Still on the Swiss Army Blanket kick. Last night I had a dream about designing a Swiss Army Coaster. I also had a dream about another great idea, but I was too tired to get up and write it down, convinced that I would remember it when I woke up. Well, when I woke up, I remembered that there were two ideas, the coaster and..... Should have written it down. I designed the coaster in Bernina V6 software. WoolFelt is the fabric, of course. Quick. How many do you want? I hear the Swiss Army may want to order a few thousand for their mess halls. Jerilynn
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The following blurb about Swiss Army Blankets is taken from here. "The original Swiss army blankets are a unique product in many respects! Manufactured from the end of the 1900`s through the early sixties of the last century, their intended use was providing warmth if the swiss would become involved in a war. Stored in caves in the Swiss Alps, they remained there for many years as fortunately that war never came. In the sixties production of this type of blanket stopped. Every once in a while since then, a limited number of these blankets, unused en brand-new, but at the same time pure vintage, have become available.And then, DEKEN tapped into this hidden treasure....
Made of pure sheeps wool and in various shades of gray-brown, marked with a red and white cross-track, the blankets are hand made and indestructible, typical of genuine Swiss quality. The blankets are individually marked with the initials of the maker as well as the year of production. From the variation in colour of the band and the shape and way of construction of the crosses you can instantly recognize the hand of individual makers; sometimes the bands are more orange, sometimes they have a pretty, clear Swiss cross and sometimes they even have a stainless steel coin or seal. As such, all blankets are different, which is part of the charm. When combining several items from different blankets, the variations in colour and markings match strikingly. "
That is your history lesson for today. I have become blanket crazy lately. Maybe it is the time of the year - I have warmth and coziness here at the cabin and am drawn to all sorts of blanket types. The Swiss Army logo has always been a favorite of mine. Simple. RED. Somewhere on the internet I saw a red Swiss Army watch that I marked as a favorite. I will find the bookmark someday. The Swiss also make Berninas. Fabulous sewing machines. I have a couple of other brands that I use and like, but you never get over your first love. I think the machines are no longer made in Switzerland, but I have read that they are made to the exacting Swiss standards. Years ago we had a foreign student for a school year. David. From Switzerland. He would bring back wonderful chocolate for us when he would go back home for a visit. Plus, wish I had a nickel for every time I have watched Sound of Music! Did you happen to catch the cast reunion last year on Oprah? Magic. Bawled the whole show. I just saw the second Sherlock Holmes movie and it appeared, for a bit, that Sherlock Holmes met his death in Switzerland, at a castle built over the Reichenbach Falls. Turns out...WARNING...SPOILER ALERT!...that he survives, but I found through some research today that the breathtakingly beautiful castle was digitally invented. Darn. I was ready to spiff up my German or French and book a trip. So, given the whole blanket, Swiss thing, I decided to make my own Swiss Army Blanket Pillow (top photo). I used WoolFelt (of course) and used the Bernina V6 software to add my initials and date of manufacture to the bottom front. I used 2012 as the date...I rushed things a bit, but it is so close to 2012 that I took liberties. Fake castle over the Reichenbach Falls, fake year on the pillow. Jerilynn P.S. Found the watch - it is in the Sundance Catalog....$295.00....eeek.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
these felted mittens from the pattern Fargo Felted Mittens by Theresa Gaffey. Doesn't the name "Fargo Felted Mittens" just promise to you that these are going to be warm, non-nonsense winter hand protection? Yes, indeed. I have lost count of how many of these I have made. The pattern has instructions for Child's Small through Adult X-large. I haven't made any small ones yet, but I have made plenty of the big ones. As you can see from the top photo, after they are knit of a worsted weight, wool yarn, they are GIANT! And this pair is adult medium...you can imagine how big the X-large ones are! The second shot shows how they look after a first wash in hot water. I usually throw them in with something else, like jeans, using detergent and fabric softener. The third shot is the result of a second wash...perfect! At this point I shape the damp mittens to fit nicely on a real hand and let air dry. Don't you just love the sock-monkey inspired yarn choice? Carl, who is a die-hard lined leather glove kind of guy looked at them and said "Hmm, they might be good for snow-blowing snow!" So, now I have another pair of these half done, size large. Perfect knervous knitting project at night while mulling over all the things that still need to get done for the holidays. I know, I don't have many days left. Jerilynn
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Here is a new design I have been working on. It is a table runner made from, are you sitting down: WoolFelt!
I am not sure what this "flavor" of this style is, but I seem to be seeing it a lot lately. Navajo? Southwest? Aztec? Adirondack? Camp? I call this runner Cabin Star, but that doesn't really describe much about it. I almost feel it has a quilty, Amish look here and there, too. I am working on a pillow to match it, sort of. I will try to finish it and get a picture posted for you. This holiday thing is just keeping me a bit busy...how about you? Jerilynn
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
this great tutorial on how to change a photo into a drawing-type image. I have used this technique on buildings and also on people. It is done using Photoshop Elements, which is a relatively inexpensive, but very powerful photo editing software. I continue to try to learn more about the program, and improve my photos. It is a process. I thought you might enjoy the shot and also maybe try the technique out yourself! Jerilynn
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
maple leaf felt bowl? My friend, Shirley (the cute one I talked about a few days ago) came up with the idea of turning the leaf into a holly. So, I did a few attempts and came up with a pretty good looking felt-holly-bowl. For holly berries, I glued on sparkle red pom-poms. Bet you didn't know that such a thing as sparkle red pom-poms existed. I haven't bought any cutely-wrapped Christmas candy to put in the bowl yet. It is just resting on the stair banister looking perky. Heart bowls? Shamrocks? Easter Eggs? Lots of bowl ideas. I will go on a candy hunt to get just the right shape, color, taste, to put in the bowl. You may drop off candy auditions on the screen porch at the condo. Jerilynn
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Next Door Laura gave me a great suggestion. She read my blog "Inspiration" from November when I talked about the Hudson Bay Blanket that was knitted out of wool. She commented that I should make that design into a washcloth. Brilliant!!! A bit of knervous knitting later, I have one done. It is very cabiny, don't you think? The yarn didn't cost much at all, compared to what the blanket yarn would have cost, and I got it done before I had to give up knitting due to arthritic hands. I am sure that even if I could afford all the yarn for the blanket that it would be a bag project for many, many years. Bag project? Don't pretend to not know what that is...you buy all the stuff you need for something and you can't wait to begin. Then life happens, or maybe something else shiny catches your eye. Suddenly, you have multi bags full of stuff to do. It is so overwhelming that you decide to just to knit dishcloths. Jerilynn
Monday, December 5, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
here. The pattern was emailed to me very promptly and I was quite impressed with the easy-to-follow instructions and great pictures! I added a bit of vintage crochet to the top band, then added a beaded zipper pull. Quick to make and fun. I plan to whip a couple more for Christmas gifts. Amy also has a blog, duringquiettime.blogspot.com . Go visit her, go to her shop, buy some stuff. Especially the Ruched Happy Bag. I bought the pattern and now I am happy. Jerilynn