Yay - we have finally moved down to Alert Level 3 in New Zealand. I hope everyone reading this is happy and well wherever you are in the world .
This month I want to talk about Granny Squares. These are the perfect project to use up small amounts of yarn you may have in your stash, or from that purchase of colour coordinated yarns for your special project.
I made this granny square blanket over 50 years ago. Every winter it goes on our bed, and my husband calls it 'Old Faithful"! It is still beautiful, and very warm.
Granny Squares aren't only for making blankets and throws. They can be transformed into beautiful, fashionable garments and accessories.
I am now able to send orders, and if you had made purchases during the Level 4 lockdown these should be on their way to you very soon. Please allow some delay due to an overloaded courier system at this time, but get in touch if you haven't received anything within the next two weeks. Thank you so much for all the wonderful support, enjoy your crafting and we'll talk again soon!
Well, what a start to the month! A delayed blog this time due to the Corona Virus outbreak and NZ going into Level 4 Alert and Lockdown. It was recommended that the Over 70 age group (which unfortunately I am now part of!) was to self-isolate to protect us from the virus. This means lots of spinning time at home! This is some of what I have achieved so far...
These skeins will be available on my website soon.
As well as doing my own spinning and dyeing - I also have an arrangement with a lovely local old-fashioned yarn shop Needle and Hook (www.needleandhook.co.nz) where I dye yarn exclusively for her brand.
My cousin knits blankets for charity. They receive donations of a lot of white wool, so my contribution is to dye it in lots of lovely bright colours. I have so much fun doing this - my imagination goes wild!
Another arrangement I have is with a wonderful fellow stallholder from the Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market.
Among other things, Shelley sells handmade soap with a felted wool covering. I dye the fibre for this product. You can see more of her here: http://www.queenstownmarket.com/skin-indulgence
Hope you are all taking care of yourselves, this is a wonderful opportunity to relax with slow craft. Stay home and stay safe as best you can.
Living in a rural community, one of the highlights of the year is the local Agriculture and Pastoral (A & P) Show. Where town meets country and the community gathers to celebrate. As the president of our Spinners and Weavers Group, I was involved with setting up spinning demonstrations to show the public what we're all about.
Many of our members submitted entries into the handcraft competition and some of us were lucky enough to win prizes.
Although winning a prize was not the aim of the day - we were there to promote spinning and fibre-craft, and to encourage new members along - I was absolutely thrilled to discover that three of my garments gained a place. So cool!
Check in next month - I will be showcasing another of my activities. Have a great month!
Most Saturdays, you can find me at the Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market.
This is a wonderful place, every vendor that attends has personally created the product they are selling.
I have been attending this market now for over 20 years, and still love it!
It takes a bit of work to get all set up but I have wonderful help from my husband. He sells handmade wooden toys from reclaimed timbers. Such a great way to spend time together each doing what we love! I always take my spinning wheel, people are fascinated to see it in action, it's a great way to introduce an old skill to new people.
How could you have a bad day at the office when this is the view at hand?!
Hope you have a fabulous month - talk soon!
"It's beginning to feel a lot like Xmas", so I thought I'd go with a red theme today.....A few weeks ago we had a couple of nights in Oamaru.....and I found this gorgeous sheep santa in a wonderful gift shop....to add to my sheep collection ! ! !
In thinking about colours, my beautiful fragrant red sweet peas were inspiration for my latest project.
I blended, on my trusty old Ashford drum carder, about 5 or 6 red, pink and burgundy shades that I had dyed earlier.
I am really happy with the result.
The finished product....
Beautiful hand dyed, handspun 100% New Zealand wool from the NZ Romney Sheep.
A few weeks ago I decided to replenish my stock of carded wool. So off I go on a road trip to visit Barb at Tally-ho. Tally-ho is a family owned business, on a farm in Central Otago NZ, that washes and cards fleeces.
Mostly I use the wool from the NZ Romney Sheep, but on this trip Barb showed me the fibre from the Gotland Sheep, and I was hooked! The Gotland first arrived in NZ in the 1980's. Originally from the island of Gotland off the coast of Sweden. Gotland wool is fine, long, and lustrous. It comes in varying shades from pale silver to dark charcoal (but no white!)
I really enjoyed spinning this fibre!