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.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Today was our AGM and we had a good turnout.   A couple of things came up that I want to bring to everyone's attention. 
First up the remit for a small increase in our guild subs was approved.   For an individual member that means our payment goes up by $15 a year, and doubles go up $20 per year.   Juniors get a $5 increase and country members a $10 one.   Considering what we get for our money I think that's very reasonable. 
Remember if you want to get the Creative Fibre magazine you need to pay your subs by 1st December, there will be a form in the next newsletter for everyone.
Another thing that was mentioned was the donations and grants we have received in the last year.  We really appreciate all of them.   The grants are going towards our new premises and also our education programme for children which will be put in place once we're in The Tannery.
The donations came from a number of sources including guilds in various countries and some of our own members.  Some of those donations had specific instructions as to what they were for and we will definitely make sure that those instructions are followed.

Anna was there today, so there was the usual group of us petting fibre and trying (and failing) to be good and not buy anything.   I'm afraid I was one of those who failed, I spotted some grey merino/silk and just had to get it for something for my husband.   I noticed quite a few fluffy bundles being smuggled into bags aside from mine.

And now, what you're all waiting for is the photo's of the lovely items created by our members and brought in for admiring.

Paula's stole

Detail on the stole, knit from I believe cashmere/silk that Paula spun for it.

Pat dyed this on some commercial yarn.

Natalie knit these socks, I think it might be the Broadripple pattern, but I didn't ask so I could be wrong.

Anna knit these socks from some of her hand dyed BFL yarn.

She also spun this yarn from some of her fibre that she considered imperfectly dyed; I think perhaps she was wrong on that, it was even more gorgeous in person.

Pat knit this from some of her handspun; she doesn't think the colour suits her, but whether it does or not it's perfect for the pattern.