Open Day Goodies!

Okay, so Open Day is over but now is the time to show you what I came home with!! Needless to say I went a little crazy and bought a bit but I also managed to find some bargains. What do you think of this gorgeous basket which I can use to take to spinning with all my bits and pieces in it?

Basket 01-tileBasket 01It was on the Southside Spinners table and I immediately picked it up. At $14 it was a bargain plus these two balls of 2ply yarn for a combined total of $3.20.

Wool x 2From Desley’s table I picked up these four cups and saucers with little sheep motifs on them. $12 for the lot!

Cups 05-tileAren’t they so cute?

Cups 06Plus this 1,000 piece sheep puzzle for $20.

Puzzle 01Desley makes these beautiful sewn mug bags. At $6.50 they’re ideal as a gift for someone who goes to spinning. We all take our own mugs.

Mug Holder 01-tileI picked up these books from the Gold Coast Spinners table. Around $20 for all of them.

Spinning BooksPlus this fibre.

Fibre 02Fibre 03Fibre 05This is carded alpaca…all ready to spin!

Fibre 06This gorgeous merino from our members’ table.

Fibre 04Plus this lovely little scarf.

Scarf 01Scarf 02These gorgeous soaps, lotion bar, lip balms and a ‘spinning wheel’ pendant from VivianneK Handmade Soaps.

VK Soaps 01Spinning pendantVivianne also very kindly gave me this beautiful wooden box with my name engraved on it. It is simply stunning and I am using it to store my ‘sheepy’ jewellery.

Wooden Box 01-tileAnd of course there are my three cute little sheep mugs from Earth & Stone Creations.

Sheep Mugs 04-tileThey are now proudly sitting on a shelf with my sheep cups and saucers. Cups n Mugs 03This rather handy notions case from Chantelle’s Fiberific table.

Notion Case 01Notion Case 02This Natural Plant Dyes book written by Vivianne’s mother (who also had a small table). She kindly autographed it for me.

Plant Dyes Book 01-tileThese two shawl pins from Shorn Fibers.

Shawl pinsSome soaps from one of our members’ tables.

SoapsPlus these old copies of Spin-Off magazine from our second hand baa-gains table. All for the grand price of 20c each!

Spin-Off MagsI think I managed to pick up quite a few lovely goodies.

I am now in the process of sorting out some projects to take on holidays with me. Yes, my Noosaville trip has snuck up on me quite quickly. I’ve been winding wool and sorting patterns as I’ll be away for three weeks so I’ll need plenty to keep me busy. Can’t wait to drop into social knitting at Sheep Thrills in Noosaville. I discovered this little yarn shop in July last year and I can’t wait to get back there!

To finish off I’m going to show you more of these little sheep mugs that I am totally besotted with :-)

Sheep Mugs 04Sheep Mugs 06Sheep Mugs 09Sheep Mugs 02Until next time…

Melanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BEST Open Day!

Oh my gosh I don’t know where to start. It was the most amazingly successful Open Day at a terrific venue. We had an increase in over 75% attendance. The event was simply buzzing with so many people. 99% of the publications I approached to print our Open Day notice obliged so word got around Brisbane-wide! Spencer Howson even mentioned it on his radio show on 612 ABC Brisbane.

Busy buying 02Busy buying 04Owen, who’s known as Wheelsmith on Ravelry brought along some of his antique spinning wheels (that’s a wheel that is 100 years or over in age!).

Antique Wheels 02-tileAntique Wheels 04-tileAntique Wheels 06-tileAntique Wheels 09-tileI was still not 100% well but as I am part of the Open Day Committee I had my duties to attend to. I couldn’t do too much talking as I’d nearly lost my voice but I did manage to re-acquaint myself with Owen and told him about my recent trip to New Zealand where I met Mary Knox who’s the ultimate guru when it comes to New Zealand spinning wheels. Owen’s face lit up as he knew exactly who I was talking about. So, Mary if your ears were burning on Tuesday morning that’s why :-)

We had some amazing traders at the event. These are the gorgeous pottery sheep mugs made by Kimberly from Earth & Stone Creations. I know you’ve heard me talk about Kimberly’s work quite a bit but trust me, it is beautiful. If you’re after a present for a knitter, why not consider a pottery yarn bowl? You’d be loved forever!!

Kimberly pottery 08I am the proud owner of these three little beauties. Kimberly very kindly gave me one of the coloured ones.

Sheep Mugs 04-tileNow this photo is a little blurry but I’m trying to show you that under the coloured mugs Kimberly has engraved “Mels Mug” and under the white mug there is a number as only 20 were made; this is 1/20.

