Crazy grannie squares

This grannie square is about 30cm square and Maria learnt how to do it on a craft camp the week before last . It is not the sort of grannie square you can just do but the visual impact of it is striking and different colour combinations would produce such an interesting effect. As usual, Maria’s workspace was fun and interesting and yes, it just happened to be her birthday recently. We  celebrated it just before the camp and she celebrated it at the camp. She had found this grannie square quite challenging and , given her high skills level, it was good that she could find something which would help build her creative ideas.

There is an online grannie square colour pattern generator if you are interested. Crochet Again also has some grannie squares ideas which are a bit different.

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Is this a sheep?

crochet sheep Margaret had white crochet things on her workspace. We were trying to think what they were. A big white doily and a smaller circle…hmm. As is turns out it is going to be a sheep. There is a black face to go on this and it is supposed to be for a baby blanket. This is Australia. Margaret was thinking about this sheep. She was thinking it would be too hot and heavy for a baby blanket in Australia. She really liked the sheep she was making but decided it would probably look better on a bag or an adult blanket. We are now looking forward to seeing this sheep and what Margaret does with it. Creativity is a journey and Margaret constantly teaches us to think things out , to do what we want and to use our judgement to make our own creative decisions.

While we are on the subject of sheep, because Margaret made us think about them, there is the cutest little sheep drawstring bag on RepeatCrafterMe. Great pattern and great name for a site 🙂

Show and tell

Marina : 2 balls of spun yarn in muted pastel shades of blue, 1 yellow/cream mix, 2 beanies in a spiral rib orange/cream, 1 ribbed in a blue mixture.

Cathy :2 carded batts yellow with muted green & gold thread carded through. Pomegranate natural dye.

Sheila: showed us the finished jumper she was working on last week in a photo on her phone:Granddaughter wearing the jumper.

Hilary :2 berets in very bright multi-coloured greens, 1 skein of spun Ashford wool/silk mix.

John : the weaver has started a new project weave a heritage pattern for a table runner.

Peter ,John’s apprentice, is working on his ruck sack.

Maria : a sample of a colourful crazy crotchet square.

Spinning mentor

This week Sonya, our roving reporter, brings you Christine ‘s story. Her crescent shawl continues to be one of our top posts. She has mentored new members in spinning and weaving . She supports them strongly at the start and then gives them so many ideas and pushes them to fly and believe in themselves. She is confidence-inspiring with yarn arts because she is so passionate about  them:

Christine is a most gifted and creative person you could ever come across. And laced with such kindness of heart. She willingly teaches newbies how to spin, weave, do complex knitting,  or manoeuvre their way into a puzzling spinning wheel., spin chunky yarn, use an  obscure sock loom etc etc.   Can’t do something? Need the shelves of patterns sorted? Take you to the airport? Do a stint at the Royal Adelaide Show? Just ask dear Christine. Oh it’s too late! She’s already offered before being asked. Every club should have a Christine. Here is her story which she assured me there was nothing about her, to write.

I’ve knitted for as long as I can remember. My mother was pleased she could teach me because my two sisters just didn’t cotton on to knitting. But for all that there was a lot of skill in my family. One of my brothers and his son built their entire house. Another brother has renovated and redecorated his house. One of my sisters is brilliant at sewing, making curtains and such, and so clever with macramé. And the other sister is just so socially gifted.

I was sixteen when I knitted my first cardigan. When my children were young I remember knitting seven jumpers for them in seven months. My wrists were so sore that I threw out my needles and the rest of my wool, vowing never to knit again.

After that I don’t think I picked up my knitting needles for some years. Then a friend gave me a cross stitch tapestry, a white work project and a long stitch tapestry. That all got me going again. I decided I would make hardanger embroidery my specialty.

When my neighbour and friend Beryl showed me her spinning wheel and told me about the process of washing, carding, spinning and then knitting, I thought to myself –what fool would go through all of that?

I started coming along with Beryl to Seaford Spinners and Weavers because I decided I wanted to learn how to spin. However I had   no intention of joining up.  I learnt to spin on the wheel I borrowed from my sister who keeps it as an ornament and is not interested in using it. I took to spinning and loved it. I still find it relaxing and I feel kind of secure, behind a spinning wheel.