We have fun. We love fleece and we love yarn and it is always good to see what people are doing. Peter tried on the woven wrap Jack had made. It has a central piece and then a scarf piece attached in a contrasting colour and looks really good. Alexis produced some beautiful squishy wool from her own dyed colourway. The colours are lovely. Sheila decided to dye some Border Leicester with food colour and the result was eye-popping colour . What you can’t see is the sheen on the fleece. Maria is knitting another one piece baby jumper because it is a good go anywhere project and the lovely apricot would be so nice for a baby. Anne is delighted with how her rare breeds yarn is spinning up and then knitting so she has got to work on her vest. It looks great.
We had some lovely naturally dyed yarn to show off this week and the colours were so nice. Natural colours just mix together. It doesn’t matter what the colours are. Nature has this way of toning colours in with each other. Top left is Cathy’s Tasmanian Blue Gum (Silver Dollar) wool batt which she got from Alexis plied with Border Leicester X. She’ll be using that in her blanket. Bottom left is Erica’s commercial wool dyed with onion skins. The rich burnt orange colour always attracts attention. To the right is Alexis’ Tansmanian Blue Gum dyed wool bats which she has spun and is knitting into top down , heelless , spiral socks. The colour and pattern are very effective and the socks are thick but soft. They look lovely. The only shaping is in the toes. There is a nice, free, heelless sock pattern from Paton’s if you are interested.
Jan shared fluorescent yellow wool she had dyed in the round in Landscape Sulphur Yellow. The second wind was tight to adjust the colour. She also had 4 skeins she had spun from Michelle Mignon’s art batts – one rust-red, one red and two blue.
Karin shared a ball of natural brown and fawn alpaca and three pastel dyed cakes of merino which she had solar dyed.
Beth had made a felted scarf in lovely soft outback colours and had finished the felted hat she had started 3 weeks ago. It is silk lined . Blues, fawn, pink and black.
Christine had crocheted two baby tops in lime and orange sorbet. She was also keen to show us and recommend her new sock needles. She said she can knit faster with them and Alexis mentioned they are great to finish hats and to knit gloves on too. She added the woven belt she finished during the session which she’d made on her new Ashford portable loom.
On Sunday Adelaide was doing a great job of being Vanuatu. It had been very hot and steamy. Saturday had been very hot too. At one stage we thought dyeing day was not going to happen because of the heat. Monday morning found us with a lovely breeze down at the beach front and even though it was a battle getting the tarpaulins under the tables to protect the decking, it was a good mental and physical challenge. It was great having fresh air! The decking outside was idyllic for the dyeing workshop.The view was superb and we had a wonderful time on Monday. It was easy and relaxing. Those new to it could just join in the conversation because it was, as usual, all about the sharing knowledge and expertise through conversation. It was doing and discovering, asking questions, looking at what others were doing and learning all the time. It was the talk which progressed the ideas and the focus on colour which enabled the creativity . Those new to the process could join in very easily and produce dyed wool which looked the part. Those accustomed to the process could help each other get the best out of the colours, the mixing and the effects. Some members of the group sat inside and were spinning because that is what they wanted to do. They had something interesting to look at and could hear all the chatter. No one in this group is required to participate in something they don’t want to. You are free to develop your own learning path but if you want to learn then everyone will lift you up so that you can achieve at a competent level. Dyeing Day was comfortable, fun, interesting and very colourful. We love colour.