We have had some lovely hats over recent meetings.
Alexis had knitted and felted two very stylish hats. We loved the lime green colour of the top middle but the oatmeal one drew a lot of attention too because it just looked so good and was a perfect hat for a smart winter outfit. Middle bottom are Anne’s ribbed beanies. She spun the wool and the colours are striking and interesting. Good colours to cheer up winter! Top left is Hilary’s beret . So colourful and cheery. She spun leftover tops and don’t they look effective as they have been knitted up? Far left are Maria’s beanies from her spun wool. The purple and yellow looks good . It’s a visually interesting pattern. At the bottom she is making a gelati coloured beanie. Such a fun look with those colours. Winter does not have to be dull.
We are lucky. We get to see all this colour and texture every week. We get to make it too. We get to see what people do with their yarn or how they combine colours and fibres. It is a constant visual feast and melting pot of inspiration and ideas. Often we don’t know what we are doing to make with the colours we are spinning. That comes after. Sometimes we do know exactly what we want to do with the yarn we are spinning. Half the fun is looking at the colours and thinking about what we would do with it or others thinking what they would do with it.
Jan H’s bright green fibre has been dyed with food colouring. She dyed wool and alpaca fleece and the resultant colours in the yarn are just wonderfully vibrant and eye catching. Jan E often spins silk in with some of the yarns she makes and it gives such a lift to the colour and texture of the yarn. She wasn’t overly fond of the hankie silk but it didn’t matter. It was something she wanted to try. We just try things out and we either like it or we don’t . The bonus is, someone else might like it!
Just look at the colours and squishy yarns. What would you do with them?
Show and Tell
Cathy made a huge slouch beanie ideal for those with dread locks in dark brown spun alpaca and wool with coloured flecks, 2 spun balls of matching yarn from wool oddments and alpaca.
Anne: 2 beanies in rib & cable patterns light green & purple.
Margaret: Shaun the sheep crochet doll and a yellow teddy.
Jan H : a skein of green spun alpaca and wool dyed with green food colouring.
Jan E : 3 skeins – 1 Brenda’s plait in aqua/purple & blue, 2 aqua skeins plied with silk hankies.
Hilary: a beanie from the spun oddments of tops.
Maria: a rosette for the Best Exhibit for handspinning from the Clare Show. Congratulations, Maria!
John: latest progress on his weaving.
Every week we are treated to a feast of colours. It doesn’t matter whether they are hand dyed colours, commercial colours, colourways, colour combinations or natural colours, they are all exciting and have their impact. Every time you look at something you are wondering what the person is going to make with it or what you would make with it. You then see what happens and in the meantime you have been inspired to life your colour palette and ideas. The hidden agenda of subtle creativity is there for us just by looking. It’s the first hand experience of immersing ourselves in colour which makes us want to create and stimulates our ideas.