Monday, April 30, 2012

My Handmade Life

Over the past few days I've finished a couple of smallish projects that I'm really pleased with.  The first is my hooked spiral that I showed you in my last post.  I crocheted a dark border (which is quite a bit darker in this photo).

My original plan was for this spiral was to go in the center of my old round dining table (which is where all kinds of mail, clutter, you name it ends up).  It would disappear in a manner of days!..... but...... after seeing it done and hung as a wall piece, I decided mine would grace the wall next to my wool cabinet.  I think it has a lot more impact on the wall than a table.  Although, I'm sure over time, I'll move it from place to place around the house.

And speaking of my wool cabinet, here's a quick shot of it's rather bare shelves.

Kind of pitiful isn't it?  I'm starting a new piece, and am making a concentrated effort to work within my stash.  I managed to dig out these pinks for the pillow I hope to start this week.

Of course there's always my worm baskets out in the studio to grab from..........

Now, on to my knitting!  Exciting, isn't it?!  I finished my mini poncho, and am absolutely in love with it!  I'm soooo relieved because I had to rip and restart more than once.  I couldn't seem to get my gauge right, and changed needles a couple of times.  I finally went back to my original needles and knitted tighter than I usually do.  That seemed to do the trick.

It drapes nicely over my shoulders and has this sweet little edge all around.  You can slightly see through it, which is a great weight for spring and summer.  Thanks Karen for helping me with this!

The little brooch is a punch needle pattern from Primitive Spirit that I made last year.  It resembles a sweet miniature old hooked rug.

I wear it with a couple of other sweaters that it's just darling on.  I'm turning into "Handmade Harriet".  The other evening, when we were going out, I realized my bag, gloves, socks, and brooch were all made by me.  My handmade life makes my happy!



Julia said...

I love your mini poncho and that cute broach. How fortunate that you made all these things for yourself. You are living the good life and that spiral rug looks beautiful by the way. It's a nice way to use up those extra worms. Hugs. JB

coinguyslady said...

I'm with you,I love all things handmade.I would love to get to the point of making everything I wear.

Charlotte said...

You have such a good eye for colour. I also drooled over your stash.

The warm pinks you have selected are intriguing, I am aniticipating another beautiful rug perhaps?

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I love, love, love the poncho and the little broach. You have such a talent!! Beautiful!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Love the title of this post! It's a wonderful thing that you can adorn yourself with things you create! Not a lot of people can say that! I need to learn to knit!

Tammy Burks said...

Love the little punched piece as a button of sorts!

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh that cabinet is delicious
and the wooly swirls
on your wall
make my heart feel light
and wispy:)
you do create such amazing beauty!
thanks for sharing,

Pixie said...

Hi There Dulcy...oh i am most envious of the poncho,,it looks really really lovely, i must have a go at making one this year, yours has really inspired me,,and the little hooked rug brooch is just lovely too,,what a good idea to make mini hooked rugs into wearable art.

All so beautiful as always,,Pixie x

Karen Piehl said...

love love love your work!!! your rug is nicely finished, and it looks great on the wall. your poncho is sweet, i can just see it with all your other neat accessories (boots!). thanks so much for letting us see the photos, karen!

Relyn Lawson said...

It's a great wall piece. I also think it would make a marvelous pillow for your couch - or mine - or anyone's.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Ah Dulcy honey if I had your gift for a handmade life I would be thrilled to death.
I do love everything you make and this piece your knitting is going to be gorgeous.
Love how you hung the spiral piece on the wall. I think you can enjoy it better hanging than sitting. It is beautiful.
So sorry I have not been a good friend lately. Life is moving to fast for me with all my chores out here on the ranch but I think of you often wondering how you are doing.
Sending you blessings for a wonderful weekend

Mary Stanley said...

Your spiral piece came out so beautifully! Love the border and it looks great on the wall.
Your poncho is so lovely too...and the punch needle brooch...perfect together! Your handmade life is so inspiring!!!Thanks for sharing it with us all.