We have been spinning all right and we cannot resist. It’s the colours, the fibres, the wheels, the feel of fleece , tops and roving. It’s the fact we can create beautiful things from lumps of beautiful fibres. We can comb them, card them, make wool batts, dye them. It’s a visual and tactile adventure. Every week we bring along our wheels and we can spin whatever we want to spin. We can see what other people are doing and just have all this colour and fibre input. We can see the process. We can enjoy looking at and feeling the fibre. Then we can do what Marjorie has done : turn out some lovely, colourful socks or a classic style Tunisian crochet jacket. We can’t help spinning, nor do we want to.
There were a lot of us there on Monday and we were in full voice and at full volume. The Port Noarlunga Beanies to Berets textile expo had cheered us up. Our stall had done well, Jan 2 had had her alpaca stall, with her live alpacas , which went well and Janette had her stall which had gone well too. The whole event was positive and Hilary summed it up well:
Our Textile Expo on Saturday was considered a big success we sold several
items, had lots of interest & fun talking & exchanging idea with other stall holders
as well as customers & with quite a few of members helping out either behind the
stall or just coming to see. A big thank you to John who arrived at 10am and stayed all day chatting and explaining the merits of weaving to anyone who listened, also to Alexis who provided the much needed dummies for draping garments on& Jan who was
there early straight from her sick bed. A thank you to one and all.
Show and tell
Maria :white beanie in a pattern Maria has made up.
Marjorie : very colourful socks
Chris: 2 skeins 1, green Polwarth, 1 purple Alpaca.
John :sporting a vest knitted by Chris a long time ago given to one of our
members to make into a toy but too good to cut up and it was just waiting
for the right person to come along to wear it.
One pair of Margaret’s socks was made from the woodland colourway yarn she bought up at Littlehampton when we went there for Equipment Day in November last year. The other three pairs are made from three different yarns because she didn’t have enough of each to make one pair of socks. Did it matter ? Not at all. It became an oddments challenge where she had to think about which yarn to put where on her socks and which colours would go well together. We loved all these socks. They were colourful, cheerful, beautifully made and just the very thing to keep you warm on a cold day. You cannot beat knitted socks.
Socks are very much the in thing with us at the moment because winter is coming! Hand knitted socks are special, colourful and very comfortable and warm. Perfect for inside sneakers and boots but also just nice to pad around home in.
Sonya’s socks on the left are nice autumn colours and the self patterning wool is impressive. We liked the idea of the purl stitch inserts because when you roll the sock tops down it becomes stocking stitch and would create very nice boot cuffs! Karin’s socks are ocean colours and so soothing. They are cheerful but the ocean colours are so nice to look at. Margaret is still finishing her woodland socks and then has some other very colourful socks on the go.
The weather has cooled down so it’s a pleasant activity to knit socks. Here are some easy socks to knit on shiny, happy world.