It’s the little things

We are lucky. Every week we get to see some great projects, works in progress, ideas and colours. Big projects can be very impressive and we celebrate them with a lot of ooohs and aaahs because they really are beautifully made items when the long haul journey is finally complete. There are so many little things each week which can revitalise how we look at our own ideas and projects. It is often the little things which quietly suggest a way of making something your own or better. Sometimes it is the colour or the texture. Maybe the look…

Top left is Wendy’s felted pouch in which she keeps her electric spinning machine battery . It keeps it safe and protected and the pouch looks really nice. It is a good way to use her own felting. Practical and pretty.

In the middle is Jan 1’s beret which she didn’t  like so she used her considerable felting skills to turn it into a really lovely bowl which has such an eye catching colour. If you have the skills and you develop those skills you can do what you want! Jan 1 is always teaching us to be bold in our approach and not to worry about things going wrong.

Top right are Hilary’s fingerless gloves. They look like colourful rolls but as soon as you put them on your hands look colourfully elegant. They are , in fact, very flattering to wear and make your hands look attractive. It’s because they fit snugly and then are longer than some fingerless gloves.

Bottom left is Maria’s beanie. It is in her own spun wool. She is  making up the pattern for the beanie and the pattern for the stitches. Maria likes to let herself roam freely with her skills sometimes so she allows her confidence and creative develop. She is always teaching us to trust ourselves and our judgement. She can produce very high quality , intricate work and is disciplined in her approach but then she just picks up her hook or her needles and does what she feels like.

Bottom right is Janette’s  homespun beanie which made us all smile. We loved the not a pompom, not a tassle…I’ll just be here on top of this beanie. We liked the colours because they were so very cheering on a cold day. It’s a fun hat. Janette often spins the colours of nature and our environment. These are Adelaide summer beach colours…the blue, the heat, the sun. Janette can also make very classic, traditional pieces which people like. Every once in a while she just breaks out and has fun, as we all should.

 

 

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Ten stitch blanket jacket

Marina has made more than one ten stitch blanket after Karin taught us last year how to do this. She had spun wool left over and was wondering if she could make a ten stitch blanket jacket. it became a thinking challenge and a construction challenge. It has turned out so well. It is warm, soft and thick and looks so nice in those colours. What a creative achievement.

Show and tell

 

We had a lovely time on Monday because the sun was shining and it actually reached 18 degrees. We survived the day without the heater on. So many lovely things to look at to inspire us.

Show and tell

Alexis brought along pattern books for us to have and some marjoram seedlings. She also brought long her hexagon grannie square blanket in different colours and outlined in black.

Marina : Stunning ten stitch blanket jacket from her own spun wool in predominantly autumn colours; call f spun wool in greys purples and tans, 3 grannie squares in autumn colours in her own spun wool

Cathy: cake of dark alpaca plied with naturally dyed English Leicester and various bits of coloured merino tops, cake of pomegranate dyed English Leicester plied with green merino tops and god sparkle.

Christine: sprang woven little bag in bright, cheerful colours.

John is working on a weaving sampler to test out patterns and yarn weights so he can see the difference in the fabric.

Peter is working on a lavender and lime green wall hanging made form T shirt yarn and wool.

Alan is still away but shared some photos with us of one of the places he is staying at on his road trip back to Adelaide:

 

Doing your own thing

Maria never fails to teach us each week and to encourage us with our creativity. She had a beautifully knitted white beanie with her this week which she could have sold on the spot. It was so white and so soft. It was also striking and different. As it turns out , Maria has made up the knitting pattern herself and used her own stitch and just done what was in her heart and mind. She teaches us a lot about trusting our own judgement and just breaking free once in a while to let our own ideas take shape. Meanwhile she is knitting a beanie in spun wool. Same pattern and it looks totally different. It looks cobwebby and shows the difference between commercial and spun wool. Maria was teaching us about visual effect and how to change things so we can create visual interest.