Autumn colours

crescent shawl    You can see the complexity of Christine’s crescent  shawl in this picture and why she needs all her stitch markers. It’s the colour of the shawl which is important today. This is hand spun, dyed wool and it’s a rich rust/russet colour. A deep autumn colour and it looks lovely.





knitted handspun beretMajorie had brought along a beret for show and tell and the colour of that was very similar in colour to the shawl but with a bit more red. Unfortunately, the camera was making it look more pink. Marjorie had plied light wool with dark wool and then dyed it all to a rich rust/russet colour which matches Christine’s shawl very nicely ! Those who can’t dye yet were being shown some really good examples of how much the right dye will lift your spun wool into a new colour realm and so whatever you make will look so much better. Majorie’s beret is beautifully knitted and would keep your head nice  and warm in winter. Just try and imagine it that deeper colour with flecks of black. The pictures do not do it justice. It’s a beautiful autumn leaf colour.

knitted handspun beret


Show and tell

Show and tell

Chris brought in her beautiful crotchet knee rug finished, with the design of the milky way complete with satellites & rockets.

Alexis’ green  beanie  was knitted in commercial wool.

Margaret brought in her prize winning beanie & shawl along with another 2 beanies one in tunisian crotchet in a diamond pattern & a large crochet bag in commercial yarn.

Jan shared skein of spun wool in various shades of blue from Alexis’ collection,

Marina  shared a sleeveless jacket in dark brown alpaca, large bag crocheted in commercial yarn and  3 dish clothes crocheted in cotton – very useful!

Maria had made small teddies for Sonya.

Janette brought in some card from Llewellyn for voting the Pop Up Art Market to be held at Rotary Park, corner of Beach Road & Esplanade possible dates to be announced later when funding comes through.

Christine's blanket
Christine’s blanket

Knitted berets

Garter stitch beret
Well done, Margaret!

Margaret’s Garter Stitch Beret won first prize in the Clare Show. We were very proud of her because she had won other prizes too with her knitting and spinning. Margaret was perplexed, though. She had also entered a beautiful cable beret in ocean colours and she could not understand why the garter stitch one had taken out the first prize and the ocean cables had received nothing. Tough one. We thought it was probably the colours.




knitted beret ocean coloursThe garter stitch beret was made from a bag of Susie Horn’s bits of wool and Margaret had painstakingly spun them into the colourway for her beret. The autumn colours are cold and striking. We all love ocean colours but they are common place now so we thought it must have been those unique colours and how they play out in the beret. What do you think? In any case, Margaret’s spinning and knitting are highly competent! Sometimes you just can’t explain what goes on and why some things are popular and others are not.

Garter Stitch Beret

autumn beretWe’d like to thank Google for responding so quickly to the lack of recognition of the word “beret” in searches. Google can now find lovely beret patterns, images and information and there are some lovely free ones on AllFreeKnitting.  On Monday Margaret found the pattern she had used for her beautiful beret in rich autumn colours which we blogged about last week.  She said it seems to increase a lot and you might not like that if you don’t want a big beret. Her beret from the wool she spun looks fetching and really would suit an autumn outfit.