I have been knitting, I promise; I just haven't been keeping up with my blogging! In July, we had our Woolly West Fest - wonderful festival of wool!
This year, the featured book was Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.
And how exciting - we even made his blog in this post on Woolly West Fest!
And how exciting again - Arne and Carlos liked the Woolly West Fest Facebook page! Doing an excited, happy dance about how our town's little yarn festival has grown.
If you haven't read this delightful picture book, the story is about a girl who knits and knits and basically covers everything in her town with yarn. Thus each town participating was asked to choose an iconic feature of their town. A wooden model was then made and covered with wool in any form, with some truly stunning results.
We also had our usual parking meter cosy display, so this year I made an Extra Yarn one, covered in jumpers (sweaters) and a little bobble hat.
The project's aim was to cover a painting of a revegetated mine site with wool.
And guess who designed the knitting projects and ran the workshop? Georgie Hallam of tikki knits. Yes, the designer of the Milo! I felt like an awestruck fan! She is absolutely delightful and it was a fabulously fun afternoon of knitting, warm open fires and cups of tea.
I love that Georgie has designed all the pieces to be donated to charity, if the project is dismantled. Some of the bark of the gum is fingerless gloves, the sky is squares that can be repurposed as blankets, there are hats in there too. All these items will be donated to charities for the homeless at the completion of the project's life.
And here is the completed painting. I knitted a gum leaf!
I particularly loved Toshiko. She crochets the most amazing, and enormous, playgrounds. Absolutely inspirational to listen to her talk about why she does it, simply that children need somewhere to play, especially in urban areas where play spaces are being eroded.
I have just finished reading This Side Of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury.
I really enjoyed it. Easy read, but absorbing. I found it hard to put down, simply because the characters had pulled me in and I had to know what happened.
A story about how you do not have to be successful in the way society expects to have a successful life. And how we should appreciate the people we love, as the unexpected can happen to take them from us in an instant.
My favourite quote: 'Jesus was about the least, the last and the lost.'
Get the tissues ready for this one!
And I will be getting back to my Classics Club reading list too - been neglecting that as well!
Hope this post wasn't too long and boring, but I had a bit of catching up to do.