Where did you get that hat?

We never seem to be short of ideas for hats. They can be challenge hats where we make something to lift our game and skills. They can be oddments projects or custom made for a specific person or event. We never get tired of making hats or seeing all the new hats which pop up when we get together.

Top left is Hilary’s pixie hat. She is great at making whimsical hats suitable for any kind of  little woodland creature. Bottom left is Cathy’s Ravenclaw hat which she made for her granddaughter. We liked the colours. Middle is Marina’s crochet hat. It’s a nice green and a very interesting pattern with a good shape. Right are Maria’s beanies. She was revamping some World War 2 patterns. We loved the tow natural coloured beanies but the other ones are really good to look at too. Maria always seems to get something original into her beanies by way of colour or technique.

Vintage doll’s clothes

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

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Show and tell

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.

 

Show and tell

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.