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Just back from  a yarn dyeing workshop in West Kilbride with Old Maiden Aunt. Fantastic day! We both made 8 samples using different bases.. Nicola’s are the deeper colours on the left mine on the right. Then after lunch made up full skeins using our notes from the morning. I can’t wait to do more experiments at home. april2015 614 april2015 611 april2015 612 april2015 613

Yarn is currently hanging in spare room drying. I’m swithering about what to do with the two large hanks.. Byatt? I did it on the merino/nylon/cashmere base as a friend has been totally converted by it.

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On Tuesday I went up to Regent Terrace. Once Dear Readers I lived there in a basement flat where we were probably the only people on housing benefit. I probably didn’t really appreciate the fantastic location enough when I did live there… a little too blase. Anyway would walk past the Royal High School building nightly… at that time with a caravan vigil outside staffed for campaigners for the Scottish Parliament.! Yes it was THAT long ago. However this magnificent building has fallen on hard times. At one point it was touted as a possible museum of photography which would have been fantastic. Its only a few hundred yards from Rock House the studio of pioneering photographers Hill & Adamson (and the site of the first documented photograph taken by a woman with photographic equipment  – Jessie Mann) But that was not too be. Now there are plans to build two glass cubes on either side and turn this into a 6 star hotel. However the crafty underground are on it.

Independent Article

Herald Article

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Throughly grumpy crafter makes a point on the newly privatised Virgin East Coast train service. Formerly nationalised and profit making its now owned by the beardy horror Branson (a small share) with the majority of it owned by Stagecoach run by the loathesome Brian Soutar.  As he also controls the busses travelling to London  – unless one is prepared to fly – it is not impossible to leave Scotland without adding to the profits of this ghastly man. #BRINGBACKBRITISHRAIL

 

Milo MacLaughlin of Clearminded Creative has made a fabulous wee video giving you flavour of the event at Gladstones Library in May. More to come over on our mini site including the recordings of presentations. Sign up to the newsletter there to get advance notice of other summits. And DO  try the Chi Kung introductory session which we did with Lourenço de Azevedo. Even without the magical backdrop of Gladstones Library its a wonderful grounding set of exercises (even for those ‘allergic’ to exercise!)

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