Spin In 2019 – counting down

What are these guild members doing so busily? Come and find out at the Spin-in!

Its just under four weeks to our Spin In. Planning is underway with a list of wonderful traders (see the Spin In 7 September post for the list). Members are fanatically finishing garments for the fashion parade, Trish #2 has some great raffles planned.

See you all on the 7 September!

Links to the poster and maps are below.


Spin In 7 September 2019

Its been a while since I last wrote, having had surgery on my right hand, that has made things like typing a bit of a challenge. Many thanks to Mary for keeping you all up to date with what has been going on.

I did think that after our 50 Celebrations, Pop-up Shop and the Creative Fibre Festival that we could have a rest. But no, the Guild is busy making garments to show at our fashion parade at our Spin in.

We find that Wairarapa College Hall is such a good venue that we are going back again this year. We have a wonderful array of confirmed traders…

  • Sue Grayson – Kaihi Wools
  • Sheena’s Sock ‘n’ Wool Company
  • Yvonne and Don Monk – Raydene
  • Lyn Evans – Earth Palette Dyes
  • Sara Thorburn – Kane Carding
  • Shona Harris
  • Patrizia Vieno
  • Tracy White – Inspire Fibres
  • Anna Gratton – Little Wool Company
  • Almo’s Books

Here’s a couple of photos from other years – just a teaser to show you what might be there.

So you know how to find us, maps are attached below.

See you on the 7th September 2019.

Things finished, and something to look forward to

Our pop-up shop in Masterton’s main street has now ended. It went well. Here are Lib and Lorraine on duty, making the most of a quiet moment. Was it a coincidence that they had used the same sweater pattern? Photo by Jutta.If you didn’t manage to get to the shop, don’t forget our members also sell their crafts in the shop at the Wool Shed Museum.

Now we start looking ahead to our Spin-in! It will be held on Saturday 7 September, in the Wairarapa College hall. More news soon!

Meanwhile, here is some eye candy – our members have been busy. Betty makes exquisite baby shawls.
Christine is knitting colourful socks.

Kath’s crochet rug is even brighter.

Mia needle-felted a very woolly little sheep (I think he’s one of those feral Merino breeds).

Some of the May show-and-tell table.

Lynley did some fine spinning, and asked Liz to make a wrap using it as weft –

and here is the result. The intriguing pattern is called Brooks Bouquet.

Jutta showed us her eye-catching weaving,

and she wasn’t very pleased with this scarf she’d been working on –

but Josie just loves it!


Do you remember the child’s sweater our team made in the Silver Spinning Wheel competition at Festival? Marion has now carefully washed it. Here is a before-and-after, which doesn’t show the change well –
and a closeup of a corner, so you can see how the stitches have fluffed up and settled in with each other:

A knitted garment isn’t finished till it’s washed!

A significant birthday

Our Guild turned 50 last month! Of course we had a party – a “High Tea” at beautiful Lansdowne House.
The excitement had been building for quite a while, after a challenge was issued to members to create something in wool that referenced “50”. We were also challenged to provide 50 little wool hats for premature and newborn babies. So there had been much making – in the lead-up to the big day, we admired 50 skeins
50 gloves
(including a rogue one)
a crochet rug with a golden L woven through it
a cheery rug proclaiming our age
and a colourful hanging.

Trish let us preview (but not pre-nibble) her chain of 50 links.
Here’s what she wrote about it:
50 chains celebrating this wonderful guild
50 stitches to hold us all together
50 sweets giving us strength to ALWAYS support and learn from each other.

At the party we saw even more, beautifully displayed. As usual on special occasions, we showed off Doug’s welcome rug 
50 baby booties pretended to be cupcakes
and 50 babies will have cosy heads this winter.
We could show you more, but one always has to leave room for food, specially food like this:
We were a cheerful crowd of fifty-five members and ex-members, as well as the mayors of Masterton, Lyn Patterson, and South Wairarapa, Viv Napier, who celebrated with us.
Our founder and first president, April Bamford, cut our anniversary cake, and spoke of how the guild was first formed. Here she is flanked by our two life members, Marion and Lynette, and Josie who made the cake.

Oops, nearly forgot – there’s a very special 50-inspired treasure in our shop. A doll in clothes of 50 colours, made by Helen B, is the prize in the raffle. The coming week is the final one before the shop closes, so if you aren’t too far away, do hurry along and have a look round (and maybe buy a raffle ticket)!

Most of the photos above are by Janet.


Here’s the shop!

Yes, it’s open!

This is just a tiny amount of what a hard-working team organised into colourful displays.

As you can see, there is plenty to tempt the spinner, knitter or weaver. But that’s just the beginning –

A variety of garments for little people and big people, many of them hand spun as well as hand knitted.

The weavers as well as the knitters and crocheters and felters have been busy.

There’s no need to be cold this winter. Woolly hats, socks, gloves, scarves … all kinds of cosiness are here!

So if you’re in Masterton in the next couple of weeks do drop in and say hello, opposite Food for Thought. We promise not to tempt you – well, perhaps a little.

See the previous post for details of hours etc, or find the poster here: shop-notice-2019-2.
A big thankyou to Lorraine who took these photos.


Our Pop-up Shop Opens Soon!

Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers are happy to announce that the Annual Pop-up Shop opens on the 27 May opposite Food for Thought in Queen Street, Masterton. We will be open 9 am to 5pm weekdays and 9.30am to 2pm Saturdays. Sorry we will be closed Sundays and Queen’s Birthday. Last day is 15 June.

As per usual the shop will be full of garments and other items handmade by our very crafty members.

There will be raw sheep fleeces, carded sheep fleeces and hand spun yarn for you to buy.

Here is a photo from last year’s shop

Creative Fibre Festival Part 2 – Fleece to Garment and more

A few weeks ago I wrote about the practice sessions for the Fleece to Garment Action Challenge. This time its about competition day.

Many years ago my aunt talked about the Silver Spinning Wheel, fleece to garment competition. She was a member of the West Coast Club. I was excited to see that the Wooly Westcoasters won the first competition in 1968, although my Aunt wasn’t part of the team.

Fast forward to 2019, and my…. nothing has changed. The teams were given a fleece each and they needed to card, spin, ply it and then knit to a specified tension. This is how it was done in the 1960s, no eSpinners or commercially carded fleece to be seen. Of course some of the wheels were of new design, and this was the only difference between now and then.

The Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers team called themselves the Y Rappers and when members came to watch and cheer the team along we rapped a verse or two.

How many people does it take to knit and sew a child’s jersey? It takes six people to do the finishing touches to one small sweater. Janice and Lynette are sewing-up, Marion is knitting the neckband, Kay is ready to hand anything needed, like scissors, Loraine is keeping the garment spread out conveniently and Josie oversees.

The team, Marion, Lorraine, Josie, Lynette, Kay, and Janice commenced work at 9.00am, and with a short break for lunch was the first team finished.

The team proudly showing the jersey.

And a close up of the completed jersey.

Well done ladies.

I just loved the display by the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association. Here is our Pyillis surrounded by some of her pieces of work. Love the blanket.

AND, the array of traders in the Merchants Mall was amazing. wonderful yarn, beautiful yarn, carded fleece, books, wool crafters treats… you name it, it was here. A small selection of the traders…