This is the cutest use of my felted bowls yet - as a nest for two little hand felted mice. These mice were made by talented fiber artist Barby Anderson. You can purchase one of her creations, as well as kits and patterns if you want try hand felting yourself, on ebay or at her etsy store.
Some wool yarn just refuses to felt. This pink 100% yarn is apparently one of them. Yes, it has felted a little bit, but this was after THREE passes throught the washing machine. I hate seeing the little holes in the crochet. I noticed the same thing with a white yarn that I had. Is there something about pale colors?
I saw a cute little tote/wristlet and decided to try to do something similar. The result is this little bag which measures about 7" tall (not counting the straps.) I tried to work out a strap solution that didn't involve any separate sewing. This closure is close, I think but still needs a little tinkering. I am not much of a handbag person, but this may be just what I need for carrying around some yarn and a crochet hook. The yarn felted much fuzzier than usual - not quite sure why that happened.
After about 5 versions, I finally finished the oven mitt crochet pattern. DH had the most suggestions/complaints - the crook of the thumb was too tight, it didn't reach long enough up the arm to protect him from the heat of the grill, and (most problematic) it was in the wrong color. There is only one acceptable color for a graduate of the University of Texas. So here it is in all it's burnt orange glory. Now it's DH's turn to stress-test it on his manly grill. (Note to self: put steaks on the grocery list.)