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.

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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 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.
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I just adore the colours 🙂

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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 😉

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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The Final Countdown!

Only a few more sleeps and I’m off on my cruising adventure around New Zealand 🙂 I have set aside today for the main packing effort along with taking photos of some finished projects, visiting my parents, expecting a visit from my son, tidying up my back courtyard and winding one final skein of yarn. It’s going to be a very busy day.

But first I want to show you another one of my One Row Handspun scarves made with my own handspun. It was spun quite a while ago and as you can see I was still getting the hang of spinning as it’s still a bit chunky looking or as I like to call it ‘rustic’.

Rainbow 2 Handspun Scarf 01I love the fact this scarf is reversible and is such an easy knit.

Rainbow 2 Handspun Scarf 04Yesterday at Knit and Knatter I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting one of my local readers. Thanks Denise for coming along and I’m so glad you found us through my blog. Denise was knitting a pair of socks on circular needles – toe up in this beautiful self striping yarn in the colourway Almalfi Coast. The yarn is made by Simply Socks Yarn Company.

K&K 28-3-15 02While we sat in air conditioned comfort a Suitcase Rummage was happening outside. A few of us bought one of these cute little sewing organisers for only $10 each. They’re handmade and embroidered and included the notions as well. Aren’t they simply gorgeous?

Sewing Notions 04Sewing Notions 02Sewing Notions 03I love these Knit and Knatter gatherings as it’s such a wonderful opportunity to unwind, catch up with like-minded friends and knit or spin to my heart’s content! Although we were small in number this week (seven) we still had a fabulous time.

K&K 28-3-15 01I must fly as I have heaps to do. You may not hear from me for about three weeks but hopefully I’ll have lots of news for you on my return.

Until then….stay safe and happy crafting 🙂

Melanie

Knitted Hats!

It’s not often you need to wear a knitted hat in Brisbane unless you’re off to a State of Origin rugby league game on a cold June evening (which I never go to!) but these two patterns caught my eye when I was searching through Ravelry. I think they may come in handy when I visit New Zealand next year.

The first is this gorgeous Pumpkin Pie Hat which I absolutely fell in love with (I think it may have been the colour of the yarn the pattern writer used!)

Pumpkin Pie Hat 01

You can knit the hat either in the slouch size or the beanie size. I picked the slouch size but in hindsight with my short hair the beanie size would have been better but I have solved that problem! I simply turned the brim up.

Pumpkin Pie Hat 02

Pumpkin Pie Hat 03

This is what it looks like in the slouch mode. It looks more like I’ve got a growth on the back of my head 🙂

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It’s certainly a gorgeous stitch pattern.

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It took me ages to get this photo. Thank goodness for digital cameras where you can just delete all those dud photos. I just held the camera in one hand and just started clicking and took heaps of photos. Usually there’s a few that are okay and the rest are not!

Pumpkin Pie Hat 04

And I might add that if you visit the pattern page on Ravelry you’ll notice the pattern is free until 31 December this year!

The yarn I used is Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply. I bought it a while ago and as soon as I saw this pattern I knew this yarn would be perfect.

Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply Tangerine

My second pattern is the Dragon Leaf Hat which I managed to download at the right time as it was free for a short while. This was a ‘hit and miss’ project for me as the pattern called for 8ply / DK yarn and I used 4ply / fingering yarn and I just guessed the number of repeats. It’s a smidge loose but I’m quite happy with it nevertheless.

Dragon Leaf Hat 05

This is a bit of a’slouchy’ hat.

Dragon Leaf Hat 01

I love the pattern detail.

Dragon Leaf Hat 06

Dragon Leaf Hat 04

I didn’t block this hat as I was worried if I stretched it too much it would be much too big for me.

Dragon Leaf Hat 03

The yarn I used is Tili Tomas Artisan Sock in this lovely shade of green.

Tili Tomas Sock Yarn Grass

You could say I am quite happy with these two projects.

Now to deviate a bit. I was recently offered an alpaca fleece which of course I jumped at the opportunity of owning! This is a quick look at that fleece.

Alpaca fleece

And a look at the alpaca after it had been shorn. Priceless!

Alpaca shorn 01

I’m off to Knit and Knatter tomorrow which is being held in conjunction with a Suitcase Rummage at the Redland Performing Arts Centre at 11am so if you’re in that area, drop in!

Until next time…

Melanie

 

Simple Skyp Socks – Pair # 33

It had been ages since I’d made a pair of socks so during my July holidays I started these gorgeous socks from a free pattern I found on Ravelry. They’re called Simple Skyp Socks and they sure are simple.

Simple Skyp Socks 01

I love the easy to memorise two row repeat which certainly helped me to get into the rhythm of the pattern.

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And for once I selected a solid colour that would really show off the very smart stitch definition.

Simple Skyp Socks 05

The yarn I selected is Dyed By Hand YarnsTough Stocking in the colourway called Turmeric. It’s a 75% merino / 15%  nylon yarn and was beautiful to knit with.

Tumeric_-_Tough_Stocking

In total I used 66g of yarn and also used 2.5mm dpns.

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Over 3,400 pairs of this particular sock pattern have been used and recorded on Ravelry!!

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This is definitely a ‘come back to’ pattern. It’s a step up from a plain vanilla pattern and yet easy enough to knit when you’re chatting with friends as the pattern is not overly intricate but certainly looks effective.

Simple Skyp Socks 15

Now for a little bit of exciting news. I responded to a request on a recent Ravelry forum to test some sock yarn for an Aussie online yarn dyer and I opted to knit a pair of socks so I am using the same pattern to trial the sock yarn. I’ll be posting updates on my Ravelry page as I go so you can drop in at any time to have a look!

The sock yarn arrived today in the mail and I’ve already taken some photos. Here it is…

Augustbird Socks 01

Aside from my favourite autumn colours, I do love all the different shades of blue. This particular colourway is called ‘Ink’ and I must say I love it!

Augustbird Socks 02

One last look at my Simple Skyp Socks and then I’m off to wind this skein into a ball so I can get started!

Simple Skyp Socks 02

And I’m off to Knit and Knatter tomorrow. We’ll be at the Redland Performing Arts Centre in conjunction with a Suitcase Rummage that is being held there at 11am. Should be an exciting day! Every weekend is now filled with lots of fibre happenings 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie