Winter is June 1st in Australia so we are thinking woollie hats. It has started to get cooler and even though we aren’t quite up to the hats, we are thinking about them. We have always liked the long tail beanies . The video shows you how to make them. Hilary makes really good pixie beanies and elf hats like the homespun one in our pictures. Cathy has knitted a beanie from chunkie ,naturally coloured , spun wool and then washing machine felted it to make it very thick and warm. it is still soft. Marina has gone with the faux pompom preference which is very popular here . Her beanie is crocheted in nice, cheerful colours. Every beanie is unique and truth is , we should have more than one to suit our mood.
We never seem to be short of ideas for hats. They can be challenge hats where we make something to lift our game and skills. They can be oddments projects or custom made for a specific person or event. We never get tired of making hats or seeing all the new hats which pop up when we get together.
Top left is Hilary’s pixie hat. She is great at making whimsical hats suitable for any kind of little woodland creature. Bottom left is Cathy’s Ravenclaw hat which she made for her granddaughter. We liked the colours. Middle is Marina’s crochet hat. It’s a nice green and a very interesting pattern with a good shape. Right are Maria’s beanies. She was revamping some World War 2 patterns. We loved the tow natural coloured beanies but the other ones are really good to look at too. Maria always seems to get something original into her beanies by way of colour or technique.
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: