Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Ive also been knitting up this wool. it has turned into a cowl style scarf, with a twist ( unintentional, but makes it drape nicely), and I am completely in love with the colours, it is like knitting molten gold, or autumn leaves and so soft! My son was stroking it this morning as he had his wake -up -nurse. I'll try and get a photo soon of me wearing it.
I have been busy this week looking after a friends farmlet: milking her goat and feeding chickens etc. I love it. I spent a year in Australia on a farm stay outdoor centre attached to a high school where we had a myriad of animals to see to every morning; including teaching the students who came on camp to milk cows by hand. It made quite an impact, and I think has made the yearning for a country life unignorable!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
(the light is not great ( nor is my camera), but this is the vest for Maaike, from the wool she dyed).
Sorry to miss you Gill!
Monday, February 15, 2010
So Before I got sick, I searched through my patterns and my fabric stash , and cut my first 'range' of the year (!!!I have been slack!). its now sitting my my trestle table ready to sew, alongside my containers of trims, buttons, threads etc (which are, although, orgainsed, still to chaotic to photograph!). Maybe Ill get some done while the girls are at Playcentre today; or maybe and more likely, Tobin will want to stay and play, and I will have to too. Still abit wobbly, but a bit more strength today.
And it was only tonsilitis! We are all taking colloidial silver- We call it magic water. Have a nice tuesday.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I have been "away" sick; I felt like crap! I am still really wasted, dizzy when I stand etc. Struan coped, just! Its busy, 3 kids and all the chores, which we normally divide between us.
Look at my wild orchard! All the herbs are in flower, good for the bees and beneficial bugs. More later in the week, when I'm coping better.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
just before 5 pm yesterday, i poured a little glass of wine, and looked at our summer nature table. just a moment of calm. before the mad rush, dinner, bath, bed, time of day.
some of Jessicah's wool, spun up( see previous post). What do you think?
Monday, February 8, 2010
Spinning a Yarn , dyed in the colours I suggested, PLUS, some goodies for the children, and chocolate for me (And maybe Struan, if it isnt gone before he gets home)! i'm so blown away, thank you Jessicah!
A glove (other still to come), for Struan in some more of the wool I dyed last week, I'm very happy with it. The pattern is from stitch 'n Bitch for men .
In other new, we have been making some good old fashioned valentines cards for people we love, after first having read about the history of it and looking at examples of the olden days cards held at a museum (found by googling valentines cards history of). The kids all got stuck in their own creative ways.
it is incredibly hard to find paper doilies these days! Is anyone else going to bake off? Sounds like fun don't you think?
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Maaike started with some commercially spun grey wool (not sure what breed), and knew she wanted a rainbow wool. It ended up with beautiful yellows and pinks with some flecks of blue and green and orange. I like the mellow effect with the colours on the grey. Her wool will be a winter vest that I will knit for her next project.
The light doesn't really do it justice. I did some too, a whole lot of mellow greens/ blues /yellows on the same grey wool that maaike had, and some yellow/red/orange on some random white merino looking wool from the op shop. The white wool definately took up the colours in a brighter way!
I felt really "present" yesterday, something I have struggled with in the past. I like playing OMA /grandma in the fantasy games if it means I can sit and knit at the same time. I have lots more projects to go.....
Monday, February 1, 2010
A pattern traced, cut out, fabric selection made, felt heart stitched on and mama helped with the sewing machine bit : a dress and jumper for a doll, and all before 9 am!
The finished (and blocked), homespun jacket. not too bad?
A silky eye pillow for a sick little Maaike,and a heart pillow for both the girls for good measure (and hopefully to help oldest insomniac calm and settle to an anxiety free sleep). Patterns from Amanda Blake Soule's Handmade home.
Unfortunately also lots of tv time beacuse the sick one is too sick for anything else.