It was cold today but, my goodness , we filled the air with chatter, laughter, creativity and colour and had a very warm, noisy day with two new members and Brenda, from The Felting Ewe (link right) , who kindly accepted our request to bring us stuff to refill our stashes ! Lots more colour back in our choices after the last couple of weeks. We did decide that this year’s challenge would be to make a bag. Theoretically that is due next April but this year we could not complete that meeting and challenge until July. If nothing, we are flexible.
Show and Tell
Marina had woven a beautiful basket from things she found in the garden and filled it with several colourful balls of spun wool and alpaca.
Janette spun ball of wool blue/black.
Margaret: a pretty Fair Isle mitten the other is in progress.
Chris: has spun 200grams of Bendigo wool blended with glitter in aubergine colour.
Cathy: a sleeveless top in tweed greens and 2 balls of border Leicester wool dyed with various natural dyes.
Hilary: 3 small skeins of spun tops , one plied with spun sari silk.
Maria has been busy this week and has 7 made beanies in various styles.
Marina used different skills to complete this sleeveless vest/jacket for our challenge. Country colours from her stash. She graph knitted some of the images and appliqued and embroidered other visual effects. The overall feel is that of being out in the country on a cheerful, sunny day. What a nice way to lift your mood on a winter’s day.
We got there! The day was grey but inside the club it was warm, friendly and colourful. We have had to wait and wait to do the AGM . It ended up being a very creative , inspiring day. The challenge had been to make or represent an animals whose fleece we spin. All the entries we well thought out and such fun to look at and discuss. We also had some other items to look at which people shared which will come up here or on Instagram. Margaret’s and Maria’s sheep need to be featured too. We are all doing our best and a little less than perfect . The world has been very challenging this year.
Basically, everyone has kept their positions and Sonya has taken over now as Librarian because it is a big, exacting job so taking turns is good. We have to thank Alexis for bring dyed merino tops to colour the day and help us rebuild our stash after iso life. A hearty and well deserved congratulations to Jan H for her lovely winning alpaca. Congratulations! The top she knitted and was wearing was a winner too 🙂
Janette made a sheep of the fleece
Hilary knitted an alpaca from pre-dyed alpaca fleece
Jan H crocheted an alpaca also a gonk with bright red fleece hair
Cathy wet felted and needle felted a sheep
Maria crocheted some miniature sheep
Margaret crocheted a lovely aardvark sheep
Alexis wet felted a sheep’s hat
Alan needle felted a picture of a poodle from the poodle hair
Marina knitted a jacket with applique sheep on it.
We have not , as yet, decided on next year’s challenge. This one was really fun.
Scarves can be as different as beanies. They depend on the yarn, the chosen way to put them together or the colours. Top left is Jeanette’s open knitted scarf and it would be warm but would act as an attractive neckline accessory. It is not too bulky and so can be neatly tucked into a jumper, jacket or coat to provide interest and warmth.
The other three scarves are from the scarf exchange and the link to that is in the Show and Tell post. Hilary got a beautifully felted scarf which would make such a beautiful accessory and provide warmth. A real eye catcher. Christine received the lovely scarf in the middle. It is lightweight and very soft. So cosy without adding bulk. Marjorie received the blue scarf. Just her colours and such a great colour to cheer up any winter outfit. This scarf is soft too.
The scarves have been hand dyed and hand spun. The felted one is made from the fibre supplied. If you are now feeling in the mood to make yourself a scarf , there are free patterns on In the Loop Knitting.