How often would this happen to strangers, I wonder? While still on holiday, there I was, waiting for yet another load of washing to finish its cycle at the laundromat. It was a typical very hot Hawkes Bay day so I decided to sit outside while I did a little knitting. Along came young woman who had the same idea, it was so hot inside with all the machines, that we were pleased of a gentle breeze wafting around. Her name was Louise, and she had brought her knitting along too, to while away the waiting time.
Knitting while waiting outside the laundromat
Louise's knitting skills were obviously much better than mine, as she was doing clever things with circular needles and fancy patterns. As we got chatting, I told her I did quilting. “Would you like me to rush home and show you the quilt I made which was part of an overseas exhibition?” she asked. Of course I would, and she was back in a few minutes.
“Survived Extinction” is an original design and was curated by Anne Scott of New Zealand Quilter magazine as part of a group to be exhibited in Seattle, in 2003. The label reads:
“Imagine being the last of your species on earth. I am Tecomanthe speciosa. I was the last plant of my species when discovered in the 1940s. Found on the Three Kings Islands north of New Zealand, I traveled across the water to the Land of the Long White Cloud, where I am grown in your garden. I have traveled around the world, I am now growing in other countries. I am Tecomanthe speciosa, I have survived extinction”.
Louise also brought an amazing crochet rug to show me. “Mandala Madness” was worked in the round, and is full of colour, texture, and different patterns. I have tried to crochet but failed miserably, so I’m astounded that something like this could be made.
Such a delightful meeting with a wonderfully talented young woman, and so kind of her to go out of her way to show me her beautiful creations.