Making rolags

rolagsKnittingthestash is a really good WordPress yarn blog you can keep up with. She makes helpful videos too. One of the things which impressed us last year were Hilary’s purchased rolags she had brought along to spin. They looked like really cool snails, had beautiful colours which were mixed well and the yarn Hilary made was just so good to look at.

Rolags are a way of preparing smaller amounts of fibre to sin and can be very creative. Some people get very classy looking rolags. Others just make and spin and are not too worried about whether they are art or not. The difference is good. We all need that kind of variety when we are spinning. Some days are diamonds and you can create stunning things. Other days you are ordinary and that is okay. Knittinginthestash shows you how to make them with hand carders but you can make them on drum carders and with combs. With this video you can see the technique and that is what is important. Once you get the hang of it you will create lovely rolags too!

Instagram Top Nine

Instagram Top Nine

About half way through the year Instagram changed its algorithm (coded way of doing things) and made it impossible for people to see likes. It was supposed to encourage better interaction with pictures. Not for us. We often get good interaction on our pictures and the likes halved after that. It is therefore so pleasing to see we have had 6000 likes this year with an average of twenty six per picture. Before we regularly got 40 or 50.

The top 9 pictures are a good selection but where is the weaving? Where is the felting? We have had some magnificent weaving this year and some fabulous felting. These pictures , however, do represent our willingness to learn , experiment and teach others. We give ourselves challenges and we love it when new people arrive and they become as absorbed as we are in what we are doing. The fine knitting and Fair Isle are there and the stunning colours. And who could resist the cria? We are lucky we have Jan B with her alpaca farm so we get cute pictures to put up.

Does this sum up our year? We had the dyeing workshop we loved and we have done plenty of other things. This is what Instagram values and it certainly values effort.

Fibre challenge

mixed fibresAlexis had suggested a fibre challenge she had seen which she thought we might enjoy. It is not compulsory. Those of us who want to participate are going to do that. You can see our stash of contributed fibre. We had to bring along 100 gm of good quality carded fibre. No other requirement other than it had to be ready for spinning. We have all sorts of colours and some interesting fibres here.

Alexis is going to divide the fibre into parcels for each person who contributed. We’ll all get a bag of mixed fibres when we return to our spinning group next year. We then have to spin it. We may not add or take away anything. We spin what we are given. We had thought we might then have a bit more of a challenge to then make than fibre into something which we would share. At this stage we are thinking that might crowd our calendar too much.

It is going to be really interesting to see what each person does with their bag of fibre. It is always living proof everyone is unique and looks as things differently.

Show and tell

Our Christmas break up was an animated, cheerful, creative  , well catered to,  noisy affair. We certainly ended the year with a flourish…and plenty of lovely food which we brought along and shared. In addition, we have a great Christmas fibre challenge! Alexis brought in the 100gm samples from the 10 members who have taken up the challenge to
participate in the Christmas fibre exchange. A date for the finished spinning will be announced at a later time. We should like to thank Alexis for making this all happen for us. All we had to do was bring along fibre! We also did some fundraising for research into Alzheimers. It was a satisfying end to a very productive year for us . A few will sneak back next week for an unofficial pre Christmas spin.

Show and tell

Janette: 3 balls of spun wool pink/grey.

Marina: Fingerless gloves, beanie with a cable design and a shawl all in mohair pink,
blue & brown and a ball of sari silk.

Cathy: a ribbed beanie blue/grey, 2 balls of spun yarn, 1 blue wool, 1 dark brown alpaca and a felted knitted bag in Fair Isle design with the pattern book.

Hilary: a skein of Navajo plied tops and a short knitted jacket in light brown with
dark brown stripes.