About this blog

A blog about the meanderings of a craft designer and hand maker living in a beautiful island at the end of the earth....I'm a weaver addicted to her little Ashford Knitters Loom, a crocheter, knitter, painter, gardener and grandma. Rowena lives in Tasmania - a world apart, not a world away!

Craft is a social activity, shaped by communal resources and motivations. Leonardo Bonanni and Amanda Parkes Virtual guilds : collective intelligence and the future of craft JMC vol 3, no 2 July 2010 pp. 179-190

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


A busy month...

Unit listed and now sold - thanks to Katrina at Raine & Horne Launceston for a professional and attentive service!!  Amazingly fast results.

Too much stuff (refer Eric Bibb)...yes way too much stuff......packed up.

AND MOVED  thanks to Bell's removals and the fantastic Dion and Shane who got it all done in the pouring rain.  The only thing broken was what I dropped.

Unpacking too much stuff......thanks thanks thanks to Lalu and I could use the kitchen.

The shop got painted - thanks Lyn...and arranged in the dead of night ready for last Wednesday's opening.

And Grum came home for Christmas from the wilds of Victoria....and cut wood ( taa also to Michael in absentia, Fergus and Lalu (again!)), and bought me a clothes line for Christmas and put it up, and spent 3 hours cutting grass, pruning the fruit trees and generally tidying, nailing, moving and supporting.......

Gee thanks too to Lauren for giving me Christmas dinner off - it was a lovely meal and terriffic to have us there together.

And to my Mum, on the occasion of her 95th birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUMMY xxxxxx

...and as well to BRuce and Mary and Kaye and Will and June and Rita and Carmen and Bubu and Jacquie and Yin Mei and all of the other ones who I appologise for not mentioning and who have phoned, emailed or called...just THANK YOU!!!!!!

And lastly to Eric again...Don't let nobody drag your spirit down

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Well, I've been rabbiting on about these for a few weeks now and they are finally finished!

The latest superfine Tasmanian merino handwoven scarves are finally off the looms, finished, labeled and packaged and ready to go to their new owners! 

They are destined as gifts for attendees at a wedding in Hobart this Saturday - and two will be off to the U.S!  I'm SO pleased with the new packaging.  It makes the special ones look "specialler" don't you think?

One is millspun, one millspun warp and handspun weft and two handspun both ways woven on an Ashford Knitters loom 50 cm and usingTasmanian Merino label superfine merino tops (handspun to medium singles) and the same  millspun 2/16s.   Lovely !!!