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As you know from my previous post, I’m one of the Maker’s of the Month for Concrete Wardrobe, in Broughton Street, Edinburgh.  When James and Fiona invited me, it was suggested that I could design something special for the window.  Well…where to start? My collection is mostly accessories, so I didn’t want to stray too far from that area.  I fiddled around with ideas, and finally came up with a design for a cape.   The definition of words is commonly a starting point for my work.  Cape works well on two levels,  not only as a ‘sleeveless outer garment fastened at the throat, and worn hanging over the shoulders’, but also as, ‘a point or head of land projecting into a body of water.’

The colours, textures and form of the cape were directly inspired by the coastal headland around Auchmithie, on the East coast of Scotland.  It was my favourite beach when I was growing up.

It’s a pebble beach, covered in some of the most beautiful stones.  I recently spent 3 whole days there recording the sound of the sea, collecting, photographing and making small site specific yarn related things.

……hand dyed yarn, found pebble and seaweed.

…..natural yarn, crocheted and attached.

…..abandoned boat, with the mist lifting.

You never grow out of looking for ‘stuff’ in rock pools.  Although the weather was pretty poor with the haar off the water taking hours to clear, it was still a wonderful experience.  It was very much a case of….to sea, but not seen.

As usual, most of my pictures were of the macro variety, leaving Alan to take some wonderful seascapes.

The resulting cape design consists of a combination of azure knitted felt, vintage checked tweed and some gorgeous self-coloured Harris Tweed, finished off with a wooden button.  I hand dyed the silk lining to create an effect redolent of water ripples.

This cape is a one off never to be repeated design, and I have to say that I found it difficult to part with!  I hope it finds a lovely home and is enjoyed by whoever buys it.

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Well, that was some weekend…..I even missed posting ‘funky friday’.  If I had been firing on all cylinders it would have been ‘fuzzy friday’ due to the over indulgence of this, on Thursday evening…….

So much wine....so little time

Luckily the weather was brilliant and sunny, so we didn’t look out of place wearing our shades when we visited Crail, in Fife, the following day.  It’s a stunning little village on the East coast with views over to the Bass Rock.  I’d hoped to buy a fresh lobster, but we ran out of time.

There was an amazing sand sculpture right next to the pub….

After our wee jaunt to the coast, we headed home for a Thai meal, cooked by yours truly, without wine this time, and some crochet instruction, for Gabs.

Saturday began at a leisurely pace, and as the weather was looking reasonable, we hopped on a bus to Perth.  We stopped into say hi to Elena, in her Yarn and Fibre shop.  Gabs fell in love with some very large oversized knitting needles, which were swiftly purchased, along with some yarn and a huge crochet hook.  I bought some yarn too, just to be polite, you understand, and then we headed into Perth.

The ‘Trove’ Exhibition was on at the Museum, so we stopped in to have a look round.  Some really amazing glass work by brilliant makers, and well worth the time spent.

Just as we were leaving the Museum the rain was threatening….and we are talking the big splashy stuff, so we ducked into the Concert Hall for a wee libation to wait it out,and boy, did the heavens open.

Luckily, the rain soon stopped and we made it to the bus and home without getting soaked.  When I say home, I mean via the shop with more of the local vino calapso.  Well, I *needed* a bottle of Elderberry to put in the steak and stilton pie I was making for tea….honest gov.  While I made the pie, Gabs prepared various soft fruits to have in a pavlova meringue, which I popped in the oven while preparing the rest of the tea.

We ate so much that PJ’s were in order and then we broke out the new needles and yarn…..

I wasn’t kidding….these needles are BIG!  But the great thing is that in no time at all, you’ve knitted loads…

(oops! fuzzy image)

It was a real treat to have Gabs up to Scotland to stay with us, and I hope it will be the first of many tweet-ups.  We hit it off immediately and have more than a few things in common, including our love of cake, and giggling.  Maybe next time Tony will come too, and Alan will have someone to talk camera’s, and lenses and all things photography shaped….or we might even manage a trip down South.