Tinker Verve

creating with spirit & enthusiasm…often with great results

Wondrous Wool!

100% woolAs I took my brisk walk this morning in a frosty field at 25°, I was thankful for the added layer of my thin lambswool sweater and and merino wool leggings that gave the perfect touch of warmth.

There is just nothing like wool.  So many of us say, “oh, I just don’t wear wool”, because of a few bad experiences with itchiness.  As I’ve worked with these same issues throughout the years, I’ve also found that they can be worked through and the benefits from wearing wool garments, in cold temps, has been worth the diligence.  There are a variety of  wools that can provide a soft, lush feel to the skin as well as a highly effective waterproof layer that is surprisingly easy to maintain and launder.

It only takes moments in a Google search to realize the diversity that wool offers.  To read about it’s background and versatile uses is simply fascinating.

I recently went to my local yarn shop where they provide an amazing selection.  Although I wasn’t able to find the exact yarn I was looking for, I still purchased 5 balls @ the painful price of $70.  As I began to work with it I realized that in order to finish my project I was going to need yet another ball.  I ripped that out ~ went on-line ~ found yarncountry.com {from WA state…yay!}~ purchased 15 (yes 15) balls of the exact yarn that I was looking for, in a variety of colors ~ spent $95.25 (for 15) with the satisfying result of…. I’m a happy {busy} knitter! ~ 100%, non-washable wool is most definitely my favorite thing to work with.

The two baskets in the picture are very, very old hand-woven, Indian baskets that belong to my dear hubby.  He knows the value that is attached to these so he will pick them up here and there as he sees them for a good price.

hand-woven Indian basket

Here is another one that I admittedly absconded with several years ago…it’s my favorite one

wool

November 12, 2009 Posted by | knitting | Leave a comment

wool warmth…

wool yarnI recently purchased 5 balls of this fine wool yarn, in some of my favorite colors, at a thrift store.  Teaming them up with my wool winder makes these balls of yarns ready and waiting to be knitted into yet another warm and toasty delight!

Natural fibers are always my first preference when knitting!…wool being my favorite♥

November 3, 2009 Posted by | knitting, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

boring????

…ya ~ a little!

slippersThese pictures just don’t do ‘it’ for me like the majority of my ‘fun’ pics do…but I still like showing what I’m up to.

Felted Slippers…they definitely have the homespun look! ~ and, they are oh, so cozy!

knitted/felted slippersKnitting is one of those things that creates a soothing balm for my mind…

November 1, 2009 Posted by | knitting | 3 Comments

…hats and sheds!

I finished another hat yesterday and Miss sweet-16 gets to keep this one.

2.9.09 knitted hat

I think she may have worn it today and I haven’t taken care of my ‘loose ends’…ooops!

back/top view

I love how this twirls and swirls it’s way to the center.  When people say they like my hat I have to turn around and tilt my head back so they can fully see the coolness of it all.

On a different note…

white tail buck shedsMr. Cash keeps proudly bringing sheds into our yard.  They’re not all fresh and I’m not quite sure where he finds them all but we’ve been getting almost one per day this week.  It’s quite impressive actually, when you think how a buck will shed his antlers each year only to begin sprouting new, larger and more impressive antlers as he matures.  After they reach a certain maturity the size begins to decrease each year.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | knitting, wild life | 7 Comments

~ warm and toasty wool hat ~

I guess Sundays must be my day for knitting because the past two I’ve actually accomplished some.  Last week I made one leg warmer (the 2nd one followed a few days later) and yesterday I made a hat.  What a great feeling to make something in one day. (the sad part, it requires a lot of sitting around!)

knitted hat

knitted hat side view

knitted had back view

Very simple hat with some sweet detail going on.  This pattern was free at my knitting store with the purchase of the yarn…which I love : 75% wool/25% silk.

*thanks to my sweet-16-girl for her fabulous modeling *  – she really has every intention of keeping it!

January 26, 2009 Posted by | knitting | 7 Comments

Warmth!

I <<love>> warmth!  It’s comforting…especially on this 7* morning.  So many things bring warmth, sometimes in unexpected ways:

  • a fire in the fireplace
  • a bowl of freshly simmered soup or stew
  • a warm apple pie
  • a hug
  • a {hot} cup of coffee
  • anything wool
  • pudding (now I’m talking about comfort food)
  • my electric blanket
  • friendship
  • Hawaii!    mmmm 🙂
  • leg warmers…
made with Fine Merino Wool - finish last night

made with Fine Merino Wool - finished last night

January 24, 2009 Posted by | knitting | 3 Comments

little Prince ~

I had an enjoyable weekend~ I’ve done what I can do on my booth design for now.  I need to take it down today but I also need to keep looking at the whole picture to make the inside work with the outside and vice versa.

photo from Mary Jane's Farm

Saturday I went to a forestry meeting with my parents.  The overall theme: with the economy low and the log value low, what are some creative ideas for your land that can also generate income.  All of the speakers were enjoyable and caused my mind to swirl but there was one that caused me to get more excited that the others.  They are here and they got their idea here.  I have been interested in this idea in the past but listening to this couple made it seem so possible.

Yesterday, after church and a great nap, I started knitting leg warmers…

red leg warmers!

I had a friend tell me recently that I’m a ‘red’ girl.  Yes, I am indeed a ‘red’ girl…I love red!

bird boy

bird boyI call this little guy my ‘Prince Bird Boy’.  I’ve had him for a couple of years but his face was broken off.  It was a clean break so eventually I glued it back on.  He’s been enjoying a comfy spot in a nest.  His head is flat with a hole in the top so he still looked a bit disturbing.  After Christmas I had a couple of those pieces that go on the top of a glass ornament and I just couldn’t throw them away – they have the look of a crown.  One of them I had picked up off of the floor too many times and the last time when it was in my hand I immediately thought of my little bird boy.  I covered it with German glass glitter, glued it on and now he just seems complete and at home.  He is very, very old and even has a # on the back of his head.  Definitely worth salvaging and enjoying.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | domesticity, knitting, vintage | 10 Comments