Our Christmas break up was an animated, cheerful, creative , well catered to, noisy affair. We certainly ended the year with a flourish…and plenty of lovely food which we brought along and shared. In addition, we have a great Christmas fibre challenge! Alexis brought in the 100gm samples from the 10 members who have taken up the challenge to
participate in the Christmas fibre exchange. A date for the finished spinning will be announced at a later time. We should like to thank Alexis for making this all happen for us. All we had to do was bring along fibre! We also did some fundraising for research into Alzheimers. It was a satisfying end to a very productive year for us . A few will sneak back next week for an unofficial pre Christmas spin.
Show and tell
Janette: 3 balls of spun wool pink/grey.
Marina: Fingerless gloves, beanie with a cable design and a shawl all in mohair pink,
blue & brown and a ball of sari silk.
Cathy: a ribbed beanie blue/grey, 2 balls of spun yarn, 1 blue wool, 1 dark brown alpaca and a felted knitted bag in Fair Isle design with the pattern book.
Hilary: a skein of Navajo plied tops and a short knitted jacket in light brown with
dark brown stripes.
Margaret has her ten stitch blanket well under control. Margaret likes to experiment with colour and technique. With the ten stitch blanket it’s about technique. Her first way of doing the sides produced a double colour seam. She is now trying another way where you just get a single colour. She has found that she knits that a bit loosely for her liking and will now look at how she can adjust what she is doing so it is tighter. It looks very neat, though . Her blanket is nice and soft and very pliable. The yarn determines how these blankets feel. Hers is all cuddly.
Sonya is knitting a lovely crescent scarf which has nice spring colours. It won’t particulalry be for the really cold winter days but it will be a nice it to wear to keep warm on those early spring days where the weather can be a bit brisk. Crescent scarves can be made to any size and become shawls if you want them to be that big. It is worth mastering the technique if you want something where you can vary your project according to your needs.
There are two nice crescent patterns on Ravelry worth having a look at :
The Easy Garter Stitch Crescent Shawl by Shirle Bedient and Terribly Simple versatile crescent shawl/scarf by Caitlin ffrench
Wendy has got her ten stitch blanket up and running. One by one we are all coming around to it and all finding our way to do it. It is interesting how much a voyage of discover the ten stitch blanket is. Karin started us off last year with a workshop showing us the German short rows with wraps. Alexis brought along a blanket without the wraps so we could see that. Some got up and running and others were finding their way and some are still pondering the wonders of the ten stitch blanket. We like it because they are cosy and use up oddments. Once you master the techniques involved it ends up being an easy knit. You have to do it your own way and in your own time is what we have discovered. Wendy has been able to use her new needles from Equipment Day and she is loving it. Sometimes you have to try it and then unpick it and try something else. You cannot get going until you are happy.
Wendy found the Nervous Knitter to be very helpful and it was that which got her truly going with her blanket. The Nervous Knitter has a good YouTube channel and then a really nice WordPress blog.