Keep warm

Two different looks by way of winter wear but both so warm and cosy! We loved them both for different reasons and we agreed they both had style. Alexis had spun the wool and knitted the beautiful ocean coloured jumper on the left. It is different and so beautifully made. The ocean colours are a good choice for winter. They are cheering without being overwhelming and this jumper could be dressed up or down and accessorised to give it a number of stylish looks. You could just put it on with jeans , though, and really feel like you are both warm and well dressed.

Marina knitted a zipper waistcoat in wool she had spun from dark fleece. The natural colour changes shades and adds visual interest. The cables are what makes this waistcoat attractive. It is soft, warm and very functional. She made a little scarf to go with it and then made a beaded pin to fasten it. It just looks lovely and has that country feel about it. Handspun wool is warmer than commercial wool and so it is well worth the effort to make garments like these.

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My yarn’s got a pompom

Caron cupcakes yarnThis 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.

caron cupcakes beanieIt 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.

Show and tell

show and tell 23rd July

Jan shared fluorescent yellow wool she had dyed in the round in Landscape Sulphur Yellow. The second wind was tight to adjust the colour.  She also had 4 skeins she had spun from Michelle Mignon’s art batts – one rust-red, one red and two blue.

Karin shared a ball of natural brown and fawn alpaca and three pastel dyed cakes of merino which she had solar dyed.

Beth had made a felted scarf in lovely soft outback colours and had finished the felted hat she had started 3 weeks ago. It is silk lined . Blues, fawn, pink and black.

StrickspielnadelnChristine had crocheted two baby tops in lime and orange sorbet. She was also keen to show us and recommend her new sock needles. She said she can knit faster with them and Alexis mentioned they are great to finish hats and to knit gloves on too. She added the woven belt she finished during the session which she’d made on her new Ashford portable loom.

Colour your life

colour your lfieLast week there was such a play on colour and then a lot of playing with colour. As soon as your eye catches a good colour or colour combination it sets your imagination to work. Anne had brought in the hyacinth blue shrug she was knitting from the pattern Marina had shared a couple of weeks back. The colour was soft but not insipid. It picked up the light and was just lovely. She had also finished her homespun cardigan and the photo does not do her colour choices justice. It has a rich look. The black alpaca was so dark and had a sheen. The hand dyed blue was shades of denim and worked really well with the black. We all loved those colours. Karin brought in her homespun wool she was knitting up. It looked grey and then it caught the light and there were subtle slate blues and other colour plays at work so there was a real movement in the colours. With spinning you can get those sorts of really subtle colour plays. Wendy brought in a cotton scarf from the Philippines with peacock feathers. The colours were startling. They jumped out and caught your attention and the colour mix was so vibrant and full of life. That made us think. What would you do with those colours? How could you use them? How would you combine them? Christine then had her iPad pattern out and an an amazing orangey -lemon yarn where the colour was do distinct and interesting. Not lemon. Not orange. It wasn’t really a solid colour because it changed with the light.  Sort of sherbet and perfect for the baby blanket she was making. Colour is everything!