Spring Clean and Winter Cardie

Loani Prior

So I finished my cardie and am well pleased with it. Bendigo Wool in a 3 ply, it's light but still very warm. You start knitting at the neck and work your way down, so there are no seams to sew up at the end. Hooray and Hoorah. Oh yeah, that's me trying to see if the camera timer is working! And the big "buttons"? The coasters made for a fab styling op.

And then there's this. Julian and I have made this scrap book for his son, Dan Pepperell, a big starry Sydney chef. It's a record of his career so far. Impressive it is!

I did two mornings with the Book Binding group before the shutdown, and Queen of Books, Di Taite, couldn't have been more generous with her time and knowledge. She gave me the tools and confidence to get it to binding stage by myself.

And then I spent a day with her in her gorgeous home studio, learning how to do coptic stitching.

I'm not sure about doing any more book binding but Di's studio was an inspiration - set up for her and her alone, with all kinds of beautifully crafted things hanging on the walls, her own, and gifts from others, all her tools out and at the ready. I was in love.

I came home that same day and moved the single bed out (sold on FB Marketplace already), cleaned from top to toe, rethought, rearranged, reorganised every little thing. Then went to Ikea for new furniture and came home with this rug! Sometimes you don't know that you need it until you see it! And then you know you can't live without it.

And there are spots for the men in my life to visit (when I allow).


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