Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Return of Mad Angel Creations

Well, after quite a long hiatus, Mad Angel Creations is up and running again.
I lost my day job, so now have time
to work with the things in life that REALLY matter:
yarn and spinning fiber, and in time,
some nice knitted accessories and original patterns.

For now, though, there is Yarn, which may all be found at my Etsy store,

This is "Hummingbird," a gorgeous lace weight blend of
baby alpaca, silk, and cashmere.
Hand painted by me.
This is "Red Hat Gal,"
another beautiful lace weight yarn
in a soft wool and cashmere blend.
Hand painted by me.
Also in the lovely wool-cashmere lace weight blend is
"Island of the Blue Dolphins."
When I saw the tropical-looking colors emerge in such a pleasing way,
I thought of one of my favorite childhood books, and paid homage.
Hand painted by me.
In varying shades of burgundy and green,
also in the wool-cashmere lace weight yarn,
this one is called "Grape Arbor."
Hand painted by me.
"Dusty Rose" was a commercial single I got on a big cone.
It's a blend of polyester, silk, and flax,
and I hand plied it on my spinning wheel,
into a nice 3-ply fingering weight yarn.
"Polyester?" you ask.
Yes. Polyester. But it doesn't feel like polyester.
It has a gorgeous drape and sheen,
and would make a fabulous lace scarf or shawl.
"Dusty Teal"
is the same composition as "Dusty Rose."
It was another big cone of commercial singles,
which I hand plied into a 3-ply fingering weight yarn.
Really pretty, even if I do say so myself.
All of these yarns are currently for sale in my shop.

Updates will be happening more frequently now.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Hat!

I can't seem to resist making hats these days. Hats, snoods, kerchiefs...I want to have a nice selection of them, to go with my wardrobe.
I know, know. How many does one need to go with jeans and an unending array of t-shirts?
Well, I don't always wear jeans and t-shirts. Everything under the sun, hat-wise, will go with them.
This is the very beautiful Druidess Beret by Anna Bright. It was an engaging knit, and a relatively quick one, if you enjoy cables as much as I do. Also, this wonderful pattern is free!

Next time I make one, I will use a lighter weight yarn. This is some Brora Softspun I bought on a cone at Webs several years ago. It's an Aran weight, and the pattern calls for Jamison Soft Shetland which, if memory serves me correctly, is a DK weight. But I don't have a DK weight in a yarn that will match my Inishmaan-in-progress. This is the same yarn. I may have enough to finish the sweater and a matching skirt. I'd love to have both skirt and sweater done by the time I go to Ireland in November, but for sure I will at least have the sweater and the hat, and that would satisfy me.

The second picture captures detail well, but the other three pictures are a more accurate representation of the color.

Hot as blazes here today, but that did not deter me from working with wool. It never does. There is No Bad Time for Wool!

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Spinning Batts!

Just carded today! Please visit Mad Angel Creations if any of these unique batts is calling your name!
Iris. Wool, Silk Noil, & Angelina.
Water Lily. Wool, Silk Noil, & Angelina.
Fire. Wool, Bamboo, & Angelina.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Goodies!

Please stop by the shop for a closer look!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

New in the Shop!

Please visit Mad Angel Creations for further details and/or retail therapy!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Estonian Lace Stole

Here's the latest project -- a lace stole from Nancy Bush's Estonian lace book. The pattern is easy and a pleasure to knit. I almost have it memorized already.
The yarn is a hand-painted merino/yak blend from Northern Lights Fiber Co in Alaska. This is Kelsey's "Tree of Life" colorway, and it seems that lately I'm addicted to any fibery reference to Trees of Life. This was a must-have, and is wonderful to work with.
I gave the bit I have done a light blocking this morning, just to get an idea of how it might look when done, though of course when I do the final blocking, I will stretch it open more. But one does get a rough idea from this, anyway. I love it.

Phat Fiber has been bad for my budget, but what a way to go! There are some really nice vendors participating, and I can't resist the temptation. Northern Lights Fiber Co is one of those temptations!

And now, for your viewing pleasure, Steve and his Cosmic Catnip mouse!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

New hand-dyed yarns in my store now!

Now for sale at Mad Angel Creations!

This is 100% wool sock-weight yarn, really soft and cushy, in my brand-new "Tourmaline" colorway. There's only one lot of 2 skeins being sold together as a unit. 500 yards and 4 full ounces, which would be enough for a fairly generous-sized pair of socks knitted in a plain stitch.
Or maybe a fancy cable sock for an average-sized ladies' foot?Someone please save me from myself and buy this before I decide I can't possibly sell it!
Next up is a 520 yard, 2 ounce skein, also in the Tourmaline colorway, of laceweight wool & cashmere. (85% and 15%, respectively).
This would make a really nice lace accessory item.
There's enough for a generous scarf or shawl, and it's sooooooooo soft!
I love this colorway, and will try to recreate it in future,
but no other skein will ever come out exactly like this one.
Again, someone please save me from myself and buy this
before I decide I really can't bear to part with it!