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

Croc-a-tail Scarves Galore!!!

I love a quick, easy knit that is functional and well used. Well this little scarf ticks all those boxes and more! I found this unusual pattern called the Croc-a-tail scarf on Ravelry and was instantly drawn to its simplicity. There are three sizes that you can make: skinny, wide or a combination of both. I’ve elected to only knit the skinny size at this stage as it fits in well with the quantity of yarn that I have used for each scarf.

And the best thing is: gauge does not really matter!! You can use any yarn and needles and you’ll end up with varying sized scarves. That’s my kind of knitting!

Here’s the first scarf made with this gorgeous hand-dyed (not by me) Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 5ply wool that I purchased at this year’s Queensland Spinners & Weavers Open Day.

BWM 5ply 01Aren’t all those colours just so beautiful and vibrant?

Croc-a-tail Scarf 06While rummaging through my stash I found this lovely skein of Shorn Fibers Merino Sport in the colourway Rustic.

Shorn Fibers Rustic 01Sometimes yarn can sit in my stash for ages until suddenly a pattern appears that I just know will suit the yarn.

Croc-a-Tail Rustic Scarf 08I’ve even worn it using a lovely shawl pin (that I purchased from Shorn Fibers) and a small clip button (bought from Avon). These hold the scarf securely in place and safe from any strong breezes.

Croc-a-Tail Rustic Scarf 03When I visited New Zealand in April this year, I picked up a lovely skein of this gorgeous Touch Yarns 8ply Merino wool in Knit World Dunedin.

Touch Yarns 8plyDoesn’t it look fabulous as a scarf?

Croc-a-Tail Autumn 03And finally one of these squishy Skein Alpaca Merino Worsted skeins that I’ve had for a while also became a Croc-a-tail scarf.

Skein Alpaca Merino Worsted Wise 02It’s just so soft and comforting!

Croca-a-tail Wise 02These scarves are not too big and not too small and so easy to wear.

Croca-a-tail Wise 01Croc-a-tail Scarf 12Croc-a-Tail Autumn 06Croc-a-Tail Rustic Scarf 13And I’ve got another one on the needles at the moment too using this lovely is The Great Adirondack Yarn Company Silky Sock – colourway is Parakeet.

Great Adirondack Parakeet

It’ll be a very exciting Knit and Knatter this Saturday (8 August) for two reasons: one I haven’t seen my friends for a month as I’ve been away on holidays and two it’ll be held at the Redland Performing Arts Centre in conjunction with the Pacific Tides Festival which is an all day event filled with food, dance, arts and crafts and music. It should be a great day so if you’re in the area, drop in and join us 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aussie Artisan Hand-Dyed Yarns

I live in an area where there are no LYS (local yarn shops) except for Lincraft and Spotlight. While both these shops carry a large range of yarn, they don’t carry much in the way of 4ply, 2ply or hand-dyed yarns. Over the last couple of years I’ve discovered quite a few fantastic Aussie artisan hand-dyers who produce the most gorgeous and delicious yarns plus the occasional ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in Brisbane.

Shorn Fibers is an online shop operating from Minden in SE Queensland, Australia.

Angela is an amazing artisan hand-dyer and for those of you who were at the Redlands Spinners & Weavers camp in September last year, you should remember Angela and the gorgeous array of yarns she displayed in her shop. Her prices are incredibly competitive as well. I have bought tons and tons of yarn from Angela. She knows my weakness for autumn shades and tends to dye exactly what I like. I can never resist purchasing a little bit more each time. I went crazy at camp last year!!

Here’s an array of just some of the yarn I’ve purchased from Shorn Fibers.

Shorn Fibers First Beach and Malarkey 02-tileDyed By Hand Yarns is an online shop located in Melbourne, Australia.

Julie Boydell has been open for business since June 2012 and has a fantastic array of gorgeous yarns in all plies and colours. There is also a yearly Sock Yarn Club which you can join. The theme for 2015 is Wild About Wildflowers – colours inspired by native wildflowers of Australia. This is a six month sock yarn only club. You will receive two skeins of sock yarn posted out in the last week in March, May and July. Yarns included will be one skein each of Tough Stocking, Mother’s Love, Big Blue Stocking, Silk Stocking, Blue Chip Stocking and introducing White Gum Wool 4ply.

Each skein of yarn will be dyed in a colour inspired by an Australian native wildflower. These colours will be exclusive to yarn club members for 12 months. Custom dyeing of these colours may be ordered by yarn club members for the duration of the club. The cost is $165 plus postage.

