A warm knitted vest like this is the best thing in winter. It can be worn under a jacket, if necessary, and really protects against the cold. Marjorie spun the wool for this and it is all natural colour and then she knitted it. It has a country look and would just as nice with a skirt as pants and a warm scarf would complete the outfit. We likes it because it was so soft. We don’t like scratchy wool and we don’t like the feel of harsh fibres which is why we often spin alpaca. Spinning the wool means you can select the right fleece so you get a really soft texture into the wool you spin. Marjorie’s vest is a classic piece and we loved it.
Cathy dyed some English Leiceister fleece with pomegranate seeds and skins. The fleece was white but after being in the pot for hours it became, well, sheep coloured. A creamy, yellowish colour like wheat. Pomegranates are high in tannic acid so you do not need a mordant. The net bag got eaten through though ,which was a first for her when using natural dyes. It wasn’t a problem…big sieves work well.
She carded it and is now mixing that to make wool batts which include a bit of sage green merino tops and some gold thread. All of that looks good together and we look forward to seeing how it spins up.
The yarn on the right has been dyed with onion skins and then there is some yellow merino tops and white alpaca mixed in.
Natural colours and the colours of nature are very restful. They don’t jar the sensibilities. They are soothing and calming. We had some good example of restful colours this week. Marina had started weaving on her mini loom in fawns and light browns. Peter’s shepherd coat has equally calming colours with the tans and creams. Janette’s waistcoat was beautifully soft and warm. In camelhair and silk plied with llama fleece. It looked lovely and felt beautiful. Anne’s socks were in woodland colours. The hint of green lifts the fawns and creams and the pattern is peaceful. Beautifully knitted socks with perfect toes!
You never know what people will be spinning. Sometimes you watch them spinning for weeks and then you finally discover what the yarn is going to make. It’s always a journey of colour, contrast, ideas and project planning.
Top right is Alexis’ wool batts which are spinning up in an interesting way. Seeing the skein of yarn is going to be good. Next are Marjorie’s natural coloured wool batts made from washed and carded fleece. Then Karin is spinning Alexis’ Tasmanian Blue Gum wool batts which we all love. It’s the colour ! Marina has been spinning light blue acrylic tops and from the first lot she has made a lovely market bag. Meryl is spinning the beautiful First Editions merino and silk batt and Hilary has her interesting metallic looking yarn which is so unusual and such a beautiful colour. All those colours inspire us as we look at them and all the yarn is used. There can never be enough yarn!