Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Crochet, Knitting, Felting Workshops.

Workshops have commenced at Precious Purl for 2011. Our first class will run this Saturday 26th February 10.30-4.30 This is an introduction to Felting with Robyn Steel-Strickland and is booked out, but if you are interested in such a class, let us know and we will plan to run it again.

On Saturdays 19th March and 26th March we have planned 2 workshops with the fabulous, outrageous, Crochet Queen, Penny O'Neill. Penny has run classes for us previously and all participants have had a "ball!"
On 19th March 2.00-4.00 Penny will run her Bower Birdz class.Crocheted flowers and treasures embellish a "stitch holder" to adorn hair,bags,scarf or wrap.Cost will be $55.
On 26th March 2.00-4.00 a crocheted Scarflette that can also be worn as a head band embellished with crocheted flowers that are used as fastening. Also $55.
These fun classes are designed for both beginners and experienced crocheters.
Saturday 30th April, Pam Goble of Lara Downs will run a Felting workshop using her hand dyed Merino/Silk laps to produce cobweb felt. Get in quickly as numbers will be very limited!

Saturday 14th May Jude Skeers, well known knitwear designer of Moebius Wrap fame will take you through the process of knitting his latest vest design using our Superfine Kid Mohair.

Register your interest by email now (go to my profile for address) and all details will be sent to you or visit Precious Purl to see Samples.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Geelong Patchwork and Quilters Guild

What a great day we had yesterday as the invited guests of the Geelong Patchwork and Quilters Guild at their monthly meeting! This is a vibrant group of around 120 women who are passionate about many crafts.

Pam gave a fabulous talk about the evolution of Lara Downs/Precious Purl  over the years and displayed some samples of work by our talented Artists and Knitters that were lovingly fondled as they were passed around!     
Sorry about the fuzzy zoom shot below!

Our Trade stand was enthusiastically received and many treasures purchased for the next project or just because they were irresistible!! 

Thanks Geelong for inviting us! We would love to come back again and thank you Lisa for minding the Store!

My next post will be all about the exciting workshops happening at Precious Purl - stay tuned!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

This is Melbourne, not Brisbane!!

WOW!! I really feel even more for all those affected by our unbelievable weather in Australia this summer!
The tail end of cyclones Anthony and Yasi  hit very close to home on Friday!

This is the view out our bedroom window at the height of the torrential downpour. This raging waterfall was running down the hill from the back of our half acre block, taking everything in its way, including our driveway!! Fortunately it stopped just short of flowing in the back door!

But this was nothing compared to my son's brand new house.
 Pride and joy of he and his partner for the last 6 months!

Workers from the insurance company came very quickly to remove the soggy plaster and insulation and secure what was left. Just heart breaking for them, but all can be repaired. Gives perspective to the huge losses and damage, others have had to endure. 

I am crocheting Granny Squares with new fervour as I join in with Crochet a Rainbow for all flood victims!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Crochet a Rainbow

Precious Purl has joined the growing list of participants aiming to Crochet a Rainbow to bring comfort and colour to those affected by the floods throughout Queensland and Victoria.
Donations of Granny Squares of 5 rounds in wool or acrylic will be joined together into blankets. Completed "Grannies" can be left at Precious Purl and we will forward them to Sarah London in NSW. We hope our customers will want to join in such a wonderful way to show their support.
All information can be found at "Crochet a Rainbow" or Sarah London on Ravelry or http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com

Precious Purl resumes normal trading tomorrow Wednesday 2nd February 11-4pm