It was a frosty 3 degrees in Adelaide this morning and 6 degrees when we started our meeting. By lunch time it was 9 degrees. Alexis was wondering why she had spent the day looking at her beautifully knitted jumper on the show and tell table instead of wearing it to keep warm! It looked beautiful on. So colourful and cheerful like our day. The cold had not dampened our spirits or capacity to share some really good ideas. Our time together was wonderfully woolly and warm.
Show and tell
Janette : a knitted shawl or knee rug made of left over coloured spun wool.
Alexis : a jumper knitted in left over spun wool very colourful stripes.
Cathy: a beanie in various brown stripes and a fluffy pompom.
Marina: a peeked cap in brown.
John finished woven scarf in red.
Margaret crocheted beanie with matching fingerless gloves in several shades of blue.
Two different looks by way of winter wear but both so warm and cosy! We loved them both for different reasons and we agreed they both had style. Alexis had spun the wool and knitted the beautiful ocean coloured jumper on the left. It is different and so beautifully made. The ocean colours are a good choice for winter. They are cheering without being overwhelming and this jumper could be dressed up or down and accessorised to give it a number of stylish looks. You could just put it on with jeans , though, and really feel like you are both warm and well dressed.
Marina knitted a zipper waistcoat in wool she had spun from dark fleece. The natural colour changes shades and adds visual interest. The cables are what makes this waistcoat attractive. It is soft, warm and very functional. She made a little scarf to go with it and then made a beaded pin to fasten it. It just looks lovely and has that country feel about it. Handspun wool is warmer than commercial wool and so it is well worth the effort to make garments like these.
It may have been blustery and pouring with rain on Monday but inside the club we could watch the weather and the ocean but enjoy the warmth of all our colours and ideas. It was an inspiring , productive day for us. So many lovely things to look at on our show and tell table and the weaving we saw this week was just so impressive.
Jan1: 2 felted bowls made from 2 berets one red the other blue, 3 skeins pale pink plied with silk, dark pink & variegated aqua/purple.
Marina : a small scarf with beads on a long pin to go with a sleeveless vest in dark brown with cable pattern inserts, 2 woven scarves -grey one with knitted pockets at the end, one red with a grey fringe.
Chris :crocheted jumper in natural dark brown & a crocheted beanie in blue mohair which Chris finished that afternoon.
Wendy : a Fair Isle beanies in dark pink with white Fair Isle design.
Cathy : a multi coloured crocheted beanie & a small one in pale aqua/white with flowers &
pompoms, single rib beanie in dark brown alpaca plied with natural Corridale and coloured merino.
Alexis :a beautiful plain knitted man’s jumper in hand dyed wool green/blue tones.
John’s woven knee rug with stripes in black/blue/pink & yellow.
Peter’s & John’s work in progress:
Janette likes making big knits and she finishes them in record time. We are always in wonder at the rate she can knit up a big jumper after she has spun all the wool. She has a commitment to providing quality knitwear to bigger people. Her family is very lucky and very warm. This jumper is very much forest colours and the bright green really gives it a cheerful, sunny look to keep your spirits up on a cold, wet day. It is merino wool and very soft and cosy. It feels really nice. Perfect jumper for those horrible, wet , freezing days. The greens with the natural fleece colours really is attractive.