Yarning

Today I walked down to the Cleveland Sunday Markets to get a bit of exercise and also because it was such a glorious winter’s day here in Brisbane. As I wandered up and down checking out all the stalls my eyes zeroed in on a lot of hand sewn baby doonas and other goodies. Now, I don’t know why I walked into that stall because I don’t have a baby nor is there one on the horizon for me ūüė¶ (I wish my son would find a girlfriend, get married and give me lots of grandchildren!) Anyway, my eyes immediately spotted this gorgeous baby doona and I HAD to have it!!

Sheep doona frontAt $35 it was a steal as I could see the amount of fabric and stuffing let alone the cutting and sewing that went into making this doona. The back fabric is flannelette and has little monkeys and other critters on it.

Sheep doona backI’ve been doing a bit of spinning lately and yesterday I washed, skeined and wound this gorgeous Ixchel Bunny fibre into a cake. It’s plied with a silver/grey metallic thread.

Black Bunny Tops Silver Grey 01And I’ve just started spinning one of these braids. As the colours of the braids are so similar, I’m going to ply them together once they’re both spun.

2 Ixchel braidsJust over four years ago I bought my first spinning wheel, an Ashford Traditional and about two years ago I bought a double treadle kit to replace the single treadle. I’m¬† embarrassed to say that I’ve only JUST installed the double treadle kit. Why did I wait so long!! I just love spinning on this wheel now.

Double treadleDid you notice all the sheep on my two-seater lounge which can no longer be used for visitors ūüôā I don’t know how many sheep I have on that lounge. It’s now at the point that they’re really squashed together ūüôā

Now to some of my latest yarn purchases from Zen Yarn Garden (ZYG).

The 22nd offering in the ZYG ART WALK Series features a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe¬†entitled “Petunias”. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour. Inspired by¬†ZYG’s chosen art piece,¬†their dyer has successfully captured the excitement and¬†complexity¬†of the painting.

22 ZYG Peonies 05

Georgia O‚ÄôKeeffe (1887 ‚Äď 1986) was a groundbreaking Modernist painter who digressed from realism to express her own visionary style. Raised in rural Wisconsin, which gave her a love of nature and formed the basis for her revolutionary artwork, O‚ÄôKeefe is best known for flower paintings which made up a significant percentage of her work. Expressing what she felt, rather than what she had been taught, O‚ÄôKeeffe painted enormous close-ups of flowers, transforming their contours into fascinating abstractions, and highlighting their importance in a manner that commanded attention. One of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century, O‚ÄôKeeffe was the first woman to have her own exhibition at New York‚Äôs Museum of Modern Art.¬†[quoted from Art.com]

22 ZYG Peonies image

I bought two skeins of this Serenity 20 fingering which is a 70% superwash merino / 20% cashmere / 10% nylon blend.

The 23rd offering in the ZYG WALK Series features a painting by Jackson Pollock¬†entitled “Number 18”.¬†Inspired by ZYG’s chosen art piece,¬†their dyer has successfully captured the excitement and¬†complexity¬†of the painting.23 ZYG No 18 Pollock 6

Jackson Pollock (1912 ‚Äď 1956), the pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, challenged the artistic tradition of using an easel and brush by pouring and dripping paint onto canvases. His groundbreaking works had a childlike quality which belied their stunning complexity and sophistication. Driven by inner torment which compelled him to paint, Pollock attached large canvases to the floor, densely pouring, dripping and flinging paint embedded with sand or glass onto them with intense physical movement. Influenced by Picasso, Mir√≥, and the Surrealists, Pollock also revolutionized a style of painting in which the work has no identifiable parts or point of emphasis, and is painted with a stream-of-consciousness technique called psychic automatism.¬†[quoted from Art.com]
23 ZYG No 18 Pollock image
I purchased two skeins of this Serenity 20 fingering which is a 70% superwash merino / 20% cashmere / 10% nylon blend.

The 24th offering in the ZYG ART WALK Series features a painting by Pablo Picasso¬†entitled “Blue Nude”.¬†Inspired by ZYG’s chosen art piece,¬†their dyer has successfully captured the excitement and¬†complexity¬†of the painting.

24 ZYG Blue Nude 06

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), a twentieth century Grand Master who co-founded Cubism, was only 20 years old when his friend‚Äôs tragic death resulted in the subdued ‚ÄúBlue Nude. His ‚ÄúBlue Period‚ÄĚ artworks, rendered in somber blues and greens, were part of an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures he produced in his lifetime. Hauntingly beautiful and exquisitely composed, ‚ÄúBlue Nude‚ÄĚ is one of Picasso‚Äôs best-selling pieces, and a testament to his ability to express complex emotions with one simple shade.¬†[quoted from Art.com]
24 ZYG Blue Nude image
I purchased two skeins of this Serenity Silk Single fingering 75% superwash merino / 15% cashmere / 10% silk blend.

And finally, the 25th¬†offering in the ZYG ART WALK Series features a painting by Norman Rockwell¬†entitled “Walking to Church”.¬†Inspired by ZYG’s chosen art piece,¬†their dyer has successfully captured the excitement and¬†complexity¬†of the painting.

25 ZYG Walking to Church 01

Norman Rockwell (1894 ‚Äď 1978), one of America‚Äôs most beloved artists, left a timeless legacy of nostalgic, endearing, whimsical paintings that appealingly and insightfully depict simple, and often idyllic, scenes from daily life. After illustrating a series of children‚Äôs books at age 16, Rockwell was hired to be the art director of ‚ÄúBoys‚Äô Life,‚ÄĚ the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Six years later, he sold his first cover to the most prestigious magazine of the era, the ‚ÄúSaturday Evening Post.‚ÄĚ Over the next 47 years, he created 321 covers for the ‚ÄúPost,‚ÄĚ which became synonymous with his name. He later worked for ‚ÄúLook‚ÄĚ magazine, addressing more serious issues of civil rights, poverty and space exploration.¬†[quoted from Art.com]
25 ZYG walkingtochurch4_grande
I bought two skeins of this Serenity 20 fingering 70% superwash merino / 20% cashmere / 10% nylon blend.

I remember when I bought my first two skeins of the ART WALK series back in March 2013 I had visions of collecting two skeins in each release thinking¬†there’d be no more than ten or so releases. We’re now up to number 25 release and I’m starting to worry that I’ll be buying these ART WALK series for the rest of my life ūüôā I wonder when they will cease??

Before I go, I must tell you that I am starting to sell some of hand knitted goodies. My friends have encouraged me over the last couple of years to start selling them but I didn’t feel inclined to but it has now got to the point where I have a lot of these items just sitting in zip lock bags as I can’t get around to wearing them all! You can find the ones I have for sale here and I will be adding¬†items to this album over the coming months as I go through my rather large stash. If there’s something that’s taken your eye over the last couple of years and you’d like to own it, just drop me a¬†line via me Contact Me page and if I’m not keeping that particular item then it’s for sale!

Until next time…

Melanie

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