I recently began weaving dish towels and dish cloths and I must say the are very enjoyable to weave. Here are 3 of my most recent dish cloths in ivory, gray, blue and green combinations. I used 2 different weights of cotton on these dish cloths this time to see what would happen. On the warp I used a 8/2 cotton and on the weft I used a 4/2 cotton. This made a nice lighter weight dish cloth perfect for spring. While warping the project I chose to do random stripes on part of the dish cloths and plain on the remainder. Ivory was used on the warp with the stripes in a green. On each dish cloth I used a different colour on the weft with one in gray, one in blue and one in green. The colours go nice together and form a wonderful set of dish cloths that match yet are each different.

Weaving dish cloths is very relaxing and enjoyable. They are nice little projects perfect for gifts or dress up your kitchen with your own hand woven dish towels. I plan on making some hounds tooth dish cloths next over the holidays. Plans for my spring towels for the kitchen have been playing in my mind too. I am thinking some pastel and lighter colours like these dish cloths would be great for spring. I also just bought a bigger rigid heddle loom that I will start using. I am very excited as it is a 24″ loom and will make wonderful hand towels, scarves and shawls.

If you haven’t tried weaving before put it on your to do list for this coming year. Rigid Heddle looms are a great loom to start on. Have a wonderful day today and make something creative. Be inspired by your surroundings and enjoy creating!

Warm your winter with a beautiful scarf or make your own with various crochet patterns from Valerie Baber Designs. Scarves you can wear for years to come!

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Strolling in my Garden

I was strolling around my garden the other day and have to say one of my favourite flowers to plant each year is the Pansy.

Pansy Fingerless Gloves
Pansy Fingerless Gloves

The Pansy is such a versatile and hardy flower with amazing colour combinations.  They dance and move so gracefully in the breeze adding incredible delight to my garden.

I was inspired to design with this wonderful flower with the outcome being the embellished Pansy Fingerless Gloves and the Pansy Cozy Collar Scarf.  Flowers and nature are all around and become an amazing source of inspiration.  What inspires you when you look around.

These designs were made with Debbie Bliss Eco Organic Cotton in the Aran weight.  Sadly this yarn is no longer available, but I luckily have a little stash left.  It was probably the nicest cotton I have used in years and I have no idea why you would discontinue something that is the perfect weight and quality.  I must find a new replacement for this amazing yarn.  If anyone has a favourite cotton in that weight or worsted, let me know I will check it out on my journey in finding a new cotton yarn.

Pansy Cozy Collar Scarf
Pansy Cozy Collar Scarf

Floral Cozy Collar Scarves
Floral Cozy Collar Scarves

I love trying new yarns out.  The yarn is often one of my greatest inspirations to work with.  Sometimes the yarn itself speaks so loudly of what it must become that you just have to follow its lead.  You can view more about these designs at https://www.etsy.com/listing/154446375/pansy-fingerless-gloves-or-hand-warmers?ref=shop_home_active  or https://www.etsy.com/listing/129661706/rose-n-pansy-neckwarmer-scarf?ref=shop_home_active