Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sad news.

Anne Field passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning. 
She was teaching right up to going to Ellesmere for respite care last week,  she enjoyed what she did and it was wonderful she kept doing her favourite things until so near the end of her life.

She will be greatly missed by so many of us.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A really good turnout today

We almost ran out of chairs, and I think there were almost 30 of us in the end.    We had some lovely items on the sharing table, and the sales table had some good finds as well.  I got a shuttle for my loom so I finally got to practice some of what I learned last weekend when I got home today.

Multnomah knit by Mary Catherine

detail of Multnomah

Sue's tapestry

Jan spun these, left is Romney and on the right is Gotland

Sonya's knitting for her son and baby, 2 singlets and a pair of mittens

Sonya's felted bag, this has been in progress for a while and has turned out beautifully

Sonya's clearing the bobbins of the old spinning wheel so she can use the new one, guilt free.
As you can see most of the items were made by just a few of our members, but I could see a lot of yarn and items in the process of getting made; I'm sure there will be more next weekend.   Hopefully I'll be able to post them on the blog that day, but we'll have to wait and see.    I promise I'll take photo's though even if I can't show them to you straight away.
We had a visitor today too, unfortunately I didn't catch her name, but welcome and I hope you had fun!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Intermittent service expected

This is really just a heads up for those of you watching this blog.   Our repairs start on Monday, but all our gear gets locked down tomorrow and I'm not sure how much internet access I'll have as everything has to be protected from plaster dust.
I might get a post in tomorrow, but no guarantees as the protective coverings go on tomorrow while I'm at the guild.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I wasn't at the guild this weekend, instead

I was learning to weave with Anne Field.    Great fun and I'm definitely hooked (the credit card agrees with me here).   I've got other photo's but they're still on the camera so here is my loom at the beginning of being warped up until I get time to download the other photos.

Some examples of weft options that Anne brought in, we used some of the fibre for a surface weave
My loom is a 4-shaft TeTeko table loom and it worked really well.   I've already ordered some new shuttles as I only have one that I can find; I'm sure there's at least one stick shuttle that's hiding somewhere but it's very well hidden.  I've also ordered some yarn for warping for my next project.

If you're interested in weaving and Anne takes another class in the future I'd definitely recommend it; thanks also to Faye and Rosemary who helped, we all appreciated it very much.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

What have we been up to?

There were some lovely items on display this week, one of which I had to take photo's of on its creator.  
Mary Catherine's vest.

Some lovely blue yarn, can't remember who created it I'm afraid.

More lovely yarn, the brown one is actually one single of natural wool and another of merino/silk by Ashford; lovely work and there will be a lot more.

A beautiful blanket for a baby, simply gorgeous!
This was also on display, but I had the photo taken at home, Central Park Hoodie, took 3 years and 4 days.
I probably won't be at the guild for the next two weeks as I prepare for our house repairs, but next week I'll be at the Weaving course being held by Anne Field.   I believe she still has one space, if you're quick and email her on afweaves@gmail.com you might get in.   $80 is the course fee for a 2 day course next weekend to learn to weave on a 4-shaft table loom.   You'll need a loom.   This is not limited to guild members either.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Festival Feedback - Photo Heavy

Today was a full meeting so there were a lot of members there.   In addition to the usual show and tell that I'll post photo's of there was also some feedback on this year's festival which was held in Porirua.
It sounds like the venue was wonderful (aside from the food, which was ok), those members who went did come back with some beautiful fibres to spin and some wonderful memories.
Next year will be at Dunedin which will be more accessible for the rest of us who couldn't justify costs in going to Wellington.

Anna Harris was there with her large bins of fibre again, she is so bad for us!    I went away with 3 new bumps of fibre and I know quite a few others did as well.   Despite how bad she is for the budget I'm always glad to see her.   She got a merit award from the festival for a skein of 50/50 Merino/Silk that she spun over the last 2 years.   Unfortunately we don't get a photo of it as it sold.   I did see a small photo in the Festival information pack though, and it was lovely.

And now it's time for photo's of finished work.   As we had a lot of people there today there was a lot of work to display,and I'm afraid I can't remember who everything belongs to.   Oh, and while I remember until we move into The Tannery the first Saturday of each month is going to be a longer day running from 10am till 4.30pm, it'll be in the notices this month.  Hopefully next month the roadworks might be finished and parking/access might be easier.

Sonya's blanket

detail of blanket

Yarn by various people, all lovely.

Sonya's gloves, simply exquisite!

Anne's little bit off her yardage she wove.

detail of Thomas the Tank Engine knit

and this is what Thomas was gracing.

A lovely little girls cardigan, pattern is "My Honey" from Ravelry

Detail of the yoke

3 scarves

Detail from scarves

A single sock, pattern yet to be released and will be called "Scott Base Socks"

detail of socks

Sonya's new shawl pattern

Detail of shawl

More scarves, lovely work

Yarn, also lovely.

An in-focus shot of the yarn at the back of the previous photo.
I hope everyone enjoyed that, next week is at St Marks in Opawa Rd again from 10am till 2pm, be aware of the access issues due to roadworks.   There will also be a committee meeting that day.