Saturday, 6 August 2016

A day out at Greenacres

We enjoyed a fabulous day out at Burnham and were given a great insight behind the scenes
Threading the spinning machine

Rovings lined up ready to be spun

Industrial size wool winder!

One of the gilling machines

Some Romney roving being gilled

Fleece lined up for the drum carder

And like magic, roving comes off the other end

A few of the many many ribbons won by Greenacres

Val knitting a boys jersey that she first made 50 years ago for her own son

Some multi coloured roving to add to Fay's stash

Lincoln destined to be spun and woven

The first skein of Lincoln

Gilled Merino in one of many colours now available from Leo

Gilled merino spun

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Knit in public day

Hi everyone, 

It's the 2016

World Wide Knit in Public Day
come and join us

Date: Saturday June 18th

Where: Darfield Library

When: 10am - 12noon

Just bring your knitting along!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

April Area Open Day

We had a fantastic turnout for the Area Open Day co hosted by ourselves with Oxford Spinning Group. Thank you to everyone that helped to put the day together and to all those that came to support the day
As always, pictures paint a thousand words so I will let them do the talking
The hall soon transformed into spinning central

The colourful sensory bands will be donated to local dementia patients

Time to catch up with friends

The results from a dyeing day or two with the Malvern Spinners and Weavers

Oxford Spinning group have been busy preparing for the Golden fleece event  - Oxford 21st April


Some of the Merino items created for the Golden fleece event


More golden fleece items, the woven bag was created by Jo from handspun Perendale dyes with hops,broom flowers, blackcurrant cordial and sandalwood! appropriately woven in 'Hopsack"


Fay Hider brought the travelling suitcase along and it was wonderful to see the diverse items from the Dunedin Festival

More from the travelling suitcase


Plenty of knitting got done and a good bit of catching up with friends

Shona was kept busy demonstrating various exciting products

We were spoiled for choice with some beautiful fleeces



Kate brought along a good selection from Heavenly wools - it was like a sweetie shop



She also gave a very entertaining demonstration of drop spindle spinning

Shared her knowledge and love of her various styles of drop spindle


I think we all fell in love with the beautiful little turkish drop spindle


A close up of the colourful sensory bands, soon to find good homes

A display of useful and sometimes just too cute items to use up those little bits and pieces

Another view of the dyed items from Malvern Spinners and weavers, the cardigan on the left was spun, dyed and knitted by Ann using a Rowan pattern that was steeked - very brave!

To cap the day off we had Alison and Whaea Daph come and speak about the project they work on to educate new mums and provide a harakeke (flax) bassinet to keep new babies safe from being accidentally smothered in their parents bed

Getting started and locking the leaves together is the tricky bit, helped by the use of several clothes pegs

It was fascinating to watch her transform flax leaves that can be found growing all over into a beautiful bassinet




The base is complete

Now to form the corners



Then the sides get woven


Taking shape now

A little aside when Whaea Daph shows how you you use the odd ends to make a flax rose!

Here's one she made earlier, the leaves get folded back into the weave to make a straight and strong edge and the the top edge is folded down inside the bassinet, it's left to dry out and a wee mattress is placed in the bottom - done!

In case you fancy having a go yourself - a warning that Whaea Daph reiterated throughout the demo -
ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE EATING OR DRINKING AFTER HANDLING FRESH FLAX-
it will give you a nasty tummy upset