Tag Archives: Textiles and Nonwovens

Pink Hat is Pink!

2 Feb

It was no less than 70 degrees and sunny here in Washington, DC yesterday, but it must be winter somewhere, because I just completed a custom Etsy order for this little hat:

Cute!

 

It’s an ear flap beanie made of a light pink, machine washable wool, and topped with a confetti bumble (size 12-24 mos)!   I have to say – I’m utterly in love with this pink yarn – it *seriously* looks delicious enough to nom (and that’s not just the pregnant girl craving food, either).

I realized too late that most of the pictures I took were from the same, vaguely alienesque angle, so please forgive the lack of… err… perspective.

 

Under the chin tie detail

 

Is it winter where you are?  Stop by A Happy Little Shop today & order a hat of your very own!

Awww, Crap.

10 Feb

So, I got this really awesome hand-spun hand-dyed yarn for Christmas, which I accidentally left hooked to a lamp while I was trying to turn it into a yarny ball of goodness.

Pro Tip: Leaving half-balled yarn out + having a kitten = Flying Spaghetti Monster of Death.

Gross.

I am now rounding out week two of trying to unravel this disaster (I even got a friend to help when she came to visit… haHA!).  It’s a good thing I have the cutest kitten in all the land, eh?

 

I can haz hide in sock drawer?

So, there’s that. *grin*

Custom Order, Parts 2 & 3!

18 Dec

Here’s the complete set…a matching toddler hat, mittens, and scarf set made of a wool-acrylic blended (machine washable!) yarn in mocha with pink & aurora accents.  Interested?  Stop by my Etsy shop & place a custom order today!  Remember…  Use the coupon code HAPPYCHRISTMAS for 10% off every order from now through the end of December!  })i({

Fail Boat Redemption

8 Nov

I’m not a giver-upper, so I tried again to recreate the really cool project idea I discovered in New Mexico.  This time I made a bowl out of wool & mohair, which I then felted.

felted bowl, before stiffening

Felting is a fancy word for “the thing that happens when you put wool in the washing machine” – yes, that’s right.  Shrinking.  I’m not usually a fan of felting, but I wanted to give it a whirl.  I washed this bad boy in hot water (in the washing machine) a few times, then dried it in the drier.  I forgot to take a picture of what it looked like before the felting.  It looked like a bowl, only floppy, okay?  Okay.  Next step: stiffening.

We all remember what happened last time I tried to stiffen something, so this time I consulted the interwebs and made my own stiffening mixture, which included corn starch, water, and sugar.

like gravy, only sweeter!

I dunked my bowl in the mixture and set it out to dry on a bowl form, just as the interwebs instructed me to do.

what's that in the background? sprouts AND a plarn scrubbie? gosh, isn't THAT a coincidence?

It did not work at all.

Plan B: I painted on some store bought stiffening goop leftover from the Fail Boat Project and ended up with this:

Not too shabby!  I’m still not convinced that felting or stiffening are *good* ideas, but in this case, at least they didn’t suck.  })i({