Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

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Winter in Melbourne

June 24, 2017

The last few months have been a whirlwind of poppies and knitted lace … plus a few pom poms.

This week the gladRappers has installed its amazing wintry lace trees in Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne.  As part of Fed Square’s Winter Solstice Festival, we decorated twenty trees with who knows how many branches, twisty turns and knobbly bits … together with more than 1000 pom poms.  A true winter wonderland.  In the end it was quite a challenging install … around 10 hours … but it all came together beautifully, thanks to a spectacular team of makers and installers.  It’s amazing what you can achieve with a dedicated bunch of people … LOVE YOUR WORK!!!

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OK … I am back!!!

October 7, 2016

Hot on the heels of the fantastic success of our Poppies in both Australia and Europe (and it’s still ongoing here I must admit).  I have a little (a very little) spare time on my hands to declutter.

And …. horror upon horror, I have decided to cull my yarn stash.  This was not a decision made lightly but there is SO much that I have collected over the last 20 years or so and I will NEVER use it … it’s a difficult thing, divesting oneself of one’s lovelies … but it’s got to be done.

So there is MUCH yarn to be sold off tomorrow at Open Drawer’s Destash Market, 1158 Toorak Road, Camberwell.  It is gorgeous … and because much of it is kinda unique yarn … a huge mix of specialty yarns in all the colours of the rainbow … I have separated it into packs suitable for freeform knitting/crochet, scarves, bags, jewellery, general yarn play.  It’s at bargain prices … I must admit to a little hesitation when it came to the really beautiful yarns but … someone somewhere will love it just as much as I do and find a use for it.

So come down to Open Drawer, from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. for a bargain.  There will be a few likeminded souls with lots of other crafty goodness on sale as well, fabrics, notions etc. A veritable feast for the crafters out there.

I have also committed to running a couple of Freeform knitting/crochet classes also at Open Drawer so you can learn to play with your new found yarny deliciousness … on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. … you can do one half day or two half days if you would like.  It will be an enormous amount of fun and a return to teaching for me.  I would love to see you.  You can book here if you would like, or you can book tomorrow at the Destash Market.

You will learn the importance of colour, texture and shape in freeform knitting, together with a range of basic freeform stitches and techniques to create your own freeform fabric plus some techniques for creating a wide range of items including garments, handbags, jewellery, hats and other items.

freeform-handbagsWe will be using small scraps of plain and specialty yarns, freeform knitting is the art of creating and combining small, disparate pieces of knitting and crochet (scrumbles) into a patchwork fabric of colour and texture. Your own unique piece of fibre art.

In this fun filled class, you will learn to let go of commercial patterns, and give your creative expression free reign.

You will need a moderate degree of skill in knitting, crochet (or both) and a willingness to play. You will work at your own skill level and pace in a small group of up to 8.

Hope to see you at Open Drawer tomorrow.

Love and hugs.

Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspired of Glen Iris Here …

August 1, 2014

It is impossible not to be inspired (and a little overwhelmed) by the plethora of extreme crafty talent around the world.  I could waste hours trawling pinterest, following facebook leads and jumping from site to site looking at really stunning works of art (and I sometimes do).  For those of us who get excited and inspired by these things, the internet has opened up a multitude of avenues for googling, ogling, and salivating over incredible artworks.  I am constantly amazed, stimulated and inspired.  No wonder I wake early most days with my head brimming with ideas.  So to share a couple of my recent favourites with you … and I can see what will happen here … you will link onto one or another of these links never to see my post again.  My tastes are eclectic and range from the cutest little bunny softies to the hardcore steampunk knitting at the end of this post.  So lucky to live in the age of the internet.

This one because it’s close to my heart …. nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies planted outside the tower of London … but that’s not the only amazing thing on this site http://www.thisiscolossal.com/

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Flow Like Blood from the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood

Loani Prior … the DOYENNE of tea cosy art https://cosytea.wordpress.com/tag/loani-prior/

Prudence Mapstone … the Queen of freeform http://prudencemapstone.blogspot.com.au/
who inspired me to think outside the knitted square so many years ago and really urged me to think creatively about my craft work

The ladies at Yarn Corner and I expect there will be men in there somewhere too … who decorate our everyday lives with colour and life http://www.yarncorner.com.au/

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What I am calling rightly or wrongly Steampunk Knitting … that is really knitting on the edge, gritty, edgy and very, very sexy.  I love these looks (although the model could use a good feed).  This at the Darker Horse … the Photo is attributed to Caroline Munro (must follow that name)

And Tess Gibersen (must follow that name)

 

 

 

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Happy New Year

January 13, 2014

Christmas came and went … New Years came and went … and now it’s back to work … I really should NOT have blinked.  I am thinking that most of you feel the same.

