We had some lovely hats again this week and ones which made us think . Top left is Marina’s spun wool beanie which was cosy and warm . She’d actually used the pattern from Christine’s tubular socks because she thought it would work well on a beanie and it does. It makes it warmer than if you knitted it flat and it also gives it a bit of a life visually. She then made another beanie, on the right, using the same pattern but using her spun wool batts plied with cotton. It looks quite different from the other one even though it is the same pattern. Both of the beanies look comfortable.
Underneath are Hilary’s two berets from her spun wool. The first one , to the left, has some soft green at the edge and then the bright colours in the middle. The second one is just such a glorious riot of green and other colours. Like Marjories’ beret last week it is a celebration of colour. Both of these berets are cheerful and guaranteed to beat the winter blues. Colour therapy works.
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.
Maria brought along some pieces she had been knitting to show us how to get some good visual effects in knitting without having to break your head or your patience. The dimple stitch (right) easy and a good way to create some interest in a knitted garment without having to test your memory or level of concentration. Maria can do really complicated things but she constantly reminds us there is a time and a place for easy and fun too and when you are leading a busy life. Sometimes you want to be able to do something a bit different but achieve it with a sense of being in control while your mind is on other things.
There were some nice hats this week. You would never be lost in Hilary’s luminescent green beanie. Beautifully spun, eye catching green which would make you a stand out. the cables on the hat give it visual interest and a professional finish. Jan’s autumn colours slouch beanie is lovely. It is cosy. The colours are rich and warm and it just makes you want to wear it. The double , folded edge at the boarder makes it looks really neat. Then there’s Marjorie’es psychedelic beret. She bought the unspun colourway in Nimbin and has since spun and now knitted it up. The loud colours are fun and this would be a very cheerful beret to wear on a cold winter’s day. Sometimes you jsut have to make a colour statement with your accessories.