Sunday, May 06, 2007

Time to Crochet Myself a Nomad Hat!

I'm so grateful to meet such warm-hearted people on the internet via my store and my blog. I love how the internet has brought together creative, like-minded people so willing to share and discuss ideas, thoughts, and solutions. Thank you Catherine, for sending me some "happy mail"! I love Tiffany Reynolds' colourful crochet pattern for the nomad felted hat! It really made my month after having lost my wallet to a pickpocket in mid-April!

Other projects that were on the go, but were interrupted by some sock knitting include the "Panta", a popular translated finnish headband pattern that is documented by a thread on Craftster that is over 80 pages long and some kanzashi. My finished panta, knit in Elann's stretchy Esprit yarn, turned out a little too big and too wide, so I'll have to experiment with the pattern some more to get it right for my head. Maybe then, I can model it myself rather than have Ms. Styro do the modelling for me.

I've also been working on some kanzashi flowers. This is my second attempt (based on a great Craftster tutorial) at getting the kanzashi the way I like it. So far, so good..... my second attempt has been much more successful at getting all the petals in the right position. Only when I get the hang of making these flowers will I actually hunt down some vintage kimono fabric to make more authentic and more lovely kanzashi. I have to admit that I have even more projects started, but I'll leave that for future posts... My crafty life is quite insane. Sometimes, I think I really have to cut down on some projects and go out for some fresh air more often.


Nadia said...

Or you could take the projects to the fresh air?

Anonymous said...

I am very impressed with both your panta and your kanzashi flowers.

Your panta looks wonderful. I decided to kniit Calorimetry - from - rather than the panta. (The stripes go lengthwise in one and across in the other.) But my product didn't look nearly as good.

I printed off pages and pages of the flower-making threads from craftster (there is more than one technique) for my DH. But he has *conveniently* mis-placed them - no matter that he was head over heels excited about making them at the time.

Anonymous said...

Ooops. I hit the wrong button before finishing my comment.

I was going to ask if you had worked out what alterations you needed to make to a panta - in order for it to fit you.

janeyknitting AT yahoo DOT ca

Erika Hastings said...

I love your knitted hats! They look so fun to wear. It was great to bump into you at the Family Centre the other day. Hopefully we can get the kids together this summer with the nice weather. We just got our new swingset put up! Here's my new blog: I'm hoping to get more one it.

Come on over for a visit anytime. 849 E.12th.