Show and tell

We got the new year off to a good start despite the heat in Adelaide. We’d had a good break and were full of ideas and information.

Janette: Crocheted blanket for granddaughter’s birthday in her own spun wool with fawns and rainbow colours. Cake of spun camel’s hair and silk plied with llama fleece in fawns and browns.

Hilary: Adelaide Hills  Newsletter and Murray Bridge Newsletter, red plastic storage containers to give away.

Cathy: Cake of spun cotton plied with spun acrylic fibre in red white and blue, cake of spun camel hair and silk in a latte colour, Fair Isle beanie with fleece dyed with onion skins and then merino tops and pink mohair.

Christine: Woven band from her miniature heddle loom and flyers for fibre festival and new yarn store in Pt Adelaide. She also brought along craft things to share and sell.

Margaret: miniature crocheted sheep, crochet medallion in green and red with sparkle wool, two beanies in handspun wool one in black and one in midnight blue, purple crochet slippers, lace neck scarf in maroon and inky colours.

Karin: Cake of spun wool in lovely vibrant turquoises reds and greens .

It was good to be back spinning by the sea.

Christies Beach January 14th

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Painting a wool batt

Mixing colours and making wool batts is creative and can be fun. You need to master the carding skills and then you can use colours and your imagination to come up with original and interesting wool batts. painting them adds hints of colour which creates a richness and colour depth. it is also a good way to use up odd bits of carded fleece which would otherwise go to waste. Hints of colour are what make colourways interesting!

Repairing a hole in your knitting

 

It happens to everyone. That beautifully knitted scarf or jumper gets a hole. Worse…the moths get at your knitted treasures. You can deter them with bars of soap, bay leaves or eucalyptus oil. If you do have a moth eaten garment you can choose to throw it out or renovate it creatively with visible darning, buttons, bits of fabric or lace. You decide. It’s your creative renovation. Be bold !

The video shows you have to repair a hole in your knitting. There are other videos on YouTube which might help you to. Patience and perseverance help and repair the damage in a thoughtful, unhurried way. The mend often isn’t very noticeable and so you can feel confident your woollen garment is not lost forever.

There is also some good help on Treehugger to help you repair your knitted garment.

Swirled knitted hat

 

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Image: theknittingspace

Jan brought along a hat similar to this a while back which she had made in her own spun wool . We all liked it because it was a bit different and looked good. The hat takes on a different look depending on the colours you use. Cream would make it a real classic.

The pattern was advertised on theknittingspace and you can find the pattern on the craftyarncouncilsite.