Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Having Fun with the New Hat Design

I'm really thrilled with the new design I'm using for hats. It makes a really cozy hat with flaps to keep the ears warm. For little ones I'm adding ties, and it's so cute to see their little round faces surrounded by the hat. I love this use for recycled sweaters!

These are from a gorgeous wine colored cashmere sweater. I made them last Thursday and the mittens and cuffed hat sold on Friday.

I like the contrasting lining on this one.

These were made from a really cool striped sweater. Really fall-ish colors. The earflap hat is lined in cashmere.
These bowls below are ones I knitted and felted. I've been having a lot of fun seeing what shapes I can make and combining the colors.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bethany Homecrafts Fall 2009 Schedule

Taste! Organic CT: September 20, 10 am-4 pm, Manchester Community College

Columbia Harvest Market: September 26, 9 am-4 pm Columbia Town Green (Rt. 87)

Made in CT Fair: October 4, 10 am-4 pm, The Colonial Tavern, Hawley Lane,Oxford

Garlic and Harvest Fest: October 10-11, 10 am-5 pm, Bethlehem Fair Grounds

Roaring Brook Nature Center Crafts Fair: November 22, Roaring Brook Nature Center, Lawton Rd., Canton

Coventry Farmer’s Market Winter Market, Sundays 11-2, November 22 – February, Coventry High School

New Hartford Farmer’s Market
, Fridays 4-7 pm through October

Coventry Regional Farmer’s Market
, Sundays 11-2 through October: 9/27, 10/18

Trout Brook Farmer’s Market, Mondays 3-6pm through Nov. 2: 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2

Simsbury Farmer’s Market
, Thursdays 2-6 pm through October: 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22

The Ides of September

Here's what I've made in the past couple of days. I'm really pushing it now, as the busy fair season is upon me.

Here's a Santa gnome and a bunny. I'd not made any mammals in a while and I'm rusty at it. Took a while to get the right shape on the bunny.

Here's what I was able to make from a cool sweater. It was small and had some mothy issues, so it's not much. But I loved the stripes.

This is a hat I made for a special order: a grandma who has twin 3 year old grandchildren. She wanted blue and pink tassel hats for them. I added on the ear flaps so their little ears stay cozy, and lined them with cashmere so there will be no itchies.

Here's another one. I really loved the Fair Isle design, but only had a tiny bit of it, so I had to use it on something small. It's lined with cashmere, too.

This is a pair of leg warmers and mittens to go with the tassel hat.

I had some birds, but the pictures came out blurry for some reason , and as I'm bleary right now, it's not time to try taking them again.
More again in a couple of days, God willing!

Friday, September 11, 2009

I don't know what to call it when it's just more stuff!

Here's a mushroom a customer wanted...

a goldfinch...

a chickadee...

some turtles...

and another Santa.

Today it's raining, so I will stay home, bake some bread, and make a bunch more stuff. I'm grateful for a home day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Happy Fall

Fall is upon us, and with it comes the busy market/fair season. I'll be making lots of things to bring with me, and hopefully taking pictures of them all. I've got good motivation to do it, since my daughter is studying abroad and she wants to see the things I've made. During the summer markets she always comes with me and knows my inventory very well. When she left she told me I'd need to blog a lot so she could see all my new stuff.

This is a sandpiper a customer ordered. It was fun to make, as I've never made one before.

I found 3 sweaters in the same design at the thrift shop last week, a blue, a yellow and a red one. They were all the same size, from the same store, and shrunk similarly, so I figure they all came from the same person who forgot not to put them in the dryer. Oops for them, but I'm grateful! So here's the blue one, turned into a bag.

I found a huge cardigan in a great pattern, and here's what I was able to make out of it, along with a bunch of treasure bags: 2 pairs of mittens, a set of potholders, and some wrist warmers.

Here are the birds I made this past weekend. The saw-whet and the bluebird are popular ones that I make a couple of times a month.

That's it for today. We'll see if I can get more on tomorrow.