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Sunday, September 30, 2007


Hi! Just thought I'd stick my head over the yoga parapet to show you show the tricoloured shrug is progressing. The recent deafening blog silence is due to the fact that I'm up to my a---- (not, not in alligators) in yoga teacher training. This happens in the Buddhist centre. Very spacious and airy and welcoming....but not very warm. For two days on the trot we sit on the floor, a difficult thing to do at the best of times, giving our undivided attention to our lecturers. Not easy when your catching a draft on your thoracic spine. (You impressed I now where that is?)
Anyway, hence the shrug.
I was told off at a yoga seminar once for wearing black. Not nearly life enhancing enough. You can see I've taken this to heart and am using all three cones of my charity shop finds in combination, mixing and matching as I go. The very loosely interpreted pattern is from Amazing Crochet Lace by Doris Chan. An excellent book I would certainly recommend. This is my second garment from this book and I still want to make more. How often does that happen?
Now excuse me, I have triangles to revolve. Namaste.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


I've just spotted this lying on a table and it kind of sums up my life right now. I recently began a two year yoga teacher training course which involves gazillions of homework. Meanwhile life goes on as I prep for two up coming velvet workshops in amongst my schools project. Oh yes, and did I mention I'm a shopkeeper? Argggh....................

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Corking idea

I'm collecting kinetic bits and pieces at the moment to help me give my science/art kids ideas for making their artwork move. My brother Dave sent me a spring loaded woodpecker that wobbles up and down it's pole on a 'now I'm stuck, now I'm moving' kind of basis.

Here's my version. Mrs. Corky who wobbles up and down her knitting needle in a similar fashion - and no wonder after all the champagne she must have had to drink in order to secure such a curvaceous body!

Her head is a bead from from one of those back massaging car seat covers that used to be all the rage. I drilled a little hole half way through and glued in the spring. I tired lots of experiments with angle and length of spring. The shorter the spring, the faster she goes.It has to be pointing straight out at right angles to the knitting needle if you want her to b-y-o-n-g obligingly both up and down.

Come along now Mrs Corky. No need to loose your head....

Saturday, September 01, 2007


I went with my art/science kids to visit the fabulous Sharmanka gallery. Even they were captivated by the amazing show of kinetic sculpture.

When I came home I made this geezer from some dyed fabric molded with PVA.