Thursday, 1 December 2016

Lupey Loops at Maker Faire Adelaide 2016

The postcard in landscape orientation has text across the top: Adelaide Maker Faire. A family-friendly festival of invention and creativity. Sunday November 6, 2016, Tonsley. The photo image across the bottom two-thirds of the card is of a child being pulled along on a hover mat. Superimposed on the bottom left corner of the photograph is the logo of South Australian Makers.
The official 'Maker Faire ADL' postcard.
It's been almost a month since
Maker Faire Adelaide and you have been patiently waiting for news.

The official word is that Maker Faire Adelaide (#mfADL) is now the largest in the southern hemisphere!

No wonder it has taken me so long to recover!
It  was a fun and fantastic day.

At last, I am up and about again, ready to tell you about my very first crochet exhibition:

There's so much to tell, from the practicalities of participating in a large event while managing chronic illness, to setting up the exhibit, meeting people and having as much fun as possible.  This will probably take more than one blog entry so be prepared and consider yourself warned!

Friday, 11 November 2016

5000 Poppies on the Radio

Crocheted Oriental Poppy: black centre, six red petals, the centre of each petal has a black spot created using an intarsia method.
Oriental Poppy
designed by Lesley Stanfield
crocheted by Jodiebodie (2015)

Today is Remembrance Day.

Last year, I collated crocheted poppy patterns on a quest to find the best. 

Today, Lynn Berry of the 5000 Poppies project was interviewed on Adelaide radio.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Get on your Broomsticks!

Warning: this is not about Hallowe'en


Hallowe'en is a great time to 'get a handle on'

Broomstick Crochet!

Close up of broomstick crochet stitches in rainbow colours.
My first scarf of broomstick crochet is on the blocking board!
[August 2016]

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Maker Faire ADL 2016

Do you want to learn more about tricot
 broomstick and hairpin crochet techniques?

 Would you like your general crochet questions answered?

Come along to the Adelaide Maker Faire 
on Sunday 6 November 2016 at Tonsley.

The old manufacturing site is becoming an 'innovation' precinct and the building renovations have won awards for sustainability and design.  Flinders University and TAFE SA will also be open to visitors so why not come down and have a look?

 I'll be there, ready to share my passion for crochet.  

Come along and say hello! 
I'd love to see you there!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Tricot with a Double-ended Hook (Tunisian Crochet)

A close up of a striped scarf showing red ridges and green valleys on one side and vice versa on the other side.
A long, long time ago … in a galaxy far, far away … NO!  
That's not it!

Well, maybe it feels like it because I've had the striped tricot scarf completed for more than a year but, despite promises and a few teasing pictures, never got around to blogging about it properly … until now.

Two bamboo tricot hooks resting horizontally. Top: double ended hook 6 mm; bottom: long standard tricot hook 4 mm.
A pair of tricot hooks

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Beach Days & Birthdays

View from the shore of Brighton Jetty and beach with the sun setting on the horizon.
Jetty sunset.

I've always loved the beach. It is one of my favourite places. Sadly, it is not always the best thing or the easiest thing for me to go down to the beach. Nevertheless, I managed to get to the beach twice: to watch sailing and see the sunset.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Art Exhibitions June‒August 2016

A wooden easel holds a large dot painting of an Aboriginal spirit figure.

I've been lucky enough to visit three art exhibitions this year, two of them in one month alone!  While these do not include crochet specifically, the variety of work can serve to inspire creativity in all sorts of crafts.  If you ever feel like you are in a crochet design rut, I can highly recommend a visit to a gallery or exhibition to stimulate and rejuvenate your creative spirit.