It was a frosty 3 degrees in Adelaide this morning and 6 degrees when we started our meeting. By lunch time it was 9 degrees. Alexis was wondering why she had spent the day looking at her beautifully knitted jumper on the show and tell table instead of wearing it to keep warm! It looked beautiful on. So colourful and cheerful like our day. The cold had not dampened our spirits or capacity to share some really good ideas. Our time together was wonderfully woolly and warm.
Show and tell
Janette : a knitted shawl or knee rug made of left over coloured spun wool.
Alexis : a jumper knitted in left over spun wool very colourful stripes.
Cathy: a beanie in various brown stripes and a fluffy pompom.
Marina: a peeked cap in brown.
John finished woven scarf in red.
Margaret crocheted beanie with matching fingerless gloves in several shades of blue.
We got the new year off to a good start despite the heat in Adelaide. We’d had a good break and were full of ideas and information.
Janette: Crocheted blanket for granddaughter’s birthday in her own spun wool with fawns and rainbow colours. Cake of spun camel’s hair and silk plied with llama fleece in fawns and browns.
Hilary: Adelaide Hills Newsletter and Murray Bridge Newsletter, red plastic storage containers to give away.
Cathy: Cake of spun cotton plied with spun acrylic fibre in red white and blue, cake of spun camel hair and silk in a latte colour, Fair Isle beanie with fleece dyed with onion skins and then merino tops and pink mohair.
Christine: Woven band from her miniature heddle loom and flyers for fibre festival and new yarn store in Pt Adelaide. She also brought along craft things to share and sell.
Margaret: miniature crocheted sheep, crochet medallion in green and red with sparkle wool, two beanies in handspun wool one in black and one in midnight blue, purple crochet slippers, lace neck scarf in maroon and inky colours.
Karin: Cake of spun wool in lovely vibrant turquoises reds and greens .
It was good to be back spinning by the sea.
This Caron Cupcakes yarn looked quite funny sitting in front of Maria. She has a sense of humour and is always reminding us to lighten up and just enjoy what we are doing . She has high level yarn and thread skills and can produce whatever she would like with great attention to detail and colour. The cupcakes yarn was no different. Margaret had got it for her and Maria was pleased to be using it to make a beanie. There was a bit of discussion as to where the yarn had come from and Cathy had been to the stores mentioned and hadn’t seen any fun yarn with pompoms on top. Alexis worked out they knew Cathy was coming and so had hidden it. Margaret had then suggested it was because she had shopped elsewhere and not at Seaford. Just by being there in front of Maria the yarn was creating much mirth.
It is , in fact , from Spotlight. Maria was knitting away on her beanie and then she was seen winding different colours into balls from the yarn.
“What are you doing , Maria? “
“Oh, I don’t like these colours. I just want the pinks and reds. Otherwise it is not going to look right. “
So, true to herself and sense of colour, Maria took out the blues. They will no doubt be used for something else because the ball of yarn will easily make more than one beanie.Some of us would knit whatever the yarn colours were. Maria showed us to fearlessly make our own choices and get rid of what we don’t want. It never goes to waste.
A warm thank you to Maria for bringing a belated birthday cake which was a beautiful Black Forest, which we all enjoyed very much, also thanks to Wendy, Marina & Jan for also supplying cakes for us to enjoy.
Sonya brought in some Yarn mags to give away to any members who would like to take them.
Marina crocheted a pink cotton shrug, 2 beanies and a ball of spun ball of alpaca plied with linen.
Cathy shared a beanie with a woven thread from her first core spinning effort, & a much loved upcycled alpaca jumper in blue beautifully re-crafted & re-spun from her own wool. Also a ball of her latest green/brown core spun wool.
Wendy mastered the art of Navajo plying & produced a beautiful ball of autumn colours.
Janette found a lady who takes white wool socks & tie dyes them in very interesting patterns & colours.
Marjorie crocheted a long beanie in many colours mostly from homespun wool & finished spinning a large skein of dark brown corriedale X wool
Alexis knitted a very special gossamer shawl for her future daughter-in-law – a traditional ring shawl in fine white wool.