Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Back on track

Well finally got to blog again after a frustrating two weeks of frozen computer syndrome.
Just not enough ram in the old dear to cope with broadband. The upside being time for lots of dyeing of yarn. Just as well as the stock of hand dyed yarns has been drastically depleted by my customers in the shop.
So Bob swopped the old computer with his slightly newer model from his home office and has done a great job moving over all the important files, no quick job, especially as there were a few glitches to sort out.
Although I've spent a lot of time in my hot steamy dye room, I didn't get around to photographing the stuff. But here's a couple of pictures of one of my tapestry crochet bags. The yarn is handspun alpaca. It wasn't the softest fleece, but made very good bag yarn. The image is my rendition of a Pukeko, which is my favourite NZ bird, related to the rail family, sometimes referred to as a swamp hen. I love their long red legs and absurdly big feet. When they become roadkill which is a regular occurence sadly, they look like a mangled umbrella. They are so colourful and characterful. This design was also my most popular when I used to make bags for two galleries and so I got a bit sick of making them, but now after a break from using this design for 6 months I feel another Pukeko project coming on.


Sarah said...

Computer troubles are not fun - went through that myself not too long ago!

I love the bag! I'm rather fond of pukeko myself, they're just so unexpected looking. It's one of the things I miss living in the city - no random pukeko families on the side of the road. :-)

Stell said...

Hello, from dunedin, not to far from Oamaru! - Glad you are enjoying Ravelry, and really pleased to see you singing its praises on the DF mailing list. I have the same problem, when I go in - there is so much fab stuff to distract me there. If you are ever in dunedin - do look me up

Stell said...

SF mailing list :-/

but - I'd have to say the ravelry 'kids' I knit with on knit night, all want coffee shops and comfy chairs, and warm surroundings and much more opportunity to chat and knit than my local guild meeting gives. We do knit at the guild - but its not anywhere as show and tell, and not as chatty.