Friday, August 19, 2005

Flower Power

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Hamatreya"

I'd rather have flowers on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a flower with the other. ~Chinese Proverb






How can you not be happy when you are knitting flowers?! I've been walking on sunshine (or is it knitting sunshine?) the past few days knitting these. I wanted to keep this project a secret, because there is really no thrill in seeing a droopy unfelted, crappy looking flower. But the finished product is amazing. The first one I did isn't that great, but once you get the hang of it, they are super easy! So, now I can tell you my plans for these flowers... My goal is to make a large bouquet of about 12 flowers and send them to someone really special for their birthday. I am going to make some red tulips, calla lillies, and iris's as well, and see how I like them all together. If I am not happy with that, I might just go back and make a few more of these daffodils and just send calla lillies and daffodils. Either way, plan on seeing a few more bouquets in the near future.

And of course, for the project details... I found these patterns in my LYS. The patterns are from Pick Up Sticks and are extremely easy (though they look intimidating at first because the pattern is super, super detailed). I used size 10 DPN's and Cascade 220 in various shades that I had leftover from other projects (that is the size needle and the yarn they recommend). I have to say, I love Cascade 220 and have used it on a few other projects. The color selection is phenomenal and it felts very easily. The only changes I made were some of the finishing techniques.

So, that's it for today folks! I have a few skeins of Gryffindor yarn in the works and have yet to knit up a swatch of the one skein that IS dry. I also wanted to have some more fun with my leftover green and purple dye and so I made an all striped version of the Grapevine colorway. Oh okay, you can't wait to see it... Here is the one skein I have wound up already!



I am super happy with how the colors came out on this one. Like most of the other yarns I've dyed, this colorway is for sale too. I'll post a swatch tomorrow so we can all see how it knits up. But if you are really interested in purchasing this, please email me. I was planning on selling some on ebay, but I am also willing to take specific orders for any colorway you've seen on this blog so far. I'll also take personal requests too :) Have a great Friday night everyone...

23 Comments:

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I adore those flowers. A bouquet of different flowers will be perfect. I adore the HP yarn. It turned out great this time! I sent you an e-mail about it.

 
At 6:52 PM, Anonymous wendy g said...

I am so impressed with your flowers! Can't wait to see the others.

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Dani said...

AWWWW-some flowers Dani. There is a felted vase I just somewhere (wondering where the heck I saw it) that would be so perfect with these! If I remember where I saw it, I will pass it alomg. I so LOVE pick up sticks patterns, they are great!

 
At 7:09 PM, Anonymous grumperina said...

The felted flowers are gorgeous! It's cool that the stems and the leaves are felted, too.

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger eastern white said...

those flowers are beautiful!! wow! i'm so impressed!! your dye job is getting better by the day!!

 
At 8:31 PM, Anonymous ~Jo~ said...

Those flowers are beautiful!!! I went to the website you linked and WOW! what gorgeous flowers. :)

Griffondor yarn is once again incredible, you dye so well, can't wait to see the swatch. :)

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger Laura.Y said...

Wow I'm all goo goo gaa gaaed over the flowers! It just made my day. It's amazing :) Lovely Gryffindor yarn.

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

love those colors! the flowers are beautiful, i am sure that who ever gets thode will love them:)

 
At 9:57 PM, Blogger Christine said...

Wow, the gryffindor is awesome and the flowers are beautiful! Great Job!!!

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger jacqueline said...

those flowers are absolutely awesome and fantastic and just damn well great! i CANNOT wait to see the rest of the bouquet.

 
At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh Dani, the flowers are just great! There is definitely an Iris in my near future. Have fun dying this weekend,

Johanna
Jofrog Is Knitfrog

 
At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

Cool flowers! Love those. You are so crafty my dear. HUGS!

 
At 5:59 AM, Anonymous adele said...

WOW! Those flowers are amazing.

The sock yarn is divine!

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger Dani said...

Those flowers are the coolest thing I have ever seen! I have to make myself some of those. The felted vase that the other Dani was talking about it over at "I was knit together in my mothers womb" (or at least she has a picture of it)

So neat!

 
At 8:13 AM, Anonymous quilt2liv said...

Hope some of those gorgeous flowers are for your mom, whom I've met over the last three weeks. When she came into my shop in Boulder. Keep creating

 
At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flower power! Those are adorable. Unfortunately, I now have a front loading machine which means no felting for me unless I hike over to the laundromat. :( Have a great weekend, Dani!

Kerstin

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous ck said...

I love the flowers! I have to get the pattern...can't wait to try them :)

 
At 1:23 PM, Blogger Lauren said...

Those flowers are SPECTACULAR, Dani dear! I just love them! What a fun thing to knit! I have to find this pattern! ;)

That Gryffindor yarn is SO great. I am planning to make some Harry Potter scarves soon.

Hope you are having a lovely Saturday!

 
At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

I LOOOOOOVE your flowers !
it's amazing how real they seem/are (euh not sure about this sentence in Englis ;o) )

What a great idea to make/knit an entire bouquet...It's really a great present, and it will lasts longer ;o)

I really like your yarn, too.
I'm waiting for an order of Color your Own from Knit Picks, I can't wait to try the dying process with Kool Aid...Hopefully it won't be too uggly ;o)

 
At 5:38 PM, Anonymous katie said...

Love, love, love the flowers! I saw those patterns a while back and fell for them then, especially the calla lily. And now seeing them knit up, so pretty!

 
At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Lee Anne said...

okay, it's official...you find the coolest patterns! That or we just have the same taste.

Love the flowers...will be heading to their site just as soon as I finish with this. They are just too adorable!!!!!

I want to buy some of the yarn..can you email me???? Thanks!

 
At 12:17 AM, Anonymous rachel said...

Those flowers are so fun!! And once again you rocked out another fab dye job! Bravo!

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Lorette said...

Oh I love those flowers! I am just going to have to make some of those too!

 

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