In Which a Departure is Made and An Unexpected Journey Begun

In Which a Departure is Made and An Unexpected Journey Begun

What a month its turning out to be. Because of several things, including but not limited to: opening my second Etsy shop (thats a big YAY) with a slowly growing collection of my handmade accessories, a woven scarf so soft and cosy it would even keep the chill away if you suddenly found yourself at the feet of the Misty Mountains themselves, a beautifully whispy Mohair Cowl that I hand dyed in very pleasing colours that would not (in my humble opinion) see you feeling out of place in the court of Galadriel herself, and a lovely art yarn cowl completed with the most delightful of jewels created to match by Diedre Dreams, a legendary maker of treasures, and yes, I do believe there is a certain Dragon coveting this particular set.. And of course, there is the Gandalf the Grey cowl, because no journey can even be contemplated without him. Bringing me to the next part of this months journey. Did you know that the new Hobbit movie is due for release soon?! Peter Jackson is Premiering it in New Zealand next month! I am so looking forward to seeing it, and in anticipation of this event I am stepping up creation energy on my LOTR yarns. I have a collection of about 7 different yarns now, from Nazgul to Hobbits, Morder to the Shire, but I still have design ideas for a few more! If you have been following my Facebook Page you might have caught some sneak peaks of individual yarns. I hope to be ready to reveal the entire collection to coincide with the Hobbit Premiere in Middle Earth (Wellington). And then, of course, I will be looking for ideas of what to do with them! Some I can replicate and sell individually of course, but I want to keep the collection together, I am thinking about making some epic kind of LOTR yarn weaving, or something… Well, the journey is only part-way to its end, so no doubt by the time we get closer I will have come up with an idea for the conclusion, and no, dont worry, I am not going to do a Peter Jackson and stretch it out to make THREE pieces, I know a good story can be told in one go 😛 Yes I am a little …. concerned… that they are making three movies out of the Hobbit, it wasnt THAT big a book huh? But we will see won’t we, hopefully they have just been especially clever rather than ponderously slow.. Now speaking of ponderously slow, we have a departure to consider in this post too. And its not a physical one, no one has left or is leaving, its...

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Hobbity Feet

Hobbity Feet

Maybe you know already, I am working on a new yarn series inspired by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It seemed appropriate since my One Wheel campaign and the fact that my wonderful wheel is in-scripted in Elvish!  So I have already made my Mines of Moria yarn (which will be revealed when the series is complete!) and I have about another 10 planned! But today I made the prototype of my ‘Hobbity Feet’ yarn, and I really love how it turned out, very hobbity! I showed a pic on my Facebook page earlier.  I love the rich brown of the natural Polwarth and the lighter brown of the Alpaca together, they make a lovely blend that I think is really Hobbit-appropriate, rich and earthy. When I posted this pic on Facebook, someone suggested it would make great slipper toppers! I thought that was a fantastic idea! Since this skein was just a prototype practice, I hadn’t spun enough to do that, (next time though!)  but I did want to see it knitted up into something to know if my spacing and ‘hairy’ fluff was a suitable amount to make a nice effect. So I kinda just started knitting with the vague idea of making a cuff, since I didnt have a lot to play with, but it got longer, and as I knitted I thought it might make a nice boot trim, and then when I had finished it and was getting my boot to try it on, my son wanted the boot with it on and I thought… hang on… it would be a cool leg/foot warmer or even a dress-up! So he modelled it for me too 🙂 I will make him a second one so he will have matching feet. It was very simple knitting, cast on, stocking stitch, being sure to pull the hobbity bits to the outside, then cast off three each end to make the point! Thats what I like about art yarns, the yarn does all the work and the knitting can be really simple...

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