A warm knitted vest like this is the best thing in winter. It can be worn under a jacket, if necessary, and really protects against the cold. Marjorie spun the wool for this and it is all natural colour and then she knitted it. It has a country look and would just as nice with a skirt as pants and a warm scarf would complete the outfit. We likes it because it was so soft. We don’t like scratchy wool and we don’t like the feel of harsh fibres which is why we often spin alpaca. Spinning the wool means you can select the right fleece so you get a really soft texture into the wool you spin. Marjorie’s vest is a classic piece and we loved it.
Marina : 2 balls of spun yarn in muted pastel shades of blue, 1 yellow/cream mix, 2 beanies in a spiral rib orange/cream, 1 ribbed in a blue mixture.
Cathy :2 carded batts yellow with muted green & gold thread carded through. Pomegranate natural dye.
Sheila: showed us the finished jumper she was working on last week in a photo on her phone:Granddaughter wearing the jumper.
Hilary :2 berets in very bright multi-coloured greens, 1 skein of spun Ashford wool/silk mix.
John : the weaver has started a new project weave a heritage pattern for a table runner.
Peter ,John’s apprentice, is working on his ruck sack.
Maria : a sample of a colourful crazy crotchet square.
Winter is coming so hats, beanies and berets will be on our needles , hooks and minds now. Cathy knitted her first beret in her own spun wool and alpaca and is really pleased with the result even though it had started out badly. The pattern she used just looked and felt all wrong and so she took a leaf out of Maria’s book and just unpicked what she didn’t like. That left her with the band. She then looked at various beret patterns and worked out a way of increasing and decreasing. She was knitting and purling as she felt like it so you can do the same. This is what she did:
Round needles/dpns 3.75 and 5.00
8 ply or equivalent yarn
Using 3.75 needles cast on 102 stitches.
Purl 3 , knit one for the next rounds until you have knitted 5cm. Last stitch should be knit. Make sure you mark the first stitch.
Change to 5.00 needles and continue with the purl 3 knit one pattern for another 5cm.
The band is now 10cm wide.
Decide whether you want to knit or purl the next round. Cathy purled it.
Increase round:Knit or purl 5 stitches, increase into the next one. Knit or purl 5 stitches , increase into the next one. Continue like this until the end of the round.
Knit or purl the next row.
Now do the opposite. If it was a knit row then purl it. If it was a purl row then knit it.
Repeat the increase round.
Now you can carry on as you please until your work measures 18cm.
Decrease row: K2 tog , knit 10 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.
Purl or knit next round
K2 tog , knit 9 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.
Purl or knit next round
K2 tog , knit 8 stitches, slip one stitch, knit one. Pass slip stitch over. Continue with this until the end of the round.
Do this decreasing until you get to knit two stitches before the slip stitch.
Knit or purl one row . Break yarn but leave a tail. Thread a needle though with the tail of wool and pull stit
ches tight and sew securely for the top of the beret.
The weather was beautiful on Monday and our ocean view was quite spectaular. it may have been April Fool’s Day but no fools were present. Just plenty of enthusiastic peopel with great colours and good ideas.
Marjorie: 3 skeins 1, multi coloured blue, green & red, purple & green & a spun wool vest in brown with white flecks.
Janette: ball of spun wool in grey & turquoise.
Cathy: Beret in dark brown, blue & red, ball of spun wool dark brown alpaca/pink corriedale.
Marina: large rug crocheted pattern from corner to corner in various shades of brown, fawn & cream. Small beanie with a fur pom pom.
Karin: a crescent scarf spun from wool dyed at our work shop.
Jan 1: 3 beanies knitted from commercial fibres in various colours, turquoise fluffy/blue, various reds with stripes of blue & black, mainly greens with stripes of blue & violet.
Peter: weaving a piece for a ruck sack,
John is weaving his straps for the latest shopping bag.