Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Talents of Others....

I believe it's the talent of other people that truly inspires me. When I see how beautiful something is that someone else has made, I think, "I want to do that!". Knowing that complicated, gorgeous, handmade things are possible for one person to create opens up worlds of wonder for any crafter who wants to be more of an "artisan".

For example, I just traded one of my 100% silk, hand dyed yarns for one of Trek's Sock Bags. These bags, which I saw on her blog, are adorable. They have a satin ribbon pull on the side to close the bag and made of one fabric on the outside and a coordinating fabric on the inside. They are the perfect size to hold sock a ball of sock yarn, needles and your sock in progress. The ribbon pull fits perfectly on your wrist if you want to walk around and knit, which I often do. I love the little applique elephant on the front, too...a cute touch. Here's a blurry pic that doesn't really do justice to this great bag...



A look on the inside:



A pic of my current sock project (for my sis, Kim) and the sock bag:



Another example of some amazing craftsWOmenship is A Crafty Kat's needle rolls. I have her circular needle bag (check earlier blog...not sure what month it was...April or March 2006?) which I love, love, love. I asked her to make me a double pointed needle holder with some melit-in-your-mouth cute, cute fabric she had...and here it is...(the pic is dark, sorry...)



Here's the roll unrolled, but not open:





And now, the opened case with LOTS of needle sets...it's all I have and there's tons of room for more...with sections for shorter and longer dpns...



This case couldn't be more user friendly, cute or compact....I love it.

Lastly, I know I've mentioned how much I love Yarn Botanika's hand-dyed and handspun yarns and fibers, but I'll briefly mention it again. She's now offering these gorgeous stone spindle kits with some of her fiber, too...a MUST have. I've bought at least 4 of her hand-dyed fibers and each set is better than the last....soft, easy to spin...and the COLORS!!! I want to lay in bed with them sometimes....mmmmm...but, to keep on track, I wanted to show you some of the "Lipstick" fiber I bought from her and predrafted...it's just waiting for me to spin it....



I didn't mention names, but all three of these talented women are part of our Blog Contest and I hope they will give us more information and tell us what inspires them next week at question time. And, of course, LINKS!!!! so we can take out our credit cards and buy, buy, buy!

What inspires YOU????

9 comments:

trek said...

Thanks, G - I enoyed making it for you! Anyone else who wants one, visit me.

GamecockDoc said...

That bag is so cute! I love the idea of having a little bag that's the perfect size to carry my sock knitting around. I'm hopeless with sewing so I'm going to have to rely on someone else and buy one, but I wish I could make such cute stuff. The needle case is great too.
What inspires me? Hmmm...I love checking out people's sewn items but I can never make my own. I get inspired by looking at other people's knitting. The patterns and colors they use. I'm pretty new to this so there is a lot I haven't tried and I enjoy getting ideas for future projects. I also love just wandering through my LYS to see and feel yarns and imagine the stuff I can make with it.
BTW, your sock is so cute. Love the colors.

yarnophiliac said...

Hi! I, too, become inspired by the amazing talents of others. When I see the beautiful things others have done, I just have to give it a try! I also become inspired by my friends, my family, nature -- beautiful colors, a son who loves soft things, a daughter who loves all things bright and sparkling -- I take it all in and create either for them or in their honor. ~Heather (ps -- thanks for the wonderful comments! can't wait to share next week!)

Laura said...

The elephant IS adorable and I love the needle case! Does she take chevre in trade ;) The in progress sock looks like it's only on 2 needles, is that possible? Although I've admitted to fondling fibers and maybe even some heavy petting, I've never taken any to bed with me! :)

Heide said...

What fun pictures! I have a bag enroute from Trek as I type this and its arrival is greatly anticipated! The socks you are currently knitting are dreamy beautiful.

YarnB said...

Thanks always for the sweet words! You know I am interested in buying both one of those needle rolls and a sock bag. Can you email me the links to their sites or post that?? THANKS!! I have SIX POUNDS OF FIBER TO DYE! Some special blends too. I AM SO PSYCHED UP!

Karen said...

Wow, there is some awesome talent in this contest (not to mention the talented hostess herself!). I am hard-pressed to name one thing that inspires me. I love to bake - I made my own wedding cake and have way too many cookbooks in case I run out of ideas. Not everything I make is chocolate, but certainly a large percentage is! As far as fibery pursuits, I have knitted crocheted and tatted for years (not usually all at once, but I did discover that I could start a circular shawl with a tatted ring in the center!). I guess I would say that I am inspired when I can think of just the right thing to make for someone and actually get a chance to make it. That, plus having fun with color really makes whatever art I am involved in just that much more fun. Once again, to my fellow contestants (and our hostess, of course) - your work is dazzling!

yarnophiliac said...

HAppy Mother's Day!

Julie said...

What beautiful items! I get my inspiration from seeing what others are doing and reading blogs of some very talented people (you included!). When I see what is possible with a little imagination, it makes me want to see what I can imagine and then create.
I can't wait to read about everyone in this contest. This contest was such a great idea - thanks for having it!