New Yarn Colours – Party of Five mini skeins

New Party of Five mini skein colour ways now at https://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or https://www.valeriebaberknitwear.com

First one is the Tanzanite Colour with beautiful purples to blues, Gemstone is the next with beautiful orange to pinks and Emerald is the last with beautiful greens to a lovely teal blue green.

Party of Five mini skeins are perfect for your many craft, knitting and crochet projects.  The new Night Garden scarf designed by myself in the new Crochet Fall Vol 2 collection by Sweetgeorgia yarns is perfect for these yarns. You can buy the Night Garden pattern on both their website https://www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com and on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/sweetgeorgia-yarns/patterns. I also have various patterns on my website and Etsy store including these below that are perfect for this yarn.  Other colours are also available.

Rose Onie Scarves are back!

The Classic Rose Onie scarf in beautiful soft chunky merino wool is back!  Various colours are available as shown in the pictures. Available at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com and http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com

This design was designed in memory of my amazing mother.  She loved flowers and gardening.  Roses remind me of her and her beautiful personality.  I miss her so especially around Christmas time which was the perfect time to bring this design back.  My mother loved Christmas and made it such a special time for all of us.  You will notice many of my designs are embellished with roses, this is the reason.

Made with beautiful soft hand painted merino wool perfect for this design.  There will be other similar styles coming soon with various READY TO SHIP ones as well currently available and coming soon.

Check out more on my online stores.

Wired to the Past Gradient Shawl – Black to Grays

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MORE PICTURES IN THE LOOK BOOK LINK BELOW, Check it out.  🙂

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Check out the new Wired to the Past Gradient Shawl Look Book and Photo shoot fun in the link above coming soon to www.valeriebaberdesign.com, www.valeriebaberdesign.etsy.com  The Wired to the Past Gradient shawl is part of my collection “Wired to the Past”  where I am taking inspiration of the past in design and architecture and “wiring” it to the present in yarn with an essence of the past.  This shawl has a wired feel to the design in both the colour and stitches.  I used beautiful yarns from www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com that include the Party of Five Gradient mini skeins in the Graphite with a skein of the Cashluxe Spark yarn that has a lovely sparkle effect especially when light hits it a certain way.  This really shows up in evening light beautifully giving it a metallic essence perfect for the Wired Look I was going for.  To top it off it is extremely luxurious yarn.

On a side note, I would love to start patterning some of the many designs I have made over the years, however whenever I start I stop as it is just not what I enjoy nor it is something I am good at anymore.  I used to design kids and adult sweaters and accessories and pattern them for others to enjoy, but that was years ago.  When I took my Interior Design and Interior Decorating it opened a part of my designing mind that hasn’t been able to stop since.  I absolutely love the designing process, it is where I experience pure bliss.  I scribble down in my notes, very messy notes, of what I did in some sort of short form that I can’t always read later.  You would think I would know better by now lol.  🙂 There they sit on pieces of paper, books, post it notes and other strange places that were available when my thoughts and hands started designing the newest idea.  It’s a dilemma that I struggle with as I would love to pattern many of my designs, but it really is not in my skill set to do this well anymore.  I can be honest about that and though I wish it was something I excelled at I feel it is more important to be who I am and create in the realm that I was meant to be in and that is in the designing end.  Perhaps one day I will come across a company who is look just for a designer or a person who is wonderful at pattern writing and just loves this part more than designing and we could work together to bring you beautiful patterns to make.

This is one of my dreams I wanted to share with you today.  You can’t always have everything you want or be good at everything, but if you work hard at what you are good at, concentrate on that skill set you will become great at it down the road.  Don’t get side tracked by the ideas and goals others think you should take or even the ones you feel you should be adding to your goals because that’s what other people do.  If it is not who you are you will not enjoy it and then what is the point! If you are a designer, then design to your best ability.  If you are a pattern writer than write the best ones you can.  In whatever you do work the best you can at it and enjoy it. Work together with people who love what they do and the outcome will be amazing and great.  When we work together to support each other and help each other everything is better.  Perhaps one day I will find a company who wants a designer to design and nothing else or a group of people or another person who whats to collaborate our skills and make amazing designs and patterns together for you to enjoy.

I have struggled for a long time about this and have tried doing some recent pattern writing, but it truly is not something I am good at anymore as my mind is purely on designing and I truly enjoy it.  Designing is my bliss where I can create something new on a daily basis.  Designing something I am inspired with each day or take an old design and revamp it into something better and continue in my adventure in design with yarn and some needles.  Working with colours and textures with beautiful yarns that are hand painted by other Artists and creating something special with these amazing yarns.

My newest love of yarns is from www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com the colours Felicia designs and the staff make are just amazing and inspire me everyday to design something new. The Wired to the Past shawl above was inspired by their new Part of Five Gradient yarns in the Graphite colours and their new Cashluxe Spark yarn.  The outcome of these two yarns together is so very soft and elegant with and edge. The Cashluxe is stunning with the soft sparkle in it that comes alive when light bounces around in the evening, it really is a beautiful stunning yarn. The Part of Five Collections are so fun and fabulous to work with, check out some of their newest colours including the lightest one in the shawl called Snowfall.  This colour is so elegant!  I absolute love them together.  I wanted to pattern this design and share it with you as I love making them.  They are calming and relaxing and easy for most people to make, but my dilemma is as above when I get to the pattern writing part I stop.  I would love to share this pattern with you, perhaps down the road something will come together and I will be able to share it with you.

