Our Open Day Wrap Up

Another hugely successful Redlands Spinners & Weavers Open Day was held on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the day as were the other members but it was so worth it as it was such a wonderful day πŸ™‚ Β A huge thanks to Redland City Council and Redland Performing Arts Centre for providing us with the magnificent venue to hold our Open Day. It has certainly put the Centre and our group ‘on the map’ in the spinning and fibre world in south east Queensland.

Traders tables 04We are so blessed to have such talented traders who make and sell such an array of beautiful wares.

Lindy with all her Ashford goods and hand dyed yarns and knitting accessories.

Traders tables 05Beautifully hand sewn items from Desley. Every year I buy up big from Desley as I love her goodies.

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The incredibly talented Kimberly from Earth & Stone Creations. As you know I am a massive fan of Kimberly’s work, in particular her yarn bowls and sheep-inspired pottery wares.

Earth and Stone Creations 02 Earth and Stone Creations 03For the second year in a row, Kimberly brought along a real statement piece: this four sectioned massive yarn bowl and it sold!!

Earth and Stone Creations 01VivianneK Handmade Soaps are the only soaps I use as well as her lip balms. I actually bought some for my Mum too. Vivianne produces a top class product and can be justifiably proud of her soaps and lotions. The array is simply amazing.

ViviannK Handmade Soaps 01 ViviannK Handmade Soaps 02Angela from Shorn Fibers brought along her beautifully dyed yarns to tempt us.

Shorn Fibers 01 Shorn Fibers 02And, of course, it wouldn’t be same without Owen and a selection of his antique spinning wheels.

Owens Antique Wheels 01

This is just a snapshot of our traders; there are just so many to feature.

I must also thank Robyn from the BooieΒ Spinners and Weavers (Kingaroy) for introducing herself to me and thanking me for all my efforts on the Redlands Spinners & Weavers FB page. It was lovely to meet you and I really appreciated that you took the effort to seek me out.

Also, many thanks to Jo Crang for introducing herself to me too. Jo is a member of the Australian Handspinners and Knitters FB page and lives on the Sunshine Coast. I’ll definitely be touching base with you when I’m on holidays in Noosaville in a couple of weeks timeΒ πŸ™‚

Now to show you just some of my purchases πŸ™‚

This stunning alpaca scarf for only $12!! There’s a lot of knitting that’s gone into this scarf.

Alpaca scarfThree face washers with machine embroidered sheep!
Face washersHanging hand towels with machine embroidered sheep.
Hand towelsAnother one of Kimberly’s pottery yarn bowls but this one is my largest one.
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I just adore the colours πŸ™‚

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Two mug bags with sheep emblems. I use these to take my sheep mug to spinning group. There’s a section in each bag for your teaspoon and tea bag πŸ˜‰

Mug bagsA peg bag with a cute little sheep. I won’t be using it for pegs but will use it inside. Haven’t decided yet what I will use it for but it was much too cute to leave behind.
Peg bagSome recycled Sari silk for weaving projects.
Recycled sari silk

A lovely little sheep pot plant bowl but I will probably use this to store crochet hooks (I’ll just cover the hold in the base with some fabric).

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Another one of Desley’s very cleverly made sheep shopping bags πŸ™‚ I love this one!

Shopping bagThis tea towel and only because it has a spinning wheel on it.
T towelSome lovely green Ashford Tekapo 4ply wool.
Tekapo 4plyAnd some of Lindy’s amazing dyed wool.
Wool

I bought lots of other little bits and pieces but if I showed you everything you’d be reading this blog post for most of the day πŸ™‚

I was very lucky to sell a few garments that I had for sale on the day. These two were in the fashion parade and both sold.

Wavy Leaves Shawl 07Daleks Age Brass Steam 02

I also sold a few more smaller items so it was a great day for me as my sales were higher than my expenses!!

I am now eagerly awaiting my yearly trip to Noosaville where I’ll spend three weeks just relaxing, knitting, eating, drinking coffee, meeting friends and basically doing as I wish. I’ll also be touching base with some of the local spinners and knitters too which will be exciting.

The next couple of weeks will be spent decided what projects to take with me because, heaven forbid, I’d hate to run out of projects while I’m up there!!

Until next time…

Melanie

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The Yarnit

Not long ago I was approached by Kate Sullivan, the inventor of the brilliant The Yarnit, which is a clean, protective and portable home for your project yarn, asking me whether I’d like to review her product. You bet I would! I’m a great believer and collector of knitting knick knacks and I love anything that enhances my knitting experience.

I have my gorgeous pottery yarn bowls which I use at home but I also happen to do a lot of knitting out of my home: at cafes, at the park or at friends’ homes and that is why I am really excited about The Yarnit.

