Friday, December 30

To travel hopefully...

I have designated 2012 my year of exploration. 

Small scale stuff by many people's standards, I know, but I'm hazily planning a few escapades around the country and across the North Sea this coming year.  

Not in this lovely mobile artwork, sadly. I admired it on Wednesday when we had a wee day oot (in stormy wind and rain) to Glasgow where Hugh enjoyed the rockers' dream exhibition at the Kelvingrove and we checked out the Riverside, the fancy new home of the Transport Museum

And I want to explore new ideas in my artwork too - the list of 'must try this' items on my list is impressive.
As I consider what to do first, I've started work on a version of this jacket. I've spun up four yarns which I am combining with a wool/silk mix aran weight from New Lanark. Stripes? Me? How did you guess?

As 2011 fades away, I want to say thanks for reading this far, for the comments both on and off the blog, and for visiting Woolgatherings or HQ or The Tart at fairs this year. May we all have a peaceful, safe and fulfilling year ahead. 


Thursday, December 22

Good Wishes

Illustration by Edmund Dulac from Hans Christian Anderson's 'The Snow Queen'


Sunday, December 18

Winter Preparations

As the temperature falls I'm closing up Tart HQ for the winter. There will be many many trips across the snowy garden over the next week or so as I desperately try to squash the contents of HQ into nooks and crannies in the house to keep it warm and dry till the Spring. Of course I still want to have access to stuff so that I can continue to work with it which means I should really do the storage thing is a meaningful logical manner...
Good in theory but hey, it's a week till Christmas and there are much more pressing things to concern myself with, several of them kitchen-related (no relevant photographs were available due to exhaustive product testing).

Thursday, December 8

Welcome to the Festive Fling!

Despite ferocious weather here today, Tart HQ is cleaned and polished, primped and ready for visitors from Friday till Sunday. Understated it is not, but you wouldn't really expect that, now would you?
Sadly no images to tempt you but believe me there are lots of lovely textile and paper creations as well as a stash of cheap-as-chips sale items. Then there's spicy mulled apple juice, coffee and home baking to encourage you to linger and chat. 

Hugh's cabin will be open all weekend too. He's there now, reducing the prices ridiculously on his lovely paintings. 

Drop by if you can - wellies optional!