Sunday, March 24, 2019

Midnight Bush Walk blankets

How many ways to love these Midnight Bush Walk blankets.
In Pauanesia shop now.

Friday, March 1, 2019

More Catch Up

Well my thoughts of keeping up to date didn't even get off the ground.  Feel like I've been chasing my tail for months and finally starting to catch up.

I can't remember if some of these projects were recorded in the past so lets run through them.

I still think this is one of the best lace patterns I've come across.  It appears on Pinterest as either a jumper or a jacket but the charts as given need lengthening.  This is knitted in a wool/bamboo mix from Bendigo Wool Mill.  I'm going to enjoy wearing it in late autumn.

A cushion which ended up at Inspirit Gallery.

A run of three twill scarves (actually two scarves and a cowl) now being shown off at Waihi Beach Gallery.

After all the excitement of having the grandchildren stay before Christmas and family staying for Christmas I took some time to play.
These name tapes are diversified plain weave and they work very well as hang tags on tea towels but, of course, take so long to weave they are totally impractical as a sale item.  The horizontal stripes are reed marks which will not wash out but effective anyway.
Then I had a play with Fiberworks software and created a turned echo with lots of transformations.  More to come on that in later posts.

I was commissioned to weave a baby blanket in dusky pinks, white and wine tones.  Cabbie really doesn't want to give it up.

Visits from grandchildren include boogie boarding when the tides right and the other half of the day involves craft.  I had 10cm left to weave when they arrived for their second visit so to keep Miss 5 year old occupied I taught her to knot thread, thread the needle and sew on buttons but then I had to make it into a bag which I noticed she wore on the trip home.

How did that picture of the wild life get there?  Seagulls after some food I'd thrown out.

Puriri blanket commissioned by a friend for her step daughter.  Sometimes the colours really sing.
This Puriri one is in Pauanesia.
On top of all this I thought it a good idea to open my studio with a half price sale.  There's still quite a lot to choose from so if you've seen anything on here and wanted it inquire if its still available. You never know, you might be really lucky.  (No blankets though, I don't keep them here.)
And that's a good step to being caught up.  There are all sorts of things coming up in the next couple of months to keep me away from the looms.  Hopefully I'll be able to share them as we go along.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hello Dear Readers ...

Hello Dear Readers, Its been a while.  Actually longer than you think 'cause I kind of cheated and preloaded a post or two thinking to fool anyone wondering where I was, not realising the joke would be on me and it would be so long before I got to write.

Pete and I took a wonderful trip back to Italy from mid August to mid October; yep two months in all.  We landed in Milan, worked our way down the East coast including Ravenna to see the mosaics which inspired my award winning piece, Arezzo where we attended a joust and Spoletto which I loved. 

We then trained across country through Rome to Salerno south of the Amalfi Coast.  Salerno offered much to see and do but have to say we did not enjoy our day trip via boat to the Amalfi Coast.  Too crowded, ghastly beaches and nothing of interest to us.

We then spent three weeks on Sicily which we thoroughly enjoyed.  Such things as swimming on Ortigia Island, ice cream and wine festival in Palermo, watching Stromboli volcano erupt and more.  A week in Naples was wonderful and four days in Rome was just enough before heading home via Singapore.

I saw one wool shop in Ferrara, the second town we visited, and was told no one does weaving anymore.  Unlike a previous visit to Tuscany I never found another yarn related activity until we were back in Rome where I found a wonderful shop (almost a warehouse) and a 1.25 kilo cone of fine merino may have found its way into my suitcase.

And a man in the seat behind us coughed from Rome to Singapore and, of course, I developed the virus soon after getting home which laid me up for a month.  It left me so lethargic I wouldn't have cared if I touched my loom ever again.  Slowly getting my mojo back thank goodness.  (I'm told a salt nasal spray helps prevent these bugs.)

