Bev’s Felted Scarf

Bev's scarfBev has been spinning on Tuesdays for quite a few years, and has recently begun to attend our felting sessions which occur every second Thursday.  Bev has done a little felting before, but this is her first item with our Thursday group.  This lovely cream and white coloured piece is mostly alpaca with some mohair, and can be worn as a scarf or wrap.  Beautiful!

Birds Stealing My Fleece

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This is exactly what happened to some of my rainbow fleece I was drying after washing and dying. Used in this nest is blue, yellow and red mixed alpaca, wool and mohair. Then the brown was from some brown alpaca also stolen from me. In this nest 2 eggs were laid and we watched them hatch. Sadly someone’s cat found them and one was gone. Then the second baby met its fate the same way. We do not even own a cat and this is in our back yard. I guess the moral to the story is that they were very comfortable while they were there.  Mum went to so much trouble to build the nest.

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The picture shows how I dry the fleece and fluff it up.v If some hangs out or there is no wind around, I do not cover and the birds have a lovely time.  By Lyn A.

Leaf Green

Green dye

The challenge here was to attempt to replicate an exact match of colour with a sample leaf.  Naomi’s considerable experience in working with food colouring as a wool dye managed to quickly reproduce a very credible match on alpaca.  An attempt at home using merino produced a slightly lighter colour, but still within the same tone. The yarn on the left side of the leaf was the alpaca we dyed at the cottage, and on the right the merino I dyed at home using the same ratio.  By Debbie.

Dyeing Day

 

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We did a spot of wool and alpaca dyeing on Tuesday.  A few of the ladies wanted to see how microwave dyeing with food colouring is done, so Naomi did a short demonstration for those interested.  We started off by weighing our fibre.  Each batch was 50g which we put aside in a container of water from the tap to soak. Marianne wanted to dye some of her commercial wool so we added that to one of the containers. We then decided upon colours.  Each dyelot has water, dye and vinegar (as a fixative) added, then into the microwave it goes.  After cooling down, the water left in the container should be clear.  Once the fibre is rinsed, it is then squeezed lightly and spread out to dry.  Voila!  We now have beautiful hand-dyed fibre to spin.  More photos and a tutorial to come so watch this post.

Lyn’s Purple Blanket

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This rug has been knitted in panels of different widths.  Lyn purchased the wool after the Tuesday group mixed all of the different fibres together and spun and plied the yarn.  The purple mix was made up of wool, alpaca, mohair and plyed with a purple cotton.  A great blend and has made into a beautiful rug. By Lyn A.

Mangrove Mountain Country Fair

MMCF1On Saturday, 18th October 2014 we will once again be demonstrating at the Mangrove Mountain Country Fair.  The visitors all loved the spinning and carding last year, and the children loved our bracelets made of handspun wool.  We had a lovely day nestled amongst the Bumble Hill Alpacas, some local beekeepers, and the Huscarls (who are a living history group who reenact the Viking age).

A Very Bright Poncho

DSC00051 Bev decided that she wanted to handknit a poncho for her young granddaughter’s birthday.  The pattern was inspired by a gorgeous child’s poncho that Lyn had knitted and brought in to show us.  A lot of fibre would be needed, and it would have to be bright, so Bev had a mammoth dyeing day and ended up with an extremely large amount of bright orange fibre that was about 70% alpaca and 30% wool.  Next, to put it all through the picker to mix the fibres evenly.

cardingAfter going through the picker, the next job was to card all the fibre into batts ready for spinning into a mountain of yarn for the knitting phase of the project.

orangeAnd voila!  A beautiful poncho all tassled up and with pom-poms to boot.  Of course her granddaughter loved it!

What we did with our Fibre

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This is some of our beautiful mixture of dyed Alpaca, Mohair and Wool which the Tuesday group prepared a few weeks ago. The spinning and making of the garments has begun.
Left to right is our Raspberry Pie spun by Lyn, Aqua Sea spun by Lyn, Luscious Lavender spun by Naomi and Autumn spun and knitted by Vicky into a Scarf. What fun we had preparing it all and now the making into garments. Great times had by all and what a WOW factor of colours.
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