I have subscribed to the sock yarn club over the last two years and have picked up some stunning colourways.

Dyed By Hand Yarn Vegemite-tileDyed By Hand Yarn Spotted Gum-tileDyed by Hand Yarns Happy Wanderer 03-tileDyed by Hand True Blue-tileDyed by Hand Blue Opal 02-tileDyed by Hand Yarns Flame Tree 01-tileDBHY Surf Life Saving 06-tileDBHY Blue Ringed Octopus 03-tileDBHY Silk Stocking Gorgons Head Coral 02-tileDBHY Mothers Love Monkey Mia 04-tileDBHY Blue Chip Purple Sea Urchin 04-tileDBHY Blue Chip Bass Strait 02-tileAren’t they spectacular!! One of my other favourites from Dyed By Hand Yarns is this stunning Limelight colourway in Tough Stocking which I used to make these socks.

Limelight 03Augustbird is an online shop located in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Rebecca Robinson produces some of the most exquisite colourways. If you follow Augustbird on Facebook, Rebecca will usually post a message regarding the current month’s colourways. You have the opportunity to order the colours you prefer and they are hand-dyed on request. I recently completed a test sock knit for Rebecca and received a yarn voucher. I purchased two skeins in a stunning colourway called Songbird which I have yet to knit up. I’m waiting for just the right pattern.

Augustbird songbird Multi 02Augustbird songbird More Blue 02Skein is a small, independent hand-dyed yarn company based in Australia. All Skein yarns and fibres are kettle dyed using professional acid-based dyes. These dyes are permanently set by the use of a vinegar mordant and heat. Once the dyes have been fully absorbed and the kettle water is clear, the yarns and fibre are removed, rinsed and washed with a light, phosphate-free wool wash, and then gently spun and hung out to dry under the Australian sun.

I have purchased quite a bit of yarn from Skein too and found it to be of exceptional quality. The colourways that are offered are quite mind-blowing too.

Skein Alpaca Merino Worsted Wise 02Skein Alpaca Merino Worsted Cardamon 02Skein SpeakeasySkein Green Tea 2Skein Speakeasy 2Now to a couple of fantastic online suppliers of wool rovings. Firstly, Kathy’s Fibres. Kathy has a wonderful range of hand-painted rovings at only $11 for 100g. The colour selection is stunning. I have bought a few and have made a gorgeous scarf in the Forest colourway.

Autumn roving 02-tileJumbuck Julie also dyes some incredibly appealing colourways and her selection is mind-blowing. There is just so much to pick from! I just looked at her Etsy shop and there were 273 colourways available!!! They’re $11.50 each.

These are some of the rovings I’ve purchased from Jumbuck Julie. I’m currently knitting a scarf in the Anemone colourway (top left and bottom right below).

Anemone 01-tileNow to some local Brisbane (and interstate) ‘bricks and mortar’ and online yarn shops.

Yarn Glorious Yarn is situated at Suite 11/180 Moggill Road, Taringa (0438 374 364). You can also purchase online. Shop hours are Wednesday – Friday 10am – 3pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm.

Sue Wheeler is the sole Aussie supplier of Zen Yarn Garden (ZYG) yarns which are made in Canada. ZYG has been producing an ART Walk Series of yarn, the colours of which are based on famous paintings. They are simply exquisite and I have purchased two skeins in each series. They’re currently up to Number 13 and can be found at Yarn Glorious Yarn. Cost per skein is generally between $32-$36 but well worth the value particularly when some of the yarn has a cashmere content. Sue does not charge for postage if you purchase over $50 worth of yarn, which is always the case with me! Sue also stocks many other brands of yarn. ZYG has just started another series called ‘Inspiration‘. Oh my goodness, the colours are gorgeous!

David Hockney Garrowby Hill 04-tilePurlwise is an online store as well as a bricks and mortar shop located at 4 Comboyne Street, Kendall, NSW. Opening hours are 10am – 4pm Thursday – Sunday. Purlwise is run by Mark who has been knitting for over 20 years. (02) 6559 0202. All purchases over $50 do NOT incur any postage. You will also receive discounts for purchases over $100, $150, etc. There is a huge range of yarn to select and some very bright and cheerful colourways too.

Yay! for Yarn is an online store operated from Brendale, north of Brisbane. Kiri carries a huge range of yarn and always has yarn and patterns on her Clearance Items page which is worth a visit. Kiri was previously a high school art teacher but in mid 2008 she decided to take her yarn hobby to the next level which is when Yay! for Yarn was started.

