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 🙂  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.

Traders tables 03

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 Booie 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 time 🙂

Now to show you just some of my purchases 🙂

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.
Large yarn bowl 01

I just adore the colours 🙂

Large yarn bowl 03

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 😉

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).

Sheep plant bowl 03

Another one of Desley’s very cleverly made sheep shopping bags 🙂 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 🙂

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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Margarita Hat

I don’t often wear hats in winter but when a pattern catches my eye I feel compelled to make it as was the case with this gorgeous hat called Margarita.

It’s one of the patterns in the 2015 Knitting Calendar which my son gives me every Christmas. It’s the best present I could ever ask for!

2015 CalendarMargarita Hat 01You could even place a small brooch on the brim of the hat as shown in the pattern picture.

Margarita Hat 05Isn’t it a delightful little hat?

I love the foldback brim although I must say you need to concentrate when completing some of the rows for the brim. I had to ‘tink’ quite a few rows at one stage. Maybe it was because I was sitting on the banks of the Noosa River and kept glancing out and gazing at the tranquility of my surrounds 🙂

Noosaville 30-7-15 01As the brim could have a tendency to fall forward I will probably stitch it back in about 4-6 places (one of these days!!). I always seem to avoid using a needle and thread at all costs so I wonder how long it will take me to do this!!

Margarita Hat 08The wool I used is Lana Gatto Super Soft in a lovely soft milk chocolate colour.I can highly recommend this wool; it is incredibly soft and luscious and feels wonderful against your skin. I picked it up from Sheep Thrills last year on sale for AU$6.50 a ball and I used 75g for this hat.

Lana Gatto Super Chocolate 01 I have quite a bit of this wool so I am tempted to make another hat as it is such a quick and easy knit.

Margarita Hat 15Margarita Hat 16As you know I made my first Corner to Corner crocheted throw while I was at Noosaville and I have since started two more! I managed to buy a couple of lovely KnitPro crochet hooks at Sheep Thrills and have been quite spoiled using these lovely hooks.

KnitPro crochet hookUnfortunately I only bought three sizes so I hopped onto Ebay a couple of weeks ago and found these nine crochet hooks for only AU$9.89 with free postage from Darwin. Bargain!!

Crochet Hooks 02Crochet Hooks 01I’m using the 3.5mm hook on my C2C Baby blanket and it’s fantastic! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to the traditional thin steel hook again 🙂

I also picked up this spoon on Ebay recently with a little spinning wheel on it. Very cute I thought.

Spinning wheel spoonOne of my friends recently holidayed throughout some remote parts of Australia and sent me these two photos from the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.at Longreach. It’s a kangaroo sitting on top of a bale of wool doing some knitting 🙂

Stockmans Hall of Fame Knitting Kanga on a Bale of Wool 02Stockmans Hall of Fame Knitting Kanga on a Bale of WoolAnd lastly here’s a sneak peek at another gorgeous yarn bowl that Kimberly from Earth & Stones Creations is making for me. It’s a lot larger that my other two and this one looks like the sheep mugs that Kimberly made for our 2015 Open Day. This is the drying stage for the bowls and mugs. I am so blessed to have found such a wonderful artisan who makes these amazing bowls and mugs.

Yarn bowls drying 3a

That’s all my news for the moment. Until next time…

Melanie

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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

# 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

 

Pottery Yarn Bowls

Wellington is one of the cities that I’ll be spending a day in during my cruise around New Zealand in April. I am very fortunate as I’ll be met at the pier and taken to a local spinners guild to spend the day as well as some other sightseeing. One place that my hosts have mentioned is Pauaworld at Masterton. New Zealand has obviously replenished its supplies of paua sheel as I thought I’d bought it all in 2006 when I did a three week coach trip through both islands. 🙂 I absolutely adore the paua shell! How can you not love all those shades of blue and green.

Paua shell 1-tileThe two people who are so kindly driving me around Wellington are Mary and Fred. I first spoke to Mary (via the internet) a couple of years ago when I bought a Little Peggy spinning wheel. I was very much a novice and had no idea of wheels at all. Mary kindly answered all my questions and sent me some information leaflets which I have since loaded onto my site for all to see.

Mary is also the administrator of the New Zealand spinning wheels website which is a detailed history of New Zealand wheels and their makers. Mary also looked after the Australian spinning wheels website but this has now been handed over to an Aussie to manage.

Now I’ve been trying to work out what to take as a token of my appreciation so I thought why not ask Mary if there’s anything she’d like me to bring from Brisbane. I’m so glad I did as she mentioned she’d love one of the pottery yarn bowls made by Kimberly from Earth & Stone Creations. I emailed Kimberly and discovered she didn’t live too far from my place. Kimberly has an Etsy shop too. So yesterday I drove to Kimberly’s home and picked up a yarn bowl for Mary and one for me too!

Yarn bowls 01Aren’t they so beautiful!! Mine is the green one.

Yarn bowls 04And I’ll give Mary the orange one. They sit on little padded feet so they won’t scratch your tiled floors.

Yarn bowls 02Another little gift I will give Mary is one of the Country Drawstring Bags that I’ve just made. I picked up this acrylic for only $2 a ball from Lincraft and it’s so perfect for this project. You don’t really want an expensive wool for a bag but rather an acrylic that can handle the rough wear and tear and washing.

Drawstring bag Autumn 01I love these little bags. In fact, I’m making another Autumn one for me too.

Drawstring bag Autumn 05I think this will be the perfect little holder for Mary’s yarn bowl don’t you?

Drawstring bag Autumn 03

Another bit of good news from this story is that while I was at Kimberly’s home I instantly thought how well her pottery and earrings would sell at our Open Day in June so I contacted our Convenor who has now contacted Kimberly. So it’s a win-win for everyone; Mary and I get our yarn bowls; Kimberly finds a new outlet to sell her wares; and the Redlands Spinners & Weavers Open Day Convenor finds another wonderful quality trader!!

It’s time for me to now have a cuppa, read the paper and do some knitting. I’ve been up since 6am washing the car before the sun came out. As it’s a new car I want to try and wash it regularly. I wonder how long the early morning rises on a weekend will last!!

Until next time…

Melanie