Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Round up

Just a couple a pics, the Kotare blanket
 and a 100gm skein of corriedale yarn.  I meant to produce a 4 ply but ended up with double knit when it was wet finished.
This will be the last post until the end of October when I'll tell you all about my travels.  See you then.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Always the bridesmaid!

Had a very enjoyable day in Hamilton on Wednesday before going to the Opening of the Creative Fibre Experience.  It started with drinks and nibbles and lots of hugs of people I only get to see irregularly and then the prize giving.  I received a merit for the merino shibori scarf, 'Kaimai'.  The certificate was presented by the selector, Jane Siddell, and she said to me it was such a hard choice between the winner and two merits.  Its interesting that the other two prize entries was a handspun knitted baby shawl which was beautiful and a felted scarf which was very striking.

Then we were allowed to go in to the gallery to see the exhibition.  I was so intent on seeing everything before the two hour trip home I forgot to take a single photo.

As I moved around the exhibition I was looking at the table of exhibits beside where my "Forest Canopy" scarf was hanging I overheard a lady say "Oh I really like this one" so I was very heartened.  My friend Agnes from Fibreholics won the Robyn Hogg colour award and also the top prize, the Creative Fibre Award, for a beautiful wrap with three interleaved threadings.  Another friend, Lyn Walsh, took the Complex Weavers Award with a wrap in deflected double weave.  Thats the one I covet Lyn.  I'll keep trying and maybe one day ...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Where's it gone?

Have been trying to sort stuff out and finish off a few jobs before going away for a months holiday soon.  Not long after getting back I'm going to be teaching a workshop on loom controlled shibori so opened my teaching box and .... where is the sample scarf to show the technique.  Oh bother, that's what I dyed up for the Creative Fibre exhibition.  No problem, I'll thread the loom and weave another.  After all  I didn't really need a cotton sunfrock to wear on Rhodes!

Don't tell any of my students but one of the drafts I had sent off for them to use had never been trialed by me so I've killed two birds with one stone and threaded the loom accordingly.  I'm so glad I did because I keep thinking of "what if's".  Also glad that, for once, I put on enough warp to sample.  I'm off to roll on the warp and weave.