Where did you get that hat?

We have had some lovely hats over recent meetings.

Alexis had knitted and felted two very stylish hats. We loved the lime green colour of the top middle but the oatmeal one drew a lot of attention too because it just looked so good and was a perfect hat for a smart winter outfit. Middle bottom are Anne’s ribbed beanies. She spun the wool and the colours are striking and interesting. Good colours to cheer up winter! Top left is Hilary’s beret . So colourful and cheery. She spun leftover tops and don’t they look effective as they have been knitted up? Far left are Maria’s beanies from her spun wool. The purple and yellow looks good . It’s a visually interesting pattern. At the bottom she is making a gelati coloured beanie. Such a fun look with those colours. Winter does not have to be dull.

Woolly goodness.

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?


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.

Clever ideas

We had some good clever ideas on display at our meeting this week. Christine had some weaving with her which had knitting needles across it. It had no warp threads. Thagt was intriguing. It is very clever weaving which makes a mesh suitable for bags or beach tops. The colours she had chosen look very summery . This method of weaving creates a very soft, pliable fabric.

Marina had a lovely pair of bootlaces which she had woven on her inkleloom. Again the colours were very effective. She dips the ends in glue so the laces don’t fray.

Wendy had some stunning colours sitting in front of her. Silk which had been hand dyed by Alexis. Wendy plans to strip slivers of this silk and knit it in with her hand spun wool. We cannot wait to see this because it is going to look gorgeous we are sure and we want to know what she is going to make with it.

We like to try new things and something a bit different. It keeps the brain learning but provides creative challenges too. As soon as you create a new pathway for yourself you set yourself up to be problem solving but absorbing yourself in the creative process. We have a group which will help smooth out stumbling blocks in creativity so that our time is spent ensuring our ideas are successful.