Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas tree

We went out to the country to get our Christmas tree this year again. Setting up some holiday cheer around the house.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Autumn two moons

We had a full moon this weekend, the Gemini moon. I wonder if there will be two moons in the sky this month? Could be! It is a magical time of year for me, anyway. We have had a gorgeous autumn and yesterday was cold and foggy. Just my kind of weather.  I went to Pam's and we made wreaths and it felt like Santa's workshop. What fun!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has bought something from my shop, WilleWorks.

My holiday sale will continue until December 12.  Enjoy 15% off of your entire purchase at my etsy shop from Nov 28 - Dec 12 with coupon code HOLIDAY15.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Understanding my work

I was somewhat surprised and a little amused by some of the comments from shoppers at the Prairie Found Open House this month. One WilleWorks customer told me that she likes my smaller knit animals best and "why don't I make them all small and cute!?" and another customer pouted that I didn't have a blue kitty just like the one printed on some cards for sale. I tried to explain that the WilleWorks blue kitty on the printed card now lives with a family in England. It is a one of a kind cat because the yarn I used to knit her was very special, one of a kind, hand dyed and spun yarn.  Unfortunately the lady just pouted, turned around, and huffed off. So now is my chance to explain.

I don't just go to the Kmart like my grandma did and buy mass produced acrylic yarn for my work. Sorry, Grandma! I seek out beautiful, one of a kind wool yarn. Some are bought locally from sustainable farms like Maggie's Farm and I purchase yarn from spinners all over the country. This kind of yarn is great quality. I don't find knots in the yarn like I do with the yarn I buy at my local yarn shop. I hate knots! My dolls are also different sizes depending on the gauge or thickness of the yarn. There are many different weights of yarn such as lace weight, fingering weight ( I use this for bunny dolls) and super bulky. Here is a chart that I like to refer to. The names of the weights have changed since I started knitting over 30 years ago. Geez, I'm getting old. My newest bunny girl in a blue dress is smaller than the big cat dolls because I used a very fine organic wool to knit her body. As the gauge of the yarn changes, so does the size of the animal. I would not knit a small doll with bulky weight yarn, although I see that so much online now, because I think the end product looks crude, weird, and all the details are lost. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

WilleWorks Holiday Sale!

HOLIDAY SALE! Enjoy 15% off of your entire purchase at my etsy shop from Nov 28 - Dec 12 with coupon code HOLIDAY15.

Sweet Kitty was featured in an Etsy treasury today by Nate from Latvia. What great handmade items.

Monday, November 24, 2014


This week is a time of giving thanks for the many things in my life that are going well....The weather is cold and somewhat cloudy which I enjoy for taking long walks in the neighborhood and also for cooking comfort food in my warm, cozy kitchen. Oz has been traveling so much this fall for his job that we decided that a quiet time at home would be restorative before the Christmas rush and more traveling for him. In my studio, I'm working on needle-felted mushrooms, 2 new cashmere hats, and another grey bunny friend for this happy bunny rabbit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bunny in blue

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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tucson paradise

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.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Open House Update

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 Bunny so 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 have a few more animals in my shop.

Friday, October 24, 2014


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.

Friday, October 17, 2014

An invitation

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