Architectural Scarf Collection continued…

Here are some of the new pieces I have added to my Architectural Collection for Fall 2014. My inspiration continues to evolve with ideas for more designs. Stay tuned for more to come.

PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED MY ETSY STORE TO: http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.com so it cooresponds with my website and business name.

I continue to add new designs to my Etsy store and my website at http://www.vbaberdesigns.com

For more information about these designs see my Etsy store link and check out the listings there.

Have a wonderful week. Get out and enjoy nature today.

My Knitting has gone to the Dogs!

Dog neck warmer or is it an ear warmer?
Dog neck warmer or is it an ear warmer?

My knitting has gone to the dogs, Mocha in this case.¬† This is our family dog Mocha who is an amazing dog for sure. The only thing negative about her is she would probably lick you to death. ūüôā¬† The other day she was bugging me to play with her so I grabbed my daughters ear warmer and off we went.¬† I was so proud of my daughter when she asked me for some yarn to knit something.¬† Such a special moment for any artist to see their offspring want to dabble in their form of art.¬† We sometimes sit beside each other in knitted bliss working away on our next project.¬† I love every moment of it! ūüôā

Back to my dog knits….. sometimes I get distracted.¬† When I threw this lovely ear warmer on Mocha she loved it and just pranced around.¬† Had to take some pictures to show her modeling skills.¬†¬† I think my daughters mocha coloured ear warmer found the perfect home on Mocha! Who would¬†have thought you could share your accessories with your dog!¬† I am inspired again by something I hadn’t thought about.¬† Have you made any pet knitwear?¬† Just think of the fun it would be to¬†design something outrageous for your favourite pet.¬† ¬†Have a great week!¬† Happy knitting and crocheting.

My daughters ear warmer
My daughters ear warmer

Garden Surprise

Surprise Marigold
Surprise Marigold

While sitting my deck this morning having a coffee to start the day off right I noticed a garden surprise mixed within my herbs.¬† I couldn’t believe what I saw.¬† You see I am not the best of gardeners by any means, but every year I try and try again.¬† There is nothing better than success¬†after¬†trying a task over and over.¬† Even better when you didn’t expect the outcome.¬† So here is it…..¬† Marigolds! Yes, they are growing aimlessly amongst my herbs and¬†flowers.¬† Thing is I didn’t plant any this year!¬† Surprise, there¬†they were!¬† The best part is they are growing where my other flowers keep dying because we have had a lot of wind this year and it is breaking my flowers.¬† I have replaced them twice already adding new ones to take the space of the ones lost.¬† Tis why I am so excited that out of the blue (or in this case orange) these wonderful Marigolds popped by for a visit to replace the space I had once¬†again lost flowers from wind breakage.

More Marigolds
More Marigolds

Gardening is a hit and miss hobby and I am so happy to see a hit out of the park this time with the surprise Marigolds.

To add to this moment of gardening bliss I noticed the snap peas I planted have actually been fruitful!¬† I am in utter shock as I have tried growing tomatoes here for 5 years with success only one of those years.¬† The weather is not always dependable and my lack of a green thumb doesn’t help.¬† I decided to ditch the tomatoes and try the snap peas.¬†¬†The snap peas add a¬†double surprise today and have decided to grow!¬† Here is my first bowl of these delicious garden delights.

Snap Peas
Snap Peas

I¬†was seriously thinking of knitting a garden full of wonderful¬†produce instead of planting them.¬† I figured I could knit and crochet a bumper crop!¬† It is nice to see that my thumb might have a bit of green after all.¬† I am inspired to try some garden knitting and crochet in the future.¬† Maybe it is how I will warm up the winter days thinking of next years garden adventure.¬† Who knows what will pop up next year.¬† What’s in your garden of delights?

Snap Peas 1
Snap Peas 1

Free Baby Hat Pattern

baby hat free

Free Baby Hat Pattern:

http://www.vbaberdesigns.com/page28.html

Free Infant Baby Hat pattern on my website is available at this link above. I truly believe that helping others is always an important goal to achieve in life. I will be adding more free patterns in the future, check back soon.

This pattern was designed as a free pattern with the request that since it is free you pass it forward and knit one for a charity of your choice. You can make more than one for the many Charities local to you and abroad. Then make whatever you want for yourself. That is all I ask as I would like my free patterns to help support others. To bring happiness and warmth to each of them and you as you make something special for someone you don’t even know. It will warm your heart and theirs.

I hope by giving this free pattern to you the gift of giving yourself to others will be passed on and on and on. Enjoy and pass on the warmth.

Valerie Baber of Valerie Baber Designs, http://www.vbaberdesigns.com