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.

Woolly wonders


There were so many good things to look at this week. Marina has now finished her grannie square jacket which started when we were having a focus on grannie squares. It is all homespun wool and alpaca. The edges of the jacket have been knitted and it sits really well. We loved it and the colours in it are so attractive.

Janette has been spinning rainbow colours. She has knitted a lovely generous sized pullover which is so soft and warm . Perfect for a horrible, cold winter’s day. We loved the slippers. They are solid and squishy and you just want to wear them . No way is Janette going to let anyone be cold.

Show and tell

It wasn’t warm. It wasn’t cold either. Bit of an odd day but it was good to look out over the ocean and inside the club rooms there were so many conversations, discussions and ideas which kept us very cheerful and enthused.  It was good to see so much colour.

Show and tell

Janette: a pair of very colourful slippers, a jumper to match in colourful stripes and a ball of spun wool in similar colours.

Margaret: ribbed beanie in mohair dyed with variegated dark red.

Jan (2): 4 spun skeins,1 beautiful white silky fibre made from OPTIM™ fibres , a CSIRO project, 2 natural light grey wool/rabbit, 1 natural light grey 100% alpaca.

Christine: a small shaped scarf crochet in pale mauve.

Cathy :2 spun wool balls 1 dark green Alexis’ tops, 1 grey with coloured flecks made from Alexis’ dyed alpaca fleece.

Marjorie: a jacket in turquoise blue with various coloured short stripes.

Wendy :a beautiful finely spun scarf in pale fawn baby camel/silk in a feather & fan design.

Peter: latest project on the loom.