In a little fishing village in Ecuador I sit and make sweet music in my studio. My studio is full of all day light and a wonderful view out across the Pacific Ocean. Through the sliding doors I can escape onto the small balcony and gaze across to the horizon far away watching the fishing boats on their voyage out to the deeper waters or see the pelicans soar back and for fishing for sardines in the shallower water.
From the hub of the room (my computer) backgammon and breakfast starts the morning, eating home-made flat bread out of 5 different flours, none of them wheat, and covered with peanut butter, tomato, sprouts and onion. Now tell me what dreams are made off. I also wash it down with freshly made coffee and listen to the see while I hopefully win my game and dont drop all the food on my clean clothes!
My central table, just acquired for my latest class, sits waiting for my students today who want to learn to draw, tomorrow I have a sewing group that comes for the morning where we make items for the orphange children.
On my last trip to New Zealand I bought home many of my dolls and here they hang (sorry girls) from the air-conditioning cord. When you push their head they say 4 different phrases each. Under my Japanese doll I have my calligraphy painting box, well two actually.
I often spend some time in here at night but will have to get a better light as it is not bright enough by far.
My grandfather had these drawers and I remember them very well as a child, they house my pencils, carving tools and two little hammers that my Dad and I used when I was a girl, they are very dear to me.
This fun piece was made from a magazine and measures about 2 feet across and fell off the wall occasionally till I fixed it with gaffa tape.
It appears that patterns need to be made more easy to understand. For a person who does not know what all the different words or symbols mean it can be a mine field and quite frightening. I wonder how many people have taken one look at a pattern and said, “NO!”
It is because of this that I am endeavouring to do patterns in a long format, which means that I put alot into words that people understand, or english. This extends a pattern to a long 9 pages, but if that means that one can understand, then I think that it is a good thing and certainly great for the knitter.
With this in mind, I have started to write my patterns with boxes at the end of rows so thatthe knitter can tick the box when the row is completed, this way you always know where you are in the pattern. All the words are simple and with instructions for each item, and tables that show the instructions in a easy format, still with the boxes to check off.
I would be interested if there are any people who find certain parts of a pattern hard to understand so that these also can be added into our list of fixing. Horrah I hear you all shouting, scanning the latest magazine trying to find what you want to change. You did? Great send it to me or make a comment here I would LOVE to hear what they are.
Visiting the USA has been a wonderful and exciting time this year, ending with a Wool Fiesta at Taos where many grows of yarn accumulated to sell their fare. People bustled everywhere in a large frenzie of buying magical yarn that dripped from every crevise in colourful display.
Mohair, Angora, Bison, Llama, Merino – what a feast of delight for the avid knitter. It was hard to decide which was the best to pluck from the tree of pleasure every stall had to offer.
Then for the non knitters there were wonderful garments already made to tempt the unguarded. One that comes to mind was the Shawls made by Russian women that were so fine that the word candy floss came to mind. All hand knitted in yarn that would have taken hours of work in the most beautiful lace patterns that made you just want to touch. Truely magnificent masterpieces each one. I found 2 batches of yarn here, both merino and lace in lace weight to add to my stash and stowed carefull in my paper bag, I hurried out to sit and run my hand over and over it, designs rushing through my head with the feel of it.
Been at Auckland Fashion Week this week with my garments and patters … it has all the glitz of the overseas hype with many lovely garments being shown on the catwalk. Glamour is everywhere and buyer rush from one stand to another to purchase goods displayed for the next season by the designers.