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Lucky No. 16 on my list (Buy and Own Art)

I am amazed at how many people loved my list from my post yesterday. Who know it would speak to you all. Thank you for your comments across my social media. I love it. I will endeavour to share with you how I am going.

One of the items on my list I am incredibly excited about was Number 16. Buying and owning art. Especially since I have already found the most incredible series of 5 pieces of art in my friend Thomas Buchich’s gallery in Berrima, in the Southern Highlands: WhiteWall Art Projects.

Thomas rotates an incredible selection of pieces from artists from across Australia and the rest of the world, and he also exhibits some of his stunning pieces. I particularly like any of his blue sculptures. Check out some of his work on his Instagram!

I visited in November and was in awe when I came across Judith Nangala Crispin’s work. According the the Financial Review, she’s: ‘The Artist that turns Roadkill into fine Art’.

I couldn’t walk past these incredible prints. Four birds and a lizard: roadkill. This is Judith’s description of the process: “Five panels of Lumachrome glass prints, chemigram, cliche-verre. Landscape and sky: cliche-verre and lumen from beached jellyfish, echidna spines, shed python skin, spiders, garnia seeds, twigs, rainforest ochres, oil paint, vegemite, petals and crystals made from copper chloride and acid with a current run through it – with roadkill southern boobook owl, roadkill masked lapwing, roadkill eastern water dragon, roadkill purple swamp hen, roadkill rainbow lorikeet on fibre paper. Exposure times of between 29 and 41 hours under acetate and perspex in humid conditions. Summer light and rain light.”

And all five of them are breakthtaking and the look absolutely fabulous in our stairwell.

Check out my Instagram highlights for some videos of these beauties up on my wall.

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FOs: Two Gorgeous Girls in Two Popcorn Jumpers

My good friend Davina asked me to knit two jumpers for her, one for her gorgeous daughter Bonnie and one for herself. She picked a gorgeous orange merino yarn that her dad, who owns a sewing machine store in Edinburgh, sent her.

I used the Paelas popcorn genser / popcorn sweater pattern and adjusted it slightly.

I believe I added more ‘popcorn’ than the pattern called for, but they just look so sweet! I knitted up the size for 2 years as my friend wanted it to be big enough for her daughter for another year or so.

What I really love about this pattern, apart from the ‘popcorn’ is the twisted rib, it adds such a nice finish. Actually it’s really easy to knit it, check out this video if you need some help!

The knitting took a little longer than a usual jumper would because of the ‘popcorn’ but the final look of it is just perfect and worth the extra time it took to make.

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And just take a look at gorgeous Bonnie wearing her jumper, and a bonnet that I made for her too (blogged about here.) Doesn’t she look cute?

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 popcorn genser/popcorn sweater by Siri Hoftun.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 17th-28th February 2016.

I then also knitted Davina a short, long-sleeved jumper using the same ‘popcorn’ pattern as the ‘little jumper’.

The rest of the pattern I just made up, following the general sizing for a womens jumper in small. Easier than I thought it would be, but actually I didn’t write any notes, so I am not sure I would be able to recreate it.

I am very pleased with the final result and my friend is too.

She looks amazing in it, doesn’t she?

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My friend is currently away, but she sent me the most amazing picture yesterday, which prompted me to post about these two beautiful girls in their ‘Anna-made’ jumpers.

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 My own.
Yarn: Wendy Merino DK yarn in paprika.
Needle size: 4mm
Knitting time: 14th April – 4th May 2016.