Sheep Mugs 05-tileKimberly’s pottery yarn bowls were selling like hotcakes. I believe she brought along two of these huge three-ball bowls and they both sold!

Kimberly Pottery 03Vivianne was there with her gorgeous soaps.

VivianneK Soaps 01One of our members was also selling her soaps so we’re all going to be smelling like roses!

Judy soap 02One of our members is in her mid 90s and made these two knitted blankets and entered them into the fashion parade. They are simply amazing! Well done Grace.

Grace blanket 01Grace blanket 02Our members had their own table where we sold our wares. I sold some mug hugs and spinning/yarn/sheep charm keyrings as well as my Cream Leftie. I won’t despair as I have enough yarn to make another one exactly the same!

Members table 03What made the day really interactive is that, as well as three of our members demonstrating spinning, one also had a little workshop teaching others the traditional craft of ragmatting. This table was never empty!

Ragmatting 04Ragmatting 05We were also lucky enough to have Carly Kotynski, a local weaver of natural fibres holding a small workshop too.

Basket weaving 01Basket weaving 02Basket weaving 04Honestly, there was so much happening that I was in a constant whirl! I was taking as many photos as I could, whilst shopping, trying to talk, having a quick coffee and something to eat. It really was the best day.

Desley had a table filled with her gorgeous had sewn goodies.

Desleys table 02We also had our Ashford distributor who is also a member of our club.

Lindys table 04Contemplating this Ashford Traditional before the crowds arrived!

Before the rush 01dThe eating area was packed…no spare seats to be seen.

Eating area 03This is just a snapshot of the traders that attended on the day but if I uploaded all my photos you’d be here all day reading this post :-) You can see more photos on the Redlands Spinners & Weavers website here.

Next week I’ll show you what I bought from those traders!

A couple more pics of those happy people shopping for a bargain!

Our gratitude goes to our local Council who provided the venue for our Open Day. It is so much larger than our previous venue and traders were able to really spread out and show their wares to full advantage. We received so much positive feedback from our visitors about the venue and the actual day. Congratulations Redlands Spinners & Weavers! What a mammoth team effort!

Before the rush 03Busy buying 05Until next time…

Melanie

WWKIPDAY

Yesterday was World Wide Knit In Public Day and a new record was set. In total there were 882 Knit In Public events in 56 different countries. Ten new countries joined this year:
Japan, Indonesia, China, Kuwait, Philippines, Cyprus, Faroe Island, Ecuador, Gibraltar and France. This year there were also more than 200 events than last year..that’s also a record. Doesn’t this show that the world really needs knitting – and the mission with this project is: “Better Living Through Stitching Together”.

wwkipsouthpacific2The Redlands Spinners & Weavers Knit and Knatter group registered for WWKIPDAY. Eleven of us turned up with our knitting, crocheting and I brought along my spinning wheel and did some spinning and some knitting too.

K&K 13-6-15 01Heads down and busy knitting!

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K&K 13-6-15 04K&K 13-6-15 05This is my wheel with one completed bobbin of spinning (on the table). I still haven’t been able to identify the maker of this wheel.

K&K 13-6-15 06Unfortunately for me, but maybe fortunately for everyone else :-) I had just about lost my voice yesterday. On Friday, I started feeling a bit odd, on Friday night my throat was so sore and on Saturday morning when I was shopping at my local deli I opened my mouth to tell the sales assistant what I was after and nothing came out!! Oh no!! This is not what I need when I have a few busy days ahead. Consequently, today I was supposed to be helping out sorting and wrapping raffle baskets for our Open Day which is on this Tuesday!! I’ve had to pull out and try to rest today as tomorrow I will have to go into work for a short time. If I’m not feeling well enough I’ll come home early and then hope on Tuesday I wake up feeling a lot better.

To finish off I’m going to show you this lovely cardigan I bought not long ago. One of the ladies at spinning was wearing one and I just loved the colour so I asked her where she bought it from. I rang my local Rockmans and they managed to track one down for me in my size and now I have one!!

Rockmans cardi Sunkist frontRockmans cardi Sunkist backOf course, you knew it would either be orange or green didn’t you? It’s acrylic but that’s okay as it fits beautifully and I’ve worn it to work already and received some positive comments.

wwkipsouthpacific2That’s all from me today as I’m not feeling 100%. I can’t wait until Tuesday for Open Day! Hope you have a wonderful week.

Until next time…

Melanie

Dunedin Happy Feet Socks

It’s only appropriate I should name these after the city I purchased the wool in and the name of the wool hence Dunedin Happy Feet!

The wool caught my eye as I was looking through the array of yarn for sale at Knit World in Dunedin during my recent cruise around New Zealand.

