Make a pair of loom slipper socks.

It is not often you get a chance to use the small round loom which comes with the set of looms you buy. The hat you make is too small for most babies unless they are premature. It is good to see Gina Lyโ€™s very careful and well explained video on how to make a pair of slipper socks with the small loom. You could alter it to make longer top socks and have some very warm socks for freezing cold weather.

Pandanus Palm Weaving

Christine shared some images of aboriginal panadanus palm weaving. The shapes and designs were detailed and intricate. Our aborigines useย  plant based weaving as do people in Ghana, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cambodia and so many other places. Palm leaves are particularly strong. It is interesting to see how these cultures use weaving ans sustainable practices.

Maningrida Arts and Culture gives you some idea how our aborigines are developing their weaving. One of the things they are doing is making sure older members of the community can weave so they have something to do, can sit and social distance and learn how to improve their skills. It is not reliant on mobility and strength. The weavers know a lot about natural dyes available in the Arnhem Land area. That knowledge is worth preserving.

There is a Spanish artist who has been working with our aboriginal weavers so they use their skills to recycle plastic into amazing art works. culture trip tells you all about it and the work of ย Alvaro Catalรกn de Ocon. Our weavers are improving our environment.

Knitted origami pinwheel purse

origami pinwheel purseMargaret’s origami pinwheel purse has been popular on Instagram so we thought we’d follow it up here so you can make one too. Margaret’s colours are easy on the eye and this purse looks attractive . It is a pleasant knitting challenge. It’s not hard, just interesting and you feel like you have achieved something good.

Frankie Brown’s free pinwheel purse pattern is on Ravelry.

Have fun!

Man’s sleeveless knitted vest

Or is it a sleeveless jacket? Or is it a waistcoat? We showed you this recently when Marina was knitting this for her husband Peter. It is made from local wool. Before the photo had made it look blue. That is the trouble with phone cameras and light. There are times when they just don’t reflect the colour of what you are doing. The Bagabo wool in these pictures has come into its own. It is lovely, good quality wool and the natural colours all go well together. The jacket suits Peter well and the matching beanie is a nice touch. He will be nice and warm this winter…and stylish !

There are some good, free, sleeveless vest, jacket and waistcoast patterns for men on knitted-patterns.