2014 looks set to bring many wonderful challenges this year and I am feeling very excited about what’s in store.  Poppies will be foremost in my year … no doubt … but there are other projects that I will also be working on including the latest International Freeform Challenge … the theme this year is “one colour” … which was my preferred theme … but now that it’s settled I am starting to realise that one colour is really a difficult theme to interpret.  My sister-in-law Marg and I usually collaborate on this project and we have had our first planning meeting … and settled on a way forward.  You will need to wait now until the challenge is published before we will be allowed to reveal our work … but we are feeling very inspired.

Today was our first Poppy Playtime at Fed Square in Melbourne and we had a great turnout … with lots of poppies to add to the total.  After the workshop … Marg and I walked down to the City Square in Melbourne to have a look at the newly installed Yarn Corner yarnbomb installation  … and were suitably blown away.  Big … nay HUGE congratulations to the Yarn Corner team for an inspiring installation … worth a look if you get the chance to visit in Melbourne.

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It’s Been A While ….

July 11, 2013

Been busy … how ’bout you guys.  So much exciting stuff happening … not to mention the underlying home, family and work stuff that fills all of our days with busyness.

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the 2013 Scarf Festival down at the National Wool Museum in Geelong.  What a treat.  I think it probably is the best Scarf Festival I have been to … and as usual, I was incredibly impressed with the wonderful creativity shown in many of the entries.  I also loved the simple way in which the scarves were displayed … putting the emphasis firmly on the scarves …  simply stunning.  I did, however, have a few favourites.

This piece … which is by Jess Coetzer and is called Encompassed was my standout and I voted for it in the People’s Choice Awards … a stunning wrap made from woven plastic tubing … SO clever it just took my breath away.

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There were however, some incredible knitted, crocheted, felted, sewn, folded and otherwise assembled pieces … the photographs will tell the story … I did not get the creators names.  I wonder if my photos do it justice.  These are some of the more “outside the square” pieces … there were however many beautiful traditional scarves.

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And there was a whole section devoted to primary school students … they were very cute.

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So, do yourself a favour if you live in Melbourne (or even if you don’t) … put the National Wool Museum Scarf Festival on your must do list.  It’s on until 25 August … I guarantee you won’t be sorry.

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Really loving this Rowan Lima yarn …

May 19, 2013

I am knitting number one (and only) son a jumper (that’s Australian English for sweater)  at his request.  Surprised me really that he would want or wear a handknitted jumper.  But I promised and so now it’s underway … but … he has quite sensitive skin and so only the very softest yarns would work for him.  That’s where this absolutely delicious Rowan Lima yarn comes in … 84 percent baby alpaca, 8 percent merino wool and 8 percent nylon.  It is sooooo soft and so lovely to knit up and I am really enjoying it.  The pattern is a freebie on the Rowan website called Smisby by Marie Wallin.  It has a quite simple fairisle yoke and the fabulous star stitch pattern for the body … which I have knitted before with various yarns and loved … but with this yarn it knits up much softer.  I will share more pics when I have knitted more.

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Freeform Knitting : Prudence Mapstone

March 17, 2013

If you are a freeform knitter/crocheter … then you would surely know of Prudence Mapstone.  She is the Doyenne of freeform and I have posted about her before.  Her colour work (not to mention her knowledge of stitchery) is simply mind bogglingly beautiful, creative, so so so clever and really at the very top of the freeform tree.  It was Prudence who introduced me to freeform many years ago … and when I think back on it now … I remember how lucky I was to be able to spend a weekend workshop with only two other participants with Prudence in Hobart in the very early days.  What brings me to this reminiscing … I was just looking at Prudence’s blog which I haven’t for some time and notice that all of her books and patterns are now available for download … including her very famous book Serendipitous Design Techniques for Knitting & Crochet 2nd Edition  It’s worth a visit and perhaps a little indulgence me thinks.  I have all of her books … but this book is certainly by far the best book on Freeform that I have seen.   Enjoy the images below from Prudence’s work or do yourself a huge favour and go to her gallery and look at her work there.  Amazing!!!

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