Angela started knitting when she was seven years old on a train ride from Margate to Chatham in England to see her brother in hospital. He loved her knitting the best as it had holes in it, so the skin could breathe – my older sisters were, of course, perfect.
She loves colour, mixing wools, choosing unusual wools from all over the world, and begins by making up a pattern in her mind and seeing the final result.
In this exhibition she is showing several works created using a variety of techniques including free form knitting, crochet and embroidery. Urban design bowls, table runner with mats and a Japanese short handled bag as well as other tote bags. There are a number of clothing items such as jackets, a bikini top, shorts, tops and a skirt, hats and scarves, in particular one that has a sea scene.
Diane was taught to knit and crochet by her mum as a child and was further encouraged to try out different stitches when her aunt gave her a little book on knitting. Later when she came to live in Australia, a relative helped her transform her basic knowledge of the crochet stitches into following patterns and for a few years she didn’t bother with knitting. Crochet grows so much quicker than knitting. Being an impatient person that fitted her busy life style.
There was a long gap when she did very little knitting or crochet for many years but became interested in knitting again when “Wrapped with Love” needed squares. She knitted and crocheted several blankets, enjoying playing and experimenting with colours.
It was only when she came to live in Tallong, after retiring, that her knitting really took off. She now knits each evening in front of the TV finding it relaxing and productive.
She is very drawn, these days, to modular and mitred knitting and goes mad about colours. This type of knitting lends itself to using up lots of scraps of wool.