Green Camel Gathering is this coming weekend. My daughter and I are counting down the days to one of our two favorite fiber arts events. The Camel is such a fun and relaxing weekend to craft and catch up with friends that it brings us back every year.
Since I’ll be gone, obviously, I can’t pack orders until I get back. The shop will remain open during March 3-5, but I’ll pack any orders the following Monday, March 6. There will be no shop update this week.
This week’s shop update is nalbinding needles in acrylic and birch laminate. Check these and other needles, yarn, completed items, patterns, and felted items (by my daughter) in my Etsy Shop.
In other news, this week has been a tough one as I support a friend who lost a parent. On the good side, we got to foster that parent’s diabetic kitty until my friend was able to retrieve him. He’s a real sweet heart with a crazy low meow.
My daughter and I are super excited about attending Green Camel Gathering in Tyler, MN next week. A whole weekend of crafting and a yoga class, yippee!
After that, I’ll be prepping for April’s teaching gigs in Brookings, SD and York, NE.
In project news, I’m playing with a wave pattern scarf that I hope to write up in pattern form.
Hey All! I’m so excited to be back and have the shop open! (*waving hi to everyone*) Thank you so much for your patience while my family worked our way through a big job transition.
The new wood needles look like dymond wood (which is no longer made), but are a lovely colored layer birch laminate. It’s really fun to work and I’m looking forward to making more needles with this new wood!
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I’ve reworked the website too. Though, I’m still waiting on the domain transfer so you’ll see an ip address at the top for a few more days. But it feels good to have a more official presence!
Well, I’ve been wanting to re-open the shop for a good long while now, but I’m finally to the point where I can VERY soon!
Thank you all for being so patient while my family and I dealt with the insanity of my hubby’s old job (aka me being a ‘single parent’ while he worked insane hours) and the transition to being a whole family again now that he has a job that fits us better.
My requirement for opening the shop was to have a few complete needles ready to list. Now that that hurdle is marked off, I expect to open the shop about the end of the week. I’ll post here and on social media when it’s live. 🙂
Instead of my regular TipTuesday post, I thought I’d share a few ways I’ve been playing with 2 colors of yarn and stitch structure using the Oslo stitch.
In knitting we can carry another color of yarn behind our stitches and insert it as a different colored stitch. After completing a 2 color knitted hat with a friend of mine, I’ve been tinkering with what I can do with nalbinding with 2 colors.
I’ve played with several of the effects Sanna-Mari Pihlajapiha lists (2 color starts that give alternating stripes and spots/vertical stripes). And those are lovely effects. But here are a few more.
A very simple way to add a little color is to carry an alternate color along in your work and just put that yarn over the loop behind your thumb, then work the Oslo stitch just like you would normally (picking up the alternate color with the loop behind the thumb).
The back of the work looks much like when carrying yarn for a second color in knitting.
Alternating Stitch Colors/Candy Cane
Another very simple color effect can be achieved by using 2 strands of colors – alternating the colors every stitch. It helps to have a needle for each color of yarn.
Here I chose to do white stitches into previous white stitches, and blue stitches into previous row blue stitches. The result is a candy cane effect.
I’ve been wanting to figure out how to make holes, kind of like in filet crochet. And it turns out its super easy!
When you work a series of Oslo stitches (this my work with other stitches), just do a stitch without picking up the loop behind the thumb. The resulting stitch will be a hole in your work.
When working over a hole stitch in the previous row – pick up both loops. It helps to open up the hole.
When you work the skip/hole in a new row into a stitch with a hole, it will have a stair step effect.
When you work a hole into the next stitch over, the holes are vertically aligned (or at least closer than they were).
Well, I hope my playing with colors and structure will inspire you to do the same! I’d love to see what you discover!