Wow, what a great day we had in February. It was our second birthday so we celebrated with cake and the usual good array of delicious’ness, well done to all the culinary experts among us. Thanks heaps to those that cleaned up behind us, very much appreciated. Did anyone find a pair of spectacles, if so, please let me know.
There was such a lot going on. A big thank you to Ken, Shirley, Megan and anyone else who stepped up and helped out Gillian with her fibre prep and Eve with her spinning wheel and Julie with her carder and Mike with his spinning. Great to see new folk join us in fibre obsession. And a well done to Wendy for persevering with and sorting out her new Brioche pattern.
The show and tell table was groaning with craft, where to start? Sad to say, no-one had a camera on the day. Jess certainly takes the honourable mention for variety and volume! Those fibre batts were simply luscious both in texture and colour and size and presentation – beautiful. Then there were buttons, screen printed Ts, felted patches the children had produced with zip lock sandwich bags, the start of a spoon carved from rose wood, colour-graduated skeins of wool, and a sock blank! And we got to meet Mr Jess and the children. Below is a picture of Jess’s Peacock Fibre Batt.
What else was there by others? Samples of silk scarves and paper dyed with cordata – a native Aussie plant – good variety of tones in the gold colours. Odd scraps of yarn artfully knitted into modular pieces to make a garment. An Ear Warmer beautifully knitted and shaped and decorated. Skeins of yarn in generous sizes. 20cm squares to contribute to the blanket. An array of socks from a new’ish knitter. A 20m length of TARN – that’s yarn made from old t-shirts, (can make PLARN similarly, thats plastic yarn from garbage bags). Brioche knitting – creating a nice thickly textured effect.
The Buy and Barter table had quite a mixture. Plums of Prune, Damson and Green Gage variety; Jewelry; Magazines; Batts of fibre; Skeins of wool; Cutlery; and probably other items I’ve missed.
The hive of activity was almost exhausting. Folk were carding wool batts, carding raw alpaca, spinning alpaca, spinning wool, knitting jumpers, crocheting vests, sampling new recipes in the kitchen, renovating wheels, maintaining carding machines, networking and trading skills, relaxing, exploring the treehouse park, wielding scissors on old t-shirts, and taking in the view of the Huon river from the quiet of the verandah.
Couple of things to tell you.
- Bothwell is on soon, see http://www.bothwellspinin.com.au/
- The Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania always welcomes new members, and joining gives you a wider fibre network, a chance to hire equipment to try before you buy, an extensive library from which to loan and a great yarn store full of that fibre you simply must have, at member friendly prices. See http://www.hwsdguildtasmania.org/
- The Franklin Art Show is looking for YOUR entry. I attached the flyer to the group email.