Margaret: The graph knitting book she had got at Equipment Day along with the sock wool, the teal coloured wool from Rare Fibres and the little present we all got from them with the ruler and spinning wheel earrings.
Christine: Three handspun wool green hats with pastel flower buttons. Spun wool in soft oranges and creams. Rose fibre from Rare Wools,
Jan: Snowman with the turquoise accessories. Amigurumi crochet.
Alexis: Knitted hats in handspun wool with felted trims. One in lavender and the other in green. Ball of spun wool in purple and white.
Cathy: Cake of dyed handspun wool in oranges and fawns (onion skins). Cake of dark alpaca fleece plied with fawn coloured Corriedale. Fluffy , puffy child’s beanie knitted in acrylic yarn in pastel colours.
Sheila: Baby beanie in handspun brown alpaca . Hand kitted in double rib. Hand knitted dark blue beret with a top knot feature in handspun wool. Green and red fleece dyed with food colouring. Carded bag of Suzie Horn’s bits which she’d got at Equipment Day. Book on weaving. Bag of fibre from rare wools in autumn colours.
Marina: Massive bobbin of spun wool. Predominantly blue.
Yarn still seems to be measured in Imperial standard measurements. People want to know the yardage as well as the weight .Wraps per inch is what you need if you are trying to determine the weight of the yarn for weaving , which crochet hook to use or which size knitting needles. People who work with yarn have to keep converting needle and hook sizes and then yarn weights. Luckily wraps per inch is easy. The Craft Yarn Council gives an easy conversion chart for wraps per inch so you can identify your yarn weight. Knitting Paradise gives you a chart so you know which hook or needle size to use. You can double the yarn (fold in half) and put through a needle gauge to work out what size needle. There are gadgets you can buy or make to determine wraps per inch. Karin had brought hers along last week to show Marina.
This video gives some good explanations about determining yarn weight:
One of Christine’s prized possessions from the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show last week was this Ashford Inkle Loom. She had already started weaving on it before she got home and finished the belt at Monday’s session. It just looked so cool. We loved the look, the portability, the light weight, the way it was all so well though out and was taking so little space to create something lovely. Christine’s colour choices made the belt. The loom could easily be taken away on a trip, would fit in a shopping bag and then we thought it would need to be properly packed to protect it if it were going to fly anywhere.
There were so many projects to take in last week. Wendy was knitting a beautiful beret in lovely , squishy oatmeal coloured wool. Alan was spinning mulberry silk which he’ll ply with alpaca. Maria had finished and was wearing her loved striped Opal wool gloves where the yarn is designed to make the pattern as you knit. Hilary was racing to finish knitting her lovely natural brown alpaca fleece fingerless gloves which were so soft and looked nice. So much went on last week. Alexis brought in a big tub of dyed wool batts in gorgeous colours which kept calling out to us. Her colourways and colour choices are always striking and make you want to think creatively.