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!!!
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 $280 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
Email ME for the "At Home" workshops with your preferred dates
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.
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.