Sonya, our roving reporter, has brought us four more stories from our group. They fly us to the moon, keep us fit and healthy and play us beautiful music .
Well you might laugh at me about this. I would like to be an astronaut! As a young child I was interested in the stars and planets. That was because of my grandmother’s lasting knowledge, wonderment and interest in our solar system. Good for you Granny! Then when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969, my dreams of travelling around in space became a reality. I was so excited about this possibility. I was fortunate to see the magnificent night sky in the observatory at the Cape Town Observatory in South Africa and the Greenwich Observatory in the UK. They were breathtaking experiences. And that has all led to my wanting to be an astronaut when I grow up.
I ended up doing just what I wanted to be- a music teacher. I’ve had a career in teaching music and I would absolutely do it again when I grow up. Anyway, I’m not one to indulge in regrets. No dear Alexis, you just keep on doing what you do with such excellence, spinning, dyeing, felting and teaching us the finer points of your wonderful work with wool.
I’d like to be a doctor when I grow up. I always wanted to be one but my father didn’t believe in girls getting a higher education. Janette, you surely have a doctorate in spinning and knitting up a breathtaking list of beautiful jumpers and cardigans. We are lucky to have your advice and wisdom in such matters.
I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up in wartime Germany. I had no idea. But today I know what I would like to be when I grow up. I’d like to have a degree in Science Fitness. I’ve always been very athletic and done a fair amount of sports coaching. You could be our weaving coach Peter. You do such lovely work on your loom.
Deb’s woven bowls are very colourful. They are made carefully and with a lot of patience. Woven bowls are used in a number of cultures. They are good for using up oddments, for the environment and sustainability and you can make them in various sizes. These bowls of Debs have colour and texture so visually they are appealing. Sheila also makes woven fibre baskets to use up her oddments. These are always good projects to watch. You can see the bowl develop a life and character as it is made.
This video is without sound but it shows you how you can make a woven bowl:
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.
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.