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The Gansey
The Gansey is Finished This was an epic project. Weighing at almost a kilo and worked in 2mm needles (double-pointeds and circular) in a 4ply Alpaca which behaved more like a 3ply, I was more than relieved to get to the end of the cuffs and bind off. There ...
The Gansey is Finished This was an epic project. Weighing at almost a kilo and worked in 2mm needles (double-pointeds and circular) in a 4ply Alpaca which behaved more like a 3ply, I was more than relieved to get to the e...
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A Prisoner of One's Project
The Author Has Stepped Away From Her Chair There's that one project you just can't budge. The one that so tugged and tempted you. That idea that seemed so benign and called to your very soul...that one classic garment you JUST HAD TO MAKE in order to feel c...
The Author Has Stepped Away From Her Chair There's that one project you just can't budge. The one that so tugged and tempted you. That idea that seemed so benign and called to your very soul...that one classic garment...
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Bossy Women
Photo courtesy of PhotoLIBPA For too many years, I have lived in the shadow of bossy women. I am certain there are many of you reading this who understand completely. They arrive in your life in roles of authority -usually over yourself. They appear as teac...
Photo courtesy of PhotoLIBPA For too many years, I have lived in the shadow of bossy women. I am certain there are many of you reading this who understand completely. They arrive in your life in roles of authority...
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What I Did In My Summer...and what happens when you leave a white fleece for too long.
Hand-spun wool and piece of marble GREETINGS Kind people have contacted me recently saying they have enjoyed reading about my world. I liked their thoughtfulness. It certainly boosted my morale. On second reading, maybe there was the hint that they might li...
Hand-spun wool and piece of marble GREETINGS Kind people have contacted me recently saying they have enjoyed reading about my world. I liked their thoughtfulness. It certainly boosted my morale. On second reading, maybe t...
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Letter To Santa 2015
Dear Santa, Hope you have been well. I know you are very busy with very deserving people, mostly children, but I just wanted the chance of getting this letter to you. All the things I asked for in my last letter have mostly been granted...thank you. Peace i...
Dear Santa, Hope you have been well. I know you are very busy with very deserving people, mostly children, but I just wanted the chance of getting this letter to you. All the things I asked for in my last letter have mo...
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This Blog Needs More Laughs....
Only five year-olds can see vacuuming as a fun activity.   Greetings This blog can get a tad boring. It's my intention to have at least one happy blog. Five-year olds are a great source of fun and wonder and those of you who have them around will know EXACT...
Only five year-olds can see vacuuming as a fun activity.  Greetings This blog can get a tad boring. It's my intention to have at least one happy blog. Five-year olds are a great source of fun and wonder and those of you who h...
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Markets
Farmers' Markets are a fickle experience. Each one has its own particular feel. Some are riven by politics and others by snobbery. There is a culture to markets in general and it is split along Produce/Craft lines as well as Town/Country lines. With wool I ...
Farmers' Markets are a fickle experience. Each one has its own particular feel. Some are riven by politics and others by snobbery. There is a culture to markets in general and it is split along Produce/Craft lines as we...
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My Latest Obsession
Chris' Gansey Greetings In my world it would be fair to say that 2014 was My Year of Lace-Knitting. I researched, learned, sample and completed a shawl....A (One) shawl.  Planning for Shawl Well, there was just one shawl but I did a "Prototype Shawl" before...
Chris' Gansey Greetings In my world it would be fair to say that 2014 was My Year of Lace-Knitting. I researched, learned, sample and completed a shawl....A (One) shawl. Planning for Shawl Well, there was just one shaw...
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What I Did Over The Summer
Greetings, This will be a photo essay on my Summer's Work. I completed a long-held dream to spin four fleeces (four colours) and design a pattern for the wool. Here is what I have prepared for an up-coming market.... .....somehow one's wool looks so much be...
Greetings, This will be a photo essay on my Summer's Work. I completed a long-held dream to spin four fleeces (four colours) and design a pattern for the wool. Here is what I have prepared for an up-coming market...
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...all very jolly but a trifle damp....
In Me Little Snapshot Album A holiday technical tip with pictures. Quad paper with 5cm marked square and put through a laminator provides a simple gauge device. Rows and stitches can be checked precisely. Two of these can be made from a regular A4 laminatin...
In Me Little Snapshot Album A holiday technical tip with pictures. Quad paper with 5cm marked square and put through a laminator provides a simple gauge device. Rows and stitches can be checked precisely. Two of these c...
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Arts In The Ville - Intrepid, Brave and Careful.
Sunrise over the Tin Shed in The Ville Arts In Helensville (The Ville) It's a bold step taking a small town Arts Centre from its safe world of children's holiday art programmes and Outsider Art Workshops to a smart new space that invites a wider community o...
Sunrise over the Tin Shed in The Ville Arts In Helensville (The Ville) It's a bold step taking a small town Arts Centre from its safe world of children's holiday art programmes and Outsider Art Workshops to a smart new space ...
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One Woman on a Pursuit of Justice and Perfection.....
Me, St Bride's College, Masterton, NZ 1974     There are those of you out there who understand a life like mine, and it's simply because you lived a similar one. There I am, with new ribbons, and a second-hand and too-big wool blazer. There's a lot of my li...
Me, St Bride's College, Masterton, NZ 1974    There are those of you out there who understand a life like mine, and it's simply because you lived a similar one. There I am, with new ribbons, and a second-hand ...
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