It was cold today but, my goodness , we filled the air with chatter, laughter, creativity and colour and had a very warm, noisy day with two new members and Brenda, from The Felting Ewe (link right) , who kindly accepted our request to bring us stuff to refill our stashes ! Lots more colour back in our choices after the last couple of weeks. We did decide that this year’s challenge would be to make a bag. Theoretically that is due next April but this year we could not complete that meeting and challenge until July. If nothing, we are flexible.
Show and Tell
Marina had woven a beautiful basket from things she found in the garden and filled it with several colourful balls of spun wool and alpaca.
Janette spun ball of wool blue/black.
Margaret: a pretty Fair Isle mitten the other is in progress.
Chris: has spun 200grams of Bendigo wool blended with glitter in aubergine colour.
Cathy: a sleeveless top in tweed greens and 2 balls of border Leicester wool dyed with various natural dyes.
Hilary: 3 small skeins of spun tops , one plied with spun sari silk.
Maria has been busy this week and has 7 made beanies in various styles.
Our AGM challenge brought in a flock of sheep! Everything we saw on the day we loved. We don’t seem to have a picture of Maria’s little sheep. They were so cute. Apologies to Maria. Who knows where the photos went.
Top left is Margaret’s lovely amigurmi aardvark sheep and a bright colourful beanie. Top right is Alexis’ fun wet felted sheep hat which looks really good on . Middle left is Jeanette’s sheep decor which adds atmosphere and effect and was good to have on our challenge day. Middle right is Cathy’s aardvark wet felted sheep with some needle felted bits for effect. At the bottom is Alan’s photogenic needle felted sheep. So much work in that and it has been so well received on our Instagram account.
Marina used different skills to complete this sleeveless vest/jacket for our challenge. Country colours from her stash. She graph knitted some of the images and appliqued and embroidered other visual effects. The overall feel is that of being out in the country on a cheerful, sunny day. What a nice way to lift your mood on a winter’s day.
We got there! The day was grey but inside the club it was warm, friendly and colourful. We have had to wait and wait to do the AGM . It ended up being a very creative , inspiring day. The challenge had been to make or represent an animals whose fleece we spin. All the entries we well thought out and such fun to look at and discuss. We also had some other items to look at which people shared which will come up here or on Instagram. Margaret’s and Maria’s sheep need to be featured too. We are all doing our best and a little less than perfect . The world has been very challenging this year.
Basically, everyone has kept their positions and Sonya has taken over now as Librarian because it is a big, exacting job so taking turns is good. We have to thank Alexis for bring dyed merino tops to colour the day and help us rebuild our stash after iso life. A hearty and well deserved congratulations to Jan H for her lovely winning alpaca. Congratulations! The top she knitted and was wearing was a winner too 🙂
Janette made a sheep of the fleece
Hilary knitted an alpaca from pre-dyed alpaca fleece
Jan H crocheted an alpaca also a gonk with bright red fleece hair
Cathy wet felted and needle felted a sheep
Maria crocheted some miniature sheep
Margaret crocheted a lovely aardvark sheep
Alexis wet felted a sheep’s hat
Alan needle felted a picture of a poodle from the poodle hair
Marina knitted a jacket with applique sheep on it.
We have not , as yet, decided on next year’s challenge. This one was really fun.