Saturday, 1 May 2010


This is the wonderful Christine, as she says, 'tweaking to her hearts content' in the midst of her glorious still life of spring optimism, put together with help from her sisters, Jackie and Laura. Christine is a painter at heart, but she creates whole scenes in fabric, wool, paper, wood and wire. This instillation was made specially for Prick Your finger, and it is a joy to live with. Doves fly around with up lifting messages on their wings...
"And then my heart,
with pleasure fills,
and dances with the daffodils"
While a pale lady with a parasol gazes through the flowers.
It's all like a big breath of fresh air.
Christine and her creative family grew up in this area, frequenting car boot sales, and developing a sharp eye for materials. Watching the instillation of this piece, we were swept up in a whirlwind of romanticism, which felt so down to earth.
For some reason I can't get the duplicate photo to delete from blogger, but it is such a lovely picture I don't think it matters.
Pieces of the Buckley Sister's instillation will be for sale, please ask for details.


It's the first of May today. We are preparing to Dosey Doe under showers of cherry blossom, and spinning "If there is something" as a tribute to Roxy Music.
'If there is something' delivers 3 verses of romance, which will come in three different colour ways, but to begin we made,

'Reveal my secrets,
more than enough for me to share,
I would put roses round our door,
sit in the garden,
growing potatoes by the score'

The Romney greys are a crumbly country cottage with a thatched roof, and there's flecks of leaves and roses, white fluffy cashmere clouds and trickles of deep red silk for the passion.
(It's a bit greener than in the photo, there's dusty green alpacca merged with the greys.)
Next time we will climb a mountain and swim all the oceans blue.
Hand spun £2 per 10g.


Yes! We have all been waiting for the new Tate and Style colours to brighten up our lives, and here they are!
Still £8 for 100g, the colours are a lot brighter. There's custard, a Kermit, Egyptian blue and a Fuschia so bright you got to wear shades to knit with it.


This is Tom van Deijnen, a brilliant glove knitter. Here he is with one glove, knitted to try out the pattern, with some yarn he bought from Lidl. The pattern is a Sanquhar glove from the Future Museum, which you can down load from the internet.Tom chose blue and grouse Shetland Spindrift to knit the real pair, and stayed up very late last night knitting this beautiful sample. The blue makes the red flecks in the grouse jump out, and it looks so handsome, that we look forward to congratulating him by shaking his glove, when he's finished.