Gradient Blankets to keep you warm and cozy

Finally finished the gradient Chevron blankets I started months ago. I made each one in 3 panels then crocheted them together with a contrasting colour. This made it easier and lighter to make especially if you have arthritis or other issues with your hands or arms. The top and bottom panels are the same with the center one a bit different to add interest and make each one unique.

I made my first chevron blanket last year and enjoyed the simplicity and easy to make pattern. The perfect project to make while curled up on the couch watching your favourite movie.

The yarn I used was Tough Love Sock yarn by SweetGeorgia Yarns. I chose 4 colours for each and it took 5 plus some skeins to make a nice lap size blanket. I loved working a gradient effect. I want to make a Christmas theme blanket next. Off this to check out some patterns to try. Sometimes I like to take a break from designing and enjoy making something with someone else’s beautiful pattern.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

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Have a fibertastic day!

Elegant Rose scarf and hand warmers

Elegant Rose Scarf, hand warmers and arm warmers are new at www.valeriebaberdesign.com  This new style of Elegant Rose Collection is done on a crochet base with an Victorian Lace essence.  I love Architecture of the past and I am often inspired by design and fashion of past Era’s.  This design is available in various colours here that include ivory, soft gray, soft periwinkle, gray and dark gray:

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More colours coming soon.  Check out more at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or the link above.

FREE KNITTING PATTERN: Coffee time Cowls

FREE KNITTING PATTERN: The Coffee Time Cowl pattern includes 2 different cowls that are easy to knit and perfect for gifts and more. Quick knits perfect to work on during your coffee break or a moment of the day you wish to relax and enjoy knitting something new for yourself or those you care about. This is my early Christmas gift to you this year for all your support, purchases, inspiration and chatting. I hope you enjoy this pattern and pass it forward by knitting one for someone less fortunate who needs a cozy cowl to warm their day. There are many different organizations you can donate one or more scarves and give the gift of warmth to others. This is all I ask for my free patterns, that you pass it forward in some special way. You can download it on Ravelry below or email me at vbdesigns@shaw.ca for a copy by email for those who are not on Ravelry. You can see more of my designs on my Etsy store at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or my website at http://www.vbaberdesigns.etsy.com

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/coffee-time-cowl-collection

I love hearing about what you have done as well, so drop me a note about how you passed it forward. Most of all enjoy my gift to you and Thanks for a great year!

In the Pink…newest knits

Pink Floral Chunky scarf  Time 4 you hand warmer
Pink Floral Chunky scarf
Time 4 you hand warmer

In the Pink…newest knits added to my designs.  One of the colours I noticed somewhat missing from my designs is pink.  It is not a colour I wear often and perhaps that is why, but after making several designs in different strengths of pink I have realized that I must add this beautiful colour to my wardrobe.  Pink can be so soft and gentle or striking and bold.  You can wear the tone you feel that day and want to project to others around you.  I love these two different hand painted yarns I used on the base of the different scarves.  Both have a completely different effect and character.

I love working with hand painted yarns!  It’s like a constant surprise every stitch you take with anticipation to see what that next stitch becomes in colour.  Always keeping your eyes happy with something new to look at just around the corner or in this case stitch.  To top it off each skein is different from the other making it a challenge to bring them all together and so interesting each time I start a new project.  I am completely hooked on hand painted yarns as you can see by my designs.  I also love mixing solid colours together and working them so they become one.  Once again each piece has it’s own character depending on how the yarns decide to land while I knit and crochet them.   You can see these and more of my designs at:

http://www.vbaberdesigns.com

www.intricateknits.etsy.com

Wild Rose Collar Wild Rose hand warmer
Wild Rose Collar
Wild Rose hand warmer

The hand warmers are both designs I have previously designed, but in different colours and colour techniques making the design new again.  I love reworking a design be it different yarns or colour ways to see how I can improve or change the look.  Some designs give birth to new designs with inspiration abounding from the vary stitches of each piece.  As you see with my Rose collections, it just keeps getting bigger as I become inspired by the previous piece I designed.  Roses happen to be my favourite flower which could be part of my inspiration as well.

Off to be inspired by Christmas and my crocheted garland.  I have started working on it this week and of course I am using hand painted yarns for at least some of the garland.  I love being inspired by nature and all it’s wonderful gifts it gives us everyday.  Must run and get back to my garland…I love Christmas!!  Have a fabulous day!!

Time 4 You hand warmers
Time 4 You hand warmers

Wild Rose Hand Warmers
Wild Rose Hand Warmers

 

Art Gallery of St. Albert…Thank you for the Feature!

Wanted to thank the Art Gallery of St. Albert, http://artgalleryofstalbert.ca/ for this inviting me to partake in this Artist Feature video on Youtube. The Art Gallery of St. Albert is a wonderful gallery with unique exhibits and more including a great boutique. Thank you for your support and guidance in my Artistic venture. I appreciate all you have done and continue to do to help Artists and myself achieve their goals and more.

The boutique has a wonderful collection of unique gifts made by local Artists as well as other wonderful Artists. A selection of my designs are also included in this great selection of items perfect for yourself or a special gift for someone you care about. Pop by for a visit the next time you are in Edmonton or St. Albert. It is just a few minutes north of Edmonton.

Always something new to see…

Artist Spotlight…Thanks for including me!

Calming Waters Shawl.
Calming Waters Shawl.

Wanted to thank the Alberta Craft Council Gallery, (Edmonton, Alberta) for the Artist Spotlight for November. They have encouraged me over the past few years to grow and develop my designs. The opportunities they have given me are amazing and continue to push me to new levels of Wearable Art. Always a pleasure to work with on special projects such as the Opera Art Project. I am honoured to be part of this great community of Artists and staff. If you are in the area pop by for a visit and see the wonderful works by local Artists. A great place to buy that special gift for someone or even yourself.

Thank you for all you do!! 🙂 You are an amazing group who have helped many an Artist reach their goals and more. You can see more about the Alberta Craft Council Gallery at http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca

Artist Spotlight: http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca/artist-spotlight/