……much better than Lockdown or Corona blog don’t you think?!
How many times have we uttered the words ‘there’s not enough hours in the day’……..’I wish I had the time to do the things I really enjoy doing’ ?
Well, here are a few things some of our members have been creating since we last met in February – and doesn’t that seem an age away!
Some members’ contributions are in their own words.
First up is Robert-
Tania sent a photo of the ‘ingredients’ she was going to use , then followed with the art yarn she had spun. Her art yarn is wonderful!
Maureen has been very busy!
The Knee Rug conversion:
Step One: Take one UFO (waistcoat) created from one of Tania’s lovely Art yarns, add natural Merino handspun, solar dyed light aqua and micro wave dyed dark teal handspun yarns. Varying the ply and Art yarns will creates its own unique effect.
Step Two: Remove stitching that originally formed the ‘waistcoat’. No re-knitting at this stage.
Step Three: Crochet together ‘waistcoat’ pieces to form a flat centre.
Step Four: As it was a herringbone knit, you’ll need to ‘fill in’ the corners to square it up.
Step Five: Pick up stitches around circumference on a long circular needle and knit in the round, until you have used up all your stash balls or attained the size you want for your Knee Rug.
Sit back, snuggle up and enjoy the pleasure of having rescued a UFO and created an even larger hole (or dint) in your stash!
More from Maureen!-
Peyote Beading came about when I did a workshop in Glen Innes with the very talented Joy Fletcher, who has won many Craft Show prizes for her far more complicated work than I have mastered. Fortunately I still have a stash of beads and therefore an almost endless resource of little glass beads.
The Jumper was worked in commercial Bamboo yarn from my stash, in a top down style from a Drops knitting pattern.
I love knitting socks, so I decided to make these using a double moss stitch just to take more time in doing them. I generally use commercial sock yarn. On this occasion it was a random dyed Wrigglefingers hank.
Edna has completed the shawl she was working on at the February meeting. The puppy dogs are a fatal attraction for Edna. She makes them to sell to support the Jerry Green Animal Rescue where her daughter works.
I’ve just finished these knitted slippers for our son in Germany
I had already unpicked and washed the original shrug which I knitted in the early days of my spinning and never been entirely happy with. I’d decided on this wave pattern as it’s so easy and gives a nice scalloped edge, I’m quite pleased with it. It’s hand spun shetland and mostly dyed with onion skins. It was a good project for this time when there’s so much more time at home, I’ve since knitted a small jumper for our youngest grandson and am now wondering what to do next!
I hurt my back last week with too much gardening, so spent some time on my sewing machine instead. I’ve made several balloon balls for my grandchildren which are fun and safe to play with indoors.
I’ve washed some fleece from our brown sheep and am considering felting a rug, I’ll let you know how that turns out!
We await the update, Mary!
Jean has probably produced a lot more than these gloves, so we will await the next blog when no doubt she will surprise us!
At last I completed my fingerless gloves from yarn left over from the tunic I made some time ago, inspired by Lynn’s Domino workshop
I have just put my felt sculpture out for the summer– in winter it would take off in the wind!
I think some of the winds we have here in North Wales would see it airborne any time of year! Might be taken for the prop from Portmeirion’s ‘The Prisoner’ rather than the Search & Rescue drone being trialled at Maes Awyr Caernarfon!
Wendy, one of our members who owns The Naked Spinner in Criccieth has more time on her hands now after a hectic year
Ann has been doing more spinning than usual but has also been making wash bags for nurses, having done over two dozen at the last count.
She also has a wip which will be good to see when completed. She has such a good eye for colour in her spinning
Lynne has not had a good time recently after a very bad fall so is restricted in what she can do
Sue has been busy making Christmas presents
and a wip from 6 years ago which was to use up hand dyed, handspun stash but which I think I’ll have to begin again on larger needles as there is a variety of wool weights being used. Maybe I’ll get it finished if I’m happier with it…I’m winging it with the pattern anyway!
And Ann Sh. has made a mysterious piece of material that she intends making into a cushion cover but is having trouble uploading a photo- never mind, Ann, we’ll do a workshop on this for you!! Bring it along to the next meeting and I’ll put it in the blog then.
Meinir sent info re knitting keps for Key Workers-
Cap for Key Workers
Every year the Shetland Island host a week’s knitting event, comprising of classes, demonstrations and talks, Shetland Wool Week.. This year 2020, the event has been postponed due to the coronovirus.
Each year there is a patron who designs a cap pattern for the Wool Week and this year it is the well known Shetland designer Wilma Malcolmson who has created the official pattern, Katie’s Kep.
Talking to one of the Dutch tutors that teaches at Wool Week, Hadewych Van der Werf, she has asked people in her knitting class to knit the pattern and produce knitted caps to give to key workers as a way of appreciation for all their hard work and effort during this crisis.
Wilma Malcolmson has kindly agreed that the pattern may be used to knit a cap for Key Workers in North Wales and it may be downloaded for free from the web site the Shetland Wool Week . The cap is a fair isle pattern, with clear instructions, is suitable for those wishing to try some fair isle knitting for the first time or the more experienced knitter. You may have someone in mind to receive your finished hat, if so, please give it to them.
If there are any spare caps, please place in a clear sealed plastic bag, it’s up to you if you want to put a little note in with the cap, then please can you post to Katie’s Kep,c/o Tanrallt, Llangian, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7LN .
The caps will be distributed to key workers in the voluntary/public service sectors to say thank you to the unsung heroes of this crisis.
This is being run in conjunction with the charity Awyr Las
So for now it’s goodbye and good wishes to all!