It’s the little things

We are lucky. Every week we get to see some great projects, works in progress, ideas and colours. Big projects can be very impressive and we celebrate them with a lot of ooohs and aaahs because they really are beautifully made items when the long haul journey is finally complete. There are so many little things each week which can revitalise how we look at our own ideas and projects. It is often the little things which quietly suggest a way of making something your own or better. Sometimes it is the colour or the texture. Maybe the look…

Top left is Wendy’s felted pouch in which she keeps her electric spinning machine battery . It keeps it safe and protected and the pouch looks really nice. It is a good way to use her own felting. Practical and pretty.

In the middle is Jan 1’s beret which she didn’t  like so she used her considerable felting skills to turn it into a really lovely bowl which has such an eye catching colour. If you have the skills and you develop those skills you can do what you want! Jan 1 is always teaching us to be bold in our approach and not to worry about things going wrong.

Top right are Hilary’s fingerless gloves. They look like colourful rolls but as soon as you put them on your hands look colourfully elegant. They are , in fact, very flattering to wear and make your hands look attractive. It’s because they fit snugly and then are longer than some fingerless gloves.

Bottom left is Maria’s beanie. It is in her own spun wool. She is  making up the pattern for the beanie and the pattern for the stitches. Maria likes to let herself roam freely with her skills sometimes so she allows her confidence and creative develop. She is always teaching us to trust ourselves and our judgement. She can produce very high quality , intricate work and is disciplined in her approach but then she just picks up her hook or her needles and does what she feels like.

Bottom right is Janette’s  homespun beanie which made us all smile. We loved the not a pompom, not a tassle…I’ll just be here on top of this beanie. We liked the colours because they were so very cheering on a cold day. It’s a fun hat. Janette often spins the colours of nature and our environment. These are Adelaide summer beach colours…the blue, the heat, the sun. Janette can also make very classic, traditional pieces which people like. Every once in a while she just breaks out and has fun, as we all should.

 

 

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Show and tell

show and tell August 19thThe weather looked nice but the wind was icy cold today.  At least the sun was out which was cheering . Our show and tell table was colourful and interesting and there are still signs of the grannie square bug.

John's oddment WIP

oddments weavingShow and tell

Janette: a ball of spun wool in blue and white.
Marina & Peter produced a roll of woven material in purple/green,
Marina found a table crochet decoration in pink in wheel design, 3 granny squares mixed colours, 2 shower mitts in cotton & a blue mobius cowl with white pearl beads.
Peter: a carded rolag in lime green/orange
John: a weaving in progress with many interesting colour combinations.

 

In stitches

There’s a lot of fun to be had when yarn is woven into your life. It can keep you in stitches and you will most definitely be hooked. For us the wheels keep turning and we often rib each other a lot but not with anything too pointed.

So many yarn jokes to be had! Bendigo in Victoria is the home of the first yarn bombed tram. Such fun. There are plenty of yarn puns on Pinterest. Knitlikegrannie has some good yarn memes too. Then there are some good knitting cartoons on Pinterest as well.

There’s no such thing as too much yarn so we hope you have enjoyed the purls of wisdom.

 

yarn meme
http://learn2knit.ca/knitting-cartoons/

Hexagon grannie squares

We know. We know they are not squares and that a hexagon square doesn’t exist. Google understands hexagon grannie squares so it must be all right. Hexagone blanket motifs?? Hexagon blanket medallions? Hexagaon blanket shapes? No. Hexagon grannie squares. We know what we mean and so do you 🙂 This is Alexis’ grannie square blanket and it is in finer , commerical wool so it could double as a shawl. So cheerful, bright and such a great oddments project. We are having a bit of a focus on grannie squares this month. It pays to revisit the oldies but goodies to get a new look at them with fresh eyes and colours. It is certainly blanket weather here at the moment and something as cheerful as this hexagon blanket would keep your spirits up.

Mybluprint has 3 different hexagon motifs for you to try.

Bella Coco walks you through a tutorial of making hexagon motifs if you are unsure how to do them or need a refresher.