Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
So what's a knitter to do when she's home from work in a heatwave?
Lots of icord.
Here TOF's nameless childhood teddy models Garbo Garnets made from scraps of 4ply maroon wool left over from a matinee jacket and booties set.
I bought the yarn in a HUGE bag of industrial leftovers from Marrickville Reverse Garbage 12 or more years ago.
The buttons on the necklace came from a shirt I picked up from the free bins at the Green Shed recently. The button on the bracelet is from button stash.
The yarn weighed 6 grams and there are 3 grams left, so more bangles may be in order. The necklace is 57cm long, the bangle 19cm long. Both are finished with a button loop.
This necklace, Noose, is from scraps of Woollen Rabbit Pandora (Wool/bamboo/nylon blend) in the colourway Robin's Nest. The button is from my mother's stash. Originally I had planned to embellish this all the way around with pearl buttons, but I really like it this way. It will look great against my predominantly black wardrobe or over a white shirt. The sheen on this yarn is delicious.
The necklace measures 240cm and also has a button loop. The yarn is left over from a shawlette that is currently blocking and there are still 9g of it left. I think I will make another pair of Saartjes booties from it - this yarn doesn't feel like it wants to be bangles.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Monday, January 13, 2014
I am not at work this week.
There is a LONG list of tasks, domestic and creative, to accomplish.
One thing on that list is both a task itself, and a task that will help me accomplish the other tasks.
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Monday, January 06, 2014
This year will be all about celebrating the stash. Or rather the stashes.
The yarn stash is, despite much pruning before we moved last July, vast. It deserves to be enjoyed, not just in the having but in the creating. .
The fabric and sewing stash has enjoyed a bit of growth in the last few years. Mum's stash came in for a start. I am blessed with fabrics, threads, notions and buttons and continue to rescue them from landfill faster than I can use them. Time to get creative. I've made a start in the last few months, but I want to really revel in this stuff.
Fibre. I have an abundance of raw and processed fibre that should get more attention. Spinning has been off the agenda for some years but I hope to make up for lost time when the weather cools a little.
I'm not saying I won't add to stash, that would be foolish and self-defeating, but I will play with my pretties before adding more.
Image courtesy Surachai, FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Once upon a time I was a big reader, voracious even. A couple of books a week was a slow week.
Since returning to Canberra 10 years ago, though, there just hasn't been the brainspace for reading much.
Mid 2012 I joined Goodreads and attempted reading through a couple of lists of the best Australian and New Zealand fiction. It didn't "take" as well I had hoped in that I didn't build a new habit of reading regularly, but I did read and I discovered some truly enjoyable new-to-me authors.
My renewed desire to read also coincided with the development of the Stella Prize and an unprecedented level of public misogyny in our literary, political and social world. I read the Australian Women Writers Challenge blog and cheered Carrie Tiffany when she won the inaugural Stella Prize with Mateship with Birds.
So this year I am taking a very small plunge and taking up the AWW Challenge at Stella level, to encourage me to read and to support Australian women writers.
I commit to reading 4 Australian Women Authors this year. I will not be reviewing them. I reckon this is do-able. Of the 10 books read in 2013, 6 were by Australian women so perhaps not much of a challenge, but this is not about setting myself up to fail, it is about ensuring that good things are done. So 4 is my minimum goal.
Of course I am not starting well. My first book for 2014 is Booker Prize winner The Luminaries, by New Zealand author, Eleanor Catton.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Christmas baking began this weekend Chez Taph and TOF.
cross posted from I Op Therefore I am Canberra.
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