It’s the little things

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.

 

 

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Colour your life

We are so lucky to be surrounded each week by lovely colours. It has also been our observation that different spinning groups favour different colours. Wonder if it is the location or people? Margaret’s striped socks are cheerful and fun. Hilary’s fingerless gloves are such a riotous pick me up of colour for a dull, wet day. Alexis mixed grey alpaca fleece with merino and got two different wool batts which reflect different colour moods. All these colours make us think. What stripes would you have? Which wool batt do you prefer and if you had to make a pair of gloves in outrageously bold colours, what would you choose? Colour impacts your mood but it engages your brain. Have fun with it.

Crochet mandalas

Crochet mandalas are very popular . It’s the colours peole use and then the visual impact. Great way to use up oddments, spend a happy rainy afternoon or have an on the go project which fills in small amounts of time when you want a break from bigger things. Mandalas look different in home spun wool or yarn. The pattern definition is not as stark and it will look more like a watercolour. Commercial yarn is very even and doesn’t have the texture. You use what you want to create the visual effect which suits your project. They can be framed, used as cushions or bags. They can go on the back of jackets or be grown into blankets or table covers. They are pleasing to the eye and this mandala is a good way to start.

What are we spinning?

 

We had some lovely colours this week and these aren’t all of them. We sit and spin or knit or crochet or look at patterns and ideas and we are surrounded by gorgeous colours. Each colour has its appeal and influences your thinking. Top left there was the not quite toffee, not quite apricot which was blended with cream. It will look different again when it is plied, but how evenly and finely is that being spun?Bottom right is a bold purple but what will it be plied with we wonder? Top left is purple plied with a lavender colour but there are gradations on that purple spectrum which catch the eye. The other two are beautiful natural coloured fleece. Will they be plied with the same colour or something  else. The natural colour is restful. Bottom left is Cindy’s basket of carefully combed fleece. She is back to spinning after a very long break and so is easing into it. The soothing colour of the natural fleece and the combing are all relaxing and it’s a nice way to return to something she obviously enjoyed.