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Monday, March 21, 2011

More Fun Fringed Scarves!

I wanted to create some fun fringed scarves that weren't as labor intensive or as expensive as my usual Extreme Fringe and Fabulous Fringe scarves. I came up with these scarves made from handspun yarn for the base scarf - both in wool - and a poly faux feather yarn. I hand crocheted the base scarf - I don't use patterns - I simply crocheted about 160 loops, turn, single crochet across, turn, double crochet across, turn, single crochet across, turn, slip stitch across and tie off ends. Then I cut fringe approximately 14 inches long from the faux feather yarn skein - 160 lengths of fringe. I then hand tied one section of fringe to each and every double crochet stitch the entire length of the scarf - fold yarn in half, slip folded end under the double crochet stitch and pull the ends through the folded loop across the top of the double crochet stitch, pull tight.

The first scarf I crocheted using Noro Kureyon wool in red/brown/gold (it has some burgundy in there, too). The faux feather yarn color reminds me of mink so I called this scarf "Mink". "Mink" is available for $35 in our ArtFire store.

The next scarf I crocheted using a handspun thread plied merino yarn in Peacock colors. I used some faux feather yarn in matching Peacock colors. I love how this one looks! This is called....of course..."Peacock". Peacock is not yet listed in the store because I have someone interested in it but I have to drive to Colorado Springs so she can try it on to be sure she isn't allergic to the wool yarn used in the base scarf. If she is allergic to it I will list this scarf in the ArtFire store and will find a synthetic man-made yarn to make her a Peacock scarf that she can wear.

These scarves remind me of feather boa scarves. Only they are much more durable and extremely soft. And they shouldn't be too warm, either. The wool fringe scarves are fairly warm with all that wool fringe but these are much lighter weight and the poly doesn't hold heat and warm like wool does.

We should be having llama babies, called "crias", this spring starting hopefully in May, so I will finally have something besides yarn and scarves to talk about!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Peacock Neck Warmer SRR OOAK Hand Crocheted Original Design

Since I discovered my stash of Peacock colored yarns recently I went on a creative binge with them. Here is another neck warmer that I created using the yarns.

This cozy neck warmer is a Split Rock Ranch One-of-A-Kind Original Design created by using three strands of yarn at a time; one strand of handspun merino that has been thread plied, one strand of handdyed mohair boucle and one strand of poly flag yarn in Peacock colors of teal, blue and purple. The trim is acrylic feather yarn that adds a flirty and fun touch to the neck warmer.
Measures 27 inches across at the neck line and approximately 33 inches at the ruffled base of the neck warmer and 6.5 inches from top to bottom. Warmer closes with a fun flower shaped metal button. The feather yarn has been left long to create some modest fringe at the front of the warmer.

Nice and soft and so much fun to wear!

This neck warmer can be found in our ArtFire store. Look for Peacock Neck Warmer.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Autumn - Fabulous Fringe Scarf - Another Split Rock Ranch Original Creation

I recently finished this scarf using some fabulous yarn that I bought from It is spun by Natalie at Namaste Farms using locks from her own Wensleydale sheep to make it. This is similar to the Extreme Fringe Scarf but the fringe is yarn cut in varying lengths and then hand tied onto the center and outside edge of the scarf. I used the Wensleydale Long Locks yarn and a skein of my own handspun that I found in my stash. It coordinates perfectly with the Long Locks yarn!

Here are the yarns together - my two-ply handspun already crocheted into the skinny scarf and laid with the Long Locks yarn - could they be any more perfect together?!

And the finished scarf. The scarf is 8 feet long including the fringe - 6 feet long without the fringe at each end. It is 1-1/2 inch wide not including the fringe. This is the scarf just draped around the neck and tied with the organza ribbon that I ran through the center section of the scarf.

And here is the scarf put on with the center in front and the ends looped around the back of the neck and over the opposite shoulders.

And I honestly don't remember how I created this next look. But it is more like a neck warmer or collar than a scarf.

And a close up of the scarf so you can see the detail of the fringe better.

I will share more finished projects soon!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sorry I've been AWOL, but I really have been BUSY!

So sorry it has been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Losing Smokey really knocked me down for a bit. I'm just now getting used to the idea that he is no longer here. And I still cry when I think of him (like right now). But, I have so many other animals to care for that I cannot stay sad for long, the others need me. We haven't gotten a call to foster any kittens yet this year either. Maybe that's for the best because I'm fairly certain if I had a foster kitten right now I wouldn't want to give it up when the time came.

But, I have been keeping myself busy with fibers. I will share with you what I've made in the past few weeks.

The last post I made was Wordless Wednesday and it was this Extreme Fringe Scarf

This scarf is another Split Rock Ranch One-of-A-Kind Original Design creation. The base scarf is handspun from a merino/bamboo fiber blend batt purchased from Hanks in the Hood and spun by Brenda Vance at Split Rock Ranch. The merino/bamboo yarn was plied with a viscose thread in a gorgeous copper color. The fringe is tailspun yarn handspun by Esther at JazzTurtle Designs using some gorgeous long Teeswater wool locks. Tailspinning is an extremely labor intensive spinning technique that results in some stunning extreme lock yarn with a price tag that reflects the time and effort involved. Teeswater sheep originated in The United Kingdom and are relatively rare in the United States. It takes a couple of years growth to reach the long staple length so the price tag on the Teeswater long locks is higher than that of more common shorter staple length fibers.

This scarf is named "Verdigris" and is available for sale in my ArtFire store. Here are some additional photos of it, showing various ways to wear the scarf.

I won't bore you with what else I've made in the past few weeks - I'll do another blog post soon with more projects to share!