The more Jans the merrier

textile toysJan 3 is our newest Jan. They are all talented and expert at what they do. Jan 3 is a cheerful, helpful person who has made it easy to get to know her as our newest Jan. We also like what she does. She is very lacy and so brings along crocheted lace, her beautifully knitted homespun lacy tops but she won all our hearts with the gorgeous alpaca she made for one of her grandchildren. She gives her toy animals a real personality. Sonya, our roving reporter , has brought us her story:

Jan  (Mark 3)

 Jan, who has recently joined Seaford Spinners and Weavers has awed us with her exquisite spider-web  fine work.  Where have you been all our collective life, Jan? 

My sister taught me  to spin, about 30 years ago.  She had learned to spin in New Zealand. (What better place, Jan!) For some years I was spinning. However when my life got really busy I gave up. Then when I retired I took it up and have been spinning again.

More recently Marina and I were introduced to each other at a mutual friend’s birthday party.  As a result of our meeting, here I am.  Nice work, Marina. Networking at its best!

I have been making crocheted squares since I was I was a child. Mum was a seamstress and very ‘crafty’. I also do tatting, which I learnt from the internet !!!

 Jan, you must be the first person on the planet, to have mastered tatting by internet.

I  make safety eyes for toy animals and such, with resin. I have a love-affair with making toys. These eyes  are completely childsafe. I also do needlepoint tapestry. At the moment I’m spinning alpaca, to make an alpaca stool.

I love being here, seeing what people are making and of course I enjoy the social atmosphere. And I’m not far from home, here in Noarlunga. I grew up right near to the Noarlunga School. So I’m a local yokel. And aren’t we pleased you haven’t strayed far from your neighbourhood!

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Fun with children

20190318_115302We featured Maria’s classic , one piece child’s jumper last week. This week she brought along the toys she had knitted and crocheted for the jumper. It is turning something simple into such a fun event for a child. Maria has made an occasion of her little jumper because she has take the time to create some little characters to go with the jumper. Children should have fun! Anything can be an event! it takes a bit of time and imagination. We all loved the little toys and each of us had our favourite. We wonder what yours is.

Instagram best 9 for 2018

Instagram best nine 2018

Instagram obviously likes blues and greys this year and Wendy’s feather and fan scarves from her homespun wool were clearly a favourite. Then comes Margaret’s chicken for the chicken challenge. On the second row is Janette’s homespun hat with the gathered top, then Marina’s striped beanie and Maria’s socks. On the bottom row Margaret’s Aran knitting which has done well since it was a recent addition to our photos. In the middle at the bottom is Marjorie’s reversible man’s jumper which was so warm and clever. Last, but by no means least , are Christine’s knitted koala and knitted sheep . Interesting that it is all knitting this year.  All that and more this year. We have done well!!