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wondering why it isn’t cold enough

by on Jul.11, 2014, under Blog

for Aucklanders to wear cowls

So easy to wear and they don’t get caught in the wind or in the spokes of a bicycle wheel. Now in Europe in winter it is another story.

Of course

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Cachecol

by on Jul.06, 2014, under Blog

Begun 15th June 2012 – Crikey

Every day in every way I learn new stuff – thank goodness. As you already know I love scarves, cowls, halsmudd, neck warmers, mufflers, and now Cachecol.

Cachecol is the Portuguese word for Scarf or muffler and it is derived from French. Cache meaning hide and col being neck – so it is a garment that hides the neck.

I like the word and that it hides the neck. I tried to roll the word it off my tongue but can’t quite get the hang of it. BUT where did I find the word – At Scarf It Up on facebook, thanks Louise – You can see Cachecols at Scarf It Up and that sent me looking.

Cachecol

Portuguese Wikipedia has an article on: Cachecol

cachecol

From French cache (“hide”) + col (“neck”).

scarf (long garment worn around the neck)

cachecol-/ noun / scarf

A scarf, also known as a Kremer, muffler, or neck-wrap is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, or near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or for religious reasons.

1st April 2014 – my goodness it is nearly 2 years since I saw Louise and her Cachecol pieces on facebook and started to write a little about them. Cachecol by Louise

6th July 2014 – things change don’t they. I just went to check on Louise and her Cachecol pieces and low and behold Louise is now felting as well. She is Nuno felting: larger, reversible pieces such as scarves, capelets, and wraps that include techniques such as craters, bumps, color carvings, inclusions, lace. See Scarf It Up blogspot here

I must publish this as the tale of fibre artist Louise Giordano will continue and you can follow her yourself.

Nuno felt capelet by Louise Giordano

It has taken me over 2 years to complete this wee post. I am determined to do better.

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it is harder than you realise

by on Mar.29, 2014, under Blog

Originally begun on Nov 15, 2013

When you make a commitment to writing a blog post everyday.

Well it has been for me for sure.

Now it is March 29, 2014

and I have been reflecting on why it is I am having such difficulty since I arrived back in New Zealand. Of course; and it is obvious to me, whilst I lived in the Netherlands I walked miles, travelled in Europe, rode my bike in the Netherlands and then with Best Beloved I rode from Haarlem to Untersiggenthal in Switzerland. I knitted and did design my own knits, wrote patterns, attended several workshops all knitting related and taught a workshop at Knitting in Nature and I did not have to go to work every week day. I visited galleries and museums and explored and thereby nourished my mind.

So what has changed? Well we live next door to daughter and her family out in the country in the Waikato Region, and that has been a joy and a drama. A new grand daughter, a wee lifestyle block, relocated house, a large garden to develop where there was none before, and beasties in paddocks, chickens and goats, new friends made, old friends visiting. Positively heaven on earth.

The negative – a neighbour, and his constant harassment. The harassment continues even though we have a restraining order. Now if we were family of the police and being harassed – do you think it would still be continuing? No I don’t think so.

I think that that big negative interferes with my creative story and life. I knit endlessly but not with much thought to design or artistic joy. I cook and garden and the garden is looking great, but after 2 1/2 years we are nowhere near where we expected to be.

SO we plod on with our creative lives a bit in tatters – and surely it will come right sometime – surely.

Got to get over it, but a life time of training on the art of living has not prepared me for this stress.

Got to sort it in my head

Somehow.

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Angelicas Cream capelet / cowl

by on Mar.28, 2014, under Blog

Knitted in the round with alternating bands of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch and I think from memory it has a crochet trim. It was created for Angelica as a Christmas gift whilst we were in the Netherlands along with a huge bed cover.

It feels like a life time ago – but was only December 2009 so only 4 1/2 years ago. I wonder if we will ever have another family Christmas now we are back in New Zealand.

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I’m rapt in wraps

by on Mar.22, 2014, under Blog

Be they capes, capelets, cloaks, shawls, or cowls and neck warmers.

Some of these have patterns – some I keep dreaming of patterns being written.

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