Saturday, June 29, 2013

knitting - knotting - knutting - whatever


but flowers first - seen at the Gordon Street Garage where we went for a meal. Interesting concept for a restaurant in a huge garage.


and some daffodils - far too early for bulbs. And too dark but it was dark.

We have been spoilt again - not only do we have Ace Pizza - our favourite new eating house - but last night we went to Solomon on Beaufort Street - holistic food and organic etc. Lovely staff - so friendly and the food was wonderful. The guy was proudly showing us his handiwork - he made all the tables. Ian gave him a lesson on salt having been reading Jarrod Diamond and wanting to share.

 Everyone is busy talking about and suddenly 'knitting' this week. All because, I suspect, Julia Gillard has been in Women's Weekly. I don't usually do political on my blog but I will say that the vitriol has been disgraceful - politics is one thing but the attacks are quite another. I thought Julia's defeat speech after all those knives was excellent. Personally I would wish her well. The rest will carry on in the bad news stake. The only thing I really would like to see is Malcolm Turnbull doing something.

Anyway back to the knitting - I have been knitting since I emerged from the womb - pretty sure I was born with a pair of knitting needles and my boys will verify that they had almost every knitted garment from the Mon Tricot knit books from baby to about 6 - then we came to Perth and it was far too hot - also it became too expensive and there were much cheaper options. But I have still knitted since whenever. I thrive on a challenge and my claim to fame was the pale green jersey I knitted at boarding school after hours (we went to bed early) in the dark all in 3 cable and not a dropped stitch. Every summer when we drove across OZ towing yachts for sailing I knitted up some garment on the way over and another on the way back.

Nowadays I like to knit little things - using ends and embroidery threads - I have little and big knitting needles all over the place but little knitting is great when worked into your other work. That strip above was felted into some felt.




One of my favourite sort of knitting - big needles rayon embroidery thread to be worked onto a background and burnt. This is going to be a journal cover cover. Before too long.


Little knitting attached to felted pieces and linking them up - never go anywhere without my plastic container full of themed stuff and a few little needles inside - every now and then I have to buy a new set.

And another patched knitting - great texture when you mix and match turned into a bag on the embellisher.

Been busy this week as always - I am chasing my tail to get my piece finished for the WAFTA exhibition - tomorrow is the deadline and hand stitch sure takes some time and there is a lot of time placing hanging looking and thinking. No good while watching rugby though - need to concentrate. Sadly Ian's team beat my team yesterday but it was very exciting game.

I have written two blog entries on the threads.In-fusion blog http://threadsinfusion.blogspot.com.au/ which people might like to peruse and I am just putting the touches on my playings for my Dale's Delight newsletter. This is to go to all the subscribers to the e-mag in the in-between months. Lots of lovely comments about the e-mag and the free pdf I produced.  Never too late to subscribe http://www.thethreadstudio.com/catalogue/infusion/text.htm  The other very interesting thing we have received this week are the Porcupine Quills http://www.thethreadstudio.com/catalogue/embellish/quills/text.htm - have a peep....

Nearly July - yikes - I am going to try to blog more often - May was good but June I was hopeless. Plenty of ideas in the head and on the surface though.

4 comments:

Heather said...

Love the little knitted pieces and ideas for using them. I have tried embellishing knitting and was pleased with the results. Just off to check the new Infusion blog entries.

Penny said...

Perhaps this the inspiration I need at the moment, just need to get my act together, didnt think the pain would be so constant, silly me.
Brain feels pretty fuzzy but small bits of knitting surely I can do.

liniecat said...

smashing ornamental cabbages!
great ideas for knitty bits too.
Interesting porcupine quills! Will you do mixed colours in one bag do you think? cant afford all and postage to Uk too lol but they are very interesting!

Ann said...

Wow to the porcupine quills! What great colours. Just out of curiosity are they made in Oz?
Love your little knitting pieces. I am a nearly hopeless knitter & this would be a good way for me to use the 'holey' & misshapen pieces. I'll just felt add them to textile pieces.

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