You can see more up to date pictures in our newsletters - see news and here some pictures from our Show & Tell in March. Fleece to shawl challenge at the Really Wild Festival in St Davids - we spun and wove a shawl in a day (with a bit of preparation) and raffled it off! Our latest natural dyeing fun day was really fun, and we even had lovely sunshine! Margaret and David Redpath gave a fascinating talk about they naturally dyeing career when the Brecon Guild visited us in June. 'Pembrokeshire Postcards' - a collective crochet piece coordinated by Joan Church - see it at one of the shows and events we will be attending this year! In July 2008 we spent a day with Margaret Redpath, gathering woad and preparing it to dye blue. You can see the whole process here, including the magic moment when the yellow actually turned blue. We also overdyed and achieved lovely green hues. In July 2008 we spent a day with Margaret Redpath, gathering woad and preparing it to dye blue. You can see the whole process here, including the magic moment when the yellow actually turned blue. We also overdyed and achieved lovely green hues.
Knitting techniques for beginners
Though the technology has advanced in an accelerate rhythm lately, there are still a few things it didn’t manage to imitate, the knitting clothes that are so loved by everyone. Only the human creativity and talent can create these beautiful clothes that can be worn all over the year without getting old fashioned. In addition, these clothes will keep your skin healthy if you use wool, cotton, silk, fleece or other natural material.
Over the years, knitting techniques have advanced a lot but if this is the first time you are in contact with knitting, luckily there are many simple techniques for beginners. Start to create your equipment for winter by buying some basic materials needed in this process, which would be the needles made of metal, plastic or wood, and the yarn fibers chosen depending on the clothes you want to knit. If you’re making your own gloves the fiber should be medium but you should choose a thicker one for your beanie.
Thereafter, using a needle and a fiber, try to start making some simple knots. You can do that by passing the fiber with the needle through a circle you create in advance and try to tighten the knot moderately. Do some more knots on the same needle and stop when the length is sufficient for your winter scarf. After that you can continue with the other needle by passing the fiber again through the created knots. This method is called single cast-on and is the simplest one. There are though other methods, such as the long tail cast or knitted cast on but these are more complicated and should be learnt at a later stage.
To conclude, knitting is a wonderful way of creating the clothes you like and of relaxing in a calm atmosphere while you can also use your creativity. So, if you have time and want to make your own clothes, you can improve your skills in a knitting course.