Making crowns and playsilks

Recently I resolved to spend less. Less on food. Less on books. And less on craft supplies. These are probably my main spending vices. But also things I really enjoy.

My wonderful friend suggested that I still allow myself to buy craft supplies but use them to create handmade gifts. That way I can still enjoy making and creating. And then I can give handmade.

I think this means I get to have my cake and eat it too!

So I’ve been knitting up gorgeous crowns in lovely vibrant 16 ply wool using this pattern. And dyeing my own playsilks ~ again in bright brilliant colours ~ using acid dye.

I’m pretty pleased with the results and hope the recipients are enjoying them! And who knows, maybe I’ll make enough to sell at the markets!

Happy days,

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  • Reply Kim November 24, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Love those crowns. And I love your friends suggestion 🙂

    • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts November 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Kim, such a great item to knit up for pressies 🙂 And yes, so thankful to my friend for her suggestion!

  • Reply Jayne Marti November 24, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Love the crowns too – I am going to check out that pattern now!

    • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts November 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      It’s a fun pattern and the kids love their crowns – have fun with it Jayne 🙂

  • Reply Helen November 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Your silks and crowns look beautiful! In a similar scenario, I’m telling myself if I want to make something I have to use supplies I already have and make do (instead of searching for the “perfect” fabric for a particular project, or whatever it may be).

    • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts November 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Helen 🙂 and that’s great working through your stash! Although hard to let go of looking for that ‘perfect’ fabric isn’t it! I often get an idea in my head, and even though I have something that would work I go looking for just the thing – I must use my stash!

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  • Reply Sam January 6, 2016 at 7:19 am


    I’m new to the site and to the world of Waldorf. I have a question about the play silks. Do you buy the scarves or make your own. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Reply Kelly January 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Sam. I buy silk blanks and dye them myself. You can get the silk blanks and dye from Dharma Trading. Or you can buy ready made ones on Etsy 🙂

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