Knitted vest

knitted vestA 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.

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Show and tell

Marina : 2 balls of spun yarn in muted pastel shades of blue, 1 yellow/cream mix, 2 beanies in a spiral rib orange/cream, 1 ribbed in a blue mixture.

Cathy :2 carded batts yellow with muted green & gold thread carded through. Pomegranate natural dye.

Sheila: showed us the finished jumper she was working on last week in a photo on her phone:Granddaughter wearing the jumper.

Hilary :2 berets in very bright multi-coloured greens, 1 skein of spun Ashford wool/silk mix.

John : the weaver has started a new project weave a heritage pattern for a table runner.

Peter ,John’s apprentice, is working on his ruck sack.

Maria : a sample of a colourful crazy crotchet square.

Show and tell

show and tell 8th April

Marjorie: a very colourful beret.

Jan 1: a beanie in autumn colours

Marina :1. Spun ball of purple/multi coloured tops, 1. Ball of dark brown spun with orange/pinks, a cotton knitted/crotched square.

Marina also purchased 2 small toys from the hospital craft shop.

Hilary: a lime green beanie in cable stitch

Sheila: a baby quilt for her new 10 week old granddaughter & a nursing apron for her daughter-in-law.

Peter: working on his ruck sack

John: working on his second strap for his shopping bag.

The ocean looked stunning but it was very blowy down on the beach front. it was lucky we were inside with all our chat and ideas. We could value the great view without getting blown away.

Christies Beach South Australia

Husky yarn

Christine was spinning husky yarn today and it looked like fun. It was white and fluffy and looked like rabbit’s fur. She had brought along plenty of bags of it so that if anyone else wanted to try it they could. There were takers because it is a nice challenge. We were wondering if you could felt it but dog fur doesn’t usually felt. It can matt so we were wondering if you could card it in with other felting fibres. Our idea was to make husky slippers. They’d be so soft and warm. We also thought it would be good to card the husky fur in with wool and alpaca before spinning. What Christine was spinning , though, looked really nice and we look forward to seeing the finished yarn.