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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

A Dramatic Leftie!

After I’d finished knitting my first Leftie I was quite enamoured with the pattern so I started thinking about knitting another one! Ironically, I had not long purchased this wool from Spotlight.

Shepherd Colour For Me black 01Black is not generally colour I would purchase but it’s a good quality wool (Shepherd Colour 4 Me) and it was only $1.40 ball so I thought I’d stash it away for another day. Little did I know that day would arrive so quickly. I immediately thought how bold solid colours would really ‘pop’ against the black. My next project was now a reality and Leftie # 2 was created.

Leftie Scarf # 2 03Don’t those colours simply look so effective against the black?

Leftie Scarf # 2 05I used size 4.5mm needles and a selection of 8ply yarns predominantly Ashford Tekapo followed by Cleckheaton Country and Lincraft Cosy. These are the colours I used.

Leftie Scarf # 2 12I have a stack of the Ashford Tekapo that I bought on Ebay a couple of years ago for around $1 a ball. It’s really good to start using some of it. This scarf will go to New Zealand with me on my cruise in April this year.

Leftie Scarf # 2 06I love all these bright and happy colours!

Leftie Scarf # 2 07Leftie Scarf # 2 08Leftie Scarf # 2 09Leftie Scarf # 2 10And a picture to give you an idea of what the scarf looks like in its entirety.

Leftie Scarf # 2 04Another successful projects off the needles!

Leftie Scarf # 2 15I hope I have inspired you to knit a Leftie! It’s the perfect pattern to adapt using any size yarn and needles.

I had a wonderful time at Knit and Knatter yesterday although it was quite humid. There were eleven of us and we didn’t let the weather stifle our enthusiasm!

This morning (humid again) I moved some furniture and re-arranged my two stash rooms to make way for a small wardrobe which is currently housed in my garage. I need all the space I can get in the garage as my new car is larger than the previous one and it’s a tight squeeze opening the front door and getting in and out. Next weekend my son will come over and help me move the wardrobe and also take a bit of excess old furniture to the dump for me.

I’m now going to turn on the fan and read my book and later go for a swim. Tonight I’ll do some knitting. You didn’t think this weather would stop me knitting did you? I’m on a UFO roll at the moment. After I finished a pair of socks yesterday, I finally completed a shawl I’d been knitting for nearly a year. Tonight I might even tackle another UFO! Wonders will never cease.

Until next time…

Melanie

 

Loving my Leftie!!

I am absolutely loving this Leftie I must say. It’s probably not the most flattering name for such a beautiful pattern but I’m assuming it’s called this because you do use lots of left over yarn to make this gorgeous scarf.

This pattern is one of three (you get a 10% discount when you buy three and you know how much I love a bargain!!) I recently purchased on Ravelry from German designer Martina Behm (Strickmich). The other two patterns are Endless Rainbow and Miss Winkle. I’m so fixated on Leftie (nearly finished my second one!) that I haven’t started the other two patterns yet.

What do you think of it?

DSC06967It makes me realise how many socks and shawls I’ve made as I sure had plenty of left over 4ply / fingering yarn to pick from!

DSC06969This is such an easy knit as it’s mainly garter stitch, p2tog, kfb and some w&t for the leaves. It’s a great social knit as it didn’t take me long to memorise the pattern so I didn’t have to refer to it after a while.

DSC06970I ended up with just over 200 sts before casting off after knitting 30 leaves. I used 2.5mm bamboo circular needles. There was a bit of fiddling towards the end as I tried to coax and manoeuvre the stitches along the plastic cable. I have heaps of long stainless steel circular needles but none in size 2.5mm!!

DSC06971Theย  main cream yarn I used was 135g of Bendigo Woollen Mills Superfine Sock which is a 75% merino / 25% nylon yarn. I bought four skeins of the 4ply plus four skeins of the 2ply and 10ply for only $12 per skein recently with the aim of using the yarn for dyeing purposes. I’m so glad I hadn’t started dyeing as the yarn was a perfect pick for this scarf.

BWM 2ply 01Here’s a glimpse of all that beautiful left over yarn I used. Each time I selected a yarn it brought back memories of its original project so this was quite a nostalgic knit too.
DSC06972DSC06973DSC06974DSC06975The colours really ‘pop’ against the cream yarn.DSC06977I love this green/yellow/orange variegated yarn. The short colour repeats really work well for this leaf pattern.

DSC06978It’s pure luck that I managed to get the two colours in this leaf.

DSC06979Three lovely variegated leaves!

DSC06980One more look!

DSC06968As I mentioned, I was so happy with this scarf that I immediately started another one which I have nearly finished.

Here’s a quick peek!

Leftie Scarf # 2 02Today is the first Knit and Knatter for 2015 and I am so looking forward to catching up with my friends and having a yarn or too. I’m interested to see what everyone has made over the Christmas/New Year break and what projects they’re now tackling.

Until next time…

Melanie