Our blog is a year old this week. We have had 5 473 visits, we have 156 followers and Christine’s Crescent Shawl is the top post for the year. Margaret’s sheep cushion was close, though. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate our love of spinning than with a homespun shawl and a homespun sheep cushion. We love spinning and we look out over the ocean and just spin and chat and share ideas. We do not stop talking.
Top left is the wool skein Hilary brought back with her on her return to the group . She had spun and plied it and it was a big, fat, squishy skein of beautiful wool we all loved. Such a lot of spinning. To the right is her latest effort . She is spinning a wool batt from the Bendigo Woollen Mills and it has a lovely sheen which doesn’t show up in the picture. We loved the colours.
Bottom left is Karin’s spinning. She is spinning one of Alexis’ wool batt colourways and it looks amazing. So vibrant and the colour has such visual appeal. If you look at the picture you can see Alexis’ jumper to the left top of the picture and the joke was that Karin might just start spinning that off her back because the colours were so similar and Karin was loving the colour of her spinning.
In the middle is Janette’s homespun waistcoat she had grabbed from her car because the temperature dropped again. All those lovely browns, creams and fawns. It’s not new but it is in excellent condition and living proof spinning your own wool is worth it. She made the buttons for her waistcoat too. The natural colours are lovely and it’s a nice, warm garment.
This is what we love. The colours, the spinning and then being able to create lovely things. They are always different because, with spinning, you can spin the colours you want.
Hilary’s woollen jacket was a stunner. There were a lot of reasons for this. The deep , rosy maroon colour with the flecks was beautiful. Hilary had spun all the wool for this jacket from wool batts she had got from the Bendigo Woollen Mills. To spin enough wool for a jacket this long was a big task in itself. The jacket is a classic. Classic style, classic colour, classic, beautiful knitting. There was no getting away from the fact this jacket was just stunning. As well as all the spinning , there was the long haul knitting. It was so worth it , though. It’s a warm, functional but stylish jacket. Hilary was debating whether she needed something at the front to fasten it. We were too busy thinking about how you could pull that jacket around you and be all warm and cosy on a freezing cold day. Then we had the other questions. How do you wash a jacket like this and avoid any chance of stretching it? The answer seems to be cold water and then wrapping it in a towel to soak up extra moisture before you lay it flat. You’d be having to work out a good plan for how you were going to lay it flat and where. Then there was the question about whether you could dry clean wool. You can take woollen garments to a reputable dry cleaner but the cost is quiet high it would appear. Here are three sites to help you care for wool:
Clean wool at home Clean wool at home
How to care for wool
Four tips for cleaning wool
There does not appear to be a successful way you can dry clean at home. If you know of one , please share.
We are still making beanies when we feel like it . They are a good way to practice patterns or to fill in some time or to use up oddments and smaller amounts of wool. beanies can be a good take anywhere project . Some of us just want to knit and crochet and hate going out without our beloved yarn.
Margaret’s beanies were for a call to action from the Aldinga Spinners and Weavers group. She belongs to that too and they had decided to help the homeless by creating some nice , warm beanies for them in this weather. The homeless need beanies to protect themselves from the cold but also beanies which are easy care and can be renewed where necessary. If you don’t have a home , you don’t necessary have the luxury of being able to wash your things. Margaret’s beanies are bright and cheerful but would wash and dry easily. She used size 9 needles, acrylic yarn and 45 stitches.
Wendy’s beanie is spun from fleece from the Bendigo Woollen Mills. They don’t seem to do that any more which is a shame because their ready to spin fleece always had style as you can see. We loved the colours and the texture. You could either put a big brim on this beanie or wear it as a slouchie beanie. It’s is soft and very warm and the perfect colour to go with anything. The cable stitches give it a good visual appearance and add to the thickness of it to make sure it’s a beanie for the very cold weather.
The Australian Wool and Sheep Show is on in Bendigo in Victoria 20th, 21st and 22nd July 2018. It’s one of the biggest fibre events in Australia. Some people call it Splendigo or Spendigo. There is plenty to see and do and there are plenty of gorgeous things on sale . The video by Fiberific will give you an idea of what you can see and then you can peruse the sheepshow website which gives you plenty of information about this year’s event.