Kasey’s Birthday

WOW – my grandson Kasey, who lives with me permanently, turns 11 tomorrow (17th August)!

Going out to dinner tonight for his birthday – having dinner at Sonia & Nick’s place with them, the girls, Kasey and Scotty. Should be a good night.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KASEY!!

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Knit, Purl & Hook

I am, over the next little while, going to transfer all my crafting stuff to a new blog called Knit, Purl & Hook which coincides with my Facebook page of the same name. Primarily I set up the Facebook page so that it was easier to get information, ideas and other stuff to the girls I craft with at Gonville Knitting Group each Wednesday morning.

I will update this post when the stuff has all been transferred.

On the Night Stand This Week…

I’m reading a book called The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah at the moment. It is the August book of the month for the Gonville Café Library’s Thursday book club. I’m finding it hard to get into it though. Probably because I have too many other things hanging about in my head and too much other crafting work to be done at the moment, what with the tea cosy orders following our exhibition at the end of last month. This has surprised me really because I love historical fiction and this is just that.

Set in Paris and surrounding areas at the start of World War 2 – the story is about two sisters, one who lives in the city with her father, and the other who lives in the country with her husband and family. When war breaks out, the younger sister is sent to the country side to help her sister after the husband goes off to war. As time goes by, the two girls find their relationship strained by the rigors of war and the changes that they are forced to endure in their lives because of the war and its consequences. The find themselves confronted by all manner of unspeakable horrors at the hands of the enemy. They find themselves taking different paths and dealing with their lives in very different ways. A story of bravery, resistance, love and war.

I’ll get back to you on my star rating when I finally get finished reading it…

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And The Winner Is

Guess who won the People’s Choice Award at the Gonville Knitting Group’s Tea Cosy Exhibition held last week?

….Drum Roll Please……………………….

ME!!!!! With my Strawberries & Cream with Marshmallows cosy.  Thanks to Kelly Scarrow, to Garney Spooner Woolshop for part of my prize, and to Spoilt Nails & Beauty for the other part of my prize. And above all thanks to the visitors to the exhibition who voted. And to my friend Pauline Gillum who I beat by just one point, my congratulations on getting second place with your gorgeous little ladybird cosy.

Two of my creations on this stand - Strawberries & cream with Marshmallows; and Korowai

Two of my creations on this stand – Strawberries & cream with Marshmallows; and Korowai

Pauline's Ladybird, one of Muriel's creations (the striped one), and a gorgeous elephant

Pauline’s Ladybird, one of Muriel’s creations (the striped one), and a gorgeous elephant

The Tea Cozy Project Exhibition 2015

Here are the photos of the setting up of our exhibition just before the official opening on Thursday 23rd July …

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More teapot discussion

More teapot discussion

Kelly and the girls discussing pricing

Kelly and the girls discussing pricing

Kelly and Shirley discussing teacosies

Kelly and Shirley discussing teacosies

More discussion between Kelly and Shirley about teapots to fit under tea cosies this time.

More discussion between Kelly and Shirley about teapots to fit under tea cosies this time.

More pricing discussion

More pricing discussion

That's Kelly Scarrow on the left and me on the right

That’s Kelly Scarrow on the left and me on the right

Some of those held back so we could fit the food on the end table!!

Some of those held back so we could fit the food on the end table!!

Waiting for and empty space

Waiting for and empty space

Gabrielle displays a lovely teapot and cosy

Gabrielle displays a lovely teapot and cosy

Yours truly with my own creation called Gizmo

Yours truly with my own creation called Gizmo

Pour that tea Shirley

Pour that tea Shirley

Shirley Nicol showing one of the creations on display

Shirley Nicol showing one of the creations on display

Shirley and Gabrielle checking over some items

Shirley and Gabrielle checking over some items

tea cosies on display

tea cosies on display

the kai table and the teapot artwork done by the Community group for us

the kai table and the teapot artwork done by the Community group for us

Two of my creations on this stand - Strawberries & cream with Marshmallows; and Korowai

Two of my creations on this stand – Strawberries & cream with Marshmallows; and Korowai

More cosies

More cosies

Two more of mine - Picasso and Christmas Cheer, with Pauline's Mini Mouse

Two more of mine – Picasso and Christmas Cheer, with Pauline’s Mini Mouse

My Picasso

My Picasso

The front window of the Gallery - there are two of mine on the table and another on the stand to the right

The front window of the Gallery – there are two of mine on the table and another on the stand to the right

Pauline's Ladybird, one of Muriel's creations (the striped one), and a gorgeous elephant

Pauline’s Ladybird, one of Muriel’s creations (the striped one), and a gorgeous elephant

Two of mine and a couple of others. My most normal one at the front on the left, and my freeform creation on the left of the right hand side cube

Two of mine and a couple of others. My most normal one at the front on the left, and my freeform creation on the left of the right hand side cube

A variety of cosies including my Café Blanche Duvetuese - that's the orange on with the white fluff on it

A variety of cosies including my Café Blanche Duvetuese – that’s the orange on with the white fluff on it, and the one with the flowers on it is my Remembrance cosy

my wonderful ex-daughter-in-law Sonia made the Gnome - her 2 year old called in Gnomio.

my wonderful ex-daughter-in-law Sonia made the Gnome – her 2 year old called in Gnomio.

Mel Todd's orange and green stripy cosy and a gorgeous fairisle one done by one of our newer members.

Mel Todd’s orange and green stripy cosy and a gorgeous fairisle one done by one of our newer members.

A hand sewn padded cosy for a larger pot and a couple of knitted ones.

A hand sewn padded cosy for a larger pot and a couple of knitted ones.

Kathy's green one with a black bow, my Gizmo and another

Kathy’s green one with a black bow, my Gizmo and another

a view of some of the cosies made by some of our newer members

a view of some of the cosies made by some of our newer members

Of the five on this table, three are mine - at the front is Hogwarts (the sorting hat with Harry's wand and his pet owl Hedwig, with his Gryffendor scarf around the spout opening); the purple coffee pot cosy is called Purple Haze, and the odd looking creation is my Loco Sombrero.

Of the five on this table, three are mine – at the front is Hogwarts (the sorting hat with Harry’s wand and his pet owl Hedwig, with his Gryffendor scarf around the spout opening); the purple coffee pot cosy is called Purple Haze, and the odd looking creation is my Loco Sombrero.

the front window table bearing Pauline's Minion cosy, my Snail, my take on Loani Prior's Coral Fantasy, my Aladdin's Fez and a couple of others

the front window table bearing Pauline’s Minion cosy, my Snail, my take on Loani Prior’s Coral Fantasy, my Aladdin’s Fez and a couple of others

The Tea Cosy Project Is Open At Last!!

And so it began…. Thursday afternoon we gathered at Gallery on Guyton for the official opening of the Tea Cosy Project Exhibitions.  Most of the knitting ladies and our token gent were present for tea and kai (that’s Maori for food for those who don’t know).

The local paper – The Whanganui Chronicle was present as was the report from the Mid-Week to take photos and get their pieces of news.

One of the older ladies in our group summed the variety of tea cosies available at the exhibition perfectly – “If you can’t find a tea cosy here to take your fancy, you don’t want a tea cosy!”  And Muriel is right – there is everything from the straight laced, sane and normal type nanna tea cosies to the weird and wonderful out-there creations that fell off my hooks. A little something for everyone. With over 80 to choose from I am sure our visitors will not be disappointed. The exhibition runs until Friday 31st July (except for Sunday 26th) and we are open from 10am – 4 pm. Come in and say hi.

Below are the newspaper shots and the story from the Chronicle this morning.

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