Margaret’s cocoon was a huge success at the show and tell on Monday . So successful it was hard to get a clear photo of Marina, who was modelling it , because she just couldn’t keep still and wanted to twirl and move her arms. Marjorie was there draping and styling it . Margaret hadn’t decided as yet whether to leave it as a blanket in which you could cocoon or to sew the sides and make sleeves. Marjorie was holding it so Margaret could see the different effects if you were to sew any parts of it and Marina was just loving it. It drapes and hugs you. The colours are just so attractive and all these home spun wool bits have been crocheted to make an item which is so original. The stitch Margaret has used has improved the draping quality of the cocoon. This is special because of the colours and the texture and the fact that Margaret knows where very bit of that spun fleece comes from.
Susie Horn’s bags of dyed bits featured well in the fleece feast last week. She knows a lot about sheep and dyeing and runs a farm at Meadows. Her colours are unique and recognisable. Alpaca yarn featured well last week too as we like to spin it. Alexis had presented her lovely flamingo pink wool and soft pink wool in a custom wool bowl made by a friend who does pottery. Cathy spun some art yarn at the group last week from Susie Horn’s bag of bits and some dark Finn X from Marie Pfeiffer’s sheep. Marina had spun some dark alpaca and plied it with the lovely colours from her bag of dyed bits . Sheila had spun the grey alpaca to make her vest. Margaret had two colourful balls of wool spun from her bags of Susie Horn’s bits. There can never be enough yarn and just look at it. Home spun yarn has character.
Christine was knitting a crescent shawl this week. The photos do not do the colour and pattern justice. Christine has her stitch markers in because she is working out the increases in the pattern and there is some lacework in this shawl. The colour is a deep russet colour and just beautiful. Why a crescent shawl? It can be used to keep away drafts. It can be used as an accessory to style an outfit. It can be used on a really cold day more like a scarf. There is the warmth there but also the option to wear it in different ways. Christine is using some spun wool which someone else made even though she is perfectly capable of spinning her own wool. It is nice to support others.
The wool has been spun so evenly and dyed so well that it looks like commercial wool and that is no insult to the creator of this yarn. It is just so beautifully even. We are looking forward to seeing the finished shawl. The video talks you through a nice shawl and you can find Marly Bird’s pattern here. There is also a nice crescent shawl here on knitting.today.
Dyed wool can come into your life all sorts of ways! Dyeing wool is both an art and a real skill. You have to be able to dye wool competently and then choose appropriate colours which work together. Dyeing can be done in different ways. The video shows one way. Care and knowledge are essential. Our show and tell table this week was such a colourful sight which we were so enthusiastic about. The amount of time and effort which had gone into the colour choices and then creation of the wool was impressive and gave a colourful overview of what can be achieved with wool dyeing.
Marjorie shared a skein of spun yarn wool/silk & alpaca in grey.
Margaret knitted beret from spun dyed fleece from Susie Horn’s.
Jan shared a spun skein of Alexis’ dyed turquoise tops.
Janette brought 3 lovely balls of spun wool in aqua/white/grey. The colours were so soft.
Alexis brought in her 5 latest dyed coloured tops which were instantly popular and created a lot of colour discussion, 2 carded batts which had some beautiful colours & a skein of spun dyed fleece in light pastel colours.