21 July 2014

Portraits of a Tea Cosy opens in Ballina

The Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition is now open at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina, Norther NSW.

You're a clever chap Mark Crocker.

It was like meeting my old friends again, seeing the beautiful photographs of all those tea cosy guardians from Queensland, NSW and Victoria.


As soon as I walked in the door of the gallery.... well look at me... adjusting, preening, fluffing up those cosies.


The people of Ballina and surrounds.

The Mayor of Ballina, David Wright.
Turns out he is a bit of a fan of tea cosies!!!
The official business - welcome to country, introductions, and a little bit of talking.
And then there was the two day workshop - a small group of four fabulous women. 

As I always say, all the best people were there.

Zeez eez what they made.

And zeez is it how it made them smile.















Christine and Alice Fay and Alex Gay and Kim
Thank you for playing tea cosy so nicely with me over the weekend in Ballina.

And thank you to Christine Jones (yes that great girl above left) for the homage to tea cosy nonsense right outside the gallery.  There is Miss Daffy Dill and Tammy Shanter reincarnated as knit graffiti!!!


01 June 2014

Wonderful Workshop Women - TWO events

Two weeks ago this mob of Tea Cosy Nutters came to visit in the hills of Noosa for two days.


You were from Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cowra and other unpronounceable Victorian and NSW country towns.


You buoyed me until the next mob arrived.

Yesterday this mob of Tea Cosy Nutters took their smiles home with them and left me with mine hurting my face.

You were from Melbourne, The Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Nambour.




Time out for lunch on the verandah yesterday.





I love this photo.

Perhaps it is that cheesy smile.

Or the pretty tea cosy.



Of course wearing a Triumph Motorcycles T shirt while wearing that cheesy smile and holding a pretty tea cosy wouldn't have anything to do with it.

Hey Kim from Logan City



And well...

I think these two had just shared a risque joke!

Hey Susanne and Barbara from Toowoomba


The next two workshops are in August and September.  Places still available - just.

22 May 2014

The Two Day Tea Cosy Workshop

August and September 2014
book now

You will receive

Excellent Queen of the Tea Cosies tuition
Wool to die for and knit with
Scrummy lunch and morning and afternoon tea

The 'At Home' workshops on the Sunshine Coast are $220 per person.

Prices may vary with workshops held at other venues.

If you can knit a stitch, purl a stitch, cast on and off, then you can do this workshop!

The tea cosy is the perfect little project to learn a great number of knitty skills.

Read your knitting 
Knit in the round with the Magic Loop
Colour stranding - Fair Isle
Continental knitting
New ways to cast on
New ways to cast off
Simple maths of shaping
Learn to love knitting outside the square







 
August - Friday 8 and Saturday 9 - waiting list only
"At Home" in the hills of Noosa.

September - Friday 26 and Saturday 27
"At Home" in the hills of Noosa

  • Email ME for the "At Home" workshops with your preferred dates 

11 May 2014

Knittng on Lord Howe Island

Who'd a thunk !

A workshopping holiday on
Lord Howe Island!

Two days of knitting at the fabulous Greenback Restaurant

Thank you Glenys (middle back) for hosting the Lord Howe Island Tea Cosy workshop.  And what a host!  Homemade cakes, biscuits and pumpkin soup.  The best welcome and stay.















Above:  Those Magnificent Tea Cosies!

And introducing the Wonderful Workshop Women




Jennifer from Sydney,  Glenys - the Hostess with the Mostess, Cheryl from Canberra

Lee from Adelaide, Lynda from Wales but now living on Lord Howe Is, Elva from Melbourne

What a fab bunch of Tea Cosy Nutters you are, you are, what a fab bunch of Tea Cosy Nutters you are!

And to prove One was there!!!!   Performing "The Hills are Alive".

21 March 2014

Book FOUR



Well here it is.  A new book.  Tea hea hea.  Who'd a thunk hey!  Yep.  We've gone all pretty.
She'll be released in Australia on the 25 June - One's birthday - remember it now.  One does love a lot of attention on One's birthday. Oh alright, One loves a lot of attention any day, except when One doesn't. 

She'll be released in the UK and EU in August and in America? Well I don't know yet.

Feeling pretty chuffed with Oneself.

11 March 2014

Posh Jacket

YES ! One spent the summer knitting a heavy fair isle woolen jacket.  But of course it was a very smart thing to do 'cos now it is ready for winter !  Ha !

This is the cover pattern for Vogue Knitting magazine about two issues ago.

What a dream to just knit to pattern.



One DID forget that One is taller than everyone else in the entire world and ought to have accommodated that fact in the length of the jacket.  A couple of extra inches wouldn't have hurt.


It hangs beautifully don't you think.



And it's not too bad from the back either.



Job done.
Bring on the cold weather.


14 October 2013

Tea Cosy Love In - Doonan October 2013

I dunno!  Really!  It is a lucky lucky girl that gets to knit and play and laugh with so many others that love to knit and play and laugh too.

