Category Archives: Craft

Platters Parade

I can’t wait to get back to Pottery when the studio reopens in February.  Though my crippled hand and arm do not allow me to do much, it’s occupational therapy that I enjoy. In the second half of last year … Continue reading

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Ceramic Mounts for Orchids

I have discovered that most of my orchids are epiphytes and prefer not to be confined in a pot so I have been hanging them in web baskets.  Because I also make clay things I decided to create some new … Continue reading

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Persevering with Pottery

There is something about fingering a ball of clay that is mesmerising.  I have been doing so, on and off since the 80s and though I never produced any masterpiece I never tire of mangling lumps of clay into something … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Sun

We are yearning for spring here Down Under so when I saw the colours in the heart of a sunflower on Arlingwoman’s  blog about the heat that they’ve been enjoying, I was inspired to create my own with scrap yarn and … Continue reading

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Knitting at Café Paradiso

It was the official Queen’s Birthday and my friend Angela and I met for lunch (Duck Noodle Soup)at Sam’s Thai then repaired to our favourite café for coffee and knitting.  Yes, knitting. It was a long weekend and patrons were … Continue reading

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Variations on a Theme

As a teacher of Chinese calligraphy, an art form that is difficult to master, I like to remind my students that it is better to write one or two characters well than fill pages with flawed characters. As a master of flaws, … Continue reading

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“They’re so Ghastly I Love Them”

Late last year I took a pottery course at North Sydney Community Centre but when I tried to reenrol this year, I was told that the course was full.  At a loose end, I decided to take a three-session Saturday … Continue reading

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Easy Pattern for a Lazy Knitter

Yesterday I taught my last Chinese calligraphy class for the term.  I’m on holidays until May 3!  I had decided on a month away in Scotland but at the last moment before booking, gave my holiday money away to Wayside … Continue reading

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The Second Time Around

Some things only work in pairs – scissors, shoes, socks.  After knitting my first sock, I felt compelled to knit another.  It was easier the second time around.

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Mission Accomplished – (Sock Saga Finale)

A sock is born. Hand knitted with four 5mm bamboo double ended needles approx. 50 gr. /90 m worsted weight yarn (20% alpaca, 30% wool & 50% acrylic) a little skill and a lot of time and patience Thanks to: … Continue reading

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Why I Kept Trying (Sock Saga IV)

I don’t want to be beaten by a sock.  How lame would that be?  However, I don’t want to risk my sanity or raise my blood pressure either so before I started again, I looked up ‘The Benefits of Knitting’ … Continue reading

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If at First you Don’t Succeed (Sock Saga III)

According to the written instructions on the sock pattern I was ‘on the home straight’.  I am not familiar with sporting terms but I think it meant I was ‘getting there’, like the horse in the last part of a … Continue reading

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The Getting of Patience (Sock Saga II)

Australians knitted a million pairs of socks for the troops during WWI ( World War One) and three times that many in WWII.  I’m not sure if my first sock  will be ready before the next global appeal for socks, since … Continue reading

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Knitting from Top to Toe (Sock Saga I)

I feel I am going from kindergarten to a Ph.D in knitting:  one moment I was making scarves and beanies (lucky to avoid mistakes) then all of a sudden I am knitting socks.  Well, sock.  I may never get past … Continue reading

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Too Hot to Wear but Not too Hot to Warm

It’s been hovering around 30ºC, often higher, in harbour side Sydney and according to the forecast, this weather will continue for some time.  It’s too hot to knit but today I decided to bag up the knitting and send them … Continue reading

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Weekend Pottery

I spent four hours at Mosman High School today, making pottery by hand.  Our tutor asked us to make three spoons, three bowls and a platter each, after showing us how to pinch pots, how to roll a coil to … Continue reading

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From the Scrap Heap

Don’t you hate waste?  I’m not obsessed with money but I find that making coin purses out of bits of left over yarn is quick, easy and satisfying.  Of course you can use them to hold other bits and pieces … Continue reading

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A Thank You to Someone I Never Met

It was not a gift but I feel that I should say thank you.  I feel I know you a little from those many things that your family chose not to keep.  There they were, framed needlepoints and embroideries, leaning … Continue reading

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