That should be enough to whet your appetite don’t you think? There are still more great yarn suppliers in Australia which I’ll cover in a future story.

If I can give you one tip it is to make sure you subscribe to any online newsletters that are offered by these stores to ensure you’re always informed of sales and new yarns. It’s what I do and that’s probably why my stash is enormous! I would also recommend you ‘like’ their Facebook pages and join their Ravelry groups.

Until next time…

Melanie

Can you ever have enough yarn, yarn containers or sheep?

That’s the six million dollar question and my answer is simply NO! I can’t resist a gorgeous colourway or a yarn clearance sale. My head is constantly full of knitting project ideas that will probably take me a life time to complete. I simply need more than 24 hours in each day!

At the recent Redlands Spinners & Weavers craft camp, I was again tempted to purchase more yarn as we had two traders with some beautiful and too tempting yarn and fibre for sale.

I’ve bought heaps and heaps of yarn from Shorn Fibers and at camp I bought even more. I blame it all on Angela for dyeing such stunning colourways which always encourages me to spend!

This beautiful colourway is called  ‘Hermes’ and is Shorn Fibers Tuff Sock yarn which is an 80% merino / 20% nylon mix. I don’t often buy blue but these colours just caught my eye.

Shorn Fibers MCN HT Sock 600 Hermes 02

I just fell in love with this colourway called ‘Oranges and Lemons’, a very apt name I must say. It’s a Merino 4ply yarn.

Shorn Fibers Merino 4ply Oranges and Lemons 02

Angela actually showed me this yarn and said ‘I thought you might like this’. How right she was!! I bought two skeins so I can make something substantial or maybe a shawl/scarf and a hat. The pattern hasn’t come to me yet (despite the fact I have hundreds of patterns at home!!). This colourway is ‘Mountain Troll’ and the yarn is a 100% Merino Fingering

Shorn Fibers Merino Fingering Mountain Troll 01

Another colourway that caught me eye is ‘Erato’. This yarn is a 100% Merino Superwash DK

Shorn Fibers Merino SW DK Erato 01

And another Tuff Sock yarn is this stunning colourway called ‘First Beach’. Those colours are amazing and so reminiscent of the beach aren’t they?

Shorn Fibers Tuff Sock Sandy Beach 02

Lindy Boshler, who is a member of our club and also a registered Ashford agent, brought along her goodies too and I was immediately drawn to this hand-dyed 100% super fine wool in these gorgeous autumn shades of orange and green.

Lindy Superfine Wool 01

Lindy also had some lovely hand-dyed mulberry silk which I will use when blending fibre on my Ashford Blending Board (which I also bought at camp).

Lindy Mulberry Silk 01

Lindy Mulberry Silk 03

I’ve been rather remiss and have fogotten to show you the additions to my ART WALK series from Zen Yarn Garden.

The ninth offering features a painting by Pablo Picasso entitled “Petite Fleurs“. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour. Inspired by Picasso, the dyer has successfully captured the vividness and subtlety of the colours of the painting.

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was an artistic virtuoso who co-founded Cubism, and produced an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures during his brilliant 70-year career. Picasso’s unparalleled body of work was so vast, and its phases so unique, that art historians have divided it into specific periods. A child prodigy, Picasso took advanced classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Barcelona when he was only 15. His revolutionary Cubist works, with their distorted shapes and fragmented forms, established art as a genre that does not need to literally represent reality. Zealously embracing every medium from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso had an unrivaled influence upon 20th century art. [quoted from Art.com]

I purchased two skeins of Serenity 20 which is a 4ply / fingering 70% superwash merino / 20% cashmere / 10% nylon yarn and contains 400 yds /100g.

Zen Yarn Garden Petite Fleurs 07

These colours certainly “pop” don’t they?

Zen Yarn Garden Petite Fleurs 08

This is the painting the colours are based on…

Zen Yarn Garden Petite Fleurs 05

The tenth offering in Zen Yarn Garden’s new ART WALK Series features a painting by Andy Warhol entitled “Ice Cream Dessert“. Inspired by Picasso, the dyer has successfully captured the vividness and subtlety of the colours of the painting.

