Cathy made a beanie and matching neck scarf for her little grandson. No point in making him a scarf. He is a very active 19mth old child and he would keep a scarf on. Both hte beanie and scarf are made from merino tops, dark alpaca fleece , hand dyed corriedale and camel hair and silk. Both beanie and neck scarf are very soft and warm. Little grandson likes his new neck scarf and was happy to put it on for a photo. Marina modelled it as well on Monday to show us that the neck scarf would be a good adult accessory too.
It was a lovely day down by the beach…and then it got a bit warm again! Luckily , we were just about ready to go home by then. There were so many good things to look at this week and so many great ideas to share.
Jan Bentley : a skein of finely spun alpaca in light fawn.
Wendy : 2 balls of finely spun baby camel/wool in pale cream
Cathy: a ball of spun wool dyed with a bottle of Cabernet Shiraz, a small kerchief for her grandson plus a Fair Isle beanie to match,
Marina: 2 pairs of spiral knitted socks, in dark red & green, the other brown mixed with a beanie to match.
Maria : a small jumper in fawn with strips of red & green, small knitted toys for girls with a lacy dress, a man with a hat, sheep, penguin & a fish.
Peter: a piece of weaving made in to lovely bag by Marina.
John: a piece of weaving ready for his next shopping bag,
Sonya: brought in a huge bag of lemon scented Verbena,
Janette: a bag of lemons.
Christine: a bucket full of grapes.
We have another Jan in our club , which makes it 3 now. She is new to the club this year. Like everyone else she brings a lot of skills and knowledge and can contribute to the pool of experience. Jan likes spinning alpaca and that is what she was spinning on Monday. She has a lovely Geoff French wheel. It is thoughtfully designed and has some nice touches to help spinning. We liked seeing it because a number of people in the club were well aware of Geoff French and his Adelaide spinning wheels. It’s a nice colour and the fawn alpaca Jan was spinning looked good. She has no difficulty spinning this wheel with one foot only on the treadle board.
Jan joined our group last year and brings to it a lot of skill and experience. She is an alpaca breeder and so enjoys spinning her fleece . She has plenty of information and knowledge to share with us. We are a group which likes to spin alpaca fleece. Her wheel is a Ron Doley upright wheel. It is beautifully made and has been reliable. On Monday she was spinning some baby alpaca fleece from one of her male alpacas which had been shorn before it found its new home on New Year’s Day. Jan is very passionate about her farm and animals . One of her tips for spinning fleece is to mix it will wool for the sleeve and waist bands on jumpers so they don’t stretch.