I am currently selling various knitting kits with patterns and yarns by Sweetgeorgia Yarns on at www.valeriebaberdesign.com and www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com  More to come including yarns soon.

In the meant time I will continue to do what I love and design and create what I am inspired by each day.  Be inspired today and remember to do you best at what you love!

Stained Glass Window scarf and hand warmers

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A sneek peek into Fall 2016 for Valerie Baber Designs with the new Stained Glass scarves, hand warmers, hats and ear warmers to come.  I decided to revisit my Gothic Architectural designs and this time make the focus the Stained Glass while still using the Stone Tracery as a secondary focus.  (Last time I focused on the Stone Tracery as the main view point)  Here are a few of the newest designs in my Architectural Collection.

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On the Purple and Orange scarves I have split the Stained Glass Rose Window Stone Tracery in half to show the more detailed Stained Glass windows underneath.  The trim and style of these scarves have a Gothic Architectural essence and stone colours added in the beige or grey yarns.  These two will be at the http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca soon for sale and I will be adding others to my Etsy store and Website at http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com or http://www.valeriebaberdesign.etsy.com  as well as other unique pieces in the near future.

See my other blog postings for information about the other designs.  Have a fabulous day!

 

Bee Happy – Photo Shoot mishaps

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Bee Happy – Photo Shoot mishaps:

Yesterday while my daughter (aka. Fashion Blogger and my model Joy from www.alittledetail.com) and I were taking pictures for my fall designs that we are collaborating together once again called the A Little Detail Collection we had a bee buzzing around trying to get our attention and become part of the photo shoot.  These great mishap pictures are of my daughter hearing the bee buzzing behind her head on these beautiful crab apple blossoms.

You can see more of the A Little Detail Collection that includes this Ashley long crochet scarf and other designs in various colours at www.valeriebaberdesign.com and www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com.com

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Sophia Poncho, Shawl, Scarf long length

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The Sophia Poncho, Shawl or Scarf (Longer size) is a perfect addition to any wardrobe with the unique crochet that has a wired look.  Part of my Wired to the Past Collection I am working on this year.  This design can be buttoned as a poncho, shawl or a large scarf and is made with  beautiful hand painted merino wool.  There will be other colours soon to add to your wardrobe. The longer style shown here is great for all sizes see my blog or http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com for more styles.  The regular size available as well fits most large to small sizes as you button where you need in the crochet pattern to fit your size.  You can view the regular size on my blog or on my Etsy store link above.

For the poncho style button along the edge of the other side as shown.  For the longer version leave a loose section between each button so it fits as shown. For the scarf style I made one twist with the scarf so the buttons end up on the inside of the scarf and buttoned it to the other side moving the “fabric” where I wanted it to sit. On the shawl you can button where you like to get the look you want. A unique piece designed and hand made by myself just for you.

Sophia means wisdom a beautiful part of every woman. The Sophia Collection is my “Wired to the Past” collection which brings styles and design from the past with a contemporary edge where I will add a “wired” look with yarn on each of them showing how the past is directly connected to the present and future.

Sophia Collection – Sophia Rose Scarves

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Introducing the Sophia Collection – Sophia Rose Collection.  Inspiration for the Sophia Collection was from various Architectural influences I have been enjoying with my research into design of the past and incorporating it into the present and future designs I am working on.  I called this collection Sophia as it means wisdom a beautiful part of every woman. The Sophia Collection is my “Wired to the Past” collection which brings styles and design from the past with a contemporary edge where I will add a “wired” look with yarn on each of them showing how the past is directly connected to the present and future.

Various colours available shown at the bottom of the page.

Sophia Rose Eclectic collar scarf, shown in the ivory set has 4 roses on the base of the scarf and leaves with a more eclectic feel in a spiral essence to add a unique touch.  The hand warmers have one rose each and the eclectic leaves with a vintage style button to match the scarf.

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Sophia Rose Elegant collar scarf, shown in the light gray, has a softer and elegant touch with the rose details and leaves more traditional in style.  Two roses and leaves adorn the hand warmers adding an elegant classic touch to the design.

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Sophia Rose Classic collar scarf, shown in the dark gray, has the same 4 roses, but omits the leaves to add a more modern touch to the design.  A single rose on each hand warmer to match the scarf.

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You can choose the one that portrays your style best. There is also a plain version, no roses or leaves, called the Sophia Classic collar scarf. Various hand warmers to match each style is also available including a plain version shown below.  See more at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or www.valeriebaberdesign.com

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Hydrangea Scarves – New for 2016

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The new Hydrangea Collar style scarf can be ordered on various colour bases shown below.  The newest member of my Floral Collection is made with hand painted merino wool by http://www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com  These yarns are exquisitely soft and luxurious with the most beautiful colours available.  I am now selling knitting kits and yarns from this wonderful company at http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com  More to come soon!

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The Hydrangea scarf comes with your choice of hydrangea brooch in the colour choices of purple and pink shown in the first set of pictures and ivory/white as well.  Many other floral designs new on my Etsy site at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com  Pop by to see the new 2016 designs.

I will be posting a few more blogs with just pictures as I am very busy designing and finding it hard to find time to write lately.  Off to post more of my new designs.  Some are a preview to the New 2016 Collection “Wired to the Past”.  Enjoy your day and be inspired by your surroundings.