Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Last Design 2009

I had hoped to get this out before the last day of fall, but am settling for the end of the year. Here is 'Orli', a design for girls aged 2-6. The pattern, however, is yet to be published. Hopefully by this weekend. I wanted to get photos up so I could include this as a finished project in 2009, even if the pattern isn't complete. That counts right?

I really enjoyed this one. My first top down raglan. I love the top down design. No seaming. How fantastic!

Knit in Sereknity Sweet, an amazing blend of 50% alpaca, 30% merino and 20% silk, it is asymmetrical with the right side knit in one color for a bit of fun.

Stitches are picked up to add the front ruffle and it closes with snaps instead of buttons for a cleaner look.

Great for layering this winter or will be good over short sleeves in the spring.

My daughter is modeling a size 4 with plenty of room to grow.

Pattern will be up soon!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Botanical Bath

Introducing the latest item in the Uma Joy Botanicals line...

My bath salts are crafted with therapeutic Dead Sea Salts infused with an intoxicating blend of plant essential oils. No fragrance oils, artificial colors or preservatives here! All packed in a contemporary glass jar, suitable for repurposing. 12 oz. of pure goodness.

Now available at Poppy Seed Studio. Sherry has an AMAZING store...if you haven't checked it out, definitely worth a visit.

Monday, December 7, 2009


I am having so much fun with this upcycling project. Here is a reversible bonnet made of an upcycled 100% merino wool sweater and an upcycled 70/30 wool/rayon skirt. The plaid wool blend is super soft and quite thick. Paired with the charcoal gray merino, this little hat is virtually snow and windproof.

Oh, and it is reversible. Fun! I handknit i-cord ties in 100% wool and appliqued on a little heart...

Now available on Etsy and just in time for snow. Yay:)

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Here's a peek at my latest venture...children's hats created from recycled wool sweaters. Now available in my Etsy shop!

The idea is to upcycle high quality wool sweaters that have been damaged or would have otherwise lived a sad existence in the back of a closet into one-of-a-kind fun hats for little ones. And at the same time, creating something new without using new materials...more eco-friendly. Even the fleece lining in this bonnet is upcycled.

I love the idea of turning something old into something new. The challenge is to make it look fresh and as always, well crafted. Though these two silhouettes are quite classic, perhaps the color combo or embroidery details will be enough to stand out a bit from others.

There is much satisfaction in thinking of new designs and the immediate gratification of a finished product (in comparison to knitting...which has it's own satisfying qualities, but as I am not a fast knitter, immediate gratification is not one of them).

Although these are made for wee little noggins, my 2 year old wanted to model the Nordic Star Bonnet...which works on her as well.