Monday, May 12, 2008

Who says you can't fight city hall?

A friend of mine is fond of saying "You might not be able to fight city hall, but sometimes you can shit on the step and run away."

When I was a little girl, maybe about 8 or 10 years old, Dad's idea of spending quality time with his eldest child was to take me to Question Time at Parliament House. I quite liked go but deeply resented the regulation at Old Parliament House that wouldn't let knitting in the public galleries. The reason given was that it annoyed the politicians and distracted them from debate. My opinion - my KIPing might have disturbed their kipping!

Today a fellow Raveler, librarian and vintage knitting pattern enthusiast took me on a private tour of some of the less public areas of new Parliament House and then into both chambers after a lunchtime pattern swap.

Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah - I win. I got picutres of my latest WIP (and yes, the use of that term in this context makes me giggle) in both galleries. Take that stupid regulations!

DW scarf in the House of Reprepresentatives

DW scarf in the Senate

Also got to go into the Budget lockup just hours before all the journos but didn't take a picture. Just imagine the scarf draped artfully over banks of computers in a large airless room.
The scarf is Jo Sharp's "Twisted Scarf" from Knit issue 2 in Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Kid Mohair (frugalled by TSS for $2, worth about $52.50) in a not quite smokey, not quite teal blue. Divine and all for me!


TinkingBell said...

hahahahaha - serves them right - pity you couldn't make a polly hold it!

kms said...

yeah, stick it to 'em! your knitting is possibly the most productive and useful thing ever to set foot inside those halls. apart from yourself of course :)

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

You should have carved your initials somewhere with a knitting needles, or written TAPH WAS HERE.

Hmmm a little too over the top perhaps ????

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Kate said...

I saw the celebrations on the idiot box the other night. I treally is a lovely building and so beautifully thought out. I love it's colour schemes and stories. I think that if there was ever a scarf/sock knitted there by a parliamentary staffer, it would have to be knitted in green and red!

PS - last comment mine but under H.I.'s sign on. We really need to remember to sign off!

Donna Lee said...

I love the colors of the rooms! Who could get any work done in a room saturated with so much color. How cool is that? And your scarf looks quite at home there.