Keep them warm

Janette knits things which are warm and cosy.  Her recent things are mainly handspun merino tops with some interesting colourways. Her colours tend to reflect nature and our environment and always look nice. She gets a classic country look when she makes her projects and you would never be cold if you wore her things.

Top left is an alpaca and merino scarf. Bottom left is a merino rainbow blanket. In the middle are a beret in bushfire colours with a scarf to match and to the right is a merino blue and black beret. All of these items are very soft but thick and warm. Great for the cold weather.

Show and tell

Show and Tell March 16th textile arts and crafts

It was a lovely day outside and just as lovely inside. Plenty of colour and ideas an some good, productive conversations.

Chris: has dyed 4 plaits with Earth Palette dyes in blue & pale orange.

Cathy: 3 balls of spun wool dyed with various natural dyes & a warm thick cowl in
dark green and yellow in a honeycomb pattern.

Janette: scarf & matching beanie in red/grey, beanie in blue, and an alpaca scarf
dark with various coloured fleck, warm jumper in autumn colours.

John: a woven scarf in a multi coloured boucle yarn with a green centre.

Hilary: 1 skein of lime green tops plied with coloured silk hankies, a ball of spun
alpaca dyed fleece and the cutest, small rabbit from the pattern Cathy put on our blog.

Passion for purple

Ultraviolet was Pantone’s colour of the year last year. With good reason. It is a strong, powerful colour which historically has always played a role in the robes of important people in different cultures. It’s an inspirational colour whcih never fails to get you thinking.

Bourne creative goes into the detail of the meaning of purple but, in a nutshell:

“Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.”

We love purple and we go through phases of producing and using it because it is such a vibrant colour. It’s bold and makes a strong statement. Top right is Bill’s purple spinning. Alexis dyed the colour and it has such a sheen and is a colour which draws comment. Truth is , though, we love all these purples.

We love to spin

We love seeing the yarns people have spun. We love the colours, the texture and the feel of it all. We love spinning so when anyone brings something along to show us it only encourages us more! We have had some lovely yarns to look at and appreciate.

At the top are Jan 2’s yarns. She is such an even spinner whether she spins on a manual or electric wheel. The white skein is CSIRO Optim merino wool. The grey is alpaca and then bottom left is the grey and white angora rabbit yarn. All so soft.

Middle left is Janette’s colourful merino and bottom right is Cathy’s Alexis’ dyed merino and then there’s Jan 1 merino in white and apricot/caramel colour middle right. That is such a soft colour combination.

Last, but by no means least, is Sonya’s squishy Finn which are Susie Horn colours and the cake of yarn is just so tactile and has lovely soft colours.