Andy Warhol’s pioneering Pop Art defined a decade and a culture, distinguishing him as one of the most influential, creative and prolific artists of the 20th century. Originally the most sought-after commercial artist in New York, Warhol (1923 – 1987) is most known for his multiple images of Campbell’s Soup cans, Coke bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, which exalted the beauty within ordinary objects and familiar images. Working out of a studio called The Factory, he invented the silkscreening process which enabled him to mass produce a single image in his signature style. Warhol was also a talented filmmaker, music producer, commercial illustrator, author and magazine publisher. [quoted from Art.com]

I purchased two skeins of Serenity Silk single which is a fingering single ply / 75% superwash merino / 15% cashmere / 10% silk yarn and contains 430 yds / 100g.

Zen Yarn Garden Ice Cream Dessert 03

This is the painting that inspired the colours in the yarn…

Zen Yarn Garden Ice Cream Dessert painting

The eleventh offering in the new ART WALK Series features a painting by Justyna Kopania entitled “Sold“. Inspired by Kopania, Zen Yarn Garden’s dyer has successfully captured the vividness and subtlety of the colours of the painting.

My name is Justyna Kopania. I am a painter. Art is my asylum, life, poetry, music, the best cigar, tasty strong tea, everything.My Art reflects the world I perceive with all mysenses; people I meet and love; nature I admire,and all the things that affect the way I am…. .In my studio – work – I painta few, sometimes several hours a day. This is typical painting – easel, oil, structural. Paintings are “fleshy.” Paint requires both painting, as well as brushes – and I do not regret the paint. Paintings are painted this way – creates a kind of reliefs. Paintings are painted in a sort of style, original … – Inspired by certain passages of whatI see, and stay in my memory. Paitings are entirely painted by hand. I always try to give the climate the moment that stuck in my memory.  [quoted from studiounderthemoon]

I purchased two skeins of Serenity Glitter Sock which is an 80% merino / 10% cashmere / 10% metallic (sparkling nylon) 3ply / fingering yarn. Each skein contains 400 yds /100g.

Zen Yarn Garden Sold 08

It really is quite beautiful!

Zen Yarn Garden Sold 09

This is an image of the painting ‘Sold’ which the colourway is based on.

Zen Yarn Garden Sold image

Now, from yarn to yarn containers. Because I have so much yarn, I have to find inventive ways to store it. I have so many types of yarn containers and not long ago I found these laundry bags which I immediately knew I could adapt to use as yarn containers. Just ignore the fact they have ‘dark’ and ‘lights’ printed on them.

Laundry Bags 01

Each one can hold heaps of yarn and fibre. There’s a neat divider down the middle which is great as it stops the yarn collapsing on itself.

Laundry Bags 02

And every time I see little sheep in a shop they just seem to follow me home!

Sheep 03

This little fellow welcomes guests into my home…

Sheep 04

And these little sheep like hanging around my spinning wheels…

Sheep 05

Along with their friends who are itching to get into my garden 🙂

Sheep 06

They don’t eat much and don’t make a noise…

Sheep 07

But they do seem to be multiplying…

Sheep 08

But I love them!! They make my home look happy and ‘yarnified’. My son questions my sanity when he visits me but he knows his mum is hooked on yarn 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie

My First Sensational Spinning Camp

Phew what a great weekend I’ve had! I attended my very first spinning camp with the Redlands Spinners and Weavers. The venue was the House of Happiness (even the name is appropriate!) at Woorim on the beautiful Bribie Island which is north of Brisbane, on the way to the Sunshine Coast.

Redlands SW Camp 2014 Welcome

I was very fortunate to get a lift with Shirley who picked me up at 2.30pm on Friday. We hit a couple of congested areas along the way but still made good time. There was a hive of activity at the venue as we arrived as everyone was unpacking and setting up their wheels and seating.

The group 01

Jan Sue Karin

Rona Gillian Tricia

We were also very fortunate to have two ‘shops’ at camp. Lindy (who is our Ashford agent) brought along lots of her goodies.

Lindy shop 01

Lindy Shop 02

And I finally got to meet Angela from Shorn Fibers as she brought along a wonderful selection of her fibre and yarn. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know I buy a lot of my yarn from Angela!!

Shorn Fibers 01

Shorn Fibers 02

Shorn Fibres 03

Two workshops were held on the weekend. On Saturday we were taught how to make these cute little sheep.

Sheep making 01

I think I need to perfect my technique somewhat…

Sheep 04

My little sheep is in the middle…

Shirley Mel Rona Sheep 02

And here is the flock of sheep!

Sheep all 04

Thank you Linda for teaching us to make these cute sheep!

Linda 01

In our second workshop Shirley showed us how to make these beautiful boxes…

Box 04

Box 02

The lid and base of each box was made with eight pieces of paper folded like this…

Box paper

Very intriguing and very clever I must say. That’s me holding my box.

