Show and Tell

Lovely sunny Adelaide day today but icy cold! We kept warm with all the cleaning, chatter, sharing ideas and beautiful colours. It was a cheerful day full of good ideas and more members were able to attend this week. The Handspinners and Weavers Guild of South Australia are the organisers of the 2020 International Scarf Exchange you are about to read about.

Show and tell 

Hilary’s exchange scarf felted green leave design.
Marjorie’s exchange scarf bright blue colour rib pattern.
Chris’s exchange lacy scarf in white with red and yellow ends.
Janette: scarf grey & red lacy pattern, ball of spun wool white/pale yellow and pink.
Jan B :skein of spun dark brown alpaca with Kathy’s Fibres sparkle.
Cathy : striped beanie for her grandson in browns/yellow/pinks with a touch of blue.
John : Beanie made on a  round loom – pale blue with a dark blue band.
Marjorie: beanie blue & orange with the band across the beanie. She made a papier-mâché form to present the hat.
Maria: a crochet beanie cream mohair with a blue border.

Fine lace shawl

We have some people in the group who can produce very fine spinning , fine knitting and crochet and some who can do both. Jan B can produce very fine spinning and she can knit very finely too. This shawl is made from commercial alpaca but Jan is capable of spinning her own alpaca just as finely . She is very passionate about alpacas and their yarn and so she likes to support alpaca yarn producers too. Patience is a virtue when it comes to fine knitting. You also need the right needles and then plenty of stitch markers so you keep control of the pattern across what can become a huge number of stitches. This is the work of someone who knows how to do things very carefully and methodically. It is a superb shawl and we loved the burgundy colour of it. So rich.

Kristin Omdahl has some lovely lace shawls on her site. They are not all complicated. Where it says to click here , you need to click on the picture above and it will take you to the pattern. Kristin loves lacework and it shows.


Show and Tell

It was a beautiful sunny day today and it certainly reflected in our cheerful mood. Such a lot to see and do today and so many great ideas and beautiful colours. First, enjoy our view:

Christies Beach October 21st 2019

Show and Tell 

Alexis: 2 knitted felted hats, very striking,  one in pale yellow and one light grey.

Margaret :One pair socks brown and tan, skein of green wool.

Jan B: a finely knitted beautiful lacy shawl in a deep wine colour. Alpaca yarn.

John: a small rug woven in carpet wool lime green/tan on a cream warp, a piece of weaving in blue/red and grey which is going to be part of a jacket.

Hilary: a small skein of multi coloured tops.

Marina: is trying knitted scumbling with different techniques.

Knitted lace scarves

Maria and Wendy both had finely knitted lace scarves today. The fine yarn gives a different effect from thicker yarns. Maria’s is commercial alpaca and knitted in garter stitch with one row of holes. Wendy’s is her own spun camel hair and silk knitted in feather and fan stitch. The fineness of the yarn adds to the elegance of the look. It is important to play with texture to get the desired visual effect.

There are 18 free  easyknit lace scarf patterns on allfreeknitting. Try the different patterns with different wool/yarn weights and you will see the difference in effect.

The photos are not as perfect as they could be because people just wanted to feel these scarves. The scarves were never still! They are soft and beautiful to look at and people just want to see what they are like and then because they are so fine they move and people like to feel them in their hands. That tactile experience  of yarn is something we should never lose.