And that lucky lucky girl is me. 


Here you are in action.

Pleased as punch.
Punch must have been very pleased indeed.


Helping each other




Hard at it.
It's a tough loife.

Loving our cosies.
Left to right

Shelley (from Sydney)
Elyse (from Sydney)





Gaylene (from Imbil, QLD)
Diane (from Cowra, NSW)


Hilary (from Leeds, England)
Heather (from Sydney)

Gay (from Yeppoon, QLD)
Liz (from Toowoomba, QLD)




Glenice (from Melbourne)
Deb (from Brisbane)

16 September 2013

Australian Holiday Workshops

The Sunshine Coast
Queensland

October 2013

The "At Home" workshop is FULL with just over three weeks to meet and play with a new bunch of tea cosy nutters. 

Helloooooo.  I'm looking forward to meeting you all.

Adelaide
South Australia

November 2013

Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13


The Adelaide Workshop still has places.  Hurry now.  Email me
loani at me dot com
for all the details.


Lord Howe Island
New South Wales

May 2014

Monday 5 and Tuesday 6
Knit for two days.  Then dive, sail, climb, fish, sleep, sip cocktails for days and days.

Book with Oxley Travel

Be SURE to SAY "with the tea cosy workshop"


16 August 2013

Knitting Holiday in NOOSA - OCTOBER

Remember my 
April Tea Cosy Angels?


Here they are again.
Smiling their beautiful tea cosy smiles.


I have one last workshop scheduled for this year - here at home
The Two Day Tea Cosy Workshop


Friday 11 and Saturday 12. 
October 2013

9.30 - 4.30 each day.



Delish Morning and afternoon tea
a Scrummy lunch

and

Wool
 
all included in the price
$190 per person.

email me now for all the details.

there are only 2 of 8 places left.
Stay on for a lovely Noosa paradise holiday.


06 August 2013

His and Hers Uggies

The Bloke celebrates another birthday today.  We aren't singing "When I'm 64" anymore.

He wasn't an Uggy man when I met him but you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

He didn't like cats either. 

He insists he STILL doesn't like cats, that Wes DOESN'T prefer his lap to mine, that he definitely does NOT talk to him constantly through the day and anyway, Wes isn't really a cat.



And well here is another Dancing Tea Cosy for your amusement.






01 August 2013

Melbourne Tea Cosy Love In

First there was this...

a two day workshop at Opendrawer
in Camberwell on Monday and Tuesday.

You funny mob you.  I thought I had done you in as you dragged yourselves out the door on the last day of the workshop, shoulders bent, weary, drained of the will to live.  I thought, damn, I've done it now. Those women will never knit again.

BUT five of you bounced into the Craft and Quilt Fair two days later with your hearts bursting with tea cosy love, with smile muscles working again, to show your finished tea cosies, to introduce your friends and family, to restore my teacherly vim.

And then there was this.....

Wednesday, high tea at the lovely home of NotJustNat

Thank you thank you for having me at your place Nat. 

What a warm welcome to your home.
What a treat to meet your friends.
What a treat to see all your artful craft.

What a SPREAD!  Champagne.  Cucumber sandwiches.  Scones.  Cake.  Chocolate dipped strawberries.

Everything just so.  Perfect.

And then there was

The Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair.

Now that was truly a tea cosy love in.

Look at you! 

Thank you everyone who brought their cosies for show and tell.
Thank you everyone who just said hello.
Thank you to the lovely women who volunteered their time so I could eat (and wee)
Thank you to the strangers who recognised the mid afternoon flagging and supplied coffee and biscuits.

Canberra next.  Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair next week!!!

20 July 2013

Royal Melbourne Show - Tea Cosy SWAP

You have ONE WEEK to register for the 
Royal Melbourne Show
Tea Cosy SWAP


Submit your online entry at Art, Craft and Cookery page before the 26 July deadline.
Completed cosies are required to be delivered on 11 September.
Full details are in the competition Schedule

All tea cosies received will be displayed in the Art, Craft & Cookery Pavilion during the Royal Melbourne Show from 21 September – 2 October 2013.  Tetley will make a monetary donation to the McGrath foundation to help fund the work of breast care nurses for every tea cosy received.

Participants will enjoy the fun of receiving a different, surprise cosy in return for entering.

G'orn.  It'll be fun.

One will be in residence holding court (giving talks) on
26, 27 and 28 September.
One will have an original Queen of the Tea Cosies cosy in the swap with teapot and provenance - 
you might be the one to receive it.
One will choose One's favourite FOUR tea cosies wot will receive a little Queenly award and reward.

19 July 2013

Tibetan Tea Warriors


Introducing the 
Tibetan Tea Warriors - a KNITmation

Knitted objets d'art my moi
Video editing by Bob Blasdall of ThePOSTworks
for an exhibiton


Ah.  The things we do !