Happy New Years!!

Wishing you a wonderful, safe and healthy New Years! As we leave 2020 in the past lets learn from the year and move forward with a caring, loving and helping attitude. Give your time to others and help them during this difficult time and enjoy the joy of making a difference in others lives. It will help change a negative year into a positive moment in time.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with many joys and new found perspective on life. Enjoy the gift of giving! It will be the greatest joy you can ever imagine. Together we can accomplish anything!

Happy New Year! All my very best to you!

Valerie

Elegant Lace Shawl

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Happy New Years!  To celebrate a New Year I began working on a new design the first week of January.  The goal was to make a larger piece that could be both a shawl and a sculptural scarf.  I used Malabrigo Rios in two different colour ways to make this design.  There is one available on my Etsy store at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

The Elegant Lace Scarf/Shawl is made with hand painted merino wool.  Luxurious and soft with colours of the sunset to warm a cold day.  I have just finished another one in 2 different purple yarns available soon.  Check out newest designs on my Etsy store or http://www.valeriebaberdesign.com

 

Thanksgiving Play of the day…knit and crochet

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Thanksgiving Play of the day…knit and crochet will be a new style of blogging my work for my creative process.  As I mentioned in my last blog I like to take moments to just create taking some needles and yarn and start playing with ideas to see what I come up with.  I may post pictures of my inspiration as well.  These will be my Play of the day blogs.

I am fortunate to have the most amazing sunrises behind our house and I am often taking pictures of these amazing painted skies.  Each day it is different and usually take my breath away.  A most wonderful way to start the day.  This time of year and through the winter are my favourites.  Likely because the sun is  rising right around the time I am grabbing my morning coffee.   There is so much colour inspiration in a sunrise or sunset.  Just spend a few minutes watching them and see the colours change.  It’s a constant inspiration in those precious moments as you stand watching the sun bring the day or settle the nights sky.  The colours here are very fall like perfect for Thanksgiving.  I wish you all who celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend a wonderful time.

Below are some of my designs inspired by the stunning orange sunsets and beautiful fall days.

 

floral onie scarf orange 2

hand spun fingerless gloves beige orl

rose onie bulky blue grey orange mix

rose onie bulky orange combo set5

sculptured scarf orange1

turtleneck cowl orange2

wild rose ear warmer orange teal2

Dreaming of the Ocean…Eclectic Waves Scarf, Ear Warmer, Fingerless Gloves

Eclectic Waves Scarf
Eclectic Waves Scarf

Eclectic Waves Ear Warmer, Fingerless Gloves
Eclectic Waves Ear Warmer, Fingerless Gloves

Dreaming of the Ocean inspired the new Fall collection the Eclectic Waves Ear Warmer and Fingerless Gloves sets that compliment the Eclectic Waves neck warmer scarves.  These designs have a water theme and are based on the ocean or a body of water at different times of the day.  The Teal collection is the ocean colours during the day, the Orange collection is the ocean at sunset with the oranges and a hint of blue for the sky and water, The Dark collection is the ocean at midnight with the deep colours and accented with blues, purple and greens, and finally the purple collection is the ocean at sunrise with the purples and splashes of blues for the water and sky.

Eclectic Waves Ear Wamer, Fingerless Gloves
Eclectic Waves Ear Wamer, Fingerless Gloves

One of my favourite places to be is by the water on the sand just sitting or walking around.  It just brings such peace to a hectic day.  The sounds, smells and the atmosphere is fantastic.  I used to live by Lake Ontario and spent a few years in Vancouver by the ocean, we spent a lot of time by the water and beach.  I miss it everyday.  Designing this collection makes me feel like the water and beach is right here with me.

I am lucky to live near a set of lovely ponds behind our house and I enjoy walking the dog around watching the birds and other animals.  I still miss the Lake and Ocean views and just hanging out enjoying the scenery.   I can just hear the waves now or maybe it is the fountain running in my back yard :).  None the less, I love being by water!  I am in the process of designing more water themed scarves some with detailed embellishing and all a little different as there are so many types of bodies of water.  Most of all I want to feel like I am near the ocean on those cold winter days and dream of the coming spring and summer when I will find myself near a lake or ocean again.

Eclectic Waves Scarf Sunset
Eclectic Waves Scarf Sunset

Water is a wealth of inspiration just waiting to be discovered.  Oceans, lakes, the sea, water falls, rivers, ponds and the like are different wherever you go.  Both in and out of the bodies of water flow many different colours, textures, objects, styles and more to inspire your latest work of art.  It is calming and terrifying at the same time.  Exciting, beautiful, strong, soft, and such a contrast within it’s self always adding interesting features every moment you look at it.  Constantly changing and evolving each minute.  You never know what you will see or be inspired by each and every day being different with water.  The colour can change with in the same moments and the very same day.  These are the things that are inspiring my Water Theme designs.  I am currently working on some other pieces to this collection so be sure to pop by for another visit soon.  You can see more of my designs on the links below.

Midnight on the Ocean Eclectic Waves set
Midnight on the Ocean
Eclectic Waves set

http://www.intricateknits.etsy.com

www.vbaberdesigns.com

Eclectic Waves Scarf
Eclectic Waves Scarf