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Archive for January 2nd, 2009

Still Life with Bowls

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

I finished my Buttons and Beads Bowl pattern today. May I present them to you now?


It is a bit of an art photo, which was the third photo shoot before something clicked. I think they are lovely.

Many Options for Custom Looks

The shiny blue beads were a gift from an artful friend, and that was fun to use them in this way. The buttons came from a wonderful very old button box that my Brian found at a garage sale years ago. Every button is made of shell.

If you click on the above photo, you can see the buttons a bit better. Some were clearly taken from old garments, with the thread still through the holes. It was such a delight to touch history in that way.

I love hand sewing and find it very soothing. Sewing the buttons and beads on these bowls was a happy twobowlssmallforweb.jpgtime for me. However, you could also make stripes to jazz them up, or you could use multicolored yarns. You could embroider, or you could needlefelt. You could even pin a brooch or silk flower to the side of a bowl.

But, There is a Catch! (A Good One)

This month, the bowl pattern can not be purchased alone. It is free if you buy anything at all from my website shop, or if you go to Rae’s Yarn Boutique and buy a class, pattern or yarn with my name on it. This is sort of LynnH-promo month at Rae’s, I guess. (The bowls will become a standard for-purchase pattern on February 1 or 2.)

This special offer has a purpose. This year, I intend to actively promote the teaching I do (which is my favorite work). If you are not in Lansing, you can still learn from me by experiencing my patterns. I write patterns much as I teach. (If you are curious, see what Deborah Robson of Nomad Press has to say about my Toe-Up Mitten pattern in this regard… and Deborah publishes knitting books, so her kind words mean something.)

My Goal: Teaching on the Road

I hope that more people will learn that I am good at this. In particular, perhaps I will be able to travel more and teach out of Michigan a bit. Teaching at Dallas-Ft. Worth Fiberfest was so much fun! I’m set up to teach at Michigan Fiber Fest again this summer, but more teaching for festivals, guilds and shops is what I seek.

The more folks who see my patterns, the more who might think of me when it is time to hire a teacher for a workshop or retreat. Right? That’s what I’m working toward.

So, buy one or more pattern on my site, and get this one free. It’s a pretty nice deal, really. Even if you just want to knit quietly in your own living room without a class. That is just fine, too.

(You will ask… The yarns used in the first photo are Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted for the tall one and the button bowl, and Nashua Creative Focus Worsted for the purple/beaded bowl. The pink/brown striped bowl in photo #2 used Patons Classic Merino, a standard worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220 or Ella Rae Classic. The back bowl used odds and ends of Noro Kureyon worsted-weight.

All but the tall one had the same number of stitches on the same size needles, and the same person knit them. All but the Kureyon bowl were run through my washer hot wash cold rinse, two times… the Kureyon took 3 trips and is still somewhat fluffy and softer than the rest. The size differences between the yarns were vast, but all are useable and have good proportions.)