Monthly Archives: February 2014

Studio Time

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A good morning’s work ahead in the studio. The length of twill is still progressing, nearly a metre done now. I like how the reverse is so different to the working face. the warp is hand dyed sock yarn and the weft is black huacaya alpaca which I am madly spinning as I go, I am only 1 shuttle ahead at the moment.

I have set up a loom for Judbury Crafters to have a go at weaving without the stress of threading up. Folk can try their hand at weaving, or test out design and colour with the threading I have done, which is 123432123432 This gives diamonds, pointed twill, plain under and over – and more to explore.

Bobbins ready to go. Fluorescent green alpaca with some orange silk and purple mohair; one bobbin of alpaca dyed in the 2nd lake of rhubarb root; two bobbins of green alpaca carded with fawn and brown alpaca – my mint chocolate special.

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Dust If You Must

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Brian summits Lake Skinner - a hung lake in Southern Tasmania

Brian summits Lake Skinner – a hung lake in Southern Tasmania

Dust if you Must

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better

to paddle a kayak, or write a letter,

to bake a cake or plant a seed,

to ponder the difference between want and need?

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Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,

with rivers to swim and mountains to climb,

with music to hear and books to read,

with friends to cherish and life to lead!

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Dust if you must, but the world’s out there,

with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,

a flutter of snow, a shower of rain,

Today will  not come around again!

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Dust if you must, but bear in mind,

Old Age will come and it may not be kind.

And when you go – and go you must,

You yourself will make more dust!

Valeri paddles the Huon river

Valeri paddles the Huon river