Friday, 29 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Monday, 25 August 2008
Friday night was at the house with friends and a wonderfully cooked Sri Lankan meal. Saturday morning was spent over at Churchill Island's Farmers Market. This was fun, sampling and purchasing wine, cheese, olives, bread......a lucky coincidence and a very pleasant way to spend the morning.
The afternoon was spent at the conference centre, catching up with friends, and attending a workshop creating beautiful yarns with a tutor who is extremely experienced and knowledgeable and gentle with those that were experiencing these techniques for the first time. It's interesting that in the hands of a good teacher, I managed to learn some new things, including a new yarn. Wouldn't it be sad to get to a point where you thought you'd learnt everything about a topic. I hope I never get there. Conference dinner, then home for supper and a very late night!
Sunday was a visit to Churchill Island, the animals showing off to the best advantage.
Surprising little spinning and knitting was done....but much discussion was had with ideas, information, fun and family tales providing a much needed spirit raiser. So much to do.....
All in all, worth doing again.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Sunday, 17 August 2008
My oldest son (17) is obviously feeling the cold at the moment and put in a request for some gloves. Could I make them for tomorrow?....no, but I'll do them on the weekend.
He didn't want fingers as he wants to wear them in class and even short fingers can be awkward, so we modified the pattern, kept the thumb, left off the fingers. Did both of them yesterday, met with approval and we're all happy.
It did mean that I had to find this very safe and reliable pattern book. I don't know how many times I've used this book for measurements, patterns...just the basics. I even lost it for awhile and HAD to buy another before I eventually found it.
It is a bit dated, but what the heck!
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Saturday, 9 August 2008
Friday, 8 August 2008
As you can see, the left is the heated with strong bits of colour, fairly well defined, the right skein is the solar dyed, the colours have mixed in alot so it is uniform and 'muddy'.
I did not expect this as I had done the two skeins at exactly the same time with what I thought were similarities in both technique and dye quantities. However, it was not a scientific test, and this result suggests that I should do another lot!
I have some commercial yarn, crying out for change in colour, I'll just have to sacrifice that to the cause!
Using the heat of the oven after cooking and turned off, what a good idea, though that does suggest I cook! Further suggestions for 'free' heat are gratefully received.
Thursday, 7 August 2008
I am, however, very pleased with what I have submitted. I had been worried that I haven't been doing as much sculpture over the last year as I've concentrated on the 9x5 market and other retail opportunities, and that, as a result, my work wouldn't be strong. This is probably one of my best resolved pieces with the ideas coming together and the construction falling into place as well. And it is alot better submission than I put in two years ago.
I do need to keep working on this, I do want to finish, so I have something available if other opportunities arise. And I wait for the 22nd August, when the final 40 are announced.