It has been a long hard 10 weeks since I injured my right arm especially since I haven’t been able to knit or crochet since then and still not able to. I have to say it is almost torture for a designer not to design and create everyday, but at the same time it gives you rest (even though your kicking and screaming LOL). The injury progressed to my left arm due to over use looking after the right arm and then angered my neck and shoulders so just when I thought I was making head way everything was a mess. Glad to say that this week I finally feel like I am getting back to doing some things myself again and it feels great. Part of my injuries was over use from working to hard on my creations, but you know you just have to knit and crochet as it’s so much fun. I did try to dabble a little with more pattern writing, perhaps I will work on that again soon.
I hope in the next few months that I can once again pick up my needles and create new pieces. Luckily I was working on new designs all year prior to my injuries and will have more new designs on my Etsy store soon. You can also link with www.valeriebaberdesign.com for my new Etsy Website.
These designs are also available as finished garments on my Etsy store as well (please note my NEW Etsy store link is above) Various colours to choose from if you need a gift or don’t have time to knit it yourself.
Gentle Waves Collection includes knitting pattern for the Cowl or Collar style scarf, Ear Warmer and Fingerless Gloves by Valerie Baber Designs. Pattern is designed with worsted weight merino wool. The yarn shown in these pictures is Malabrigo Rios. Wonderful textured scarf with flowing waves warming up a cooler day bringing memories of the warmer days of summer. Uses Worsted Weight Merino wool or yarn with similar gauge and weight as Malabrigo Rios.
This design is a unique addition to any wardrobe with the stunning Hand Painted Merino Wool base. The Gentle Waves scarf is inspired by the oceans, sea and other bodies of water with the gentle waves combined with the 3D waves rolling about the scarf. The colours reflect the water and the surrounding nature and other items around the body of water.
This design is great in any colour way with examples above or try including greys, neutrals, or other brighter colours.
Great for Spring, Fall and Winter to keep you warm and cozy.
To see more of my knitting patterns available see my Etsy store link above.
The Floral Stone Tracery Scarf is made with a stone wall essence on the base of the scarf in the colours of various stones. The inspiration for this set of scarves is the amazing stone tracery on Architecture of the past. The elaborate and fascinating artwork that was involved in designing and making the stone tracery is outstanding. For these smaller scarves, more of a cowl size, I have choosen to put a few stone tracey flowers to accent the design. I will be changing the stone tracery as I go along focusing on different types of stone tracery. Other colours will be available in the future.
This is likely my favourite collection to design to date. The ideas and inspiration continue to flow with some bigger and more elaborate pieces to come soon. I love Architecture of the past and present and will continue to add this to my future designs. Stay tuned for more of the Architectural Collection by Valerie Baber Designs. You can purchase my designs at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or check me out on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/vbaberdesigns or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/vbaberdesigns for pictures of my other designs and the newest pieces.
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. 🙂
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!
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:
Treasured Hearts…Valentines Scarf and Fingerless Gloves set. The other day I was thinking about designing something for each holiday of the year, just for fun. Valentines being the next one in line I went to my yarn stash and started looking over the many different colours I could choose for this Holiday of Love. After deciding to go with a classic colour way of black and red I grabbed my knitting needles and began a special Valentines Scarf and Hand Warmer set. This design has a more contemporary feel to the overall piece with the accent “flower” in a broche style so you can wear this scarf with or without the broche.
In keeping with the Valentines theme the Floral Hearts broche is made with 5 hearts together to form the back petals of the flower. This way the hearts for Valentines are incorporated, but the design can be worn anytime of the year since they form a flower. The Floral Hearts scarf becomes a versatile and multi use scarf, but has an underlying surprise with hearts for the petals.
I couldn’t design a new Valentines Holiday scarf without adding something to compliment the piece. The Treasured Hearts hand warmers use the same heart I designed for the Floral Heart broche. A bling button adorns the centre of the heart. The Valentines theme on the hand warmers are more obvious.
