Friday, June 13, 2008

fibre whore

i am worse than a knitting slut.

the other night i was working on trents hat and got bored so i switched to a sock and then trent says 'hows your shawl going?'. oh right, the shawl. so i put down the sock and started again on the shawl. its going well thanksverymuch.

yesterday i had a little job interview in sydney, its just a part time project officer job but still in the history profession (it went well but you never know who else youre up against) and then there was some craft fair thing happening at darling harbour so i went down there.

i didnt see any signs but i found it by following all the old ladies.

theres a reason 'craft' has a reputation for being something only old ladies do. i think the average age in that hall was about 67 - not that theres anything wrong with that - in fact, theyre quite nice so long as you dont want to look at the same piece of fabric they do.

but you would think that the only craft out there was quilting. of course, im just jealous cos i cant sew a straight line to save myself, but really folks, get with the times. 5 yarn stalls. thats it. and they were all packed. with younger people. (that is, me and a certain rosered who i met for lunch!) what does this tell you? i imagine it costs a lot to have a stall at a craft fair so i understand that part but it was, um, interesting.

and is it just me or does anyone else find serious crafters just a little bit scary?

anyway, i still got to be a fibre whore.

colinette jitterbug - one for me (yes its red ok!):

and one for trent (this one is almost edible):

and possum/merino from new zealand for the cardigan:

1300 metres of it. do you think thats enough?! it is a lovely soft 5 ply and i am going to knit it on bigger needles to open it up for a between season type look. i am thinking of this one.

i also picked up a few little bits and pieces for a 12 year olds birthday present:

not the pod obviously.

also, because i am about to inherit a sewing machine, and because i want to try my hand at making project bags, i was lured by the lovely japanese fabrics, and got me some of this:

i have enough to make two good size project bags. if i can figure out how to sew in a straight line of course!

k xx

ETA: i just found out i got the job! woot. at the risk of blowing my anonymity right out of the water, as of july 14 i become the new executive officer of the australian historical association. cool.

8 comments:

Michelle said...

A good friend once told me that I intimidated her because I was a (her words) "serious crafter". So, your comment on much the same thing is interesting! Personally I try not to be too serious about anything, as that might entail having to act grown up. He he.

The fabric is lovely! You picked well.

And you have to remember you were there on a Thursday, when all the young ones are at their full-time jobs. If you went Saturday or Sunday you'd see the numbers were pretty balanced.

Hope the interview went well!

Rose Red said...

I still wish I'd gotten that red Jitterbug (and the brown one...) Both fabulous!!!

And I think the 12yo will love that stuff! Perfect!

Bells said...

so lovely that you got to hang with RR!

You got some LOVELY stuff and hey, we can be scared first time sewers together! I have some bags all cut out but haven't made them because I'm a scardey cat!

And you are lucky you got 5 stalls. When the show comes to Canberra, we'll be hard pressed to have three of them, if that. There are some downright scary people in the serious crafters world. And all that stamping stuff....what's with that? Are there really so many stampers out there, more than knitters?

Bells said...

oh and I LOVE that cardi. It's on my current wish list. It's delicate and pretty!

Caffeine Faerie said...

Lovely wool! Awwww. Just beutiful, and that merino possum is deceptively warm, and will work wonderfully for that cardi.

and, then, of course, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! That must be such a relief, yes?

Olivia said...

congratulations on the job! Woohoo!!

Fern Wickson said...

Super mega congrats on the job! Awesome! Exciting! Wooohooo! What does an executive officer of the australian historical society do exactly?
xxx

Oh, and all the new wools look delicious too, very jealous of your skills and ability to knit yourself any gorgeous little cardy you want!

2paw said...

Congratulations on the new job!!
That is such a pretty cardigan, and what delicious wool!!!