Friday, August 24, 2012

Socks

I tured the heel on these socks on my way to the retreat and then finished the top on the way home. I finished the band after I got over the trip. I only make toe up socks but am now hooked on magic loop. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Second Scarf

I know know I a hooked on the knitting board . I didn't really need a new craft but it uses yarn I suppose.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First Scarf

My first scarf made on the plastic knitting board. I only needed one ball of yarn to make this scarf .It was so fast ,I think I am hooked on the knitting board.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Knitting board

My cousin's Sian and Carolyn visited the retreat on Thursday . Sian also brought along the newest member of the family Coby (?) I hope I have his name right. He is only 8 weeks old so needs his mum. Carolyn crochets beautifully but says she can't knit but has mastered the knitting board ( loom) . I have sent the round ones of these but could not see what to do with it once you have made several hats. Her board was a rectangle and she was making a sampler of stitches for a scarf. I was interested , I always need something new to try so I rang the craft shop who attended the retreat on Monday . Ally the dropped the 10 inch board for me on Friday morning. then on our way home we stopped at spotlight and I also brought the plastic board . I am now thinking of getting the all in one board from http://www.knittingboard.com/product_p/allnone.htm
 I will see if I can find in in Australia , if not I will have to order it from U.S.A. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Moebius Scarf


A few Photos of the moebius scarf finished. I think the group enjoyed this workshop..





The Bottom two photos show Deb's scarf before and after steaming, Its amazing how different they are.

Last Day of the Retreat

By the end of the five day retreat I had 32 blocks made by the 24 ladies attending the camp. I was so happy that Helen and I didn't have to make more our selves. above are the 16 different blocks from the pattern. Our blanket will have two of each to make a large rug.  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

2012 Retreat Day 4

Today's lesson is crocheting by chart. Last year we taught the ladies how to read a basic crochet symbol chart. so we took it a bit further and got a finished project from the chart.





This is the chart most ladies used (above)

Explanation to pattern diagram

1 ch
1 dc
1 tr
1 dtr
1 triple tr
1 bobble: see explanation in pattern
1 picot: 4 ch, 1 tr in first ch
beg here
Diagram

here is the second chart

Joan and Imperia wearing there finished scarfs .

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

2012 Retreat Day 3

The day started the same as yesterday with a bush walk then breakfast. Today's class is using carders and spinning wheels.  The morning class is funky spinning. I have to tell you my camera's battery died and I forgot my tablet took photos so there are no pic's of today's class , I am really sorry. The best way to make this roving  is no to look at what you are putting together just grab bits of  all different fibers spread on a table,  Left over roving , silk, bits of wool, feathers yarn , and fabric bits . anything thing that  will go through the carder really. The bat is made by only passing through the carder once then its spun as it comes. The afternoon class was core spinning. The ladies used a cotton thread and wrapped roving around the cotton thread a bit like this from you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gKOSMAc4Ts

 After dinner the ladies were busy knitting there blocks or more of there moebius scarf. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012 Retreat Day 2


Early in the morning of day two about half of the group went for a bush walk before breakfast. I was more interested in coffee ! At 9am the first workshop started which as A moebius  scarf  learning how the cast on worked. Helen , mum and I taught this workshop after a short demo we split into small groups with a teacher each group. This was a great advantage because we were able to help each lady . at 10.30 am we stopped for a quick coffee break. The morning tea was brought by each lady we had a fantastic group of lovely cakes etc. No one goes to camps  to lose weight ! once the break was over everyone was eager to get back to work.

Ladies all busy knitting there moebius scarfs 


 



Monday, August 13, 2012

2012 Retreat.

Its that time of the year again for our knitting , crochet and spinning retreat.This year instead of being at Douglass Scrub we had a move of venue to Aldinga beach. The Ladies started arriving after lunch on day one. bedrooms allocated , everyone was happy with the size of the work room , dinning room and for the energetic, great bush walking to the beach. I handed out there mystery kits which included an apron, stitch marker ,notebook, pen, block pattern and a small ball on wool.

three ladies busy starting the block challenge .

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Trip to the Flinders Rangers

Dylan and Carly traveled up here from Port Lincoln Friday night. We traveled together in two cars the 70 km to Quorn caravan park Saturday morning. Carly Had never been to the rangers . We just had the show her haw amazing the out back can be. It was a bit dry for wild flowers but the water was running a and it was green. We have had a drought for the last few years , rain is still needed .I was not able to do the bush walking that Wayne and the kids did but I was happy to Sit and knit while watching the yellow footed rock wallaby's

Wayne and Dylan 
Dylan and Carly ready to eat.
We had a lovely picnic lunch in warrens gorge. Then I got out my knitting while the others went to walk off the lunch.

Looking up the gorge

A Sock blank

I gave one of my striped sock blanks to my friend Helen to knit up so I can see how it will work for socks . I think it looks amazing