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The story of the Kakapo

January 21, 2014

Douglas Adams famously described the New Zealand native kakapo as the ‘world’s largest, fattest and least-able-to-fly parrot’. The males can grow up to a whopping 60cm and both males and females are a beautiful mottled green and yellow with black flecks. It may also be the world’s longest living bird with a suspected life expectancy …

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The New Games Movement and Life. Be In It.

March 15, 2012

This is one of those detective stories, uncovering facts and hints bit by bit. It’s the thrill of the chase and the satisfaction of the find that I love about this sort of stuff. Last year I discovered the New Games Movement, an American movement in the early 70s to get adults out and playing …

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Images of Modern Evil (and why I love social media)

March 26, 2011

I was on the Heide Museum‘s facebook page the other day and they had a competition running to coincide with their upcoming exhibition, Albert Tucker’s Images of Modern Evil. You simply had to name your favourite painting from the series and why and you’d go into the draw to win a double pass to a …

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History of the Granny Square!

April 2, 2010

I’m so excited! I’ve found evidence of how far back Granny Squares go! I’ve been researching them in an attempt to place them in history. Clearly they have a revival at the moment and I know they were huge in the 70s, but where did it start? I’ve done a bunch of research on the …

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Research is such a pretty thing

March 30, 2010

I’m working on a new project, this time it’s a solo photography exhibition. I wont say too much about the actual theme at this point, but so I’m doing a whole swathe of research on stuff from the 30s. I want the photos to have an element of realism. Since they’re sort of vaguely set …

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First Lady of Knitting

March 19, 2010

what a great title to hold! I was on the Historic Fibers blog and checking out the links on the right nav bar. There is a big pile of awesome knitting history links and I thought I would share them with you all. Firstly is The Hook and The Book virtual exhibition. An awesome and …

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July 26, 2009

Yesterday Jude and I attended a High Tea in Kyneton. It was organised by the Zetland Masonic Lodge up there for charity, raising funds for the Starlight Foundation. I’d never been to a High Tea before, and I was delighted by the experience. To your right was my place setting, note the beautiful tea cup, …

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Fast punch history lesson

July 7, 2009

A friend of mine asked a question about doileys over email, and I sent her a Rambling Fast Punch History of Craft Lesson in reply. So I figured I’d share it. ___ The traditional spelling of doiley is actually D’oyleys. It would be a great comfort to me if you could use the correct term …

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Nerdy obsession?

May 18, 2009

On the weekend I attended a fancy dress party with the theme of Nerdy Obsessions. In between the storm troopers, star trek uniforms, miriad of Dr Who’s and random Lord of the Rings characters, there was one girl in blue jeans, knitted cardigan, with beanie, scarf and clutching double pointed needles which had the beginnings …

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heart warming goodness

May 11, 2009

It’s cold outside, so inbetween soup and coffees I thought I’d share some other warming things… Firstly, I was walking down smith st the other day, past the in.cube8r gallery and I saw this dreadfully serious little owl staring out of the window. It’s made by Neptune’s Necklace and I fell in love with it. …

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