Off I go to finish a set of these two new pieces in my designs in a nice dark grey with the red. They will both be posted on my Etsy store at www.intricateknits.etsy.com . The Valentines Flora Hearts scarf and Treasured Hearts hand warmers are also available in other colours.
Valentines fever is not over, I am currently working on a large window display with a Valentines theme for the Art Gallery of St. Albert. Pop by soon to see my progress on this project. Have a most wonderful day!
Happy belated New Years to all of you. Had a wonderful Christmas and New Years with a house full of family. Great times! Now I must get back to work playing with yarn (I know, it’s a hard, hard job). 🙂
This year, to celebrate New Year and start off on the right foot, I decided that I would make myself the first scarf of the year. Kind of a late Christmas present. I usually don’t have time or take the time to make myself my own designs, not sure why, perhaps I just run out of time. I find when I am working on something new I decide I will want one of the newest styles instead, yet somehow I keep forgetting to make myself one. None the less I controlled my desire for my next design dancing around in my head and picked the Rose Onie Bulky X-Long scarf in a lovely Grey Blue Hand Painted Merino Wool by Malabrigo Yarns. This is done in their Mecha yarn, new this year done in absolutely lovely colour ways and extremely soft. The best part was finishing the scarf on New Years day! Great way to start a new year! I am currently working on some hand warmers for myself to match. Below are a few other colours also available in this cozy warm scarf.
I have been busy working on some new designs for the New Year. Some will have “One of a Kind” hand spun fibres and other unique yarns. I love seeing what I can design with specialty yarns, they are a great starting point for something completely unique. I am looking forward to getting back into more pattern writing later on this year so keep an eye on my blog to see what I design for this end of my work. I will continue to offer some free patterns to compliment my blog as well this year.
I love a new year, it is the perfect time to reflect on the last year and all you did and accomplished as well look forward to a new year of exciting adventures to come. Have a wonderful start to your New Year!!
Here are a few pictures of the new Eclectic Essence Floral scarf and hand warmers. This was again a custom order by a return customer. She happened to be my first order on Etsy and I was honoured to see her come back for a second batch of my designs. 🙂 This design is my Eclectic Essence set that I brought out last fall, but they were in hand painted colours of purples, blues, orange etc. My customer wanted a black background with red and green accents. I loved the idea right away and off I went to see what I would become. I like how it turned out as the colours add an even more eclectic feel to the overall design, at least in my opinion.
I enjoy making custom orders as it combines both my ideas and the customers into one design. Makes the outcome more special and exciting to see along the way. I must run and get back to working on more of these pieces. Have a wonderful day today.
The Calming Waters Scarf with the Beach Stone Broche is the smallest style of scarf in my Calming Waters Collection. Made with Malabrigo Rios Hand Painted Merino Wool base with two different colour ways with Alpaca from Alberta www.albertarosealpacas.com for the sand, Rowan www.knitrowan.com and Malabrigo yarns for the stones with seaweed and ocean plant life done in a wonderful yarn by www.ancientartsfibre.com as an accent. (I previously Blogged about this wonderful yarn in my “Victory in Victoria” blog.
Done in the two different Ocean colour ways of Blue, greens and hints of purples, sometimes other colours. Accented with Alpaca, Blueface Leicester and Merino Wool. The broche can be worn on the scarf or on another piece in your wardrobe.
This design is based on my many trips to the ocean and the West Coast in particular. The inspiration
comes from the wonderful moments by the waters edge. The Calming Waters scarf is the movement of the water splashing on your neckline, or “beach”. The darker yarn shows the rippling of the water and the lighter becomes the waves. The broche is a combination of the sand with beach stones and the various plant life and seaweed that are placed around by the strength of the waves. This design was made with crochet.
I wanted to design a piece where you could bring the calm of the ocean sounds, feel the sand between your toes with the memories of warm days by the beach. I will be doing this design in a orange, blue and sunset colour way for the ocean at sunset! Now you can bring your favourite warm memories by the beach with through the cooler days of Fall, Winter and Spring. It will also be available in a longer scarf and the Shawl/Shrug earlier in one of my Blogs.