Category: Knitting

Hat dyed with madder

Hat Dyed with Madder by Judy Hardman

A hat dyed with madder by Judy Hardman is just one of the lovely things you can see and do with Judy at my next SpinningSchool day on 13th January – fingers crossed for fair weather. She will teach us how to use a selection of natural dyes featured in her new book ‘Natural Dyes’ […]

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Handspun Pastel Pullover

Handspan pastel pullover being a man’s choice is quite unusual – but this one is absolutely right for Mike who regularly attends Woolly Days with his wife Yvonne. I asked him how it came about…..“Oh, I decided  l wanted  something “totally different” and seeing the delicious range of colour on offer at Fibre East –  the idea […]

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Golden Fleece Blending Board

New Golden Fleece carders and blending boards at the Big Textile Show

Golden Fleece carders, blending boards and brushes will be making their UK debut on the Spinning School stand at The Big Textile Show this weekend. Also on the stand will be the new Ashford Kiwi Superflyer, spinning wheels, looms and accessories as well as local handmade and milled yarns from some of my pupils’ own […]

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Rosettes for Fibre East

Jane has been busy making rosettes for Fibre East – free to those who  try spinning, weaving and carding.  Young in years and young in heart  – we will all be there – MK45 2NU thanks to spinning school volunteers and Fibre East Organisers

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Fish and chip jumper

The Haphazard knitters have been knitting these little outfits for African orphans that get wrapped up in newspaper as they have nothing better to wear – hence the ‘fish and chip’ tag

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Gill’s Knitting to Dye for

Just one of the fabulous cardigans that Gill brought along to Woolly day the detail and planning is amazing ‘ I just wing it’ she said…

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Fabulous sock yarn at Woolly Day

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Sarah Burnett cardigan at Woolly Day

Gill brought along this lovely cardigan she has knitted along with the pattern in A Passion for Colour by Sarah Burnett

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Chicks visit the Haphazard knitters

While we were in the garden looking at the picot edge Jane had just produced I noticed Mrs Pole visiting with her chicks…

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HapHazard Knitters take to the garden

The weather was so lovely on Wednesday we sat by the pond…Erica couldn’t resist spinning up some of the new clip Shetland I had washed

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Semi-circular shawl on 5m KnitPro circular needles

The HapHazard Knitters are starting new semi-circular shawls now that everyone has finished their Shetland Haps…mine is in a finish “Water Yarn’ a mix of hand-dyed merino tops plyed with silk to preserve the colour sequence and knitted on size 5 KnitPro circular needs

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Another shawl is finished…

Frances has learned to spin and knit in the last three years or so – she was delighted to finish her shawl at Haphazard knitters on Wednesday evening…it will need to be washed and blocked now

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Day on the river

Bob and I are going on the river today – packing up is tiresome but taking my new ‘River’ yarn is no hardship. It is hand dyed  – rainbow technique  – spun long draw and fine with plenty of twist on Molly, my James Williamson wheel (see spinning on my Thurmaston Post) and plyed with […]

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Another Shawl is completed

this time by Irene – it is knitted in Alpaca and gloriously soft and subtly coloured

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Weaving Retreat -Colours to Dye for

A new weaver plans to use this log as her inspiration and thought she may have to do some dyeing but  we have yarns, and colours to suit everyone …..

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New Pullover at Woolly Day at Loddington

Eve brought along this lovely pullover to Woolly Day at Loddington – modelled by Rachel – it is from her own sheep and spun and knitted by herself – I call it the Born in Harrington range  – it is for sale at £85.00

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Another new long draw spinner

who has also taught her two daughters – hopefully we will have some young spinners demonstrating at Fibre East this year

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Haphazard knitters is at Loddington this week

Six weavers are in Weaving Retreat at Loddington this week so HapHazard knitters is at Loddington on Wednesday 28th May and not Stoke Albany this week – If you live nearby (LE7 9XE) you are welcome to join the Haphazard Knitters from 7-9pm at Loddington Grange – (£5 with tuition, otherwise £3).

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Yarn for another shawl

The Haphazard knitters are planning to make Radiance Shawls – with help from Erica, SpinningSchool’s Knitting Advisor. Here, Val is plying her hand dyed merino tops with some indigo dyed yarn from Indigo-inc, purchased at our recent Indigo workshop.

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Felted by the sun

I have had to take my skeins out of the studio window as the sun has turned some of them into felt

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