Tuesday

A Ball of Yarn and Knitting Needles



Recently I received an email from a customer who had been to the Bay of Fundy
and taken some of our work back with her to the States...
... she wanted to know if I made any earrings with a "Ball of Yarn and Knitting Needles"...
at first I hesitated... I hadn't done any like that....
a challenge ..
well, I could try.... why not...  may be fun...
Worth a try anyway... 

...after some experimenting...  and lots of bent and twisted wire....
I began to think of how I could do them...

These are some I came up with.. 
above... a antiqued copper ball with some little needles inserted through the ball..





... and a separate ball of yarn with two hammered, textured and antiqued longer knitting needles....
...a little dangly and made a nice little clink when you moved... sounded pretty.





She also wanted a pair that included a "Book and a Ball of Yarn" for a friend
who does podcasts of reading for Craft Lovers..
I liked that ...
...you get to do any Art or Craft Work that strikes your fancy and she will read to you...  
Just my thing...

I loved how they turned out and she did too...  I sure would love to see them being worn.   



  ... Sterling Silver and Copper earrings 
... top photograph background is Kaffe Fassett's "Glorious Knitting" Cover. 
I once knit that sweater from my handspun sheeps wool and Angora goats mohair that I  hand-dyed..it was rows of stars in changing colors...  
most amazing sweater I ever did.... wish I still owned it.

9 comments:

pRiyA said...

These earrings are utterly amazing Gwen. How creative! The owner of these is one lucky person :-)

BumbleVee said...

I really like the first one...but then....maybe it is just because it is on a piece of beautifully coloured fabric... but, no.....I looked again...I like them best...looks just like a ball of wool with needles stuck in it...

Guillaume said...

Wow, beautiful earrings. They look kind of "dangerous", of that makes sense.I love how you turn little objects into works of art.

Valerianna said...

What fun!

I wonder if you are cold and rainy up that way, too.... I've got my Jotul firing tonight and kitty Pasha is curled up into something that looks awfully like that ball of yarn in your earring - hard to find his head!

happy spring creating!

Jody said...

the amazing thing is that I have the SAME Kaffe book out on the dining room table - going through it for inspiration and Gwen, we both know that it is a VINTAGE copy!!!! How curious? So, I must have been on the same wave length since I NEED a pair of those earrings!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks Priya, Coming from you I am very flattered! I'm glad she requested them... a change gets us out of our comfort zone.... and sometimes we need to be pushed to go there.

BumbleVee, They all turned out pretty sweet and light too.... Color does make quite an impact though... I may put all of them in my catalog next year... my customer said she was going to wear them in all the yarn shops and make the clerks jealous.. cute, huh?

Guillaume, oh never fear, the ends of these are pretty blunt... but way back when the ladies used to wear long hatpins attaching their hats to their hair, I remember mom telling me when she was a young girl at a horse race that she met dad by pulling out her hatpin and poking him with it.. they were together ever after.

Valerianna, Oh yes, Cold, Rainy, gray, and we still have our Jotul firing up in the evening to warm our bones.. I used to have a Siamese that loved wool... to eat.. I always had to keep an eye on my yarn when I was making anything... she would constantly chew holes in it.. worse than a moth... I still loved her though. Lucky animals are so cute!

Jody, Awe... now that is a coincidence!!!.... maybe these gray overcast days are good for telepathic messages!!! I love the color/texture/pattern inspiration that Kaffe Fassett gives in all the medias he works in... and I have a soft spot for books on any subject.. Thanks for visiting.

helen said...

What a great result to the challenge you were given! The first ones are so cute. I love the story of your mom with her hatpin!! so fun...and romantic :~)

The sun has burnt the clouds away and dried up the rain here...I hope it will do the same with you.

Lord Wellbourne said...

I love the adrenaline rush I get when a customer asks for something I've never done before. It's like a jump-start to the creativity engine. I really like the first pair but I also like the idea of dangly/chimey. Maybe a ball of 'yarn' with the 'needles' dangling from it? Keep that engine revvin'!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks Helen,I'm wondering if we probably wouldn't even be able to wear hatpins anymore.. may be considered a lethal weapon!

Thanks for the idea Lord W, I would love to see some of your hands-on creative work.. if it as entertaining as your writing then I am sure it is thrilling.