. Ode to Berroco Noble

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Ode to Berroco Noble

Category: soft sculpture

A haiku for Berroco Noble, our new super bulky yarn:

Fluffy as a cloud

Even softer than cashmere

Get on my needles.

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© Berroco, Inc.

You had no idea I was such a poet, did you?

But seriously, this yarn is divine. I fell in love at first touch, and I encourage all of you to come in and feel it for yourselves. Each skein is 98 glorious yards of 98% extrafine merino/2% nylon. Noble is the ultimate in cozy, the companion you want to have with you through brisk fall days and icy winter nights. (Noble never has freezing-cold feet in bed, you guys.) With a gauge of 2 stitches per inch on a #17 needle, this is instant-gratification, quick-knit yarn at its best. It’s light, lofty, and just plain lovely.

 

 

 

It’s no secret that Over The Rainbow Yarn loves Berroco. There’s good reason for that: they consistently create quality products, and they have excellent pattern support. They’ve brought out a pattern booklet to go with Noble, and because they love us back, they have also made each of the patterns available online through your local yarn shop (Hey, that’s us!). They even sent us a sample garment, which I kidnapped borrowed yesterday in order to survive the frigid air conditioning.

I think the first item I want to make for myself is Coffeehouse. Yummmm….

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© Berroco, Inc.

 

 

 

In Which Catherine *MUST* Share Her Excitement

Category: soft sculpture

Dearest readers, lend me your ears (eyes?), because after a year of eager hope and subtle pestering our store finally has….~**~these~**~

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Over the past year+ that I’ve been needle felting  I’ve tried a lot of different kinds of fibers, but none of them have been able to give me as satisfying a result as the roving from Bartlett Yarns. This roving has a lofty, squishy feel, but is extremely easy to work with. A little goes a long way with these babies, so much so that I still have almost as much in my half-pound bag of Midnight Blue that I originally purchased almost a year ago (and yes, believe me, I’ve been using it wherever I can with my projects)! I’ve found that they work best as an over-layer on a sculpted piece or by itself with flat felting particularly because of what I find to be its most appealing quality: the flat, smooth surface you can get with less stabbing.

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I love these, I love these, I love these, and it is genuinely an extreme effort for me not to hoard them all for myself. They’re a real pleasure to felt with, and I could not possibly recommend them more than I already do.

 

 

 

 

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Where I Start From

Category: soft sculpture

 

 

It’s no surprise that I take a lot of inspiration for the work I do from nature and history, but the place I probably get the most from is other artists around me. In this post I would like to share a few of them, and hopefully inspire some of you as well! Be sure to click on the images to go to their pages.

 

 

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Caitlin T. McCormack (crochet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leigh Martin (knitting)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sara Renzuli    (needle felting)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alexander Petrov (needle felting and sculpture )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mister Finch (soft sculpture )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amanda Louise Spayd (soft sculpture )