Handknit one of a kind bunny rabbit by Marianne C. Wille, WilleWorks.
This sweet little bunny is handknit with wool yarn from a local farm, Maggie's Farm. I'm particularly fond of the sheep who gave up his fleece for this very soft yarn. Thank you, Martin. She is in my shop now.
Oz and I visited our oldest son Grant and his fiancé Blair last weekend in Tucson. We celebrated their engagement and had lots of time together relaxing, partying, cooking, and telling family stories. The weather was perfect and the huge patio is my favorite room of their beautiful home. They are a sweet and loving couple.
Highlights of the trip were making pickles with cucumbers from their garden with Grant on Saturday morning. I learned so much about canning from him. We had a lovely dinner on the patio at Martin's Comida Chingona in downtown Tucson. The downtown area is vibrant and beautiful and within walking distance of their home. It was also the weekend of the All Souls Procession and the weather was so perfect that Oz and I hiked the next day for about 5 miles in Sabino Canyon. Our last night in town, the kids treated us to dinner at a wonderful new restaurant downtown, Biano. I took my grandpuppy for a walk Tuesday morning before we left town. Zucca is a love.
The Prairie Found Open House was so much fun and I sold most of my WilleWorks hats and many of my other items. The needle-felted mushrooms were especially popular. This young man is Miles who very nicely agreed to let me take his photo at the end of the day with Miss Bunnyso you can see how big she is. One of the suggestions I heard from customers who visit my online shop was to photograph my items with something else for scale. Great suggestion. Thank you, Miles.
I've been on my own this week while Oz travels for a sales meeting. The studio is where you can find me. This week, when it wasn't raining, I took breaks by walking miles around the neighborhood or working in the garden. The leaves are turning gold and red now. This golden ash tree is in our front yard. Today, after the rain, many of the leaves fell on the yard and sidewalk. The neighbor children seem to enjoy walking on the sidewalk's new carpet, kicking up the leaves, and picking up their favorite fallen golden leaf to take with them.
Next weekend is the Prairie Found Open House, November 1 and 2. I finished two more hats for the show (that makes 20 hats!) and what doesn't sell I'll take to Essential Goods in downtown Lawrence.
I am very busy getting ready for the 16th Prairie Found Open House, November 1 and 2, in Baldwin, Kansas. I'm so excited ~ it is always a great weekend event. I've written about some of the years that I have participated in the Prairie Found Open House, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
In the photos : Wendy's Girl and Gracie are two ply worsted weight yarn the skeins have
250 yards. Mary Todd and McMurray (also known as Moorit
Merino) are two ply fingering weight yarn. These skeins have 250
yards. I also bought two skeins of grey Demeter yarn for more knit bunnies.
This might be my most favorite time of year. I've been busy picking
plums from the tree in our front yard, making plum sauce, visiting
the sheep at Maggie's Farm, knitting animals, needle-felting and beading mushrooms, and getting ready for Pam's Open House which will be in a few weeks.
I finally got up the courage to finish this sweet WilleWorks fox's face. This fox looks like a lady to me. Maybe she needs a tulle skirt. I don't know....but I love the way this fox turned out. You can find her in my WilleWorks etsy shop.
Inspiration comes from the fox that I see in my garden and the foxes on Flickr here, here, here and here.
I am almost done creating this WilleWorks Fox. Yay! His head is all knit now and I just have to embroider a face for him, which can be the most difficult part for me. I want him to look expressive and believable and the eyes can be challenging. I also have in the works 15 mushrooms that I've needlefelted. The mushroom caps and stems are waiting on my work table for beadwork to start. I love doing the beadwork most of all. A friend is coming over tomorrow to visit. She wants to learn some tips on how to needlefelt. I'm looking forward to this ~
The knitting of my newest fox is slow going. When I see mistakes, I unknit to the error and try again. I'm a perfectionist. When I'm tired of knitting I gather up my needle-felting gear, sit down at my work table, and start poking away at wool roving to make more needle-felted mushrooms. These red Amanita Muscaria were made in April and I have another request for a custom order. We'll see how many I can make before my elbow gives out. It takes me about an hour and a half to make one needle-felted mushroom.
I've been gearing up for autumn and winter sales of wool felt hats. I finished this hat yesterday and have one more on my sewing table waiting to be finished. WilleWorks hats will be available at Essential Goods in November.
I will also be showing all of my new hats at Pam Carvalho's open house the first weekend in November. These wool felt hats are so popular, especially when people have a large selection to try on and choose just the perfect fit. Molly at Essential Goods tells me that a customer from Kansas City was inquiring about my wool hats last week. The customer bought a WilleWorks hat last year and got a lot of compliments! So happy to get that kind of feedback. I still have 4 hats listed in my WilleWorks Etsy shop. I understand it is harder for people to find just the right hat when they don't get a chance to try it on in person before buying. If you buy a hat from my shop online, I happily accept returns for full refunds if you are not happy with your hat choice.