08 April 2008

Woollie Weekend

It was a long weekend here in Dundee (we must be a bunch of heathens because we don't get Easter holidays, just a spring holiday the first Monday of April) and I enjoyed 3 days in a row without having to go to work!

Saturday the weather was like this......



This is the view of Dundee from the footpath along the coast at Wormit, where I went walking on Saturday morning, across the Tay Rail Bridge and the legs of the bridge (and the remains of the previous bridge which collapsed into the river, train atop in December 1879.) It was a beautiful day but windy as anything! 

By Sunday the weather was like this......


So a crafty afternoon was in order, but more about that later in the week - if I ever manage to finish what I was making!

Monday I spent the day with my mum in Edinburgh, I visited a new knitting shop, K1 Knits in Victoria Street, went to an Ansel Adams exhibit at the City Art Centre and visited Gladstone's Land, a 17th century merchants house on the Royal Mile, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, which meant free entry for me with my volunteer card.

The knitting shop was nice, an interesting selection of yarn - Jamiesons of Shetland, yarn from Orkney, Debbie Bliss, Aracunia, some Habu - but I felt it was a little sparse. There was room for so much more. 

The Ansel Adams exhibit was beautiful - seeing the black and white images of places such as Yosemite, that he took, just made me smile. The images were beautiful, so clear and crisp. I remember visiting Yosemite back in 2004 and spending 3 days with my mouth hanging open in awe at the amazing scenery....hiking the 8.5 miles from Glacier Point along the Panorama Trail past Illilouette Falls, Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls, with spectacular views over the valley was one of the highlights of my travels to date. The Trail is really spectacular and we hardly saw anyone else whilst hiking. Ansel Adams captured the beauty and the spirit of the place expertly. I guess that's why he is one of the best known photographers in the world. 

In crafting, I made a bee brooch last week. Left over bits of hand-knitted felt from the cloud mobile, I cut into strips and sewed each piece together to make a little bumble bee. When I was buying the net to make the wings (of course I had to buy 0.5m to make 2 tiny little wings) the ladies in the fabric store said it was the first time anyone had bought net in months that wasn't for making tutus! I did suggest I could make a teeny tutu for the bumble bee!


10 comments:

mellyandrosie said...

And what a cute little bee he is!!!!!! And just think, if one of his wings ever falls off your will have plenty of fabric to replace it with - hee-hee!

chikaustin said...

We saw an Ansel Adams exhibit on our anniversary trip to Savannah, Georgia in the fall. I was amazed too!

Charlie P said...

YEY! Another reason to go to Edinburgh :)...the yarn not the photos although I did have a look at the site and they are astonishingly good. The bee is bee-eautiful (sorry, couldn't help it, I'm ashamed of myself)and would definitely benefit from a tutu. It's a strange coincidence that I am at this very moment sewing a tutu...you'll see why soon!

tine said...

Hooray for the bumble bee!! Too cute!!!!

Bethany Hissong said...

Cute little bee!! And the tutu idea actually would be fun. I totally agree about Ansel Adams... I love his work too. I haven't even been out west yet but can only imagine. I can't believe you had snow this past weekend!!! How crazy is that? I hope the warmer weather has come to you too now. And you didn't say if you bought any yarn? It sounds like the shop at least had a nice selection of those you listed!

Kate said...

The Ansel Adams exhibition sounds wonderful!

Bethany Hissong said...

Di- I left a comment on my own post for you, but I wanted to tell you that we thought the same thing: that it was Scottish tartan! So we were so confused and kept asking people, "Are they Irish or Scottish??". Maybe they didn't realize it! Did you notice the Celtic influence of the pattern on my dress?? I didn't pay attention to that until I got there and thought it fit nicely the rest of the theme.

Claudia said...

Hi Di,
I saw on the blog Words starting with "p" are cute that you like the little felt bird that I made for her. If you write me your address I would be very happy to send you one! Just for fun...because I love your blog :)

Anne said...

What a sweet little bee!

Manoute said...

I like the bee and the pix of the bridge.