A warm knitted vest like this is the best thing in winter. It can be worn under a jacket, if necessary, and really protects against the cold. Marjorie spun the wool for this and it is all natural colour and then she knitted it. It has a country look and would just as nice with a skirt as pants and a warm scarf would complete the outfit. We likes it because it was so soft. We don’t like scratchy wool and we don’t like the feel of harsh fibres which is why we often spin alpaca. Spinning the wool means you can select the right fleece so you get a really soft texture into the wool you spin. Marjorie’s vest is a classic piece and we loved it.
John and Peter are very productive and are always creating something interesting on their looms. Peter has really only just begun to weave but he loves it so he is learning quickly. John has a lot of experience and has been very helpful to Peter. We like seeing what they are doing and are always amazed with the level of skill and then the patience setting up the looms and making the cloth. Peter’s new pattern is coming along nicely and it is destined to be a rucksack. John is currently working on an American Colonial pattern. Those patterns favoured red and white and blue and white. Originally people were not allowed to weave in America. They had to send the raw fibres to Britain and then bring it back as woven cloth. You cannot stop people , though. Weaving cotton, linen and wool was popular. John’s red and white piece is looking lovely and such a good design.
Recently we showed Christine spinning the husky fur she had. She turned the spun yarn into a woven scarf and it looks different. Good different. It has a substantial texture without being thick. It has a real warmth and cosiness. The slightly open weave allows an appreciation of the fibre but creates air pockets for extra warmth. The fringe is a good idea because it allows you to appreciate the husky fur. This is no ordinary scarf and it’s a great addition to a winter wardrobe.
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.