Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Mornings are getting lighter, and we're getting out earlier to find some adventurous coffee spots. A first coffee with fishing before the sun rises at Cape Kidnappers, and a second one amongst the vines at Clearview Winery. Nice!!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Our shop florist Kim, lives on a farm; and gathers flowers, grasses, herbs and branches of wild things from the land around her and turns them into these amazing arrangements for the shop every week. Every customer that walks in usually praises them because they look so fresh, wild and gorgeous. Of course it helps that their arranged in these beautiful Lightly Bon Bon Vases. Thank you so much Kim, we love every arrangement you drop into store.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Delivered some new summer handknits to Aroha & Friends yesterday. These guys have just moved into a new space which is such a breath of fresh air for Napier. Sharing their space is the cafe F.G.Smiths, which pumps out amazing coffee and food daily.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
En-route to Wellington, we stopped at Masterton to visit a gardener who dries flowers in her shed. The fruit of this visit is a carload of around 40 dried floral varieties that are going to be suspended from the ceiling in the shop. Gaye and Francis have a Vintage Car and Clothes Museum just outside of Masterton. Gaye stopped drying flowers about a year ago, because there was no demand for them. She is the only source in the whole of New Zealand that I could find for dried flowers. What I bought from her was the last of her drying crop from her shed. If only she knew what a rare resource she is.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
We just had a four day weekend, and drove across to the other side of the Island to Wellington through broody skies and the greenest hills. This is what Spring looks like here, and I couldn't help cooing over the lambs. Wellington was a quick city fix. We dined at the Matterhorn and had amazing food, wine and atmospheric sips of whisky. Visited the City Gallery and discovered the work of Ben Cauchi, and dropped into Taylor Boutique to check out my my new collection in their store.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I remember when I was in my 20's I wanted to open a wine, magazine and cake shop, because they were the things I loved the best. And then my love of things expanded and my knowledge of some things exceeded others, and so now I do know more about wool than wine or cake, but creative MAGAZINES I still fervently covet and collect, and I can spot a gem anywhere in the world even from the edge of the globe. Uppercase, "A Magazine For the Creative and Curious", I have in store , and they have written up a feature on Gather on their blog.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Selvedge Magazine have an offer of my Construction Knitting patterns with new subscriptions this month. The current issue is filled with beautiful things; and the first two pages open onto a double spread advertisement of Nikki Gabriel Construction Knitting projects.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
There's some delightful Spring projects at Gather to get you inspired. Ellen from Elmtree delivered some Handspun Art Yarns. These are really amazing. I would love to just keep them as sculpture in their own right. Rowan Summer patterns and gorgeous yarn; cotton&linen, cotton&wool, mohair&silk.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Now a new preliminary and HSC school subject in Australia, Textile Design is now on the high school syllabus. The Nelson Textiles and Design text book presents the Construction Knitting approach as a design case study and exercise, and features me in the designer profiles, alongside Dion Lee, Lizzy Gardiner & Catherine Martin.