Blended yarns and wool batts are always fun and creative but there is something to be said about a nice solid colour too. You can ply it with itself, something similar or a variegated single ply. It means your options are endless in terms of producing yarn.
Left are Karin’s eye catching emerald green tops which she was spinning. It is a striking colour. Next are Hilary’s pale blue tops which are very soothing to look at. Christine had used Earth Palette dyes to get the lovely blue tops and then the peach tops. The peach came from the yellow. It is a really gentle colour. Margaret was spinning her toffee coloured fleece on her little Eel wheel. That is a nice, soft colour , too. Down the track we’ll find out what has happened to all these lovely colours.
We are all working from home because of government regulations , which we welcome , and the need to keep ourselves safe. It means we have more time because we are gradually going into full lockdown. Worrying times, but also a time to sort and think in a creative, productive manner. Sonya is leading the way on that and has worked out how to get the right amount of yarn we need when services and shops are shutting and we need to stay at home.
She found a big ball of merino tops in her stash. So, internet hive mind , is that Bendigo or First Editions tops? Sonya could not remember. She also found some nice yarn from past op shop visits. The red is wool and the fawn is part synthetic and part mohair. She has been spinning the tops and then plying with the balls of commercial yarn. This way she has an original yarn and enough to make a jumper.
Wendy’s knitted, felted bag is just lovely. You can feel the texture just by looking at it ! Alexis is the one who has inspired us to make knitted , felted bags. Cathy made one earlier in the year. You can felt them by hand or washing machine or a combination of both. Depends how strong your hands are.
This one of Wendy’s has a nice shape and then the handles are automatically knitted and felted into the bag. It is strong, roomy and lovely colours. Wendy spun all the wool for the bag. She used some of the fibre challenge yarn we had made after Christmas. She really enjoyed doing this and the colours have turned out really well.
The video below gives you an idea of what is involved in knitting and felting a bag.
It was a lovely day outside and just as lovely inside. Plenty of colour and ideas an some good, productive conversations.
Chris: has dyed 4 plaits with Earth Palette dyes in blue & pale orange.
Cathy: 3 balls of spun wool dyed with various natural dyes & a warm thick cowl in
dark green and yellow in a honeycomb pattern.
Janette: scarf & matching beanie in red/grey, beanie in blue, and an alpaca scarf
dark with various coloured fleck, warm jumper in autumn colours.
John: a woven scarf in a multi coloured boucle yarn with a green centre.
Hilary: 1 skein of lime green tops plied with coloured silk hankies, a ball of spun
alpaca dyed fleece and the cutest, small rabbit from the pattern Cathy put on our blog.