Monday, May 30, 2011

Ben's artwork

This is Ben's latest artwork. It's a glass mosaic sphere with a water theme. Stylised tropical fish and reeds are placed around the sphere and a glass fish hangs from the bottom. It is the second in a set (I hope) of the elements air, water, fire and earth. It will make a gorgeous addition to my garden art after it has been assessed and marked for Ben's art in education class.

This last photo is of Ben's original sphere that was made a few years ago. The two now make a lovely pair but I am hopeful there will be more to come. The theme of this first one was based around nature and has intertwining  leaves and vines in a never ending circle around the sphere. There is a glass gum leaf that hangs from the bottom.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Someone got her Learner's Permit

and she can't get the smile off her face!

She was quite impressed with her parking skills! I think she should have been impressed that I let her behind the wheel of the new vehicle!!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Autumn speaks loudly

"Come said the wind to
the leaves one day,
Come o're the meadows
and we will play.
Put on your dresses
scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone
and the days grow cold."

This is one of the oldest streets in our neighbourhood. The elm trees were planted in 1901 to mark Federation. Some early mornings before the traffic starts and the leaves have blown from the road it reminds me of the yellow brick road and I wish I was off to see the wizard instead of the monotonous school trip!

There is a sense of comfort being tucked up warm inside and looking out at the golden leaves so warm in colour contrasting with the bleak and overcast drizzly day. I don't want to dance in the rain today, I am happy with the solitude and comfort of my own company where I will sip coffee and dunk biscuits in my own private cafe and I will pick a chair with a view to the garden. My soul is resting.



Monday, May 9, 2011

Knitting Update

There are a few projects on the needles at the moment but the two that I am most enjoying working on at the moment are the I Want You Shawl by Loredana Gianferri and the Mitered Crosses Blanket by Kay Gardiner. Firstly I am working on the shawl in the beautiful Malabrigo Lace colour Azul Bolita 80 (thankyou again Erin) and I have just started the lace section.

Isn't the colour so rich and vibrant. I love it. The pattern is easy to follow and stitch counts at the end of each row are great so you don't lose what row you are up to working.

I put this shawl on hold momentarily while I worked a square or two on the Mitered Crosses Blanket. The blanket calls for Noro Silk Garden yarn which is extremely expensive and rarely available in my area so I looked for a cheaper yarn that I thought would be a good substitute.  The yarn I chose is Moda Vera Bouvardia for the contrast colour in pink and Moda Vera Pure Wool in warm white for the background colour. I am  happy with both these yarns and the first square knitted up well. I needed to test how much yarn one complete square would take so I could be confident that I wouldn't run out of yarn part way through the blanket.

This is straight off the needles so blocking will improve the shape. I'm coming up to a strange looking brown in this yarn. With the darker brown and grey it may well look passable but I'll see how it knits up and I might even cut a little of it out. We'll see how it goes!

That's it for now. Back to the gorgeous blue shawl because I could do with it wrapped around my neck on these cold Autumn mornings.