Fiesta Lace Scarf – Crochet Pattern

FIESTA LACE SCARF – DIY crochet kits, Patterns and yarn all available together or separately.  See my links below:

Fiesta Lace Scarf DIY Crochet Kit includes Fiesta Scarf Pattern & Graphite Party of 5 mini skeins, Gray to black, sock yarn merino wool. The Fiesta Lace Scarf pattern is designed my myself and can be worn in many different styles. It’s an easy to crochet pattern that can also be purchased separately. You save $3.00 on the pattern by purchasing it with the DIY crochet kit. You can use most Fingerling/Sock weight yarns for this design.

Purchase at:

www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

www.valeriebaberdesign.com

www.ravelry.com   

The Party of 5 yarn by Sweetgeorgia yarns in soft merino wool mini skein set of gradient blues, Gradient colour way of light to dark gray to black, 3 ply sock yarn weight merino wool. Each Tough Love Sock fingering weight set contains five 105-yard mini-skeins for a total of 525 yards. You can also purchase other colours of this beautiful yarn separately on my other listings.

Colour Way: Graphite

Great for many crochet and knitting patterns in my listings. Many different colours available. If you need other colours not shown let me know and I can order the colour set for you.

Tough Love Sock yarn: Spun from 80% superwash and super soft merino and 20% nylon, this 3-ply yarn. Suggested gauge US 0-1 (2-2.25mm) | 8 sts/1″

Each Party of Five mini skein set is: $46.00
Fiesta Lace Scarf is: $6.00, you save $3.00 making it only $3.00 when purchase with the yarn as a DIY Crochet Kit.

More designs coming soon!

Opera Art Project – Steam Punk Flashback

Geared up for the Opera
Geared up for the Opera

The Opera Art Project Steam Punk flashback on the Les Contes d’Hoffman Opera by the Edmonton Opera season 2012 – 2013 was an amazing Opera production and my new favourite.  The Opera Art Project is a special Artist collection based on the various Opera’s of the Edmonton Opera.  The Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton Opera, and various local Artists have come together to bring a unique collection of Artisan creations that are inspired by the different Opera productions.  Last year was the first year for this exciting venture.

My absolute favourite Opera to design for was the Les Contes d’Hoffman Opera which had a Victorian Steam Punk theme throughout the production.  Steam Punk style is very interesting and full of unique designs and embellishments which was right up my alley.  I love the asymmetrical design of this era in time and the wonderful flowing ruffles with a edgy feel.  The colours I choose were red, sepia, black and some purple and pinks that were in the incredible costuming all made by the Costume Designers of the Edmonton Opera.  Adding embellishments in metals and other fibers is also a wonderful essence of the Steam Punk era.  My favourite character was of course Olympia, the mechanical doll in this production.  Her costume was stunning with a shear fabric over a dress of gears.  Below are some of the different pieces I designed for this wonderful production.

Geared up for the Opera Shawl
Geared up for the Opera Shawl

Geared Up for the Opera Shawl:

The Geared Up for the Opera Shawl is designed after the character Olympia in the fabulous Opera.  This Opera has a real Steam Punk feel in the stage design and costumes.  Olympia is a doll with gears and such on the costuming which inspired this design.  Done in Sepia tones seen throughout the Opera in the Stage with the stunning Circus Tent and the various costumes.

Olympia Neck Warmer:

The Olympia Neck Warmer is also designed after this character, but a much smaller version.  The eclectic essence to the design enhanced by the Steam Punk accents with the a-symmetrical neck warmer and the embellished broche are reminiscent of this era.  One of the fashion statements during this time was to use found objects and apply them to your clothing.  The broche is embellished with a Steam Punk essence to add to this fashion style.  The broche can be worn on or off the scarf and used on other pieces in your wardrobe.

Olympia Neck Warmers
Olympia Neck Warmers
Antonia Canadian Opera Gloves
Antonia Canadian Opera Gloves

Antonia Wrist Warmers:

The Antonia Wrist Warmers are designed with her in mind with the textured striping in a solid colour as with her beautiful dress.  Done in a hand painted merino wool in Red tones.  They were also available in Sepia tones.

I am busy designing for the next season of the Opera Art Project with the Edmonton Opera having it’s Golden Anniversary of 50 years.  It will be quite a celebration!  I am honoured to be a part of this amazing venture and looking forward to another year.  I look forward to seeing the wonderful designs of the various Artists involved will be inspired to produce.You can view the current Opera Art Project and purchase from http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca/special-projects/  and for more information about the up coming Edmonton Opera Season at www.edmontonopera.com

I will be blogging my Opera Art Journey here and on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/people/vbabdesign  I hope you come along for the ride!  Off to work on more Opera Art designs.

Free Pattern – Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl Scarf

The Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl Scarf is my newest free pattern available on Ravelry, very soon on my website and of course here. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rachelle-chunky-lace-cowl-scarf

Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl
Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl

I have been wanting to write some easy to knit patterns that most people could make for a while.  When I received this amazing yarn from Malabrigo the other week I was immediately inspired to design one.  The Mecha Kettle Dyed Merino Wool is like butter in your hands, lusciously soft with the stunning colours to entice you along your knitted path.  I knew I had to use this yarn for my first free scarf pattern.

In order to keep it easy I worked it in the round with a few rows of lace to add that special elegant touch yet a modern feel with the stripes done in purl stitch adding texture to the design.  The vibrant colour choice, Volcan #227 is so wonderful with it’s orange to a nice rust tone.  The Mecha comes in other amazing colours, view them here at www.malabrigoyarns.com  It was a real treat to work with such wonderful colours and quality of yarn.  I highly suggest you try out their beautiful yarns if you haven’t yet.  They are very addictive!

You can view some of my other designs with this wonderful yarn at my new Etsy store www.luxefiberknits.etsy.com  The Luxe Fiber Knits collection will be various designs that bring the exquisite yarns to life with texture and style.  I will be using high end yarns such as Malabrigo Yarns, ArtYarns, Hand Spun Yarns other specialty yarns to complete these designs. Less embellished give these designs a lighter price tag with the same high end quality of my other designs.  The Mecha by Malabrigo will be one of the feature yarns used on designs on Luxe Fiber Knits.

Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl
Rachelle Chunky Lace Cowl

I hope you enjoy this pattern.  If you make one let me know how you liked it.  Off to design more with this wonderful yarn.