Equipment Day

We are still on a high from Equipment Day. It was such a beautiful day , weatherwise , we had had good company and then we saw so much which made us enthusiastic. Margaret had got a secondhand book with graph knitting and we looked at that over morning tea and it gave us all so many ideas. Marina and Cathy had bought spinning wheels at bargain prices and so were wildly enthusiastic about heir new equipment. Wendy was ecstatic with the knitting needle set she had bought because it was so beautiful and the needles were so smooth and classy! We bought wool batts and yarn. Sock yarn was popular and there were some nice colours. Karin had bought some sari silk for her felting. Everything we saw made us think about what to create. We loved the wooden buttons and Ron’s stall where she had this for drop spinning and then spinning in general. All handmade and hand crafted and beautiful. Cathy had bought a woolbatt with the colours of Gustav Klimt paintings which she loved since he is one of her favourite artists. We were happy to see what others had purchased and then we were talking a lot about what would happen to the fibre, yarn and patterns. Days like Equipment Day raise the creative energy levels and that has to be a good thing…and there was no way we were going to come home without our Susie Horn’s bags of bits. Great colours and so useful in our spinning and felting.

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Benefits of blogging

One of the real benefits of running a group blog is that members of the group can still belong and participate whether they are physically attending the group or not. In our group different people go off for different reasons and so the blog keeps them in touch with us and what we are doing in their absence. We can also stay in touch with them. It’s good to hear from our members. Marina and her husband Peter are currently in New South Wales and Marina has sent us some show and tell for us to see.

sheep shearingOn the way over to NSW  outside Hay they stopped for a meal and found this wonderful photo of our sheep shearing history.

 

 

 

 

Turkish drop spindleChristine had been helping Marina get better at drop spinning on her new Turkish spindle so she has taken that with her because it was easy to pack and didn’t take up much room. She’s getting in some practice.

Marina's shrug

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marina likes making shrugs. She has knitted a blue one with pink and turquoise highlights and it looks really good.

Homespun knitted hat

Her knitted hat took 100gms of hand spun wool , an hour and ten minutes and size ten needles. A really effective quick knit!

 

Turkish spindle

 

Turkish spindle
Christine’s drop spinning

Christine never lets us forget our drop spinning. She is a great believer that it will help you master spinning on a wheel because you understand the process better. Drop spinning is also highly portable and very relaxing (when you get past the dropping it on the floor phase. )She’s been bringing along all her spindles but concentrating on her Turkish spindle just lately. Living proof that if you are doing something cool then curiosity will get the better of the onlookers and they will just want to have a go. Some of us are keen to get better at drop spinning so Christine’s conversational, patient lessons are really helpful to us and they get us enthusiastic. This week we were trying the Turkish spindles and then learning how to wind the yarn onto it to make it neat. Bill got good at it really quickly and could see the enjoyment.

 

Turkish spindle
Butterfly spindle made in Adelaide

 

 

Cathy found the butterfly spindle without the hook much better for her to do drop spinning than a regular drop spindle. Turkish spindles can be better balanced in your hands. Marina was excited because she knew she’d be able to take spinning with her on her upcoming road trip and so was trying to learn how to make her spun yarn look better.

One of our fleece suppliers in Meadows, Susie Horn , says you never stop learning when it comes to spinning and fleece. She is so right.

Drop spinning

drop spindle malcolm fieldingChristine is very good at drop spinning. She likes it, she is confident and she can share that love of drop spinning with others. She was excited because she had a new drop spindle which had been given to her as a gift on a recent trip to Melbourne. It’s a Malcolm Fielding  Turkish spindle. Malcolm Fielding actually comes from Adelaide . He runs an online Etsy shop which you can google and is globally a well respected drop spindle maker. His spindles are always favourably reviewed. Christine has been spinning some lovely carded wool in pinks and it just looked lovely as the sun caught the colours which come up with a depth of colour when  spun. Turkish spindle malcolm fielding