The Calming Waters Scarf with the Beach Stone Broche is the smallest style of scarf in my Calming Waters Collection. Made with Malabrigo Rios Hand Painted Merino Wool base with two different colour ways with Alpaca from Alberta www.albertarosealpacas.com for the sand, Rowan www.knitrowan.com and Malabrigo yarns for the stones with seaweed and ocean plant life done in a wonderful yarn by www.ancientartsfibre.com as an accent. (I previously Blogged about this wonderful yarn in my “Victory in Victoria” blog.
Done in the two different Ocean colour ways of Blue, greens and hints of purples, sometimes other colours. Accented with Alpaca, Blueface Leicester and Merino Wool. The broche can be worn on the scarf or on another piece in your wardrobe.
This design is based on my many trips to the ocean and the West Coast in particular. The inspiration
comes from the wonderful moments by the waters edge. The Calming Waters scarf is the movement of the water splashing on your neckline, or “beach”. The darker yarn shows the rippling of the water and the lighter becomes the waves. The broche is a combination of the sand with beach stones and the various plant life and seaweed that are placed around by the strength of the waves. This design was made with crochet.
I wanted to design a piece where you could bring the calm of the ocean sounds, feel the sand between your toes with the memories of warm days by the beach. I will be doing this design in a orange, blue and sunset colour way for the ocean at sunset! Now you can bring your favourite warm memories by the beach with through the cooler days of Fall, Winter and Spring. It will also be available in a longer scarf and the Shawl/Shrug earlier in one of my Blogs.
Eclectic Essence Collar Scarves were one of my new designs last Fall. I wanted to combine various hand painted merino wools with other wonderful fibers including Alpaca, LLama, Cashmere, Silk and other fine yarns. A small collar style neck warmer style scarf that was light, warm and cozy. Then embellish to add that special touch and unique flair to the design.
I used Malabrigo Rios Merino Hand Painted Wool on the bases in two different colour ways to start. Proceeded with various fibers noted above to embellish with flowers and leaves to add some interest in corresponding colours. The Eclectic Essence Collar Scarf adds a unique feel to your wardrobe with lots of colour to brighten those cold winter days.
To compliment the Eclectic Essence Collar Scarf I added some Eclectic Essence Fingerless Gloves. Got to keep your hands warm and toasty so you can keep tweeting, Facebooking and emailing in comfort. I used the same Malabrigo yarn and added Asland Trends Baby Alpaca and Baby Llama to the mix. Gave the hand warmers a bit of ruffle to go with the Eclectic Essence Scarves. Crocheting can be very sculptural and a great way to add that special touch to a design.
I love designing different pieces keeps my mind interested and I find I accomplish more as I am excited to try something new on the next design to see where it goes. I usually have various things going at the same time as this works for me. There will be more designs with and Eclectic Flair later this Fall. Off to play with my needles and some yarn. Have a great one today.
These fuzzy little friends of my knitting world are so adorable and belong to the Alberta Rose Alpacas at www.albertarosealpacas.com
Stopped by for a visit to check out the amazing yarn they grow locally. Alpacas have to be the most adorable animals and one of my favourite yarns to use. These guys had such character and were really very tame. Had such a wonderful time visiting and picking out some yarn.
I had asked Lauraine, the owner who hand paints and hand dyes her wonderful Alpaca yarn, to do a special order as I need a particular colour for an Alberta Rose. And of course I had to add other colours to my purchase as you can never have too much yarn!! I am happy to say I was very impressed as she did a wonderful job and was great to work with.
Inspiration can come from many things and in this case I was inspired by the Alpacas themselves and the wonderful colours of the hand dyed yarn. I am in the process of designing with this luscious yarn. Perhaps another Alberta theme would be in order since the yarn is grown locally. Hmmmm, off I go to play with the yarn of the day.