Happy Feet Sock Yarn OrangeThe yarn is made by Countrywide Yarn Ltd and is a delight to knit with.

The pattern is called Make Your Heels Strong and is a free sock knitting pattern on Ravelry.

Happy Feet Orange 19This particular heel does not require picking up stitches along the heel flap so it would be a lot easier for a beginner sock knitter to tackle.

Happy Feet Orange 16Having said that, I have knit quite a few pairs of socks and really don’t mind picking up the stitches.

Happy Feet Orange 20I’m very happy with these socks and I certainly love the colour!

Happy Feet Orange 16Happy Feet Orange 11I had an absolutely lovely day yesterday at a community Women and Weaving workshop. There are plenty of photos that you can view here.

weavingThat’s my news for now. Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend filled with lots of crafty goodness.

Until next time…

Melanie

# 13 in the Flock

It’s been a while since you’ve seen any additions to my flock of spinning wheels. Well that’s about to change. Here is # 13. This addition was a complete surprise to me. I received a phone call from someone who was giving away her wheel, spare bobbins, lazy kate, niddy noddy and a few bags of carded fleece and would I like them. Would I like them!!!! Of course I said yes.

The wheel is an Ashford Traditional. Now I know I already have two of these wheels but this is special; it’s a double drive and I particularly love double drives.

Ashford Traditional DD 01After a clean up with my special concoction the wheel was gleaming.

Ashford Traditional DD 06The ubiquitous name of Ashford.

Ashford Traditional DD 04The previous owner had also sewn a cover for the spinning wheel! Perfect for keeping the dust at bay a little bit.

Ashford Traditional DD 10There were also three bags of carded fleece. This bag was purchased at the Redlands Spinners & Weavers Open Day back before I even started spinning! I’ve used some of the other two bags as stuffing for a teddy bear I’ve just knitted so he’s a 100% wool bear!

White carded fleeceAnd of course there was the lazy kate that I blogged about previously.

Free Lazy Kate 03It had no rungs but I bought some cheap tent pegs and they’re perfect!

Free Lazy Kate 01I’ve been spinning on this wheel today using a bag of cheap carded fleece that I picked up recently for only $8. It’s a bit matted in places but is perfect for practice spinning. I’ll probably use it to make toys as it’ll be a bit scratchy against the skin. And those little matted bits haven’t been wasted either. I’ve put them on the fence in between the palings in the hope that some birds may be looking for some nesting material :-)

DSC07652And now for something exciting to show you. On the 16 June at the Redlands Spinners & Weavers Open Day, these simply gorgeous sheep mugs will be for sale. They’re still drying off and need to be coloured and fired (I think that’s the right terminology :-) ) but here’s a sneak peek.

Sheep Mugs drying 01Kimberly from Earth & Stone Creations has been working day and night to get these little beauties ready. But you’re going to have to be quick because there will only be 20 available and each one will be numbered. It’s a time consuming process making each one so that’s why there will only be 20 ready for Open Day.

Sheep Mugs drying 02I think I’ve worn Kimberly out with my suggestions for ‘sheepy’ things to make for the Open Day but I know these mugs will sell like hotcakes as will her yarn bowls. I’ve just bought my second one!!!

Yarn Bowl Orange 02And if you have a tiled floor, don’t worry as each yarn bowl has little ‘feet’ so it won’t slide across the floor or leave any marks. Yarn Bowl Orange 05This a collection of some of Kimberly’s goodies that she took to the Queensland Spinners & Weavers Open Day last Sunday. What a fantastic selection. At the bottom of the picture is a large yarn bowl that can accommodate two balls of wool and when you’re not using it as a yarn bowl it can accommodate fruit!!!!

Yarn bowls KimberlyIf you’re interested in purchasing pottery items, I really can’t recommend Kimberly’s work enough. She’s open to a challenge and will try and accommodate any custom orders. If you ‘like’ her Facebook page you’ll see what she’s up to as she posts photos of her projects. I have absolutely no financial affiliation with Earth & Stone Creations but I am so impressed with Kimberly’s pottery that I just want to share it with everyone. Kimberly can also be contacted at kimberlydawnartistry@gmail.com and she does post her orders.

That’s my news for today. I really cannot wait until 16 June!!

