Sunday, May 29, 2011


It's hard to find time to blog at present due to the demands of study and part-time work, so here's some photos from that part of my life.

 A drawing of the Railway Hotel turret - my drawing isn't great but it's getting a bit better.
 These photos are form our latest class excursion out into the CBD to take street photos.  The idea was to take photos from more unusual angles. I was standing on a  chair for this photo of the woman with pink hair.
 This is a pigeon's - eye view from the first floor of the Library.
 I went up to the 3rd floor of  a building and asked to take photos out one of their windows.  Here, the automatic focus landed on the street light pole instead of the pedestrians, so I've faded out the photo edges.
Just an ordinary shot of the SIT arcade, with sepia tones added.

Photography is our main class this term - you can tell, can't you?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

This and that

The photos in the last post were taken just prior to a spell of bad weather - thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain.  Here's what the hail looked like in my little back yard on Sunday night.

I have only just today taken the dogs back to by the river as I feared that there would be flooding of some of the ponds, as indeed there was.  To my surprise, the whole river must also have come right up on the other side and would have flowed over the grass where the dogs are running in that last photo down to the ponds, which are still very full.  The ground is also sodden. The dogs don't care, though.

Despite being really busy with my studies, I am knitting this capelet, though mine will open down the front.  I want it to be a little something I can fling over my shoulders to keep warm.  It has big fat cables and dropped stitches.
This is actually a raspberry colour which I find really hard to photograph so that the colour is correct.   I'm about halfway up the pattern, then there's the big collar bit.

  I'm hoping to teach some classes at the LQS, so last weekend (during aforementioned bad weather), I made (but have not yet bound) this Salted Peanut table runner using reversible quilting methods.  Of course, the table runner is just a way of practising the actual technique, which I quite enjoy doing.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Something old, something outside..

 Tree of Life

 The weka statue in Esk St, Invercargill
 Some scenes of the wilderness area near the river where I take the dogs after work.
 There are a number of ponds..
..some with mini islands.  There are mown areas, and the dogs love it there.

Monday, May 09, 2011

A walk by the river

 I started Photography 1 last week, and this is the main subject this term, with the emphasis on composition.  On Wednesday, the class went for a walk by the river to take photos.  Here are a few of mine.

 I took quite a few shots involving rust.
This is my classmate Ben adding a focal point to some broken windows.

All these were taken with my lil' point-and-shoot Sony Cybershot, a 4.1 megapixel camera.  I'm unsure how far I want to go with photography but I really enjoy it.  I'll see.

Monday, May 02, 2011


Now that I'm a student, money is tight; so when a gift is called for, I'm making them where possible.

 This is a cowl made from dyed and knitted cotton (by request) as a birthday present for my son's girlfriend, Catherine.
And these raspberry merino handwarmers are a Mothers' day gift for my mum who has arthritis in her hands.  These will keep her hands warm without limiting the use of her fingers.