All of us here at Biggan Design are big tea drinkers. So when it came to hosting a small knit-together with twelve of our friends recently, a tea party in the beautiful garden of Biggan’s home was the natural choice.
Sophie, Stephanie and Henrietta
With the flamboyant tropical flowers heralding the Australian spring, it’s easy to see where Biggan gets the inspiration for her work. Nature has an unerring eye for combining colours – the purples of the jacaranda and tibouchina blooms, the scarlet and cerise bougainvillea, and the orange and indigo Bird of Paradise.
Giving Mother Nature stiff competition, though, were the colourful projects we were all working on! Biggan was knitting a version of her Light and Shade shawl in shades of green, while Henrietta worked on a pair of scarlet wristwarmers. Judith was finishing up a lampshade in shades of pink, Valerie was working on Stefanie Japel’s Two-Tone Ribbed Shrug in turquoise and deep turquoise, and Anita was working on a baby blanket in an untraditional light khaki.
Biggan works on her shawl
And, of course, there were pots of tea and plenty of yummy home-baked biscuits, buns and cakes to keep our strength up! The tea was Stockholm Blend from The Tea Centre, a firm favourite with Biggan and Henrietta. It’s quite a common blend in Sweden – black tea lightly scented with calendula, rose, safflowers, orange, vanilla and apricot — and its floral aroma is unmistakeable.
Judith in shades of pink
Apart from giving us a reason to catch up with friends over cups of tea and balls of yarn, the party had a second exciting purpose. Henri’s friend Hannah — a talented photographer — was on hand to capture images of the tea party that will eventually make it onto the pages of our upcoming pattern book, along with recipes to many of the home-baked goodies we enjoyed at the party. We’re working hard on the book at the moment, and we’ll be keeping you updated on our progress.
The Biggan Design team: Henrietta, Biggan and Anita