All Things Woolly

Been a bit busy with the hooks and needles over the past couple of weeks and been rather lax on posting in my blog… sorry to my followers for the tardiness but here are the reasons why….

Made myself something for a change – a pair of socks and a top – both knitted.

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My top – Panda Acrylic 8 ply

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My socks –  Happy Feet 3 ply

I also made a couple of gorgeous little cardi’s for my best friend’s brand new twin great nieces – but found out just last night that they are too small- the little girls are growing just so quickly! So they have been saved to go on their first dolls…. how cute.

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And the job that took the longest…… Christmas gifts for my old school friend’s grandkids. Carol contacted me from Oz a couple of months back and asked if I could make a couple of hats for her grandies … Of course I can, says I…. within a very short space of time, the couple of hats grew to be 3 baby jackets (like the ones above) with matching boottess; 4 ninja turtle hats, a minion hat and matching scarf, a boy’s ear flap hat and matching scarf, an owl hat, a ladies slouchie hat in purple, a ladies slouch hat and matching scarf in pinks, and a ladies slouch hat and matching scarf in black and blue which I changed to shades of blue, teal and cream because the black and blue looked awful. When I showed the photo of the finished haul to my friend, her daughter has now ordered another owl hat for herself! I also made a Tunisian crochet neck warmer for my friend as a little present to her. She asked me how she was going to pay me to do the job… You aren’t, I told her… You are going down to Lincraft at Elizabeth (South Australia) and are going to buy me $180 worth or yarn and post it over to me…. About a week later 2 large boxes arrived here in Whanganui (NZ) with … get this…. 7.5 kgs of different coloured/styles/textures yarns inside…. it was like opening presents on Christmas morning… she had chosen just about every colour of the rainbow for me. And this is what I made for her….

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Carol’s Haul

And as well as the above, I have finished just this morning a gorgeous little Tunisian crochet baby jacket in blue with bright yellow apple buttons on it, and am currently working on a tea cosy for my cousin’s wife.

Seems like my hooks and needles never stop.

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

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Well, here it is folks – it’s official – the Gonville Knitting Group’s tea cosy exhibition being held at Gallery on Guyton, Guyton Street, Whanganui from 23rd to 31st July and open every day (except Sunday) from 10 am – 4pm. If you are in the area at all during that time, do drop in and say hello to the lovely ladies who will be staffing the exhibition all week.

There will be some amazing works on display – not just my weird looking creations, but some quite sane and normal looking ones too that have been beautifully and lovingly crafted by the members of our knitting group.

Just a little about the group….  We started knitting (and crocheting) at the Gonville Café Library around 3 or 4 years ago. Someone saw an article online about a library in England that put a basket of yarn and some needles on a table and asked patrons of the library to pick up the needles and knit a few rows while they were there. Word spread among the reading community of Gonville Library and before long there were a dozen or so women and one man meeting pretty much every Wednesday at the library to knit and crochet together over coffee and chat about all manner of things. The number of knitters grew steadily and Kelly Scarrow (the Inked Librarian) put the idea to us that we make useful items for charity. So in the first year we made slippers and scarves for the kids of Tawhero and Castlecliff schools and gave them to the Kids Can Foundation that helps out less well off kids in the communities on New Zealand. The following year we made 186 peggy square blankets (granny squares to the rest of the world) and gave them to Plunket for distribution to the new mums of Whanganui for their babies. This year (2015) we are making garments of all sorts including socks, slippers, jerseys, blankets and toys for Birthright Whanganui who help out single parent families who are raising children or grandkids on their own with no help from partners or the parents of the kids. So far this year we have handed over two lots of goods to Birthright – the first delivery of 311 items happened back at the end of April and last month we handed over another 283 items. Just yesterday we handed a stack of slippers made specially for the families whose homes were devastated during the floods that occurred here at the end of June, to Whanganui Flood Relief.

The purpose of our upcoming exhibition is to promote awareness of our efforts within the community and to raise funds to purchase yet more yarn so that we can continue creating the amazing garments, blankets and toys that are freely  given with love to the various charities and aid organisations around our town.

Our efforts must be working… the lovely Kelly Scarrow, without whom we would be just a bunch of ladies knitting and nattering about nothing, has recently been nominated for a Pride of New Zealand Community Spirit Award…. Go Kelly!!!

I know I have posted some of the following photos before, but here’s just a few of the items that I have personally made for the exhibition…..

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My take on Laoni Prior’s “Coral Fantasy”

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Café Blanche Duveteuse (Fluffy White Coffee)

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Loco Sombrero

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Freeform Fantasy

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One of my miniature tea cosies – freeform style

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A teapot called Remembrance – covered with poppies, eidelweis, acorns and forget-me-nots – all symbols of remembrance, strength and bravery.

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Aladdin’s Fez – inspired by my own teapot that looks like an Aladdin’s magic lamp!

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My most normal tea cosy – made in crocodile stitch, this is probably the most “normal” looking thing I have made in years!

So, if you want a new tea cosy or you just want to have a look at what we have been doing, drop in, say hi and grab yourself a work of art – it will keep your tea warm too. Look forward to seeing you there!

The Great Gonville Tea Cosie Exhibition

During the week of 23rd – 31st July, Gonville Café Library’s Knitting ladies will be holding and exhibition and sale/auction of tea cosies made by the ladies as a fund raiser for our charity projects – this year it is Birthright Whanganui. The exhibition will be held at Gallery on Guyton in the centre of town. So if you are a local or even visiting Whanganui during that week, drop in and have a look at our handiwork, make a donation or buy yourself a beautiful tea cosy hand made with love by one of our very talented ladies (and gent).

Here are a couple of my own weird creations for the exhibition – don’t be put off by my craziness – not everyone knits or crochets weird stuff like me.

Loco Sombrero….
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My take on Laoni Prior’s Coral Fantasy….

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Café Blanche Duveteuse…

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Snow on the Mountains…

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Loopsy…..

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The Tea Cosy Project

At last! Kelly Scarrow – aka the Inked Librarian – has announced the Tea Cosy Project, which will run from July 23-31 at Gallery on Guyton. An exhibition of beautifully crafted tea cosys available for viewing and purchase. We have all been busy working on our respective tea cosies and let me tell you – there are some brilliant ones. Watch this space for more detail closer to the date.

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Both sides of one of the miniature teapot cosies that I will be showing.