 My first priority on getting better was blankets for Pauanesia as I heard a rumour they had sold out.  Pohutukawa and Coromandel Seascape were the briefs I had to work on.  These were the very first colourways I did for Pauanesia maybe 15 years ago and they're still popular.
Talk soon ...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Pohutukawa Knit blanket

 What do you do with your thrums?
For the uninitiated thrums are the waste yarn left at the end of every project warp, the 10 to 15 inches of yarn left from cut off point to back rod.
When I weave blankets the warps are all a double knit or 8 ply thickness and I keep tying one warp to the next until I can't get a full 8 metre length on the back beam.  I then take all the waste off the loom and start again.
But what to do with the waste; all lovely had dyed yarn in about 3 metre lengths.  So I keep them in reasonable order and start winding it into a ball tying the next length as I go.  I've probably said before I live about 50 minutes from the nearest city so if Pete is driving that's a lot of knitting time each way to say nothing of sitting outside the "Men" shops, Bunnings, Mitre 10 etc.  I'm not a great traveler but can manage garter stitch without having to look at it.

Aren't the patterns in the lighter strips wonderful - pure fluke.  Each of those strips had 40 stitches, the dark reds had 20 stitches and I think the centre panel had 60 stitches but that wasn't so good for travel especially getting to the end of the 400 rows.  It got heavy and awkward to work.
This organic side with all the knots reminds me of a cloak or korowai.
Now available at Pauanesia shop.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bright scarves

I gave myself a little treat and as sort of "time out" I wove a couple of one off unique scarves in bright colours.  The first one is yellow through reds to a deep wine, woven in crammed and spaced in a 2:1 twill.
This one is available at Waihi Beach Gallery.

A friend popped around to natter and asked to see through my suitcase of work I have here.  She ws very taken with a red scarf but when we went upstairs for coffee she saw this Kotukutuku (Tree Fushia) wrap and her eyes lit up.  That was the one for her.
Its a fun accessory to have as there are several ways to wear this wabi sabi wrap.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Harakeke flower blankets

We decided the Harakeke scarves were such a hit we'd do a run of blankets as well.

And here they are in the window of Pauanesia shop 
along with baskets and baskets of scarves
and many other goodies.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

July Catchup

The month started out with me selecting the Tauranga Creative Fibre exhibition.  Everyone had had two years to work on creations and there were a lot - must have been close to 200 in all mediums.  I think approximately 185 were fabulously displayed.  I was exhausted at the end of the selection day and not happy to be held up in traffic for one hour - not knowing that a power pole had chosen to fall across the road.  No one was hurt but live wires had landed on two cars.

The following week Pahoia Creative Fibre group arranged a day of all things spinning; try new equipment, try new spinning techniques.
 I took my blending board and gave it a workout with some sliver that I've had since Darren was  boy.  Haven't spun it up yet but I will.
Jenny from Inspirit Gallery commissioned me to weave a blanket for one of her customers who related to forest, land and sea.  We agreed on a colour scheme and I dyed the warp threads and the mohair weft and
"Driftwood" was woven.
Mostly I weave three blankets at a time as I do them double layer and due to the thickness of the fabric there is some movement of one layer to the other.  Jenny took a second one for Inspirit Gallery and the third is at Waihi Beach Gallery.
Then I thought it would be a good idea to use up some of the stash and a bag of angora (from the rabbit) seemed like a good bet.  After much winding and dyeing
I was ready to weave on this lovely wine, plum, pink warp
Where the colours change shows the top layer as opposed to the bottom layer.  (Try getting that on the loom in correct order!)
A mohair weft (from the angora goat) gives a particularly soft blanket.  Again one is waiting for its forever home at Inspirit Gallery, the other at Waihi Beach Gallery.

Unfortunately one can hardly see where the warp threads were taken from the bag.  This is what's left.

There has been some knitting when darling daughter asked me to knit this jacket.  The pattern is available on the internet but I wouldn't recommend it.  The fabulous bobbles make the sleeves very heavy and as you can see pull the body sideways thereby shortening the garment.  Fine for someone vertically challenged like me but not my tall daughter.
Didn't realise I had coordinated it with the picture on the wall - Theo Moorman weaving then machine stitched to enhance the shells.
We had occasion to go to Rotorua for a day so took the opportunity for a walk in the Otanewainuku Forest Reserve.  We chose the Summit Track (640 metres above sea level), 1.8km up and 1.6km down on the circular track.  A tower at the top allowed me to look down on the punga trees and way in the distance is Mt Ruapehu.

Winter days.
A bleak day doesn't worry the gulls when there are fish heads around.
This one is for Lynette because she thinks life at the beach is all blue skies and sunshine. xx  It had been raining just prior to this.
More soon.