Marjorie dazzled us with a riot of colour this week for show and tell. It was so uplifting.
The beret is beautifully made and looks good and the cables set off those bright colours nicely. Marjorie dyed the wool herself. The first ball took the colours strongly but the second ball, which was exactly the same fleece, gave them a hint of pastel in the shade. Such is life and fleece. Marjorie has used it all to very good effect though. There are some really stylish paid beret patterns on Woolly Wormhead if you want to have a look. There are some really nice free beret patterns on Knitting Bee.
Marjorie has also knitted a fireman friend of hers another pair of socks. He can never lose her socks, they dry on the truck engine, they are durable and they keep his feet safe because they are natural fibre. He probably has the coolest socks in the brigade.
We love sleeveless jackets and they are appearing on a regular basis this year. They are warm, great fashion items and can be contrasted in colour with other clothing items. Your arms are free to move and there are no bulky sleeves getting in the way.
Hilary’s knitted sleeveless jacket (left), has an interesting stripe pattern which becomes geometric because of the way the jacket is knitted. Bit op arty and in black and white it definitely would be. Hilary’s is handspun, hand dyed wool as is Marina’s (right). Marin’es jacket is an interesting rib pattern with garter stitch edging. Both jackets are snuggly feeling and would add a good layer of warmth. The blues and greys are different in each jacket but the colourways are restful.
If you are interested, there’s a long jacket with capped sleeves on ausyarnco.
Lovely day today. Sunny and bright and we were sunny and bright with it. So much to see and talk about after a week off!
Show and Tell
Alexis has been very busy over the weekend break dying wool tops with beautiful colours to tempt us. Each one is 100 grams @ $11. A bargain.
Marina :sleeveless jacket in a twisted rib pattern with a shawl collar in Alexis’ blue mix dyed tops, jacket in brown goat/cotton mix, scarf made from Susie Horn mixed fleece.
Marjorie: 2 spun dyed tops ball, beret made from some of the tops & a pair of multi-coloured socks in thick wool for a fireman friend.
Cathy: a ball of mixed spun fibres. Caramel, cream and blues, pinks and greys.
Jan1 : 3 children beanies 2 in commercial fibres with twisted tails & a pompom,1 hand dyed spun wool tops in blue/pale pink with pompom.
Hilary: sleeveless top stripes 2 tone blues/white plus pattern, skein of spun mixed fibres from Luba collection in purples.
There were some lemons from Cathy & limes from Janette
John gave a report on the Yankalilla Country Show, which was very well supported this year with record crowds. Our own members did very well. Peter & Marina awarded 1st & 2nd prizes for weaving and Karin a highly recommended prize for her beautiful felted slipper boots.
We do. We do love spinning and the wheels and looms never stop. The colours encourage and inspire us and we just love that rhythm of the wheels. We like to make wool batts and spin those but we like the colourways of tops and then we have been interested in experimenting with different fibres. Mostly it is merino and alpaca in our group but we’ll try dog hair, camel, cotton , plant fibres and rare breeds. We do it to see and then we do it because each fibre feels different. The colours can be outrageously bold or very soft and subtle. Sometimes it is just natural fleece colours and other times we like to play with natural and chemical dyes to see what happens. Our wheels are all different too. Some members are more than happy with their electric wheels and others like to play with their manual wheels. Electric wheels are obviously more transportable because of the size. The latest passion for some of the members, thanks to Christine, are the little 3D printed Eel Wheels. You need to be patient setting them up but they really are a bonus for quick and easy small scale spinning.