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.
Pam is knitting a beanie for a friend and stash busting at the same time. We liked the colours because the dove grey tones down the riot of colour coming above the band. It looks good. What was even better was the fact Pam was using the magic loop for knitting this on round needles. It means she won’t have to change to double pointed needles for the top as you get to the decreasing part for the head. What a bonus! You stay on one set of needles right until the end and you don’t risk losing stitches off the dpns.
A lot of people know about the magic loop for starting a crochet motif but the magic loop for knitting is one which has escaped some of us. So easy and so convenient. VeryPinkKnits explains it well in the video:
Cathy made a beanie and matching neck scarf for her little grandson. No point in making him a scarf. He is a very active 19mth old child and he would keep a scarf on. Both hte beanie and scarf are made from merino tops, dark alpaca fleece , hand dyed corriedale and camel hair and silk. Both beanie and neck scarf are very soft and warm. Little grandson likes his new neck scarf and was happy to put it on for a photo. Marina modelled it as well on Monday to show us that the neck scarf would be a good adult accessory too.
There can never be enough beanies. Friends and family need them, homeless people need them, you need spares and choices. Beanies are a great way to use oddments and Cathy had made her fair isle beanie from oddments of acrylic yarn she had been using for other things. It’s a simple beanie of 96 stitches with 8 ply yarn on round size 4 needles. Once you are ready to make the crown/top of the beanie then it’s the classic knit 6 stitches, knit two together – repeat – to the end of the row, knit one row. Knit 5 stitches, knit two together – repeat – until the end of the row, knit one row…4, 3, 2 , 1. Then knit two together and draw the yarn through those stitches and sew the top of the hat and put on the pom pom. It is easy to remember a pattern like that and you can do the two colour work as you choose when you are making the beanie. The video has a simple beanie pattern two for those people who like the double rib monocolour beanies.