Thursday, 20 February 2014

Ribbons and things!

Another busy night in paradise! It was lovely to see so many crafters turning up on Tuesday night. The room was buzzing with chatter and laughter and original ideas. This is what you missed if you were tucked up in bed with a gin and tonic..............

Stephanie had fun with ribbon weaving and created another cushion. "There is no truth in the rumour that she is opening a store specialising in soft furnishings," said a spokesperson.

Margaret completed this lovely wee tank top for a friend's baby.

Roberta finished another cosy hat for our chosen charity.

I (Helen) had two finishes to show this time. I'm delighted to finish the mosaic socks, as it was a challenge and I may not do another pair any time soon. My second finish was a charity quilt for Yorkhill hospital. As you know Valerie Lennox is a co-ordinator for Quilts 4 Yorkhill. This charity was adopted by The Village Patchers quilting group as their chosen charity and they have created about 50 quilts for seriously ill children being treated in Yorkhill Hospital.

Kathleen F has been really busy making hats. The gorgeous pink and the green hats are for her granddaughter and the blue hat is for a friend's wee boy.

Now, as you know Caroline does not like to blow her own trumpet, soooooooooo this fabulous baby blanket is for a friend who is expecting a little girl. Her friend does not like pink, sooooooooo Caroline made this eye catching purple and white blanket. This photograph does not do it justice! What you can't see is that the yarn SPARKLES! Love it!

A lot of the excitement in the room was because Donna was starting her crochet lessons for beginners. As usual, Donna was prepared with differentiated handouts for all of her students. What a star! The class was really popular with crafters of differing abilities and they were soon busy and concentrating on mastering whatever stitch they chose to learn. I am happy to report that no one cried and everyone is looking forward to the next class. Well done, Donna!

I always learn something new each time I come along to the club. Jill proudly displayed her knitted purse which had beads incorporated in it. She had to thread all of the beads onto the yarn before she actually started to knit. I was really taken with this and must file this idea in the back of my mind for something to try in the future. Jill's second finish was a cross stitch pattern from a magazine that she had adapted and made into a wllhanging. Such a talented lady!

A lot of noise came from this end of the room. The chat and giggles did not prevent Anthea from working on her spinning wheel. Below you can see an example of a skein of spun yarn which is a mixture of merino and silk in rainbow colours which is double knitting/ aran weight.

 Anthea provided pictures of two cowls she had completed and given away as presents. The light green one is made from Stylecraft Alpaca DK. Ideal for the windy weather.

I hope I get this the right way round. The light blue hat was created by Elaine and the dark blue hat was crafted by Sally for our charity. OR..... it could be the other way round!

Finally, Stephanie was recruiting knitters to knit GERMS. Yes, GERMS. She saw an article in the Evening Times about a collaboration between Strathclyde Uni and the Science centre concerning the teaching of hand hygiene to school children in the Glasgow Area. The knitted germs will be used as a teaching aid, One thousand germs are required. How many can you do? Please pass the completed germs to Stephanie or me. I dare you!

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