Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2022

It’s here again… Another spectacular year for the Alice Springs Beanie Festival with over 6,000 wonderful beanies & tea cosies to choose from. Not only to keep us snug & warm but also to delight the senses with colour, texture & fun.

This year’s theme “Stitching Hearts” inspired amazing creations & it’s interesting how imagination can interpret & bring the theme alive. View the winning beanie & tea cosies here. I’m so proud to be among  these fabulous creations.  A big Thank You to the judges; it must be a challenging task with so many sensational entries.

Merry Christmas 2021

I’d like to thank everyone who supported me throughout 2021: class ladies, customers, family & friends… you are what makes it all worthwhile.

2021 is coming to an end &, not a moment too soon, I hear you say. I’m sure many of us are Covid weary & look forward to a fresh, new year &, with borders now open, family & friends can reunite once more. I hope everyone is faring well in this ‘Big Wet’. The rain, of course, is very welcomed after such a long dry, but my heart goes out to those experiencing floods, especially farmers who always seem to do it hard. I for one have a drenched garden, raging weeds & bedraggled chooks.

I didn’t manage an entry for the Alice Springs Beanie competition this year, but Maleny Knitfest was a wonderful success despite the Covid obstacles that almost stopped the event. Unfortunately, this was the last Knitfest due to the coordinators retiring. Sadly, the Landsborough Market is still on hold for the time being although I have heard that it will resume some time in the future. I so miss this little market, the friends I’ve made, the lovely locals who supported it &, of course, the opportunity to showcase & sell my creations.

With 2022 just around the corner I’d like to wish you a wonderful Christmas & every happiness for the New Year. Stay well, stay safe, be happy. There is so much to be grateful for… cheers Renate

Alice Springs 2020 On-line Exhibition results

A huge, & I mean HUGE, thank to my family, friends (both personal & Facebook), crochet class ladies, team & group members who took the time to place a vote for me in the Alice Springs Beanie Festival On-line exhibition. I was pipped at the post in the eleventh hour; but that’s how it goes sometimes. Nevertheless, it was quite a ride & I appreciate everyone’s efforts…

Congratulations to Joan Price for her winning piece ‘Autumn is Awesome’ 

& congratulations to Megan Jack for never giving up

So, that’s it for another year… Let’s look forward to what 2021 brings.

 

Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2020

As many of you know the Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19.

However, not to be defeated,  the organisers decided on an on-line exhibition where you can vote for your favourite entry. Entries have closed now  & voting has begun.

The theme is ‘Stitching the Seasons’

You can view all entries here.

& this is my entry – ‘A Pygmy Possum, Wombat & Flame Robin enjoying the Alpine Spring

To vote: click on the photo & follow the prompts. You will be sent a confirmation email so you can vote. You only need to do this once.

For those who love the Alice Springs Beanie festival, voting is an active way of supporting the organisers & artists, so pop on over & enjoy.

Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2019

I’m so very late with this post, but better late than never, or so I’m told… Many of you have asked me about my Alice Springs Beanie festival 2019 entries – did I even enter?

To explain… The past couple of months have been super busy with getting my online shop up & running which has taken more time than anticipated. All my for sale crochet & freeform crochet items have been transferred to rensfibreart.com  My Etsy shop will only be carry patterns now. I feel this is the right move. What with Etsy now aggressively pushing free shipping, something I’m not able to do; the integration of PayPal into Etsy direct payments; not to mention a whole string of other changes that adversely affect many sellers. Please take a moment to checkout my new shop & let me know what you think… I’m open to all feedback, so don’t be shy.

Now… getting back to Alice Springs Beanie festival entries, yes I did enter: one Beanie & one Tea cosy & here is a link to all the 2019 winners

The Theme this year was ‘Head full of Tunes’

So, there you go… I’m still re-organising from last week’s Maleny Knitfest & will post about that soon as well…

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