This brilliant yarn holder is extremely versatile. I love the portability of The Yarnit and the fact I can attach the strap to The Yarnit and carry it with me keeping both hands free for knitting!The Yarnit(Photo from The Yarnit website)

The Yarnit also sits comfortably in your vehicle’s cup holder while you’re waiting for your kids to finish their sports training or you’re held up in bumper to bumper traffic that’s at a standstill or while you’re waiting for that plane to arrive or depart πŸ™‚

The Yarnit 03(Photo from The Yarnit website)

Now there is no fear of your ball of yarn dropping onto a dirty floor or being attacked by your pets as it sits beautifully in the unbreakable, high quality plastic globe.

There’s a range of gorgeous colours and decals you can select from too πŸ™‚

This range is called Mr Sparkles; I have the green one πŸ™‚

The Yarnit 04(Photo from The Yarnit website)

How about The Manly?

The Yarnit 05(Photo from The Yarnit website)

Or Lavender Haze? I know my friend Rona will love this colour πŸ™‚

The Yarnit 06(Photo from The Yarnit website)

Or I Pink I Can in support of Breast Cancer awareness?

The Yarnit 07(Photo from The Yarnit website)

You can find lots more designs on The Yarnit website.

While I was assembling my Yarnit, I was rather impressed with this very clever idea; it’s a locking plug so there’s no way your Yarnit will unscrew.

The Yarnit 05There are three parts to the Yarnit; the top, the lower bowl and the base. The top and lower hemispheres of the globe easily twist apart for you to put your yarn ball or cake inside.

Connect the upper globe to the lower globe by positioning the upper part with one of the portholes a little to the left of a porthole on the lower globe.

Now you just need to feed your yarn through your choice of one of the three portholes and simply twist it closed.

When both portholes have lined up completely to make a full and complete circle you are good to go. To open it twist in reverse.

Changing your yarn is equally as easy and just as quick.

When taking a break, dock your needles in the slots in the top of the globe where your stitches and needles now sit protected and safely awaiting your return.

The base is made of a quality material that will hold tight on most surfaces without ever doing damage. It also has a storage well where you can keep your stitch markers, darning needles and scissors. I really love this feature.

The Yarnit 06 The Yarnit 07When not in use, the Yarnit nests within itself nice and neat and easy to transport or store. It’s ideal to sit on top of a table so your project is always in sight encouraging you not to start another one.Β 

But then, who says you can’t have more than one Yarnit? I mean there are so many to choose from!

Here’s a short YouTube video from fans of The Yarnit.

I took my Yarnit to a cafe on Friday night and yesterday it went to the QldBaysideYarn Club‘s monthly gathering which also happened to be Worldwide Knit in Public Day. I must say I was impressed with how easily the yarn slid out of the porthole.

The Yarnit 11You could say, I really love my Yarnit and it’ll be getting lots of use!

The Yarnit 01 The Yarnit 08

There is a larger Yarnit in the pipeline called The Big Sully. This will be great for my larger cakes of handspun yarn.

Now we just need some enterprising Australian yarn shops to start stocking The Yarnit to give all Aussie knitters ease of access πŸ™‚

Please leave comments if you’d like to see The Yarnit in Australia.

Until next time…

Melanie

PS The Redlands Spinners & Weavers Open Day is on again on Tuesday, 21 June at ther Redland Performing Arts Centre in Cleveland. If you’re into fibre and yarn and live nearby, you must attend!

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A quick catch up

Yes, I’m still here! A couple of weeks ago I came down with a nasty ear infection which put a halt on any knitting, weaving or spinning. For three days I basically had to sit up and nurse my poor throbbing ear. It was horrible and I never want to go through that again. I still have one blocked ear but I’m going back to the doctor next week for a final check so hopefully she can unblock it!

Rather than not post a story, I’ve quickly gone through some of my latest acquisitions to show you.

The first is my fifth pair of these Crocs in the style Kadee. I love them as they’re so comfortable and can be washed!

Crocs Kadee grey animal printI bought them from the Crocs shop in Cleveland and while I was there I found a huge array of these Jibbitz and among them was one lonely little sheep so I had to buy it! It clips onto your Crocs shoes.

Sheep JibbitzI’ve been quite lucky lately as two of my friends have given me these lovely little goodies to add to my collections: a cute little lamb and another sheep mug πŸ™‚

Baby lamp and mugThis is some weaving that I finished a couple of weeks ago. Made with a commercial yarn and some chenille yarn. It’s come up very nicely!

Cream Chenille 01Another one of my Opp shop buys: this cute little baby’s pink sheep bowl.

Pink sheep bowlAnd these two stunning china figurines of a shepherd and a shepherdess. They’re each about 12 inches tall!

ShepherdAnd this rather sweet little brown sheep πŸ™‚

Brown sheepSo, as you can see I’ve haven’t been too idle. I’m now in the throes of getting ready for the Redlands Spinners & Weavers Open Day on Tuesday, 21 June. This is the highlight event for my spinning group and it’s a fabulous day.

Next weekend I’m off to Maleny for the Knitfest weekend with two of my spinning friends. This is going to be such a fun-filled weekend.

Winter has finally arrived in Brisbane so I’ve been wearing nice warm woollies finally!

Hope you’re all well and knitting up a storm!

Until next time…

Melanie