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Happy New Years from Amigami!!

Amigami has been very busy over the holiday season and new year, and I can’t thank all my wonderful friends and customers enough.  The local auctions and eBay sales have been a complete success, and it has granted me the opportunity to expand more into the medium of stone jewelry, which is an area of design I absolutely love.

The beginning of the 2011 Jewelry Line is already up, and can be viewed in full at the Amigami Etsy Shop.  And of course, I will be showcasing pieces on the website regularly, so check back soon and often for updates.

This Christmas we made several gifts for our friends, but the most exciting was what has been lovingly dubbed “The Rasta Scarf.”  Using the Catherine Wheel method and heavy gauge worsted acrylic yarn, this GIANT scarf is over 9 feet long!!  The picture doesn’t even do it justice, and it was near impossible to take of picture of it stretched, but I hope to get the owner to model it in a picture for me soon.

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Alpaca Pinwheel Scarf and Hex Slippers

Upon searching the Ravelry pattern databases for fun scarf ideas, I came across a technique known as the Catherine Wheel, which creates a wonderfully eye-catching pattern.  The pinwheel effect is achieved by mirroring two rows of bunched crochet stitches, with narrow intermediary segments which are shaped by subsequent rows, forming this wave-like design.  It’s also very practical – the bunches become epicenters of warmth which shield against even the sharpest winter winds.

For these reasons, alpaca was the ideal material for me to create the Amigami Pinwheel Scarf.  The yarn used to craft this piece was created entirely from animals living in the Upper Ohio Valley regions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania, on farms we know personally.  My partner Ramon was the shearer responsible for collecting the raw fiber from these animals, and the white and two-tone yarns were handspun by the animals’ owners.  From hoof to hand, this beautiful scarf is the epitome of regional handmade crafts, and is truly a must-have for any winter wardrobe.  And lucky for you, they are available in my Etsy shop!

From the same skeins I’ve also created these ultra-warm Hexagon Slippers, named for the 6 sided panels which are used to form the shoes.  The three hexagons, stitched together in the center, are then stitched around a double thick sole, creating a durable and comfortable cushion for your foot.  I need to work with adjusting the sizing on these slippers before they are ready for sale, but if you are interested in some let me know and we can get started on a custom order.


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