California Dreamin’ at the Beach

Today’s feature photo comes from NeedleArtista on Ravelry. This lovely piece was created in the Sandpiper CAL, designed by DeFadenfee who also hosted with the assistance of Siouxsannah. Thpopularity of the Ravelry CALs is well deserved due to the kind support and fun of great hostesses like these ladies. More on the ladies in the coming weeks!
NeedleArtista has been on Ravelry since 2009, but learned crochet as a child from her grandmother and knitting in school. Several years ago she found a calling in creating shawls and lapghans for those in need of comfort at her church. The joy of giving a handmade items is one of the big inspirations fomany people in the Fiber Arts. NeedleArtista is also inspired by brilliant colors like Purple, Blue, Red, Teal, Emerald. This shawl was created with Woollike by Loops and Threads fingering in beige and teal.
Sorting through a box of pictures, I came a across a framed doily. It was crocheted in thread that hadarkened to a lovely cream patina. This was the work of my grandmother as a girl, from an age when every accomplished young woman learned fiber arts. It reminds me that the lovely work we do today ibuilt on the skill and talents of women to whom fiber arts were an expression of love and pride in their home and families. As women, the Fiber Arts empower us to share our gifts with all of those around us, to give comfort and create new traditions.
I am working this week on new color-ways, Canyons and Love Letter in quarter round 4 ply mini skein sets. Can’t wait!
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A Touch of Spring

On several perfect days a year, I love Florida. I dream of Vermont or the Great Northwest, but just every now and then it is perfect right here! The morning is beautiful and cool with that feel of growing things moving beneath the earth.

Last year at this time I made a shawl for my daughter. I wanted her to have something new and fresh to wear on Easter Morning. Being in Florida, I like to use light weight wools and of course silk. This is an imported 100%  hand dyed silk. The silk was treated with acid dyes that show lovely pure color but with a restrained hand for Spring.

This makes me dream of dye pots and the lovely quarter round wool waiting in the studio. These are the five skein 20gm Mini Packs for swapping with friends or any 100 gm project. So I am excited to dive in!

As promised I have commitments from some wonderful designers in both knitting and crochet for up coming features and photo’s. Comeback soon for to more positive thoughts and new Creative people !