Posts Tagged ‘Scarf’

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The Weeks are Flying …

August 8, 2013

Today is a catchup day after a really hectic month of work … social and crafting activities.
There is still much to be done … but it can wait …

However, I really wanted to share this amazingingly gorgeous scarf that my friend Jan has just completed … crocheted from beautiful mercerised cotton on a 1.5mm crochet hook if my memory serves me … what a work of art … what a labour of love.  So impressive … and the colours just work beautifully don’t you think?  Brilliant work Jan …

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Jan's crochet scarf

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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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2013 Scarf Festival : National Wool Museum

December 10, 2012
Excitement abounds : the 2013 Scarf Festival theme has been announced by the National Wool Museum in Geelong (Victoria, Australia).

Home…

What does home mean to you?  How will you say it in a scarf?

For 2013 the National Wool Museum invites scarf makers from across the globe to answer a most heartfelt question – what is home? Whatever it means to you, however you define it, shape it and live it, this is your opportunity to create a scarf that explains, explores and explodes the myths and realities of what it means to belong.

So, pull up a comfy chair, make yourself a nice cup of tea, hop online and visit our home page for more information about how you can get your feet under the table and join in one of Australia’s most exhilarating textile competitions.

For those of you into creating beautiful textiles : felt, sew, knit, crochet, mixed media …. this is an opportunity to showcase your talents.

Visit the website for all the details on how to enter.

Love it.

The image below is from the 2012 Scarf Festival

2013 Scarf Festival Theme Announced

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2012 Scarf Festival

July 8, 2012

The Journey is the theme of this years scarf festival …. Inspired by day trips, happy holidays and special sojourns. It’s on at the National Wool Museum until September in Geelong Victoria … And always worth a visit and so inspirational … always filled with such incredible talent, wit and fun. I will be going along just as soon as I get the opportunity. This is one of the entries from this year’s festival … I apologise for not having any details … I took this shot from the Festival website

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Works in Progress

June 23, 2012

I always have something on the go.  I don’t feel like it’s a compulsion to knit although others may disagree … but even when I am “not knitting” as in having a little knitting hiatus and maybe a little more focused on one of my other loves like … reading (which I do a lot), I tend to still have a project running that I can pick up and continue on with which doesn’t really need me to rejig my brain each time.  Unfortunately it’s really difficult for me to read and knit at the same time … not like knitting and watching television which most knitters can do with varying degrees of success.

So where was I … oh yes … always have something on the go.  My “on the go” project at the moment is a large shawl … knitted entirely in garter stitch from yarn scraps (I could quite easily call it the destash shawl).  It’s around 1 metre wide and when finished it will be approx 2 metres long.  And it is nearly finished.  Knitted in blacks/whites and shades thereof (the colours of my team) it is really like a rag rug and will be so warm to wear.  It’s been hanging around for some time and really I have made specifically to keep me warm at the football on cold winter afternoons. The thing is … I have around 20 cm to knit and we have football tonight and it’s really cold in Melbourne at the moment and I really want to take it with me … so you can guess what my focus will be today.  I will let you know whether it got finished or not.  And then … free to knit squares for Glastonbury or work on one of the other myriad of projects I have on the go.

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Postscript : The blanket was finished … got taken to the football and kept me warm and toasty all evening as I watched the mighty Magpies hang on by a thread to win by 3 points … Yay!!!

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Pom Pom Boa Extravaganza

May 22, 2011

I have had a busy couple of weeks work wise and finishing off some projects …  our knitting group entry into the scarf festival … was brilliant (as least it looks brilliant) – can’t be entirely sure if it’s wearable.  My weekly freeform knitting classes are coming along nicely – the women are starting to be a little more adventurous which is wonderful.  I am planning a couple more Crochet Coral workshops before the Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show in August.  But my next project is a little yarn bombing adventure.  Watch this space.

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Dear Blog … I Feel You’ve Been Neglected

March 25, 2011

Sometimes, life just gets in the way of blogging and that’s how it’s felt for me over the last couple of weeks. I have not done nearly enough knitting because firstly, someone introduced me to WORDS WITH FRIENDS.  If you are not familiar with WORDS WITH FRIENDS – it’s basically online scrabble.  Oh dear!!!!  And secondly.  I have started another blog – SCARF365 which is basically about scarves I covet, love or have loved.  I am a bit of a scarfaholic – plus I work for a scarf importer which feeds my addiction constantly.  I just love all things scarf … and this blog is not necessarily the right vehicle for sharing my love with you.  So – in order to feed my obsession … I am blogging about scarves that I deem to be special in some way, every (well almost) day for the next 365 days.  Some of them will be from where I work because they truly make the most amazing scarves in the world … and some are borrowed from other places (including my own stash).  Some are available for purchase (not through me – but if they are available – I generally note that on the post).  I should declare I have no monetary interest in any of the scarves I pick … but I do have a love interest.  mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!

This tasty little morsel – which features on my new blog is from the Pink Project coordinated by freeform knitting guru Prudence Mapstone.