Monthly Archives: September 2012

Off for a week south.

I was at Summerhall during the festival. I love the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay and with two friends we found the room with his work in it. Summerhall is not like other galleries. We walked around with our drinks from the bar and to my surprise when I asked the gallery assistant if I could take a photograph of the above works she was fine about it. It’s rare to have a mention of knitting in fine art. The fictitious Madam Defarge is one of the few points when knitting gets a look in.

Yesterday I was surprised by something else some politically motivated yarnbombing in Edinburgh on Princes St. I took some photographs and sent them to the Evening News and hopefully they will be covering this unusual event ( I say unusual as mostly yarnbombing is a matter of covering up items in the public space rather than publicly commentating as it is here.)

Last weekend I met two friends at the Old Infirmary St Baths where the Edinburgh Tapestry Company has its headquarters. We had coffee in the cafe – lovely gluten free cakes and then went on to see the exhibition celebrating their centenary. Started in 1912 by the duke of something who had an urgent need for tapestries for his country pile… since then they have branched out and do a lot of tapestries from designs by artists. If you go to the British Library the huge tapestry in the entrance from a picture by Kitaj was woven by the Edinburgh Tapestry Company. But what got me drooling? Looking over the working area and seeing the shelves and shelves of cones of yarn. OH the colours! I took two photographs before I was admonished for taking pictures. Sigh but not interested in taking photos of the tapestries (to be honest I’m not sure a photo could do justice to the riches of the experience of them ) but cones of colour lined up in colour families oh my !

Last night as I went to my craft group the wind started howling and the rain beat down. Today I emerged from the house with branches strewn all over the park and leaves huddling along the gutters. I’m going back to crocheting after a housework break.

I’d recommend Anna Karenina the new version out now purely in terms of how much pleasure seeing the costumes would give anyone interested in textiles.