A little patterning

On Thursday I took Goat & Goat's mum* to the Craft Fair (yuk website, but readers who haven't been yet might want the info).
MaGoat is a quilter.
So we spent most of the time looking at the quilts.
About ten acres of quilts.
Lots of photo realism.
Lots of sparkly bits.
With the exception of the odd indigo dyed, sachiko-stitched examples (like the one in the above photo), for me it was good practice in dispassionate observation and restraint.
Actually, restraint is an understatement, as MaGoat is a full-on Christian and I spent a good deal of my energy trying not to blaspheme.
Under normal conditions, the quilts would be enough to let the judgement flow as to make a wharfie blush.

Fondled a good deal of yarn, most of which was really overpriced.
Serious yarn addicted readers will be shocked to learn I came away empty handed.
Yarn wise, I was most curious about Eco yarns. And I'm glad I never got around to ordering some online as I gotta say the range was oddly unappealing: rough textured and insipidly coloured.

Highlight of the day for me the Handweavers & Spinners Guild corner.
I'm going to have to find room for a loom, as I'm increasingly drawn to weaving.

The punishing deadline has really kept me away from the blogosphere for a while now. It's been nice to sit down finally with a Winter Vegetable chicken casserole in the oven (thankyou Michelle Cranston for once again saving my culinary arse, as in "what the hell can I make out of what's in the fridge"? ) and catch up on what everyone's been up to (my Bloglines feeds....argh!, but then I no longer get the weekend papers, so I get much more meaningful content this way).

Possibly the most eventful of what you've all been up to is giving birth.
So everyone rush over right now and congratulate Di on the arrival of little C.

*this may seem a perfectly banal fact, but Goat and I have been living together for almost five years and this was the first day we've met.
A red letter day my friends, a red letter day.

Oh, and the gift? Part of Goat's birthday. There's been a lot going on.


Blogger shula said...

Have you ever considered spinning, Carson?

1 July 2007 at 1:52 am  
Blogger Jeanne said...

There is always room for a loom! If you're looking for one and have space considerations, might I suggest a Harrisville? Mine is a 36" floor loom from Harrisville Designs in the USA. It folds! Front AND back fold up, even when warped, and it has wheels for easy moving. It can be purchased as a kit or pre-assembled. I chose the kit. It took some time and energy, but it was far less expensive plus I was able to imbue it with my own personal energy and got to know the parts intimately during the process.

You'll love weaving. Once you're hooked, you're hooked.

1 July 2007 at 6:35 am  
Blogger M-H said...

Agree about the quilts. We walked around with our mouths firmly buttoned, on the whole, just muttering little asides to each other so no-one will hear. Some little gems, but lots of dross. One year they had a display of Japanese quilts, and they were something else. The Eco people did have some vibrant colours in the soysilk. That's all I bought from there. And agree about the weaving - that's what I'm going to do when I retire: learn loom and tapestry weaving.

1 July 2007 at 9:37 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

red letter or red card???
sounds like you behaved like a saint

1 July 2007 at 11:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad you found the sachiko stitched quilt to share with us. i love the pattern on the dark fabric.

and congratuations on the five year meeting anniversary. five years is not banal, it's a big deal.

1 July 2007 at 1:16 pm  
Blogger Madge said...

Happy birthday to Goat! And many m-o-o-re!

Commendable that you held your tongue. And glad you survived the parental first meeting. Doesn't it feel good to have that particular milestone over and done?! My first meeting with Tom's family about killed me - his parents AND his five brothers and sisters vetted me over a Xmas holiday. (one interviewed me as to job, car, rent or own, etc.) And when my family met Tom? We were drunk on mai tais at the infamous Tonga Room in San Francisco!

2 July 2007 at 3:20 am  
Blogger missfee said...

What restraint.
I feel for you re family meetings, I ran the guantlet of sock victims family and friends recently over a weekend in Melbourne. And it's his turn with mine this Friday.
Congrats on your 5 years of cohabitation

2 July 2007 at 2:47 pm  
Blogger Heather Moore said...

Hi Carson. I haven't been leaving comments lately, but I just wanted to let you know I'm reading as keenly as ever, having a chuckle, and always appreciate the comments you leave over at mine. Congrats on the 5 year anniversary. V cool.

4 July 2007 at 5:00 pm  

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