"The Peak", Newport Beach. Photo by Tigger Newling.
You had to be tough to surf at Newport Peak in the early 80's. It was one of the hottest breaks on the globe. It nurtured a world champion (Tom Carrol) and many other talented surfers and was fiercely competitive. There were just a couple of girls surfing then along the Northern Beaches, and I was one of them. Sitting on the beach, sunbaking, whilst my boyfriend was out surfing with his mates, was out of the question. The thought of being out in the ocean, looking for bumps on the horizon and eventually feeling the wave's energy under the board was motivation enough to get me out there. A salty crust on the skin, dishevelled and sunbleached hair, and a feeling of numbness in the upper body, a was my idea of bliss. The ocean cleansed my soul.
Although I don't surf as regularly today because of osteoarthritis, I hope to be surfing when I'm very old and grey (now I'm just old, a little grey and much heavier).
It's such a joy to give a treasured one something I've made. With Xmas looming the sewing machine and crochet hooks are smokin'.......... sshhhhhhhh! Lots of sales in the Gooseflesh Boutique too, not to mention commissions, the Rubbish Vortex and the Coral Garden.
Thankfully I have a bit more time as the IFF Crochet Coral Reef Exhibition has been postponed to the end of 2008. Instead the The Rubbish Vortex will have its debut in New York in early April.
Coral bracelet crocheted and fulled from tapestry wool. A commission.
A cheeky dog and toy-bag for Little Mr.K. Dudley the Dog is made from cotton gloves. The "how-to" is in this Japanese Craft Book ISBN #4-579-11061-7.
Toy-bags for my nephews, treasured little ones above all else. The fabric is Japanese and has truffle pigs and little monkeys on it. I bought it from Matabi Japanese Textiles
Back to the hooks to start a commission for Vanessa.