Melanie box

My little sheep has found a home!

Box and sheep

One thing I did buy which was quite an investment was an Ashford Blending Board.

Blending Board 01

Blending Board 01a

You can blend fabulous fibres in your favourite colours and create beautiful rolags for spinning on the Ashford Blending board. The pack includes a large 30cm x 30cm (12’ x 12”) blending area, a blending brush and two dowels for easy drafting, rolling and removing the rolags, a removable, rotating adjustable keel, 108 point cloth, and a convenient carry handle. It has a lacquered finish too. Some of the girls on the camp went crazy using blending boards. Lindy brought along four to sell and they all went quite quickly!

Blended fibre

Here are just some of the rolags created on the weekend.

Poonies 02

Poonies 05

Poonies 03

Poonies 07

Tricia poonies

Poonies 09

I’ll experiment with my blending board over the next few weeks once I’ve packed away everything I bought at camp! I need to do some serious rearranging at my place to fit all my spinning gear in! I did, however, buy some fibre packs from Lindy so I can make a good start creating some colourful rolags on my blending board.

Blending Board 02

Blending fibre 02

We had a wonderful dinner on Saturday night and the tables were beautifully set by our wonderful camp convenor, Jan.

Table setting 01

Table setting 02

Jan and her husband made the Jazzy Jumbuck cut-outs plus the little gifts we were all presented with.

Table setting 03

Our personalised name tag, notebook gift plus our Jazzy Jumbuck theme for the weekend.

Jazzy Jumbucks

I also bought a couple of notebooks and bookmarks from Jan as well. Love them so much!

Notebooks

This is what the hall looked like at dinner time!

Dinner time 01

Empty! We were all very well fed I must say. As you can see, the most popular spinning wheel was the Ashford Joy obviously for its portability.

Dinner time 03

Dinner time 02

 I was lucky enough to win three of the raffle prizes so I donated two of them to my friends and kept this lovely sheep for myself. He does have feet but they’re a bit hard to see.

Raffle prize sheepI had the most wonderful weekend spent with wonderful crafty women who were so willing to share their company and knowledge. We had a lot of laughs and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thanks must go to our camp convenor Jan who puts so much effort into making our camps so successful. I will DEFINITELY be back next year!

That’s me in the middle.

Melanie Shirley Judy

I didn’t get as much spinning and knitting done as I anticipated as I was much too busy talking, shopping, eating and having fun!

I’ll show you the yarn I bought in the not too distant future.

Until next time…

Melanie

Two More Scarves….Just Enough Ruffles and Sandpiper

A couple more completed projects from my Noosaville holiday….Sandpiper Scarf and Just Enough Ruffles Scarf. The Sandpiper Scarf is from the pattern Bias Scarf with Ribbed Cables which is a free knitting pattern on Ravelry.

Sandpiper Scarf 02This is a very cleverly constructed scarf with cables on either side and garter stitch in the middle and even though you’re knitting straight rows without any increasing you automatically get a bias effect.

Sandpiper Scarf 01

Sandpiper Scarf 05

Sandpiper Scarf 06

The yarn I used is Shorn Fibers Merino Superwash Worsted and the colourway is Sandpiper (hence the name of the scarf!) This is a beautiful yarn to work with as are all of Shorn Fibers‘ yarns which I adore.

Shorn Fibers Sandpiper 1

My second scarf Just Enough Ruffles is another easy beginner scarf which has a wow impact with that ruffle.

Ruffles Scarf 04

I did block this scarf but only very lightly.

Ruffles Scarf 02

Ruffles Scarf 05

The ruffle is obtained by knitting three stitches into one thereby tripling the number of stitches in the row.

Ruffles Scarf 07

I had to search through my stash to find the yarn I wished to use for this scarf. I knew it would suit the pattern and I was right. It’s Skein’s Alpaca Merino Worsted which is a 60% alpaca / 40% merino yarn.

Skein Alpaca Merino Worsted Cardamon 02

Two more successful projects off the needles!

Sandpiper Scarf 04

Ruffles Scarf 06

I’m very excited as next Friday afternoon I am off to my first official spinning camp with the Redlands Spinners & Weavers. It’s going to be two days full of spinning, knitting, yarn, fibre and mixing with like-minded crafty women. And I’m finally going to get to meet Angela from Shorn Fibers as she will be having a small stall at the camp. You’ll hear all about it as I’m going to take lots of photos and no doubt buy a skein or two of yarn 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie