The Yankalilla Show was well attended and very popular and there was plenty to see. We’d like to congratulate Peter for his second prize for the woven shepherd’s coat. Marina won a first prize for her homespun mohair and cotton sleeveless jacket and they both won a first prize for the bag which Peter had woven and Marina had crocheted the sides for and put together with a lovely strap.
We are currently on a break because of the long weekend. There may well be more news about the show when we meet next week. Always nice to see our members shining.
We are always making hats, beanies and berets. Everyone loves a good hat or beanie. We make them for ourselves, our friends, family , for competitions and sale. We make them for charity and then just for fun. They always find their home and head! We like trying new patterns or making up our own. The ones featured give you (and us) ideas. You can use up scraps and make fair isle or striped beanies. You can mix yarns and use something fancy like spun camel hair and silk or a really nice alpaca. You can make a difference with crochet or knitting the edge . You can do something as simple as a purl row after a number of stocking stitch rows. You can crochet the top of a beret and finish it off with knitting. You can make a nice little scarf or cowl to go with your hat. What you need is a good, basic pattern and then you can vary it with fancy stitches or a mix of crochet and knitting or you can vary the colours and yarns. It’s all up to you and your imagination.
There’s a good, basic beanie pattern on allfreeknitting.
Depending on the weather or climate you may just need a bit of warmth around your neck. You don’t want a big , thick scarf or cowl. Just something easy and light. Smaller cowls and neck wraps can be fun to make and if you crochet them they are really quick. Good way to use up oddments, too. Christine made a lovely, lavender neck wrap and it looks visually appealing. It’s the colour and then the lacy effect. She made it up herself. Why not? Just get your hook and yarn out and crochet whatever you want and the way you feel like it. It’s a nice creative exercise and also a way of freeing up your mind. No pressure.
Marina crocheted a cowl from her spun fleece which Alexis had dyed. She added some beads and a lacy edge. That’s another thing you can play around with when you are making a smaller neck wrap. Look at ways of edging or embellishing it. You get to see the effect without committing yourself to a big project.
The Happy Unraveller shows you how to make an easy cowl and then you can use your skills and ideas to make it visually more interesting if you want to.
Lovely , sunny day today and some beautiful projects on the table . It was especially nice to see Jan B’s father’s Dresden Fair Isle knitting. Those blue and white colours are so striking.
*There is no meeting next week. it is a public holiday.*
Show and Tell
Hilary: a striped vest in blue’s/white
Marjorie: a large man size jumper in natural grey wool, a large skein wool blue/light green.
Margaret :project from the week camp. A macramé owl, Tunisian crochet square & a
soap pouch, broomstick knitted cover for a small packet of tissues and a pair of fingerless mittens in alpaca & possum. Pinky-red colour.
Marina : a bag in cream woven material that Peter wove with granny squares inserts on
the end & a plaited strap for a handle.
Jan B brought in a beautiful jumper knitted in a blue/white Fair Isle pattern by her father.
Alan’s needle felting projects – the little Tasmanian Devils.