Thursday, August 28, 2014



A wonderful, vivacious woman called Mary invited me to check out the spinners and weavers' group here on Waiheke Island. I finally got along the other morning, and was so utterly inspired! I'm really keen to expand my knowledge with the whole wool process, and various techniques used to create something from scratch, and this is the place to do it! An absolute wealth of knowledge here, and everyone was so welcoming and friendly. One of the members brought along this darling little lamb that had been found in a paddock without her mother. She was so adorable! Check her ears out.
This is Mary trying out carding, as it is called, for the first time. She did a great job - not that I would know!
Mary's just finished the jersey she's wearing here. Pretty much straight off the sheep's back. The brown bands were added later. She did a great job too. Got to add one of these to my list - I haven't knitted a jumper for years.

A very talented and humorous male member spinning. He showed me an amazing drawstring style bag he's putting together made from a pair of fantastic knitted socks whose soles had seen better days. Got to recycle - especially this type of work where the wool has been washed, carded, spun, dyed, and goodness knows what else all by hand, before finally being intricately knitted. I hope I got that process correct. Countless hours of effort anyway. I'm sure it will take me the rest of my life to create just one thing! Another member made these incredible gloves.
Inspiration all around.

The darling wee girl called Belle was absolutely adorable with the little lamb, and to watch being taught to knit.

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