat has bobbles similar to those seen in the green hat below.  It's a tighter knit though, so fits a smaller head.  Probably a smallish medium.  I like the art yarn top that looks sort of like a yarn garden.  It's mostly wool, with mohair locks, silk and some bits of novelty fiber spun into the art yarn.  The pale pink is two ply fine spun Shetland wool.  The bobbles are Corriedale wool, mohair and silk.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Some New Hats

I've been busy getting settled in my new/old home in the country.  Lot's of cleaning up to do, and lots of friends visiting.  I've managed to make a few new hats, though, so am finally getting around to posting them here.

This one is a sort of snood style floppy hat done in a mesh pattern.  It's made out of mostly linen with a bit of cotton in the flower.  Good for warm weather or for those who may be allergic to wool.  See more images at

I've also invented a new style of lumpy knit hat with a stitch I made up for the bobbles.  The yarns in this hat are not quite as bulky as some of my other lumpies.  It's a one size fits all with a slouchy, semi-tam look and plenty of room for big hair.  See more at

I've also just finished a modified version of my tassel fez hat that has a slightly wider top that curves under slightly a bit like a tam.  The original tassel fez hat looked like this and seemed to attract mostly male buyers - possibly because I pictured it on a male display head:

So I've photographed the new style on a female model.  This does not mean it's only for women though.  Either style is fine for either gender.


The top of these hats is made with two ply yarns that make it a bit thicker, which helps it hold it's shape very nicely.  The band is one ply natural color soft Romney wool and the beads are hand painted glass.  I didn't use any dyes in either of these hats, though a brighter colored one with dyed yarns would probably look very nice, too.  These hats can be found on my website at

Monday, July 12, 2010

Unusual Necktie

I had to put my hat making aside for awhile in order to figure out how to finish this project. A very nice customer asked me almost a year ago if I could make him a necktie out of his dog's hair. I told him I could make a hat, but a necktie was doubtful. I tried to discourage him thinking that he really wouldn't actually want to wear this thing. So he agreed to the hat and loved the result. (There's a photo of it here at #B.) He still wanted the tie, though. So I finally agreed to try and make it, and this is the result.

I first tried felting the fiber, but that didn't work very well. Felting is something I need to learn more about. So I ended up knitting it on small needles in a seed stitch. It took awhile, but seems to have been worth the effort. The customer is very happy with the result, and I've received some favorable comments on my Facebook page where I posted this same photo.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Poodle Hair Scarf

My poodle hair order is now almost complete. I've finished both the blanket and a scarf and am now getting ready to make a hat to match the scarf. The hat will be a watch cap style with turned up brim.

The scarf is 7 1/2 feet long including the fringe and about 6 1/2 inches wide. The fiber I used for the scarf is a shade or two lighter than the blanket because this very productive doggy is apparently getting lighter as he grows older. So the most recent shaving is almost white. The owners have had the dog since he was a puppy and have sent me about three years worth of shavings. So there is quite a bit left over for future projects.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Poodle hair blanket

I know it sounds weird, but it's actually quite pretty. A customer sent me a very big box of shavings from his camel colored poodle and asked me to make a small blanket with it. I've posted a couple of photos of the project on my facebook page, so thought I should put them up here, too. I don't usually do large projects like this, but am glad I took it on - a new challenge that seems to be turning out well.

I'm posting photos of the start of the blanket and how it looks now. It's about 20X30 inches now and will eventually be 3ft X 4ft., so I'm guessing I'm probably about half way done. The little ball of yarn in the first photo is some natural color tussah silk that I will be using to make a border to finish off the edges.

I don't usually spin skeins of pet hair for people unless they want something made out of it, and I do get some unusual requests! However, if you have some pet hair combings saved that you would like spun into yarn, my daughter might be able to do it. She loves to spin and dye all kinds of fiber and is working on a malamute hair order now.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Allie's Hats

This is my daughter, Alexis, at her spinning wheel. She's been helping me out with some of the spinning for my hats and is now making some of her own. She's very good at making lumpy yarn and especially enjoys experimenting with hand painting and various other dye techniques. She likes to make kids' hats, so has decided to make that her specialty. I'm posting some of them here and will be putting up a page on my website for her soon. I don't make a lot of kids' hats, so this will be a nice addition to the site.

This one fits a nine or ten year old up to a smallish medium size adult. It's spun bulky using Corriedale wool roving and is crocheted. She's made some nice knit ones, too, but I don't have photos of those yet.

The white stripes in this hat are malamute hair, which makes for a nice variation in texture. Allie has a Persian cat, so she may be finding ways to use that, too. This one is about the same size as the blue and orange one above and the yarn thickness is about the same, too. I like the green sunglasses! Definitely a good choice with this hat.

I like the turned up brim on this one black and gray one, too. It's a bit smaller than the other two, but would still fit a child up to small adult size. It's made from undyed gray Jacob wool and dyed Corriedale wool. The yarns for this hat are finer spun, but still bulkier than a worsted weight.