Tuesday, March 22

Ladies Who Lunch

I was invited to lunch by my friend Margaret - after much to-ing and fro-ing and trying to coordinate schedules on Sunday, today was the only day in weeks that we would both be free. Having settled on a day, we left the details to be sorted out later. Last night, I casually thought about lunch being today, and that I should ring Margaret and find out exactly where and when to collect her from. And then forgot to ring her.

So we sorted out the details this morning (v v early) and I went of to Uni for the morning - 2 hour lecture, break, then 1 hour tutorial, which would occupy me until 12, and then I could go and collect Margaret from her work at 1. Except the lecturer was sick and cancelled the tutorials, so I was free at 10 instead - Yay! What to do for 2 hours though? I couldn't really go anywhere, so in the absence of anything more exciting to do, I went to the library and pretended to study - ie sat in the computer lab, spent 15 minutes searching for journal articles on Marx and commodification and the remainder of the 2 hours reading blogs. (I didn't have the essay questions with me, so I really couldn't do anything more, honest!)

Went off the collect Margaret from South Brisbane, which is about 25 mins drive. And found out that we were going to Threads and More for lunch. Yippee!! I've never been there before - mainly because we couldn't find it on the street, it is very badly signed - but anyway Margaret has been there before so she navigated for me. I think this is the only specialist yarn shop in Brisbane. They have lots of embroidery bits as well.

I really must start carrying my camera around - because on the table in the cafe section was a basket containing a knitted jam tart, and assorted other biscuits. And over the counter they had a plaque with 5 knitted Paddle Pops (ice blocks) on it. Kinda like these ones from the place in Tasmania (there's more here - they've knitted a whole room). (Thanks to Mary-Frances for spying these - I love them because they are so kitschy!)

Margaret bought the makings of a mohair jumper - really sheer and light as a feather. It's knitted in stamen stitch, so it looks really lacy even though it is just a variation of stocking stitch. I resisted all temptation. It was not easy.

Another thing that is popular is freeform knitting like these pieces by Prudence Mapstone:

They have handbags made out of this style of knitting and they are very glamourous. I want one really badly, but cannot justify the price at the moment. Plus I would have to learn how to do it.


  • I'm teaching myself to have with the freeform stuff. I've discovered, however, that I have a dearth of yarn variety. And probably not enough knitting needles.

    It's easy and hard at the same time! That is, the stitches are easy.. but putting it all together can be a challenge.

    By Blogger Debra, at 12:53 AM  

  • The lack of variety thing is putting me off as well, although the shop had smaller skeins - like a skein of tapestry wool - of yarns that looked like they would be good for free form stuff. Had no prices on them though.

    By Blogger Lynne, at 3:41 PM  

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