Until next time…

Melanie

 

An Easy Zig Zag Scarf and an Upcoming Fibre Lover’s Day

I fell in love with this colourway when I purchased this roving from Kathy’s Fibres and it’s called ‘William’. With two 100g rovings spun and plied together, I ended up with a generous amount to knit a scarf. William roving 02On one of my numerous searches through Ravelry’s pattern database I stumbled across the ZickZack scarf and was immediately taken with it. I do love the chevron pattern look and thought this would suit my William yarn as it would naturally self-stripe. William Handspun 03Once I knitted a few rows I could see I’d hit the jackpot with this pattern and yarn and others around me kept commenting on how great it was looking and asking me for the pattern. ZickZack William 07Because I wasn’t alternating between colours as indicated in the pattern, I simply cast on cast on 60 st  and repeated k5 k2tog k4 kfb to the end of each row. It’s that simple! If you want to change the width of your scarf all you do is increase or decrease by groups of 12 sts. ZickZack William 01Now it doesn’t get much easier than that does it?

ZickZack William 04 ZickZack William 03Just a reminder to those of you who live in the Brisbane area, the Redlands Spinners & Weavers 2015 Open Day is on Tuesday, 16 June at a brand new venue – Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland (opposite the police station) from 10am – 2pm. RPAC_Spinners_Weavers_DL_FRONTRPAC_Spinners_Weavers_DL_V6-2This year it promises to be a fantastic day with a few new traders plus all our other fabulous traders. If you’re into fibre and yarn and love mixing with like-minded people, be sure to come along. Here’s a taster of some of the traders:

Earth and Stone Creations – Kimberly makes stunning pottery yarn bowls and stitch markers and she’s even bringing along some pottery sheep mugs (I’ve already ordered two!!)

Yarn bowls 01Shorn Fibers – Angela is one of my favourite indie yarn dyers; I love her work! Now is your opportunity to stock up on yarn without having to pay for postage.

Shorn Fibers 02VivianneK Handmade Soap – I first discovered Vivianne’s soaps a few years ago at my first Open Day. I love it and buy it by the block. Vivianne also makes handmade lip balms, laundry cream and lot of other goodies. This year she’ll be bringing along some of her needle felted sheep and spinning / knitting pendants too. VivianneK soaps 2Vivianne-K Needle Felted SheepKnitting pendant-tilePlus of course, there’ll be Desley’s hand sewn and embroidered goods, Arthur’s stationery that features lots of sheep / spinning designs, a demonstration and display of Owen’s (who’s known as Wheelsmith on Ravelry) antique spinning wheels, Lindy’s yarn and Ashford goods, Chantelle from Fiberific, Ursula from BB Yarn Supply, the Gold Coast Spinners with all their fibre, alpaca fleeces, members’ goods for sale, second hand goods, a ragmatting and spinning demonstration, multiple raffle prizes and our fabulous fashion parade of items made by our members, with some articles for sale.

All this for a mere $5 entry which entitles you to a ticket in the lucky door prize and light refreshments. This will be a day to remember! I can’t wait!.

By the way, I had a fabulous day on Sunday at the Queensland Spinners & Weavers Open Day. I’ll show you what I bought in a future post :-)

Until next time…

Melanie

 

Miss Winkle

Miss Winkle….isn’t that a most unusual name for a scarf pattern? It’s one of three patterns that I recently purchased from Martina Behm on Ravelry. The other two patterns were Endless Rainbow (which I have yet to knit) and Leftie (I’ve made two!).

Miss Winkle Pink 01Before I went on my recent cruise around New Zealand, I packed a few knitting projects and Miss Winkle was one of them. It’s such an interesting pattern with those loops on one side. As the scarf grew I got quite a few comments from other passengers on the ship. Miss Winkle Pink 03I selected this gorgeous yarn from my stock of Shorn Fibers’ yarns. It’s Tuff Sock in the colour way ‘Anna Perenna’. Needle size is 3mm.

Shorn Fibers BFL Tuff Sock Anna Perenna 01Shorn Fibers BFL Tuff Sock Anna Perenna 02Martina’s patterns are always so interesting. She must dream about knitting patterns all day long!  What I loved about this pattern was the fact I soon got into a rhythm once I’d knitted a few rows. The loops made the knitting interesting and the garter stitch rows made it easy so it’s a win-win situation. Miss Winkle Pink 04It’s also a nice narrow scarf so it’s not a ‘heavy’ project to cart around. Miss Winkle Pink 08I might add that I did what Martina suggested and used a piece of dowel to slip through the loops when I was blocking the scarf and it certainly made the loops stand to attention! Miss Winkle Pink 05Miss Winkle Pink 07I’ve also started my second Miss Winkle scarf as I’ll be giving this one to my sister who was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2010. I think this pink colour is quite appropriate and it’ll make a nice surprise gift. Miss Winkle Pink 02I’m off to join the ladies from the QldBaysideYarnClub at Tingalpa this afternoon for a few hours of knitting pleasure and chatting. Love these sessions soooo much!!

Until next time…

Melanie