Sunday, May 31, 2015

Kerry has been dyeing yarn

She's also been dyeing her weaving, the yarn on top is the original colour.

Rachelle has been knitting socks for the winter.

Jan F. has been knitting stuffies

and the most amazing cabled jumper to keep her warm.

Kerry had fun knitting this hat, it looks great on!

Eleanor just got back from the US and she bought and spun this over there, very fine!

and these two were entered into the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at the last minute and won fifth and fourth place respectively.   Very well done!

Joanne spun this colourful skein, a nice break for her from the plain navy she had been working on.

And Holly was feeling inspired after last week and produced this very nice singlet, so wee!
It was a really good day at the group again today, it always is for some reason, but the energy yesterday was particularly good.   I know I got lots of spinning and talking done.

Don't forget, the midwinter lunch is coming up, June 13th.  Finger food (no oven on site) and bring your own crockery and cutlery.   See you there!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday 23 May 2015

A really good day, I got virtually nothing done on my spinning, but sometimes that's a good thing.  I certainly enjoyed the day!
We had some visitors.   One Rosemary McLeod who was coming to the Fibre Network AGM to give a talk and dropped in to visit us too.  She brought with her the most wonderful scarf from Tate which we all admired and I got to photograph for our blog

It's really light and soft and I love how the pattern changes on it.

Our other visitor was Holly who is a self taught weaver and was coming to see if she wanted to join.   She brought along two wraps that she'd woven to use as baby carriers.  One was all cotton and the other is a cotton warp and merino weft
It's very soft and strong and very well done

A close up shot was necessary
We also had 3 cowls knit by Jan F.
All are merino/possum using Amuri yarn from Naturally Yarns.  Nice and soft and will be lovely and warm.

And finally, Rachelle brought in the yarn she got for weaving with from; this is a cashmere/silk/merino/angora blend in laceweight.    It's probably going to become a shawl in a point twill.
I hope everyone is taking advantage of the lovely weather and spending time outside; it might be a little cool but that sun is very nice.
See you all next weekend and have a lovely week.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday 16th May 2015

Unfortunately I had to leave before the forum planned for the day which was on spinning non-wool fibres due to family commitments.   I'm sure it was wonderful though, I can't recall any forum we've had previously that wasn't.

I did get photos of the wonderful items finished this week though, so for your enjoyment here they are:

Natalie made this gorgeous tunic, I love it and sleeveless is so practical for layering

Jan has been busy knitting this beautifully soft cowl in a merino/possum yarn

More merino/possum, in this case it was woven by Rose and has a l=silk component as well.

Heather has been making catnip mice for the red zone cats; those are very lucky cats and I was sorely tempted to take one for my girls

Natalie has also been dying yarn using kowhai with an alum mordant.

Jenny spun this lovely green merino/silk skein

Rachelle spun this merino into a true 3-ply yarn, there is more to come of this.

Rachelle has also been spinning bulky singles from Haunui fibre.

Paula and Joanne were at a knit camp last weekend making these pencil cases.   The fuschia one is Paula's and the one in natural shades is Joanne's.  Both are lined in fabric, so very practical.

Some of the results from Wednesday's dye day
This is how I first saw this particular piece, wasn't sure what to make of it.

but when unrolled it's a brilliant way of displaying orphaned earrings.
Have a great week everyone, see you next time!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Saturday 9 May 2015

Another truly excellent day with a great group of people (isn't it always?) and a good session in the afternoon on skirting a fleece which was presented by Janice Winter.  Janice also brought some of her fleeces, both raw and in roving form, I missed the initial rush photo, but I got one once it had cleared out a wee bit!
There was probably twice as many bags at the beginning
There was a great turnout on the display table too, a suggestion was made to take a high shot to better show off just how much pretty was there!
Isn't it gorgeous?  Such a great range too
Mary Catherine has been busy making a beautiful lace tunic

Anna was gifted this cabled yarn

Ria spun the yarn for this, it's polwarth plied with silk noil and gorgeous!
Results of the dye course being run on Wednesdays from 10am; $20 per session and well worth it

More dye results

Rosemary knit this ribbed scarf with a cable surprise

more dye day yarn

Pauline made this wrap in various natural shades of alpaca and merino; it has pizazz!

Pam's been busy, this is her first ever double knit piece and it's turned out brilliantly, the pattern is a free on available on Ravelry for anyone who wants to try out the technique.

This is also Pam's, the first half of a rainbow laceweight yarn in silk and baby alpaca; a little over a kilometer of yarn; the photo does not convey the softness of this beauty.
And a close up of said beauty

And Pam's final piece this time is a rectangular wrap with stone chip border giving it excellent weight.   This is just the thing for an evening out and is stunning in person.

A close up of the border, I never would have thought to use semi-precious stones for this, but I definitely would now!

Sarah brought in this natural romney shawl which was actually spun from one of Janice Winter's fleeces.   I love how a natural fleece changes colours, it gives the piece great depth.

Raewyn has been spinning merino/silk into these two lovely skeins; can't wait to see them turned into something.

And Mary Catherine modelling her top, the length is just right and it'll be a very versatile summer layer.

The back looks just as good as the front, I think I want one.

Sandra knit this very cute wee baby bonnet over a very short space of time, garter stitch will make it nice and warm and squishy for a winter baby.

Andrea has been spinning corriedale yarn, I just loved this

and she also made this "cowl thing", it's full of interest due to the various fibres that were blended into the yarn; can't get this sort of result from store-bought.

And finally, we have Mary-Anne's latest shawl, I think she was lucky to take this one home with her

Apparently one of the test knitters put beads down the spine of hers, I think that would be a great touch, but then I'm a big fan of beads.
Have a great week everyone and don't forget we have the Malvern Spinner's coming to visit on Monday and on Friday it's the Area Open Day so make sure you come along