It was cold today but, my goodness , we filled the air with chatter, laughter, creativity and colour and had a very warm, noisy day with two new members and Brenda, from The Felting Ewe (link right) , who kindly accepted our request to bring us stuff to refill our stashes ! Lots more colour back in our choices after the last couple of weeks. We did decide that this year’s challenge would be to make a bag. Theoretically that is due next April but this year we could not complete that meeting and challenge until July. If nothing, we are flexible.
Show and Tell
Marina had woven a beautiful basket from things she found in the garden and filled it with several colourful balls of spun wool and alpaca.
Janette spun ball of wool blue/black.
Margaret: a pretty Fair Isle mitten the other is in progress.
Chris: has spun 200grams of Bendigo wool blended with glitter in aubergine colour.
Cathy: a sleeveless top in tweed greens and 2 balls of border Leicester wool dyed with various natural dyes.
Hilary: 3 small skeins of spun tops , one plied with spun sari silk.
Maria has been busy this week and has 7 made beanies in various styles.
One of the common ways of creating a three ply yarn is to Navajo or chain ply a single strand of spinning. That can be really handy to create a thicker yarn or if you have one colour you want to make the most of without spinning another bobbin to ply it with. But what if you have three lovely colours you want to ply or you want to make a thicker yarn with 3 strands so you can mix fibres?
knittingthestash goes through the process for two ways of creating three ply yarns. She does not rush the explanations and the images are clear. It is all about playing with colour and seeing what it does as you spin and create yarn. Most people can do the two ply yarns and then can master chain/Navajo plying. Plying 3 separate bobbins has its tricks but learning how to do it will give you options.
One of the things sorely missed as we stayed home to keep ourselves and others safe was all that colour input from meetings. We are saturated, in a nice way, with colour. Each meeting is a colourfest and a feast of colour. It makes you think. It gives you a chance to absorb colour combinations. It inspires. This week was no different.
Either side at the top are the merino tops Alexis was spinning. You look at the colours before she spun and then how they have changed with the spinning. They will change again with plying. Middle top is Jan B’s black alpaca plied with sparkle fibre. Such a cool yarn with a striking visual impact. Bottom left is Jeanette’s peaches and cream spun yarn. Soft colours and soft feel. Next is Margaret’s jumper she was wearing showing that natural fleece colours can make a bold statement if you want them to. Lastly, to the right, is Alan’s spinning: suri alpaca and then a bobbin of silk. Clear, natural colour and a very strong yarn.
Never ceases to amaze us how different our beanies can be and how the ideas just keep coming. Cathy made a handspun beanie for her grandson which looks better on than off. Maria made a lovely cream and blue mohair beanie with an interesting finish at the top. Margaret made a stylish, classic beanie for a family member and it is all in the detail. John made another round loom beanie in lighter colours which is in our show and tell pictures. Marjorie’s take on the beanie is interesting with the sideways knitted rib band. She also made a papier mache mould to put her beanie on so it shows it to better effect. Lovely dyed colours and spun wool.