Janette’s blanket

Janette’s grandchildren are lucky. She makes them really nice blankets which are warm, a decent size, cosy and very cuddly. She knits them up really quickly after she has spun the wool. We loved the colours in this one because they represented the ocean we look at as we sit and spin. These are more the winter ocean colours. The blanket is spun from merino tops in colourways created by Bev Coulter and Kath Loman. Janette said these blankets work well as shawls too.

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Marjorie’s beret

Marjorie's beretWe really liked Marjorie’s beret. The colour combination and the softness made it really appealing. We all love making beanies but a beret tends to give a less casual and more stylish look in winter and the colours and cables can make all the difference. Unlike a beanie , a beret can be changed to suit different hairstyles and looks as you sit it on your head. From that point of view a beret is a more versatile accessory. Marjorie’s beret is made from her own hand dyed , handspun wool .

The are some free beret patterns on In the Loop Knitting.

Homespun shawl

homespun shawlJanette had a clever idea. She had spun wool left over from her rainbow jumper so she decided to knit a shawl. As she was trying it on she realised it would look nice , and a bit different , if it had a collar. It would also protect better against the drafts and wind around your neck. So here it is! Guaranteed to be your best friend on a cold day.

Handspun, hand knitted rainbow jumper

It takes a lot of time to spin the wool and then knit a big jumper. We do it because we love it. Janette’s jumper is beautifully soft. It’s a generous size because she believes in knitting for the bigger people in life. The jumper is made from boldly coloured merino tops plied with light alpaca. The resultant look it very effective because the alpaca tones down the bright colours without losing their cheerful impact. There’s  just about a whole rainbow in this jumper!