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Wool Gathering 2018 – what a fabulous time!

Wool Gathering 2018 just happened.  It finished yesterday and now I am home again and unpacked, it’s the perfect time to reflect and attempt to communicate just how fabulous I feel right now because of it.

Wool Gathering 2018

This event is the brainchild of Karen Prior, a super kind and awesome all round human.  She and Tom, the current custodian of Tarndie (the venue) combine their talents with the help of many other awesome folks to put on 3 and a bit days and nights of yarny fun.

Let me tell you all about it.

Wool Gathering takes place at Tarndie, a very old homestead and sheep farm.  The Dennis family are so welcoming and kind.  There’s a cafe with the best coffee and hot chocolates (and maybe some wine/cider/beer too).  There’s a shop where the yarn made from the Polwarth flock farmed on the property is sold in many forms and colours.  There are lots of spots to sit and play with yarn with many a fireplace to keep warm.  The perfect venue for a gathering of yarny folks.

All the attendees and teachers arrived on Thursday afternoon.  We were all greeted by the wonderful team of helpers, affectionately called “Aprons” because of the aprons they all wear.  This crew worked magic.  They bustled about making sure everything was right – cleaning up rooms after workshops, turning heaters on, keeping the fires going, serving meals and snacks, doing mountains of dishes and generally being awesome with constant smiles and happiness.

Each morning, there were workshops on to attend.  I taught granny squares, amigurumi and Tunisian crochet. There were many other classes to choose from on knitting, spinning, SAORI weaving, dyeing and wool embroidery.

Workshops kicked off on Friday morning and were held on Saturday and Sunday too.  I actually remembered to take a couple of photos before the first class started, but as usual, got so caught up in the teaching and chatting that taking photos never occurred to me again for the workshops!  Sorry. I know there were some taken by attendees and WG helpers.  Hopefully I’ll get to see some of those soon. 

We were served delicious lunches and dinners throughout the weekend and enjoyed a lot of free time between other events.  So much knitting and crochet was done from waking to going to bed.

Friday, we had a guest speaker came to talk to us all.  Karen is passionate about Wool Gathering being not just about us having fun, but also about spreading warmth and a sense on community.  And so Donna came to chat to us about the various charities she heads up.  This year it was about the amazing work she does for The School Project.  This charity collects school supplies so kids in crisis can attend school with all the things they need, just like other kids.  We all bought along some stationary and school bags for her to bundle up in the emergency kits.  Last year she spoke about The Period Project which provides sanitary supplies for women who find themselves homeless.  Donna also heads up Sleeping  bags for Homelessness Project, keeping vulnerable folks warm whoever they are.  This year and last, we also made or brought along knitwear – scarves, beanies etc for that project.  She’s one inspiring woman!

Other fun events over the weekend were a fun little fashion parade of Libby’s (Truly Myrtle)  designs, all modelled by Wool Gathering attendees, a treasure hunt with prizes, a market place where some wool dyers and suppliers as well as knit designers sold their wares, farm tours and a lot of free time to gather in all wonderful warm places of Tarndie to sit and craft and chat and laugh til you cry.

Attendees were able to help create a new yarn as part of the Wool Gathering experience.  You see we all voted on fibre combinations, colours  and name before we came and Nick and Isabel from The Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill created a new yarn called Eva  from Suri alpaca fibre they grow mixed with Polwarth wool from Tarndie. Sally Oakley (Sally Ravels) designed a cowl called Glenfyne to coincide with the yarn launch.  Here are Nick and Isabel, Tom from Tarndie and Sally holding the new Eva Yarn. Isabel is modelling the new cowl!  Sums up the weekend nicely I think.  It was all about collaboration and getting together.

The teaching crew was brilliant.  We had Clare (Knit Share Love), Georgie (TikkiKnits), Briony (ByBriony), Libby (Truly Myrtle), Janet (My Spin on Things), Prue (Dying to Weave) and Ana (Wool Embroidery).  So wonderful to be part of such a fun group of people sharing knowledge.  It was so fun to sit an chat with all these folks as well as SallyRavels from Tassie, Kylie and Anita from The Purl Box and Isabel and Nick from the Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill.

Here’s Briony modelling a cowl I made from yarn she dyed for me.

It really was very hard to pack up an come home.  But I did so in the knowledge that it will all happen again next year and I am certain it will be as fabulous as this year all over again.

I do hope you have the opportunity to attend Wool Gathering with me next year.

xx Shelley

KnitCrate – yarn and pattern subscription fun!

A little while back, KnitCrate contacted me to see if I’d like to try their monthly yarn and pattern subscription.  I had a look at their website to find out a but more and saw that saying yes was an easy decision to make.

What is KnitCrate?

KnitCrate is a monthly subscription out of the USA with free shipping worldwide.  Each month, you receive at least 2 skeins of premium limited edition hand dyed yarn along with 2 exclusive patterns you can use the yarn for – one knit and one crochet.

Here is what I received for the March 2018 KnitCrate – sparkly super lush pink speckled yarn called Pinkiwinkle  and 2 great patterns.

knitcrate march

I was drawn to the knit shawl, but youngest daughter squee-ed over the crochet socks, so that’s what I will be making when I get some other WIPs done.

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Pinwheel Flower Free Pattern

How’d you like a new free pattern?  Of course you would!  So here is my Pinwheel Flower, a pattern I whipped up recently for a bit of fun one weekend.

Pinwheel Flower

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Crochet on a Cruise!

Yes, you read that right!  Crochet on a cruise!  I was so excited a little while back to be contacted by Jo Patton of Crafty Adventures.  She asked if I’d like to come on a cruise she’s organising to run some crochet workshops.  Of course as soon as I saw the dates were clear for me, it was an instant yes!

Crafty Adventures at Sea

So in January 2019, I will be cruising from Melbourne to Hobart and back on the Carnival Legend, crocheting all the way.  I’ll be running 2 workshops.  One will be teaching the Mayan Crochet Blanket square and the other will be a couple of squares from my book.

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Crochet Kaleidoscope book Review

Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs by Sandra Eng from Mobiusgirl Design is out now and I am so excited to bring you my review.

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Granny Square Flair – My first book Coming 2018!

Granny Square Flair

Happy 2018 to you!  I am so glad 2018 is here because it is the time I have put aside to write my very first, hold in your hands, pages to turn book!  I am going to call it Granny Square Flair.

So what kind of book is it?

Designing granny squares is my jam.  It’s what I love to do most and so my book, Granny Square Flair, will have 50 6″ granny square patterns for you to play with.

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