It's hot Hot HOT...
Today I went with my friend Margaret to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to see the Margaret Preston exhibition - it closes at the end of this month - not sure where it goes after Melb. It was excellent - and cool! MP is an interesting character - strong willed and creative - the debate continues about her lasting contribution to art - I enjoy looking at her work.
We also shopped - of course... first to Reader's Feast (despite the name, one of the best bookshops in Melb) where I bought Great Knitted Gifts (see side bar under 'I'm Reading'). It has some really fun stuff - pompoms, knitted circles... I am going to order some Jamieson's Soft Shetland (they have such great colours) to knit a couple of projects. Margaret bought Thea Gouverneur's Flowers in Cross Stitch, which is just beautiful.
We also went to Button Mania - a wonderful shop specialising in buttons (guess you knew that bit!?). It's on the second floor of an old building with a lift with doors that you have to open by hand and great french windows (the building not the lift) - I enjoy just visiting the building. The dark mother of pearl buttons on the top left and right are for the DB bear suit. The middle row are for a child's red cardigan. The others are for nothing in particular - the bottom left and right were the last ones left of their type and the middle one was given to me by the owner to experiment with dyeing.
We also went to Sunspun (an iconic Melb yarn shop) where I bought some more DB Cashmerino, Rowan Book No 27 which I have been hanging out for, and Margaret bought me Jo Sharp's 'Eclectic'. This is the book that has the kimono jacket I am (hopefully) going to get around to knitting for 'The Challenge' (I'm not going to knit the flowers) - I already have this pattern from a magazine - but I would also really like to knit the teapot cozy - so a big thank you to Margaret for such a nice present.