It was so good to be on the bus and on our way to Littlehampton for The Adelaide Hills Spinning group’s Equipment Day. Last year we had unfortunately been forced to cancel because of coronavirus restrictions. It is an annual trip we enjoy so it was good we could make our hills trip this year. The weather was good but very windy in the hills and we had a lovely drive through leafy suburbs and the hills there and back. The Adelaide Hills Handspinners and Weavers Guild gave us a very warm welcome at the Memorial Hall and we were soon looking at all the woolly goodness. Needless to say, the bus and our bags were packed with fleeces, tops, books and anything else we had found we liked. It was a day of positive energy and creative thoughts. We stopped at Brenda’s , Felting Ewe, on the way back, enjoyed the scenery at her property and all the tops and woolly things to buy in her She-Shed. Such a good day.
Such a great day today with some new faces and a mother whale and her calf at the beach front. Very cold but our room was full of colour and ideas.
Show and tell
Hilary: Cake of spun caramel alpaca and cake of spun wool in Margaret’s colours of blue and dark pink. Beautiful longtail scarf in a 200gm cake of yarn from Spotlight in pinks blues and yellows.
Cathy: ten stitch blanket in homespun natural colours, cake of green spun wool and sari silk.
Fay: Felted boots, predominantly blue .Made with is last week and finished at home. WIP: brimmed hat in reds and maroons.
Jan H: Hexagonal ribbed crochet fingerless mittens in maroon and grey.
Marina: Keeshound jacket in cream. Dutch barge hound and fur from Adelaide Guild.
Maxine: Interesting little piece about electioneering women:
Electioneering Women are requested not to call here: They are recommended to go home, look after their children, cook their husband’s dinner, empty the slops , and generally attend to the domestic affairs for which Nature designed them. By taking this advice they will gain the respect of all right-minded people – an end not to be attained by unsexing themselves and meddling in masculine concerns of which they are profoundly ignorant. Henry Wright
When you come to the spinning group on Monday, you cannot fail to be affected by the beautiful view of the ocean outside and then all the lovely colours inside. Some of the colours are just extraordinary. You then add to that the tactile feel of fleece and fibre. It’s quite a sensory experience which feeds the imagination. We are just going to leave these pictures here so you can look and react and get your own ideas about what you’d change or improve or how you’d love to use these colours.
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.