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!
Another two big projects were finished this week. When you work on big projects they take forever and then you feel like you are not doing anything. When you see the finished items, though, it has always been so worth it. Karin’s 10 stitch blanket has been much admired and popular. When we saw it finished we just loved it. She hadn’t chosen the colours as such. She was knitting from her yarn left over from other projects and deciding which colour to do when she got to the next bit. The blanket looks really good. It’s warm, inviting and the colours are restful.
Cathy has been spinning and dyeing wool for her crochet blanket all year. Most of it is natural colour from FinnX, alpaca and then natural dyes like avocado, onion skins, Tasmanian blue gum leaves and red cabbage. There are bits of red and green from Susie Horn’s bit and then some orange and yellow and banana fibre silk from Kathy’s Fibres. There is ramswool and BorderLeicesterX. Cathy joined the group in June last year and knew nothing so this blanket is about what she has learned from the group. The autumn colours look good.
It was a lovely spring day yesterday so we had a lovely group session this week. The big projects are starting to come in.
Cathy: Cake of wool spun from Alexis’ dyed Tasmanian Blue gum leaves in creams and oranges.
Hilary: Stunning long jacket in Bendigo Woollen Mills wool which she had spun in maroon with other subtle colours. This was a major project done well.
Marjorie: delicate knitted neck scarf in lavender with a thin maroon thread through it. Crocheted socks from her own pattern in pink and mauve. Colourful newsboy cap in bright colours from Brenda Coulter’s plaits.