Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas to everyone!

I hope you all get something soft and squishy to play with today; I'm getting yarn and a new wooden swift.

Lovely fibre to spin; my wish for all those who spin or felt.

For weavers a nice warp and for our knitters some lovely yarn

Friday, December 13, 2013


Today was our Christmas lunch, held at St Marks in Withells Rd and we had a fantastic turnout!  Anna was there with her lovely dyed fibres (I succumbed) and several people who we don't see a lot during the year managed to come along too which was lovely.

This years theme was "Inspiration" so people came along with work they'd done during the year and what their inspiration was for that piece.  The photos are in the order I took them, which is not the order in which they were shown off after lunch.

Not sure who owns these, not mentioned in the show and tell unfortunately.

Rosemary's sampler of tapestry weaving started in Sue's class.

Paula made this beautiful scarf for her piano teacher in 15 micron alpaca; it's divine!

We've seen this before, Mary Catherine knitted it, her inspiration came from the yarn which is Perendale from the Milton Mill.

Some of Diane's lovely spinning over the year

More of Diane's work over the last year; Anna inspired her as she does all of us.
The reason Tedge hasn't been coming along, when not working she's doing woodturning and this is one of the things she's made.  It's not finished yet, she plans to do more with the chair and there will be a drop spindle too.

Mary-Anne's shawls she designed based on the earthquakes; see further down for more information.  The green is a commercial yarn, the maroon is handspun.

Kerry's weaving

More of Kerry's weaving; she was inspired by a photo of a corrugated iron shed

Kerry's weaving again, you can almost see the corrugations in the fabric.

Sample spun by Tedge from Ashford's new alpaca/merino blend

Julia knit these for the shop; the bottom two are Noro yarns and the green is handspun that was dyed by Anna

Handspun alpaca/wool custom dyed by Anna, spun by Julia.

Meg's tapestry using yarn from Mary Bartlett's supplies and inspired by the West Coast

Meg also wove this piece which is inspired by Antarctic ice floes.

Faith made this cushion cover using pre-felt, needle felting and some embroidery; lovely work

Faith also spun this pink/red yarn.  The barely glimpsed skein of pink/blue yarn underneath is Sue's; I didn't spot it when taking the photos.    She also did an autumn shaded skein which I missed completely.

Janet wove this from Anne Field's weaving book at 20EPI, she's pleased with it but looking forward to improving with practice.

Sue knit this baby blanket, it's huge and you'll see another photo further down.

Mary-Anne's shawl in full, she has had the pattern accepted by Knitty.com and it will be in the March 2014 release of patterns; free to the public.

Another of Mary-Anne's shawls, this one she was wearing when she arrived.

Sue's baby blanket; it was knit for someone who had intended to knit a blanket for each of her children when they had children, but was unfortunately not able to see well enough to do this one when it was needed.   Sue stepped up to the challenge and produced this lovely (and huge) blanket to fill that need.
Wow, that's a lot of creation energy right there!    Glad everyone came along, it was a great time and will hopefully see us through till next year.    1st meeting next year is on Saturday 4th January at St Marks Opawa.

Wishing everyone a happy Christmas and a safe New Year and look forward to seeing you all next year.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

07 December 2013

Only a small amount to show off today; 3 skeins
I don't know who made these, but the dye job does look like it may be Anna's.

Don't forget next Saturday is our Christmas lunch, it's at St Marks in Withells Rd from 10am.  Make sure to bring a plate of food as well as your own crockery and cutlery.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

30 November 2013

Well, what a busy day today!    We had a really good turnout, loads of spinning wheels and a few knitters as well

Isn't this beautiful?   Raewyn knit a baby shawl for a new baby who is on the way.  It's made me want to make one too!

Jenny made both these pairs of slippers; the first pair she made I didn't photograph, but they came out a little big; these ones are perfect.

Rachelle (me) knit this sock, the second is on the needles and almost up to the heel.

Sandra knit this sock, like mine the second is on the needles.

Jenny spun this yarn as well, it's more of a burnt orange in real life.

Pat was the creator of this sweet wee singlet; her third for the singlet challenge.

And this beautiful shawl is Dianne's.   There's a full shot of it coming up.

Rosemary made this lovely wee baby cardigan, I think the trim sets it off perfectly!

Dianne's latest spinning, lovely as always.

Natalie made this sweet little striped baby jersey; it's nice and practical as well as cute.

And then for a change of pace Natalie made these glorious socks; a perfect example of the yarn working with the pattern.

Joanne knit a reversible hat for her brother to wear on tramps; he can have the bright orange in hunting season.

This scarf is also one of Joanne's and for her other brother; a suitably masculine graphic motif.

As promised, a photo of Dianne's shawl for the full effect.

This table runner arrived during the meeting and was donated to the guild for our new rooms by Anne Bluck.   I took a few photo's to show it off.   Thank you very much Anne; it's lovely and we really appreciate it.

The back is just as nice as the front too.

Next week we're at St Marks in Opawa Rd and don't forget the following Saturday is at St Marks in Withells Rd for our Christmas lunch.    Bring along a plate of food, as well as a mug, plate and cutlery.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

16 November

Not a lot of finished items yesterday, but a good day all the same.  Next week we're hosting the area AGM, it's being held in the sports hall at St Marks in Withells Rd and we'd love it if our members could please bring along a plate of finger food for morning tea.

More of Kerry's lovely weaving

Cecilia has been busy!

More of Cecilia's wee jerseys

And a wee jacket also by Cecilia

Friday, November 8, 2013

November 9

Today we were in the other room from normal as another group had set up in our usual room and were convinced it was their room.   Hopefully this won't be a regular issue as the room we ended up in has a wood floor and as a result sound bounces around and makes it hard to hear.    Also it's dark and my camera phone wasn't keen on a couple of photo's I tried to take.   My own fault that, I forgot to take the DSLR with me today, so you're stuck with cellphone pics.

Dianne's final spinning on her old Ashford wheel; Navajo plied

Also Dianne's, but on her new Majacraft Suzi-Pro wheel; the colour is wrong; this is acutally a red, not orange.

Mary Cathering brought this, it's the latest fibre club from Vintage Purls and is English Leicester

Rose spun this, it's her first Navajo plied yarn and is some of Anna's merino/silk.

Rosemary decided to do something with the cabbage tree leaves she had and made this gorgeous wee basket.

Kerry has been very busy with her loom and woven this 8.4m length of cloth to make a jacket or coat out of.   There's a lot of alpaca in it so it'll be lovely and warm; much of the weft is handspun too.

Sonya made another wee singlet for her youngest.

This was Kerry's solution to a scratchy scarf; turn it into a book cover!

Finally we have Sonya's puffer fish; so cute.