Sunday, 30 August 2015

In The Loop 4

I'm back down to earth now after a week in Glasgow at
 In The Loop 4, Knitting: From Craft to Couture.

This was the third of these conferences that I have attended and like the curate's egg was good in parts.  Some stand-out speakers, someone brought me to tears,  but I was amazed to see that many of them just hadn't prepared and these were academics who should know better.  I find that my circle of knitting/spinning/creative friends are very inclusive and welcome and accept anyone, after all we are all a bit weird in our own way and through creative pursuits I have met literally all sorts.  I found one particular speaker offensive in his/her views and I wonder if he/she did research in the real world
 but then I am not a gender queer crocheTer, (hard t)?

My absolute favourite was Kari Steihaug the stories of the found objects behind her work made me cry, her art was really clever and relatable.  
Annemor Sundbo always a top notch act, she knows her stuff, experience pays. 
 Jade Halbert we are expecting great things from Jade. 
 Rosemary Eribe, I very interesting talk on a real life knitwear company and big business. 
 Di Gilpin, another woman running a knitwear company that has to pay in the real world. 
 Helen Robertson, a far too modest artist from Shetland, she just rattled on about her art and let her talent just showed through, no power point needed!

We had a couple of evenings in The Yarn Cake, what a pleasure to be welcomed by a store owner who knows how to run a yarn shop and all of the team there were just the same.  We met up with knitters from across the land and that was before the conference had even started.  We had a civic reception in Glasgow Council Chambers with a councillor who was right on the money, how refreshing.  What the conference lacked the social gatherings made up for, 
I haven't laughed so much in ages.

I managed to knit a pair of socks in 5 hours, Raggsockgarn from Midwinter Yarns 
for the Birthday boy, neon orange of course. 
 I also cracked on with the very demanding Abram's Bridge from Pom Pom in the fantastic Cumbria yarn from The Fibre Company, this was solely due to the calibre of speakers, so there must have been at least 5 hours of really good speakers!

Monday, 24 August 2015

In Service

I often feel like I am in service and now I have the waistcoat to prove it.
I am pretty sure that this would have belonged to a butler/valet/footman.

I thought it was woven but on closer inspection it's some sort of thick and thin needlepoint, 
I've never seen anything like it.  It must have cost a pretty penny.

Fabulous buttons and detailing.

Filthy from years of hard work.

The buttons are on a brass shank, one has a repair - love it.

An extra vertical buttonhole, pocket watch maybe?

A very fine pure wool.

I found a pin still in the corner, it looks like it has been there since it was made.
It was completely hidden and very difficult to get out.

A whopper compared to my modern day pins.

The woven was used right up to the selvedge, which of course all the best people do.

It's not a garment I particularly needed or that I usually would wear but I couldn't resist.
It's off to the tub for now.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Birmingham Rag Market

I usually find treasure at Birmingham Rag Market.

Hand made ladies tweed jacket, 
 I can never resist the homemade.

Hand stitched binding.

Hand stitched buttonholes.

A bright orange - nothing like the photos - pure silk lining.

It needs some TLC.

Having a soak in the tub at this very moment.

We also managed a trip to BMAG to see the Warhol exhibition,

Monday, 17 August 2015

Never Subtle

I've been doing a little bit of leather work.
I love a sharp contrast.

Green is my absolute favourite colour.

Strongly followed by plum.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Small Things

Today I have been appreciating the small things, 
playing around with some bits of leather and 
reading the very informative and honest blog of a school friend.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Bespoke Making

Pure Wool Tweed


Waxed Canvas

Welsh Tapestry


Friday, 14 August 2015

Down Time

What rainy days are made for.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

ZickZack Scarf

The ZickZack Scarf, a free download from Ravelry.

470 Rows, averaging 2 minutes 25 seconds per row 
which comes out at roughly 19 hours knitting, mostly catching up with Nashville.

                                                    I got the wool at this years Woolfest.

Purchased from the lovely ladies at Emily Foulds.

 2 Balls x 2 colours of Lang Milli Colori Baby.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Going Underground

 I can't resist a good fabric,

especially a woven and a design classic.

I just have to work out what to do with them.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Nani Iro

I've had this in my stash since a trip to New Designers last year and a visit to the gorgeous Raystitch.

Nani Iro, I had not come across double gauze before but it's fab.  Not the easiest to sew with but definitely worth the effort.  Two very fine pieces of super light weight cotton that are occasionally woven together, maybe every square cm, as you may just be able to pick out in the photos.

I just drew out the pattern and winged it.  I love the pockets as always and I might be tempted to make another with a few tweaks, as always!