Christmas Knitting Time

Time is just flying by these days, I can't believe we are in the run down to Christmas already. Perhaps now is the time to think about knitting Christmas gifts, before the weather warms up. As we know, summer isn't always warm down here so knitted gifts can be very welcome.
We had two very successful felting workshops in recent weeks with a couple of participants getting 'hooked' on felting and even dreaming about it, apparently! I'd like to run a nuno felting workshop in September, and another beginners one if there are enough people interested.

I am often asked if I would knit garments for people. I really don't have the time to do this, but if anyone is interested in knitting for payment I can put you in touch with people wanting to commission work.

What's new in the shop? Well, I have some really lovely colours in a new sock yarn by Regia of Germany, designed by Kaffe Fassett. These yarns change colour very subly as you knit them up and I have a soft green/light blue blend or a grey/pale blue blend. Stocks of the gorgeous New Zealand sock yarn Magic Merino by Touch Yarns have arrived and as well as the yarn in the primary colours you may have seen made up there is a hot pink & purple one,  a pretty blue one and one in autumn tones of orange, red and dark blue. One ball will make 2 pairs of women's socks, so there is good value in this yarn.

Knitting Tip of the Month:

Sometimes yarn companies and book publishers print patterns with errors in them. This can be extremely frustrating as we always tend to think it is something we are doing wrong, not that the pattern is wrong. Most yarn companies and publishers have an errata page on their websites where you can check and see if a correction has been made to the pattern you are using. If you are having difficulty with a pattern it is well worth looking for an errata page before you give up on your project. Recently a customer found a pattern which was labelled as "Easy Knit" was in fact quite confusing, and when she contacted Sirdar about it their consultant agreed with her and said she would discuss it with the designer, so don't be afraid to give email feedback to the yarn companies. After all, if they don't know about a problem they can't correct it. Good one Lyn!!

I love to read blogs by crafty people, particularly those who knit and crochet. I have recently found a delightful one called Little Woollie written by a woman in Victoria, and another called 'retromummy' who lives in Sydney with 5 children under 6 and who still finds time to knit, crochet and blog! These bloggers post about crafts, gardening and cooking as well as life in general from their perspective, and I find them very entertaining.

Anyone wishing to learn to spin on a wheel is welcome to come to the Denmark Spinners who meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at the Lion's Lair off Inlet Drive. We are holding our bi-annual Spin-In on Wednesday 12th September at the Denmark Recreation Centre and there will be spinners from other groups in the area and usually a few from Perth too. Everyone is welcome and your $5 entry will give you morning and afternoon tea as well as lunch - what a bargain! We would love to have some younger members join the group so come along and see what it is all about.

Until next month,

Liz Turnbull
A Good Yarn
1/27 Strickland Street
Denmark  WA  6333