Where did you get that hat?

We never seem to be short of ideas for hats. They can be challenge hats where we make something to lift our game and skills. They can be oddments projects or custom made for a specific person or event. We never get tired of making hats or seeing all the new hats which pop up when we get together.

Top left is Hilary’s pixie hat. She is great at making whimsical hats suitable for any kind of  little woodland creature. Bottom left is Cathy’s Ravenclaw hat which she made for her granddaughter. We liked the colours. Middle is Marina’s crochet hat. It’s a nice green and a very interesting pattern with a good shape. Right are Maria’s beanies. She was revamping some World War 2 patterns. We loved the tow natural coloured beanies but the other ones are really good to look at too. Maria always seems to get something original into her beanies by way of colour or technique.

Making rolags

rolagsKnittingthestash is a really good WordPress yarn blog you can keep up with. She makes helpful videos too. One of the things which impressed us last year were Hilary’s purchased rolags she had brought along to spin. They looked like really cool snails, had beautiful colours which were mixed well and the yarn Hilary made was just so good to look at.

Rolags are a way of preparing smaller amounts of fibre to sin and can be very creative. Some people get very classy looking rolags. Others just make and spin and are not too worried about whether they are art or not. The difference is good. We all need that kind of variety when we are spinning. Some days are diamonds and you can create stunning things. Other days you are ordinary and that is okay. Knittinginthestash shows you how to make them with hand carders but you can make them on drum carders and with combs. With this video you can see the technique and that is what is important. Once you get the hang of it you will create lovely rolags too!

Vintage doll’s clothes

Wendy’s childhood doll, Barbara , has a new outfit. It is very special. Wendy dyed the wool at our dyeing workshop, then spun it very finely. Wendy loves lace knitting so the little dress has turned out perfectly for Barbara and her matching underwear is just as beautifully knitted. We loved seeing Barbara and really thought her new outfit looked good on her.

There are some nice free doll knitting patterns on ABC knitting

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Show and tell

We had a really productive day and had plenty of ideas to share which was really good because it was cold, wet and windy outside.

Marina: Jumper in blues, maroon, gun metal grey and other flecked colours. Mostly hand spun wool with some commercial wool. Scumbled stress ball in light blue.

 Margaret: 3 Christmas decorations. One she bought with the little metal Christmas tree and she made the others herself in white with various colours.

 Alexis: A really big skein of hand dyed wool she had spun in perigord and lilac Jacquard dyes.

 Cathy: Knitted beanie decorated with freeform puff stitch crochet in  navy, green grey and purple. Spun blue merino tops plied with Alex’ hand dyed alpaca in soft lavender and blue. 

 John was weaving a pink mohair scarf.

 Sheila:Two beautifully sewn story books and then padded number squares which she had made for her granddaughter.