Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mid-Winter Christmas Lunch

We had an excellent turnout today, many people I've not seen for some time, in some cases I haven't seen them since we were still in the Arts Centre.  It was lovely to see everyone and I know everyone had a good time.  
Everyone's talking!

Moving around to talk to people was the order of the day

The fibre selection, some beautiful stuff there as usual

Anna's yarn for sale which included four ply and laceweight.
We all brought a plate and the food was delicious!   No photo's of that I'm afraid, I was too busy partaking to take photo's.    I did take a few of the earlier arrivals though and of Anna's fibre selection, there was more fibre, but by then it had new owners.

I don't know how many people got a reasonable amount of spinning done, we were all too busy chatting and catching up with eachother which has much to recommend it.

A few things to show off though
Raewyn was putting the finishing touches in this woven scarf; lovely work as usual

A range of finished items, the lovely socks were from hand-dyed yarn and reminded us of Monet's Waterlilies, the little jersey from natural wools was an excellent example of why we love to use undyed, handspun yarn so much.   The purple jacket on the left wasn't quite finished but was lovely, especially considering the pattern had a few errors.   The blue yarn was my Alpaca/Silk and feels very nice.  The brown/black with flecks was Mary Catherine's work, one a shawl and the other a mobius, combining a novelty yarn with some Alpaca.
 Next Saturday we're at St Marks in Withells Rd from 10am till 2pm, do please come and join us!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Beautiful Work

Yesterday was a good day at the guild.  First we had a committee meeting which went well.  Another application for funding has been sent off and received, fingers crossed we get it as it would help us set up for teaching children when we get premises again.  If anyone knows of other places we can apply for grants we'd really appreciate it!

There was some lovely work on the display table as usual, as well as some on the wheels as well.  I've not taken photo's of what's on wheels, but the table was a different matter.
I think the black item in the top left corner was by Raewyn, it's a lovely choker and looked fantastic on.  The teal yarn is by Dianne as is the bronze and burgundy shawl, both beautiful work.  The red and blue as well as the mauve and fluffy hat was Fran's work, a wonderful way to combine hand-spun and commercial yarn.  The pink was Mary Catherine's, she was plying that last week and it's gorgeous.  The purple cowl was by Pauline and although she's not happy with it I think it's lovely.  I think the beige alpaca was Rose's work, but I'm terrible on names so I could be wrong.  It is a lovely spin though and very soft.

This month's raffle prize is a skein of yarn from Sherlin Alpaca's and a project bag; I'm pretty sure the bag is Joanne's work, well worth buying a ticket for that.
Next Saturday we're having our midwinter Christmas dinner at St Marks in Withells Rd, Avonhead.   Bring a plate of food as well as your own utensils and mug.   Should be a great day, as well as our normal room we have the one next door for the food; no carpet on the floor in that room for easy clean up.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


First up sorry for the radio silence, but I've not been for about a month due to family commitments and of course the Alpaca course.  I did get to go this weekend though and took some photo's for your enjoyment.

First up the riches mentioned in the heading.   Anna Harris has been coming to spinning while I was away, and she's been bringing her stock with her so we have access to yummy Merino and Merino/Silk!
Merino silk in the foreground, Merino in the background.

4-ply (fingering) weight yarn for shawls, scarves, socks etc
I succumbed to some of the Merino and Merino/Silk, as did quite a few other guild members.   Well worth it though, Anna is a brilliant dyer with a great colour sense.

I also took photo's of the display table, I can't remember who owns what, but there's some beautiful work here.
The blue pile is mine; Romney 3-ply in a bulky weight.  The pink fingerless mitts were made in silk and suit the maker perfectly.  The woven shawl on the left was beautiful, so nice I didn't dare touch it!   The brown bits were all from the Alpaca course last weekend, both mine and Jan's.  I think the big cream one near the back was silk as well, but don't quote me on that.