Make art yarn

There’s been considerable interest in the magical art yarn post we put up the other day. People are excited about colour and colour blending. Great way to start the year. We love making our own art yarn. We like sharing ideas about colourways and how to spin something which looks both original and attractive. Colour and texture are always important. Art yarns can use up your bits and pieces of dyed or leftover fibre. You just need the ideas. The UrbanGypZ video does just that for you. Shows you a way of getting an interesting yarn together.


Carding and spinning magical shells


This is lovely … and fun. Just watching how Nicole Frost cards the fibre to get the magical effect is worth it.  She is very good at explaining the process and showing you what you need to do. Margaret had spun some wool with beads through it and it looked lovely and very special. This magical fibre is guaranteed to put a sparkle into your life .

Crochet bags

We had some lovely crochet bags for show and tell this week. Cathy had made a bag with her core spun yarn, some art yarn in coral which Christine had spun and then some plied natural fleece with alpaca fleece. It’s mainly treble crochet and then the bag is joined front and back with a crochet join. She made a tassle for it from some of the leftover yarns. The bamboo handles were repurposed from an op shop bag . The bag is lined with soft cotton fabric.

Marina’s round bag was interesting. It is a good colour for summer with the light fawns and pastels and the shape is interesting because there is a bit of a gather in it.

Marina’s star stitch pouch created some interest because it was so neat and the star stitch makes a good, solid fabric which is suitable for zipped pouch bags. You don’t have to line it because star stitch is a pattern which doesn’t create gaps and holes. The pastel colours worked well on this bag.

Star stitch isn’t hard and you can follow Delyth Angharad’s tutorial on YouTube.

Show and tell

Janette: Limes and silverbeet.

Cathy : Crochet and knitted fingerless mittens from Margaret’s idea. Pinks, tans, green and browns. Oddments from her blanket last week.

Marina: Fingerless gloes, work in progress. Pinks, purples and blues.

Hilary:  3 skeins of spun wool . One from a wool batt of Alexis’ very popular Tasmanian Blue gum colours. Two from carded wool , silk, mohair and hand dyed colours in greens, blues aqua and yellow.

Christine : Art yarn in merino wool in coral and grey;   crochet mobius scarf in the softest merino wool  in clues and greys.

Wendy: Cream, hand knitted Aran jumper in the O’Brien clan pattern. Probably 10 ply wool and hand knitted in Ireland. For her husband. People were guessing it would have taken a good kilo of handspun wool.