I love to buy relatively inexpensive trinkets in gift shops. This is why I have a great collection of souvenir ballpoint pens. It is a similar story at fibre festivals. I will get just as much pleasure from a small purchase as from a large one. A few years ago my favourite item was a kit to needle felt a family of penguins, from Twist Fibre Craft. I've just looked and they still have them! - on this page. And some tempting alternatives too.
Anyway, getting back to the point, at Woolfest 2011 my small purchase was a kit to make a keyring from Sheepfold. The kit included the pattern, a small amount of wool yarn and a metal keyring. You just knitted up some wiggly bits of knitting, sewed them together and fulled the result in the washing machine. From a distance the result looks like an oversized felted bead. But close to you can see the interlocking swirls. It is a very satisfying ball shape, though as it looked a bit like a flower before it was felted I wonder if perhaps this design was the result of a happy accident!
The swirls reminded me of the folds of brain tissue, so I had a quick search online, and of course, found several examples of knitted brains!
- There's a famous one by Karen Norberg - it is the second one down on this page. With a newspaper write up here.
- Sarah Maloney's two knitted brains are included in this article
- This crocheted hat by Pamela Wynne is just superb. It is also in ravelry - have a look at the projects page: some wonderful photos!
- And a knitting pattern for a toy brain from Alicia Williams