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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Scarf to go with the hat

Finished the scarf knit with Berroco UltraAlpca to match the hat, both gifts for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Just bought 2 skeins of Berroco Vintage to make socks for my brother.

Scarf for sister-in-law and matching hat, and scarf for stepson in background.

Detail of scarf and more true colour representation.

Detail of tubular cast-off.

Dyson Hot

We love, love, love our new heater. Our living room has always been cold in the winter.  Now it is cosy with this new Dyson heater.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blue Room Shoes

The Christmas gift list gets modified as I make things, get inspirations, or decide that something would suit someone else. A moveable feast!
Here is my latest project, a pair of Japanese room shoes. Details can be found on my Ravelry page.

Crocheted with wonderful merino yarn from Three Fates Yarns.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Grand daughter's Christmas Dress






I just finished this dress for my 18 months old grand daughter. I used a lovely vintage pattern reprinted by Simplicity 2392. I made the dress from coral pink cotton velveteen fabric and finished it with a lace collar that had belonged to my husband's grandmother. That means that for my grand daughter, it will be the lace collar of her great-great-grandmother. How cool is that!

Scarf and Hat for Gifts

Blue hat knit from Berroco Ultra Alpaca with hem lined with Rowan Calmer, a nice non-itchy, stretchy cotton yarn.

Grey scarf knit from Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Super Wash.

Stitch is double seed stitch. Tubular cast-on and cast-off.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Presents are started

I always run out of time for all the things that I want to make for Christmas presents. This is my optimistic list this year:

  • Aran vest for Ryder
  • velvet dress for Maryn
  • socks for Gord
  • socks and dressing gown for Jack
  • carpet bag for Stephanie
  • socks for Alice
  • place mats for Shirley and maybe David and Amy
  • blackberry jam for everyone
  • socks for Kim and Katie
So far  I have completed Ryder's vest, ta da! Sorry for the poor quality pictures, it is hard to photograph white as it reflects back the light.
The pattern is available on Ravelry as a pdf download


Front view showing cable pattern

Armhole detail

Back view (camera on a weird slant, photographer on her tiptoes)

Bottom ribbing detail

Detail centre linked cable

Neck detail


Twisted ribbing detail

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Orange Peel Fungus: Aleuria aurantia

Here are some pics of the Orange Peel Fungus, Aleuria aurantia, that I photographed with my Iphone while jogging up near Danes Creek this morning.