Friday, November 1, 2019

Saturday 26 October and 2 November

Last Saturday was a nice one, a good number of people, plenty of friendly conversation and some lovely items on display.  Today was our AGM, so a reasonable number of people and one of our members was surprised to be made a Life Member for her contributions over the last 30 years!  Congratulations to Rosemary, definitely well deserved!

Heather spun two different colourways of Heavenly Wools and them plied them together.  The colourways were Rainbow and Bollywood.

This is all spun by Valerie, her favourite is the bottom right which is alpaca plied with soy silk.

Ria's spinning is here, the top and bottom are both bobbin leftovers and the middle one is one of Kate's Haunui colours which was a misdye.

Joanne has been busy too, 4 Christmas balls for fundraising and a skein of Kate's handspun in the colourway Traitor's Gate

This is Joanne's scarf again, next to the same pattern in another yarn which is being knit by Jan F

Jan F brought along a sample that she was sent by a rug repairer of Moroccan weaving

Lynn has been busy weaving with mohair to make lightweight and fluffy shawls

Joc has been busy too, the top green is Alpaca and the bottom is Corriedale; both are yummy.

Kerry spun this lovely muted yarn, it's Polwarth.

Eleanor is busy designing a new hat pattern, the yarn is handspun from Kate's Pretty Boy colourway.

Elena has been busy too, some lovely Romney here and some dyed yarn.

Another bauble to raise funds for the guild, I knit this one (Rachelle), the green is brighter in real life.

Handwoven baubles by Kerry.

Jan F had her handwoven fabric turned into cushions, looks gorgeous.

Phillipa is one of our newer spinners, she won this fibre in a raffle and took the challenge on head first.   She spun and plied some, then spun some from the end and some from the side; it's turned out very well.

Heather K has been busy weaving, I believe this is double weave in pink.

Marie has been busy with more Eastern Cut Pile Weaving, and as usual it's gorgeous and you just want to pat it.

More of Heather K's weaving, the gold is linen

Heather's weaving, I told you she'd been busy!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Saturday 19 October 2019

Another good day at guild, it's a good way to end the week or to reward yourself after a week at work.

Rachelle has been sampling for her upholstery; the yarn is a Romney boucle.

Diane has been working on some Eastern Cut Pile weaving

Eleanor spun these beautiful yarns, both are dyed by Kate from Heavenly Wools

Diane S has also been spinning, this was from Jan R's stash

Lynn used thick n thin yarn to weave this cushion.

Meg, our patron has been spinning too.  This lovely purple is the result.

Christine has been spinning Polwarth/Silk.  Some spun as it came and then chain plied, the rest was separated out and spun by colour.

Christine has also been busy with the needles, this is a new design for a friend.

As you can see she's done it in two colourways; each time I think I've worked out which is my favourite I change my mind.

More spinning by Diane, this was dyed by Anna H.

Diane C brought this in, we might have seen it before but it's definitely worth a second look.

Mandy can't knit or spin at the moment due to an accident with a kitchen knife, but she's still able to dye; this will be socks.
We also had some shibori dyed weaving by Kerry, but that may end up in an exhibition, so no photos allowed; it was gorgeous though.  Amazing what a difference the shibori technique makes in dye takeup.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday 12 October 2019

Unfortunately I missed the previous two Saturday's due to family commitments and a nasty cold, back to normal again though and hoping that'll continue!

This Saturday was relatively quiet, but still a lovely day with lots of socialising and some gorgeous things on the table.  It was also our day to bring in our favourite books.  I didn't take photos of all the books, but a few are here.

Anna won this at the National Felter's meeting in Queenstown, isn't she lovely?  Needlefelted.

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Kerry spun this long draw and it's originally from Jan Rait's stash

Heather has been weaving tea towels, beautiful and useful.

Elena spun these beautiful skeins; I know she dyed the top one in the roving and I believe they are both Corriedale

Sue R has been busy with her tapestry weaving, here are two backgrounds completed.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Saturday 07.09.19 and 14.09.19

I'm afraid that I don't have a list of who made what for either of these days as I had to leave earlier than normal and show and tell hadn't happened before I went.


I know this is Ria's, the wool is handspun from one of Eleanor's Polwarth sheep

A lovely colourful blanket

Lots of twisted stitches in these socks

A nice summer cardigan

Fingerless mitts in a nice squishy garter stitch.

Lovely woven scarves

The yarn dyed especially for the Eastern Cut Pile class that's coming up

Sue wove this as a background for one of her bird pieces; it's beautiful as it is.

Knitted knockers for mastectomy patients

Rachelle knit this cowl from handspun merino/silk dyed by Anna Harris.

I think this was Jenny's

And we had a talk from friends of Eleanor; Elizabeth from Edinburgh/Lerwick and Pat from Christchurch who both have links to the Shetland Isles and the traditional knitting that originated there.  It was a very interesting talk and we got to ask questions and take a closer look at the beautiful knitwear.

These bears are knit in the traditional patterns that Elizabeth has documented and sold in the museum shop in Lerwick, a nice way to get a piece of the Isles without having to find room for a jersey in the bag.

The stand this jersey is on is actually a traditional blocking stand for Fair-Isle jerseys.

The inside is just as nice as the outside and shows why the jerseys are so lovely and warm with the extra stranding at the back.

Legwarmers that are knit for selling along with the bears, all using the natural colours of the wool; no need to dye it since Shetland sheep have such a wide range of shades.

Samples of the patterns that are being saved for posterity.   They're knitted up, then digitized by the museum and knitted into 10 yards of fabric by machine.  All the yarn used is Shetland wool which is perfect for colourwork.