Sunday, November 30, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Anyone want?

GONE! Full Twin Peaks series on video. I forgot to get out the separate pilot episode for the photo but it's included too. I love, love, love this show. K bought it for me many years ago (a big purchase at the time). I knew about it when it first aired on TV, but I wasn't allowed to stay up late enough to watch it - even though it seemed like everyone at school was watching it. It would have scared me way too much anyway.

I've now replaced it with the DVD edition so can't justify keeping the videos - does anyone local want to take them off my hands? Otherwise they'll go to Lifeline.

And this is another beloved TV series (both seasons) that I've recently replaced with DVDs - Poldark. Ordered in from the UK for me (and a similarly obsessed friend) one video at a time back when K was at Impact Records. If you follow my 'books I've read recently' list in the right-hand sidebar you might have noticed I've been rereading the Winston Graham series lately. He also wrote the book that the Hitchcock movie "Marnie" was based on. Closer to home, my sister was named after one of the characters in Poldark.

Edited to add:
I'm finding more as I go along: there is also:
- the Godfather Box set (3 movies).
- the miniseries of Stephen King's The Stand.
- the movie the Exorcist
- the movie the Abyss
- the movie Lost Highway by David Lynch

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I'm just trying to steer this boat

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This is the knitted man jewellery I was talking about. The pattern is the Herringbone Leather Cuff from Alterknits by Leah Radford. The black one, made for K for his birthday (and completed in one long Friday evening) is knitted from black waxed cotton - a substitute for leather cord. Large quantities of 1mm leather cord are both hard to find, and pretty expensive. I made it slightly narrower than the pattern and added repeats to make it longer as well.
During the Noosa weekend I made another one. The red part is hemp. This time I reduced the width even more to allow for the different gauge. I knew I was a bit short on the hemp and had thought I could try knitting stripes or sections in the black cotton, but the gauge difference spoiled that plan.
Instead I did the crochet edging in the black and used a few extra rows on the ends to make it long enough.
It took a couple of tries to get the crochet looking ok, and it's not perfect but then we know I'm not a perfectionist. I wasn't sure if it was dorky but both K and the recipient's girlfriend approved it before I handed it over.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Koala in the wild

While walking in Noosa National Park we spotted a koala sleeping high in a tree (they're nocturnal). We were surprised to find one so near the path - probably enjoying the ocean breezes.
There is a set of my Noosa photos on Flickr.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It's the end of the weekend, again

Exquisite is now open at Craft Act and goes until 20 December; above is the lot I have put in the exhibition. A couple of items sold during the opening, which is very encouraging. It really is a lovely and varied show with a lot of affordable pieces for Christmas shopping.
And these special-order bright pears were my best attempt at, as requested, a shifting series of colours and as bright as possible. They are intended for someone who is mostly blind but can sometimes see bright colours on a good day. Of course, they're a tactile pleasure (if you like felt) even in the dark.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

full time flirt

I'm back. Noosa was relaxing and beachy.
The photo below was taken from the balcony of our luxurious apartment close to the beach. Yeah we had a pretty good time!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Stars fading but I linger on dear


No doubt I could have more stories to tell about Paris and other parts of the trip, but September is rapidly receding in the distance. (Except that I have a presentation to do at work towards the end of November, argh!) My Paris set of photos can be seen here.

I may have to stop dwelling on the past here soon. There is an awful lot going on in the moment. Just in the past week or so I have: seen Cirque du Soleil's Dralion; started but not finished my tax return; dropped off a big pile of felted pears and bowls to Craft Act for their Exquisite show, which opens Saturday 15/11; suffered through a house inspection; made a pair of very bright pears for a special order; celebrated K's birthday with friends; worked on arrangements to possibly make the largest purchase of our lives; and tomorrow (starting at a time that I do not consider part of the day) we're heading to Noosa for a few days. Oh, and I made knitted jewellery for a man.

Yes. Knitted. Man. Jewellery.

You'll believe it when you see it.