Monday, July 28, 2014

Tangerine Dream

I entered Tangerine Dream in Creative Fibre Experience exhibition and it has been accepted.  Whew!
16/2 cotton, 48 epi, weft 2 x 16/2 threads.
A networked warp based on a three end initial with 3 echoes.  That is 4 warp lines each a different colour, blue, green, orange, yellow.  I should probably have used two different colours in the weft but I don't have a great selection of cotton so I used the same blue and orange as in the warp.
Click on the pics for a clearer look.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yes, more blankets

More blankets, this time kingfisher (kotare) one with a blue weft and one turquoise, have been delivered to Inspirit Gallery

 And the next one on the loom is wonderful shades of red, deep and moody.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Computer on the blink again

Its been a while and, as my computer is on the blink again, it might be longer yet!  That's the computer that drives my loom - sniff, sniff.  I just put a 16/2 cotton warp on, 1008 threads.  As I walk past I smile and say 'you are pretty'.  Not that I don't have a backload of blankets on order to keep me busy.

Last week I presented my workshop "Knitting Our Unique Yarns" to a group of ladies from the Pahoia Spinners and Weavers club.  It went well (I think) with some positive comments.  I figure that if the students are entertained for a morning and enthused to pick up their needles and cast a project on its worth it.  I asked the ladies to fill in a short questionnaire at the end and they gave me some excellent feedback which I'm happy to take on board.  The last question was 'should I give up tutoring' and they all said no so there we are.  One dear lady rang me in the evening to say how much she enjoyed her morning which I appreciated.

I sent my work off to the Creative Fibre Experience exhibition but can't show photos until after selection.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

This weeks creations

 Ebony and kiekie blankets for Pauanesia.
 There is a national exhibition, Creative Fibre Experience, coming up very fast and I thought I should make an entry as I was a selector last year.  Well ...  I've decided I shouldn't try so hard to make something special for exhibition but to make what I love and set it aside when it excites me.
A few weeks ago I acquired a box of 16/2 cotton thread from a friend and the colours spoke to me.  Here it is still on the loom trying a new weave from "Echo and Iris".  More information when it is finished and been through the wet bath.
 Earlier in the year I bought two lots of sliver from "fibre2go" at the Majacraft Camp in Rotorua.  It has been spun and knitted.  The slivers were called "Jewels" and "Purples" and the pattern is by Stephen West called Metalouse free from Knitty Winter 2012.  I have a real thing for slip stitch knit patterns at present.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Blankets, blankets, blankets

Two sitting in Auckland parcel depot,
two on the loom,
two waiting their turn on the loom,
and one more.
Here's a hint.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rinda's jacket and other knitting

Rinda's jacket, or thingie, thick and warm .... acrylic. 
Another one off the eternal list
and she immediately wore it on the plane to Wellington.
A hit!
 Zoe's lace jumper fits a treat
as does Jack's Grandad jacket both made longer than the patterns.
When Jack opened the parcel he informed me he doesn't wear green, only blue!
A 3.5 year old with confidence.  May it last.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Recent trip to Taupo

A couple of weeks ago Pete and I took a few days off to drive to Taupo Lake going down the west arm to Tukaano the first night.
 Lake Taupo from the south end.
 Doesn't Ruapehu look glorious.
As we left Tukaanu to head to Taupo we decided to see what the Pillars of Hercules to the south of the lake were.   I was reading the map and just as Pete finished passing a truck trailor unit I said turn left.  We missed that turn and decided it would be too embarrassing to pull over directly in front of the truck so we kept driving, by now a good way up Desert Road.  Our excuse to stop was me jumping out of the car with camera when we saw Ruapehu.  With face saved we could U-turn and head back to Pillars of Hercules.  Turns out one had to stand in the middle of a longish swing bridge and look down into a ravine to see the Pillars, neither thing of which I do so told Pete to take a photo.

While exploring Taupo we checked out the SPA Hotel.
What a sad sorry state of repair this wonderful piece of NZ history is in.
(Information from Stuff, February 2013) 
"The hotel, one of the country's oldest, was established in 1869 by Edward Lofley.
He was a quartermaster in the armed constabulary which was involved in the hunt for guerrilla leader Te Kooti, whose repeated raids from the Ureweras were a constant threat to European settlement.
Lofley set up a depot for the troops where the hotel now stands - it had a constant supply of hot water for cooking and bathing and a place to corral their horses.
It was the start of what later became Lake Taupo Hot Baths and Sanatorium.
The 7.5-hectare property features a number of heritage buildings including a chapel dating back to the mid-1860s and cottages built in the late 19th century and early 20th."
I understand British soldiers wounded in the Maori wars were sent here to recuperate.  Each unit used to have a soldier's name plaque on it but they have all gone.

Look at that roof collapsing with vines and creepers growing over it.
It was obvious some work had been happening around the buildings some time ago but cans of paint and drop cloths just left where they had been used.
Have to say I shed a tear at the neglect of this country's history.