Cat Attack…more like playing


Cat Attack…more like playing in this case. I was trying to take photos of one of my newest scarves and fingerless glove style for Fall but my cat had other things in mind. She tends to be a bit of a brat sometimes and has gotten herself in many moments of trouble over the years. She has had more than 9 lives! Apparently she was either insisting on becoming the “Next Top Model” or just a case of stubbornness. None the less she won in the end but I did enjoy the game of who is more stubborn, however she is way to cute for me to stick it out. ūüôā

The Eclectic Modern Cowl Collar scarf will be available in various cotton colours and merino wool. There are two clear button on the back of the ends of the straps behind the metal buttons so you can seamlessly attach to the crochet scarf where needed for warmth. A lighter colour or brighter colour will give a different effect with a less eclectic feel depending on the colour choice. You can see more at http://www.intricateknits.etsy.com by Valerie Baber Designs.

I must run and see if my cat has yet to leave her post so I can get a proper photo of this group. Enjoy your day and try something new today!

A contemporary edge…

A contemporary edge was playing in my mind as I design my Spring and Summer collection for 2014. I love working with the embellishments of my other designs, but I must admit I love designing with a contemporary feel just as much. After many requests I will be adding more cotton fibres to my designs as they are a great year round choice. Light enough for the warmer days of Spring and Summer adding that special unique touch to your wardrobe and warm enough to wear in the Fall and during the cool Winter days (maybe not the -37 we had the other day, but the average cold Winters day). The Contempo collection will continue to grow throughout the year with various sizes, shapes and styles that have a more Modern Contemporary look.

The first one is the new Contempo Cotton Scarf now available here at http://www.intricateknits.etsy.com This scarf can be worn in several different styles by using the two clear buttons on the back to fasten where you would like. This keeps the look clean and modern, yet has a bit of a Victorian flair with the unique ruffle around the front. I will be making this design in various cottons as well as Merino Wool and hand painted Merino Wool. The Contempo Cotton Scarf is made with a lovely high end cotton from Spain. So very soft and wonderful to wear. Here are some of the ways to wear it below. https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/181620415/contempo-cotton-accent-scarf-light-grey?ref=shop_home_active_2


The second scarf is the Pri Cotton Fashion Scarf in a Black and Grey cotton combination. The cotton I used here feels and drapes more like silk, a very luxurious choice. I designed this particular scarf in memory of our dear cat Princess who recently and unexpectedly passed away. We always called her Pri Pri for short. She was the most amazing cat, so loving, caring, followed you everywhere you went. She would hold your hand with her paw when she wanted your attention and her cat cry was the softest sound, more like a weird purr. She had this tail that curled around your arm whenever you held her or were petting her. She loved to twirl like a “ballerina” around your legs and dance away in front of you just hoping for you to reach out and love her back. I was working on this scarf when she fell ill and finished not long before she passed. I realized the next day that this was so like her, how strange. The twists and turns of the scarf being like Princess our little prima ballerina and her tail that always wrapped around you, holding you. ūüôā She will always be deeply missed. It is amazing how an animal can be such a big part of your everyday life, they are so giving and kind and bestow a certain calmness in a crazy busy day. We will love and miss her always. We are blessed with two other wonderful pets, our cat Tiia and our dog Mocha. We were truly blessed by her presence in our lives for 11 years. She rocked! ūüôā http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/181633953/pri-cotton-fashion-scarf-in-black-and?ref=shop_home_active_1

Pretty Pri, Princess
Pretty Pri, Princess

Sometimes in life we are inspired by the strangest things. There are times when we have no idea what has inspired us until after we are finished something. When we stand back and look at it then it just jumps out and you can see why you just had to sit and design it. Inspiration can be very subtle or bold and obvious. There are times when I have a hankering to knit or crochet something different and sit with some yarn and needles and just go, no planning involved, just see where it takes me. Both of these designs are from freeing myself to just go and be inspired with the moment. It is a very addictive and wonderful way to knit and crochet, you never know what will come of it. Of course you have to risk the failures too, but that is part of the fun and letting go and just letting your creativity flow.

Contempo Sculptured Scarf Collection

Contempo Sculptured Scarf
Contempo Sculptured Scarf

The Contempo Sculptured Scarf Collection is my newest Collection of scarves and accessories. The Contempo Sculptured Scarf by Valerie Baber Designs in soft Hand Painted merino wool adds a contemporary accent to your wardrobe.  The Contempo Collection is a group of accessories new for 2014 that give a more contemporary flair to your wardrobe.  This collection will have various styles that can be worn and purchased separately or work together to become a dramatic and sculptural piece.  Other colours are available.

I wanted to add a more sculptural scarf that could be literally sculpted to your personality and design style.  A double take on sculptured.  I will be offering the pieces separately as well so you can choose which piece or pieces you would like to make into your own unique style.

The Contempo Sculptured Scarf is a combination of two scarves together.  This one is done in 3 different colour ways of Grey Mauve, Deeper Plum, and a Purple, Green  hand painted colour way.  These yarns are lusciously soft and warm.

The Contempo Mode Scarf, base of the Contempo Sculptured Scarf, is accented with 6 metal buttons so you can button in the style you like or use them to button the sculptured scarf onto the base to secure it.  You can be very creative with this design wearing each scarf together or separately.  The lighter sculptured scarf is great for the warmer days or as an accent piece.  The ruffle scarf can be worn separately for the slightly cooler day with a different look.  Together these scarves become a wearable art piece perfect for the cold days of winter.

The Contempo Lace Scarf is the sculptured accent scarf is done in 2 different colour ways of Grey Mauve and a purple to green hand painted merino wool.   These yarns are lusciously soft and warm.   Available in other colours.  The Contempo Lace scarf is very versatile in design and can be worn in many different styles.  Combine it with the Contempo Mode scarf to form the Contempo Sculptured scarf.

The Contempo Ruffle Scarf, teal scarf, is the same as the Contempo Mode Scarf without the buttons.

The colour and texture blend together to add that unique quality to the design. The Sculptured essence and ruffles of this design has a Contemporary and Modern feel with a classy touch.  The Contempo Collection includes many different styles with more being added throughout the year.  I will be designing hand warmers and smaller pieces with a lighter price point for this collection as well.

The Contempo Collection has many similar styles that you can purchase.  Mix and match the different scarves available in this collection to form your own unique style.  You can also purchase them as a combination as shown in this listing.   There will more designs in this collection soon so check back often to see the latest listings. Look for the smaller version of the Contempo Sculptured scarf soon.   Available in other colours.  You can view more information about the Contempo Collection on my Etsy Store at:

http://www.intricateknits.etsy.com

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/177670336/contempo-sculptured-scarf-in-soft-bulky?

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/177693363/contempo-lace-scarf-in-soft-hand-painted?ref=listing-shop-header-1

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/177686734/contempo-mode-scarf-in-soft-bulky-merino?ref=listing-shop-header-2

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/177685877/contempo-ruffle-scarf-in-soft-bulky?ref=listing-shop-header-3

I hope you enjoy your day and become inspired by your surroundings.