Wendy’s childhood doll, Barbara , has a new outfit. It is very special. Wendy dyed the wool at our dyeing workshop, then spun it very finely. Wendy loves lace knitting so the little dress has turned out perfectly for Barbara and her matching underwear is just as beautifully knitted. We loved seeing Barbara and really thought her new outfit looked good on her.
There are some nice free doll knitting patterns on ABC knitting
We had a really productive day and had plenty of ideas to share which was really good because it was cold, wet and windy outside.
Marina: Jumper in blues, maroon, gun metal grey and other flecked colours. Mostly hand spun wool with some commercial wool. Scumbled stress ball in light blue.
Margaret: 3 Christmas decorations. One she bought with the little metal Christmas tree and she made the others herself in white with various colours.
Alexis: A really big skein of hand dyed wool she had spun in perigord and lilac Jacquard dyes.
Cathy: Knitted beanie decorated with freeform puff stitch crochet in navy, green grey and purple. Spun blue merino tops plied with Alex’ hand dyed alpaca in soft lavender and blue.
John was weaving a pink mohair scarf.
Sheila:Two beautifully sewn story books and then padded number squares which she had made for her granddaughter.
Janette shared this pattern with us yesterday because she thought they were good socks and so easy to make because you use two needles. You do need to watch the video so you know how to fold them when you stitch them. Once mastered , you would be able to make all sorts of lovely socks with this pattern.
You can get written instructions here: bit.ly/russiansockspattern
The page is in Russian and at the top of the page are the Russian instructions. Scroll down a bit and the instructions are there in English. The video is also in Russian but you can turn the sound down and just watch so you can see how the socks are assembled.
It was a good start to the new year. We were all happy and productive and the weather was not as hot as it has been. There were some really lovely colours and some great things to look at.
Marina and Peter: woven project bag in fawns and other understated colours. Peter wove the fabric and Marina sewed it into a bag with string handles and zip.
Marina: Colourful woven bag with a solid bottom; green crocheted hat where Marina tried to remember the pattern without consulting it; colourful striped crochet beanie with furry pom pom; oddments beanie to use up all the bits and pieces of spun wool in her basket, mix of soft colours in stripes.
Maria: four homespun, knitted beanies , two in coffee colours, one in white and rust, one in pinks and purples; sheep appliqué on hessian bag – part fabric , part knitted
Janette: rainbow coloured blanket with fringe in garter stitch; cake of spun alpaca plied with Brenda’s dyed wool tops
Wendy: handspun, hand dyed, hand knitted lace dress and underwear for Barbara, her doll since she was a girl.
John brought along one of his other looms and is weaving fabric for a jacket.