We are lucky. We get to see all this colour and texture every week. We get to make it too. We get to see what people do with their yarn or how they combine colours and fibres. It is a constant visual feast and melting pot of inspiration and ideas. Often we don’t know what we are doing to make with the colours we are spinning. That comes after. Sometimes we do know exactly what we want to do with the yarn we are spinning. Half the fun is looking at the colours and thinking about what we would do with it or others thinking what they would do with it.
Jan H’s bright green fibre has been dyed with food colouring. She dyed wool and alpaca fleece and the resultant colours in the yarn are just wonderfully vibrant and eye catching. Jan E often spins silk in with some of the yarns she makes and it gives such a lift to the colour and texture of the yarn. She wasn’t overly fond of the hankie silk but it didn’t matter. It was something she wanted to try. We just try things out and we either like it or we don’t . The bonus is, someone else might like it!
Just look at the colours and squishy yarns. What would you do with them?
We had a nice day on Monday because we carpooled and took ourselves down to visit the Victor Harbour Spinners and Weavers group who gave us a very warm welcome. There were spinners from the Adelaide Hills group, Gumeracha and Aldinga groups too. Part of the day was to raise funds for the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation and the day can be proud of the funds it raised for that good cause. It was also a chance to remind ourselves that rare breeds in sheep are important and that using their fleece helps keep the gene pool going. We had a lot of information shared with us about that. We had all brought our projects to be getting along with as we worked our way through the day. Sonya wins the prize for the most outstanding achievement in colour cor ordinating her purchases and outfit. How clever! She also learned how to make her first crochet grannie square.
Hilary’s sleeveless turtleneck jumper was a show stealer. It was the colour for a start. Alexis , in our group, had dyed the wool and it’s called periwinkle. It’s a beautiful colour. The cable pattern centre front looks like the jumper is ruched so it’s not just an ordinary cable effect. Because it is sleeveless it means you can wear different tops underneath and create different looks when you wear it. Hilary spun the wool and knitted it so it is quite a big project which has had a very happy ending.
There’s a free pattern for a sleeveless turtleneck on knitting patterns galore. There are also some good turtleneck patterns on knitting-bee. We like the trapeze pullover with the turtleneck.
We are lucky. Every week we get to see some great projects, works in progress, ideas and colours. Big projects can be very impressive and we celebrate them with a lot of ooohs and aaahs because they really are beautifully made items when the long haul journey is finally complete. There are so many little things each week which can revitalise how we look at our own ideas and projects. It is often the little things which quietly suggest a way of making something your own or better. Sometimes it is the colour or the texture. Maybe the look…
Top left is Wendy’s felted pouch in which she keeps her electric spinning machine battery . It keeps it safe and protected and the pouch looks really nice. It is a good way to use her own felting. Practical and pretty.
In the middle is Jan 1’s beret which she didn’t like so she used her considerable felting skills to turn it into a really lovely bowl which has such an eye catching colour. If you have the skills and you develop those skills you can do what you want! Jan 1 is always teaching us to be bold in our approach and not to worry about things going wrong.
Top right are Hilary’s fingerless gloves. They look like colourful rolls but as soon as you put them on your hands look colourfully elegant. They are , in fact, very flattering to wear and make your hands look attractive. It’s because they fit snugly and then are longer than some fingerless gloves.
Bottom left is Maria’s beanie. It is in her own spun wool. She is making up the pattern for the beanie and the pattern for the stitches. Maria likes to let herself roam freely with her skills sometimes so she allows her confidence and creative develop. She is always teaching us to trust ourselves and our judgement. She can produce very high quality , intricate work and is disciplined in her approach but then she just picks up her hook or her needles and does what she feels like.
Bottom right is Janette’s homespun beanie which made us all smile. We loved the not a pompom, not a tassle…I’ll just be here on top of this beanie. We liked the colours because they were so very cheering on a cold day. It’s a fun hat. Janette often spins the colours of nature and our environment. These are Adelaide summer beach colours…the blue, the heat, the sun. Janette can also make very classic, traditional pieces which people like. Every once in a while she just breaks out and has fun, as we all should.