Show and tell

show and tell August 19thThe weather looked nice but the wind was icy cold today.  At least the sun was out which was cheering . Our show and tell table was colourful and interesting and there are still signs of the grannie square bug.

John's oddment WIP

oddments weavingShow and tell

Janette: a ball of spun wool in blue and white.
Marina & Peter produced a roll of woven material in purple/green,
Marina found a table crochet decoration in pink in wheel design, 3 granny squares mixed colours, 2 shower mitts in cotton & a blue mobius cowl with white pearl beads.
Peter: a carded rolag in lime green/orange
John: a weaving in progress with many interesting colour combinations.

 

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Creating for causes

knitted beanieWe produce so many things in a year and we like to. Part of what we do is create things for others like our tiny teddies last year. Jan 1 regularly knits beanies for the homeless in winter because there is a big call for warm hats for them. One of her beanies in progress is featured left.

Recently we were talking about the need for penguin jumpers on Philip Island. The pattern is here and the Penguin Foundation website gives you all the background for the cause.

Kogo accepts hand knitted things all year and highlights any needs as they arise. You can find them on Facebook as well.

Life’s Little Treasures is a site which supports premature babies and it has two lovely knitted bears which are signature bears for the cause.

There is no compulsion for us to knit for others but we always keep each other aware of what community needs there are so we can participate if we want to. Hilary reminded us there is always a need  in hospitals for crocheted octopuses for premature babies and the YouTube clip by APcrochet explains how to make them. It’s a good thing for any little baby, actually.

Sunburst grannie squares

sunburst grannie squares
sunburst grannie squares

Sunburst grannie squares are good to learn to make because they can produce such cheerful blankets, bags, jackets…whatever you like. The video we have chosen for this post shows you how to alter it slightly to make it denser if you want a tighter version. Craft Passion has written a very enthusiastic post about Sunburst Grannie Squares which includes different ways of joining them together. The written instructions from that site are here. You might miss them because there are so many good things to look at on the page. Karin brought a basket full of Sunburst grannie squares to cheer us up this week. We are focusing a bit on grannie squares because they are good things to know how to make and different styles and patterns can help you create some lovely things. It is a good grannie square for oddments and we love our oddments projects.

Now for Curio’s video:

Show and tell

show and tell August 12th

Sheila: 8 skeins of beautiful white natural spun fibres, & a long beanie in dyed red on grey wool with blue stripes.
Karin: a baskets full of sunburst grannie squares, with white borders and multi coloured centres.
Cathy: a grannie square using many colours.
Margaret: a square 10 stitch blanket using various for the surround . Very neat.
Janette: a very colourful beanie knitted sideways in stripes of blue, red & yellow.
Hilary: 2 grannies squares one not so square in various colour oddments.
John’s: new weaving project yet to be decided but we like the colours.