It’s been a good year an we have done well. We’ll just look at the top posts for the year today because it is an interesting mix. We have had 7559 visits to the blog page and 178 followers. Our top five countries are Australia, America, UK, Canada and Belgium but our visitors come from all over the world now.
Our top post for the year is Christine’s crescent shawl from homespun wool. We then have had a lot of interest in the spinning and knitting sites and the site on Australian spinning wheels we recommended. Margaret’s sheep cushion from Better Homes and Gardens has been a winner because she used her own colours and homespun wool. Sonya’s report on Alan came into the top 3 from being posted late in the year. We’ll have to blame that on Clarrie! Christine’s celtic knot scarf she tried out also did exceptionally well. It’s interesting and a good knitting challenge. Visitors to our blog like a challenge knit. Then there was Wendy’s cream poncho which looks just beautiful. Such a classic and it suits her well. Like Instagram it’s mainly knitting but the sheep was crocheted. Part of our success is the fact we can spin our own wool and create something which is very original because we can customise the yarn weight and colour when we want to . Such a nice reward for all our hard work!
A while back , Hilary brought in a bulk purchase of cotton to spin and we could buy it a tiny prices. Marina had decided to spin hers and she found out it spins far better on a bigger, older wheel than on a small wheel. You need a strong pull on the fibre to get the cotton to spin nicely, so a wheel where you have a good chance of changing ratios and tension. The dyed cotton wasn’t actually something we thought looked particularly good but now we have seen it spun up it looks great and can be plied with itself or some silk and makes a really nice yarn. If you don’t try things, you don’t know. Looking at it tells you nothing. Cotton is good for bags, tops and wash cloths. It is totally sustainable and cotton growers are getting smarter at using less water. As a plant based fibre it is easily composted. As a lightweight, breathable fibre it is good to wear next to your skin so learning to spin cotton gives you more yarn choices for projects. Some people are allergic to wool.
Christine brought along her Electric Eel wheel mini to show us on Monday. It could sit on an A5 piece of paper, that’s how compact it is. It had us all interested because it is light, tiny and could go anywhere. It spins properly and is just so cute! You could seriously use it if you have very limited space but it would also pack in a bag and go anywhere. Then there is the novelty appeal. Have one because you can. There is a strong Ravelry community for this wheel and all the people are very enthusiastic. It’s about creativity and innovation. There is a kickstarter for the second version of the mini wheel which has far exceeded expectation and so Maurice Ribble has included stretch goals now to improve on this offering. It is good to see people encouraging others to be productive and creative and all in the name of yarn!
We are still on a high from Equipment Day. It was such a beautiful day , weatherwise , we had had good company and then we saw so much which made us enthusiastic. Margaret had got a secondhand book with graph knitting and we looked at that over morning tea and it gave us all so many ideas. Marina and Cathy had bought spinning wheels at bargain prices and so were wildly enthusiastic about heir new equipment. Wendy was ecstatic with the knitting needle set she had bought because it was so beautiful and the needles were so smooth and classy! We bought wool batts and yarn. Sock yarn was popular and there were some nice colours. Karin had bought some sari silk for her felting. Everything we saw made us think about what to create. We loved the wooden buttons and Ron’s stall where she had this for drop spinning and then spinning in general. All handmade and hand crafted and beautiful. Cathy had bought a woolbatt with the colours of Gustav Klimt paintings which she loved since he is one of her favourite artists. We were happy to see what others had purchased and then we were talking a lot about what would happen to the fibre, yarn and patterns. Days like Equipment Day raise the creative energy levels and that has to be a good thing…and there was no way we were going to come home without our Susie Horn’s bags of bits. Great colours and so useful in our spinning and felting.