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

 

Hand Spun Treasures

Hand Spun yarn adds such an amazing colour, texture and style to any design.

Hand Spun Treasures
Hand Spun Treasures

The garment is handmade from the top to the bottom of the piece with a special yarn spun with love and great skill.  The skein of art is then passed over to another Artist to create a design with this magnificent yarn.

I am in love with hand spun yarns!  Each skein is a work of art with the stunning array of colours and textures making it unique in every way.  You can’t duplicate the skein no matter how you try and that is what makes it so amazing to work with.  I bought this wonderful collection of hand spun yarn from Yarnarchy on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/yarnarchy .

This is the second batch of hand spun treasures I have received from Yarnarchy and have loved every moment of working with this beautiful yarn.  Each moment, stitch and row is exciting and unpredictable to see what is coming next on the treasured yarn.   This is why I love it so!  Always a thrill and constantly changing.  As a designer you have to keep up with the yarn as it unravels and takes on it’s new form.  Hand spun yarns are one of my most favourite fibres to work with,  keeping me on my toes and add a wonderful challenge and great interest to any design.  Even a little splash can make a big impact to a garment.

Below are a couple of the designs I made with this wonderful yarn working it through out the design.  Adds such wonderful texture, colour and interest to the scarves.  Pick up a skein or two of  hand spun treasures to work into your next knitting or crochet inspiration.  Change a pattern by adding a little treasure to your next project.  There are amazing spinners in your local area, try one out and see how it makes your design stand out and shout, “I am a Treasure”!

Floral Hand Spun Neck Warmer
Floral Hand Spun Neck Warmer
Nicky Hand Spun Scarf
Nicky Hand Spun Scarf

I Envy Green

Blue Green InspirationSomeone once told me “blue and green should never be seen”.  On the contrary, I envy green and seriously disagree with this statement.   What a loss it would be to not put these two colours together.  The pictures shows some of what I have been inspired to work on this week and blue and green were obviously a colour way that was on my mind.  Together they add such as lovely calming essence making you feel like the ocean is around you when you wear a scarf or other garment.  If it was true  that ” blue and green should never be seen” then why does the sky and the ground look so lovely together and the ocean and lakes look so amazing surrounding by trees or other green plants in and out of them.

Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada

I personally love being by water and  find it so incredible to be near and enjoy the sounds, smells and beauty of it all together combined with splashes of colours around in the sand, flowers, reeds, birds and even boats.  My most favourite place to be is by the water which is why you will often see colours in my designs that are inspired by the ocean or lakes, especially in my Spring and Summer Designs.

I think blue and green should always be seen together!  Such a compatible pair don’t you think.  Your garden comes alive with the back drop of  green and adds a stunning background to the earth and it’s beauty.  Take a walk, bike ride or just look out at your window and see how blue and green work together to make this magical view everyday.  Have a wonderful weekend.