It was a frosty 3 degrees in Adelaide this morning and 6 degrees when we started our meeting. By lunch time it was 9 degrees. Alexis was wondering why she had spent the day looking at her beautifully knitted jumper on the show and tell table instead of wearing it to keep warm! It looked beautiful on. So colourful and cheerful like our day. The cold had not dampened our spirits or capacity to share some really good ideas. Our time together was wonderfully woolly and warm.
Show and tell
Janette : a knitted shawl or knee rug made of left over coloured spun wool.
Alexis : a jumper knitted in left over spun wool very colourful stripes.
Cathy: a beanie in various brown stripes and a fluffy pompom.
Marina: a peeked cap in brown.
John finished woven scarf in red.
Margaret crocheted beanie with matching fingerless gloves in several shades of blue.
Peter: Woven fabric in purple, orange and green commercial wool which may become a ruck sack.
Marina: UFO hat done and dusted in blue and grey with tomboy neck ties and top knt. .
Cathy: Fingerless gloves form Margaret’s idea in her own spun wool. Blues, corals and browns. Alpaca and wool.
Jan2: Dark fawn cria born at 12 noon today when we started our meeting. So cute.
A while back , Margaret had brought along her crochet and knitted fingerless mittens to show us. They looked great, were an interesting design and inspired some mitten making!
Cathy’s fingerless mittens (left) were made from the leftover wool from the blanket she had been making. Homespun, natural dyes and then some commercial merino for the tops, cuffs and fingers.
Marina has been spinning small slivers of merino tops and crocheting them into granny squares. She has decided to try and make a pair of these gloves too (middle) and they look really colourful.
Margaret was wondering what these gloves would look like in thinner wool and so is using some wool she got from the Bendigo Sheep and wool Show earlier this year to try it out.(right)
These gloves are easy and fit well. With double knitting wool and a size 4 hook and double pointed needles you crochet 4 rounds. You pick up 32 stitches at he top and 36 at the bottom. You leave an opening for the thumb and pick up 18 stitches. How many rounds you work on the knitting is decided by how long you want everything to be. Some people like longer cuffs. Others like longer tops.
We can never get enough socks and mittens. We love making them and each time there is a new way of looking at them.
To the left are Maria’s self striping socks. The effect of the yarn is interesting and the colours are nice. These are medium weight socks. Maria likes knitting on double pointed needles and is very adept at using them. The socks will look very professional when they are finished.
Margaret had spun some wool and then she threaded beads onto black cotton. She plied those two strands together to make yarn for her mittens on the right. They are fingerless gloves with a lace pattern and are going to look really swish. We loved the colour of her spun wool.