Sleeveless jacket

knitted sleeveless jacketThis sleeveless jacket is knitted in one piece on round needles. Marjorie has dyed all the wool for it and spun it and now she has nearly finished her jacket. We can’t wait to see it when it is finished. It is a beautiful colour. It is thick and warm and will provide some good protection against the cold . it’s colour will be cheerful in winter. She is thinking of maybe putting some pearl buttons on the lapels.

There are some one piece knitting patterns on In the Loop if you want to try something like that.

 

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Lots of knitting

Plenty of knitting going on at the moment. Marina has finally settled on a good way of making her 10 stitch blanket . She has worked at finding the best way of doing it for her and the result now is a lovely blanket which is growing each week. Meryl’s blue best is expertly knitted and is very neat. It is soft and drapes and the back had some interesting Aran effect knitting so it’s a very stylish vest. Sonya’s slippers, based on Hilary’s pattern are coming along and are so cheerful and colourful. Jan’s cream slouch beanie looks good. We tried it with her felted purple hat and that made a visually interesting impact on the hat which really dressed it up. It’s a good hat because you can style it. Think the knitting needles are still out because our weather has been very erratic and we have hat a lot of cold , windy and wet days which stop us form easily being outside as we normally are at this time of the year.

Knitted felted bag

Wendy is new to felting and was one of the felting workshop participants. She has chosen to follow through on that and do some experimenting. You never know if you do not try. She has tried out an idea for a knitted, felted pouch. She used homespun wool, made her bag , put it in a hot washing machine for and hour and a half and here is the result. The bag has a really great texture and the knitting is invisible. The hints of pink and blue on the dove grey give it a nice artistic effect. Less is more and the simple, effective use of colour works well. She is using the pouch for her electric wheel foot peddle and cords. Karin pointed out, just to remind us, that a pouch like this would suit a tablet but you have to be careful because it might slide out too easily and it’s something you need to check. Experience is a great teacher!

Show and tell

show and tell December 3rd

Show and Tell was awesome this week and our table was laden with beautifully made things. We are pretty impressive, really 🙂

Janette: Capsicum seedlings . Cloak shawl in rainbow colours from handspun wool. Spun camel hair and silk plied with llama plied llama fleece.

Cathy: Cake of dyed handspun wool in inky blue.

Jan: Two felted bead necklaces. One in blues and the other in red, black and white. A beautiful felted purple flower brooch.  A cream knitted slouch beanie in spun wool. An apricot teddy in amigurumi crochet.

Wendy: Knitted felted pouch bag in dove grey , blue and pink.

Meryl : Handknitted vest in navy blue wool . Aran design.

Marina: Two skeins of Alexis’ blue  spun wool batts plied with cotton. Two skeins of merino tops she had got from Meryl  in greens, pinks and blues.

Karin: Woven dark red scarf  in alpaca and merino yarn with blue homespun fringe.

John: Woven white scarf with attractive red inlay, some of it with glitter yarn. Impressive plaid woven scarf in red, white and black.

Christine , who was facilitating show and tell, made a point that all the woven items had perfectly straight and neat selvages.