all in one day

our last day on the farm or was it days?

entailed lots of outdoorsey horsey time

and lots of quiet knitting sitting with my mama

{see how fancy she knits}

i said to her

“when I grow up I might knit fancy socks too…”

she replied in the vein of

“when do you know you are grown up?”

“when i knit fancy socks of course”

on the winding deck on the eastern house side you can chase the sun all morning long… and maybe have a spontaneous yoga session…

after babies sleep we went to a friends stables and Lily got to groom, ride and feed a placid freckled nana horse…

I got distracted by the divine golden blooming wattles… mmmm… i wish i was a beethen after lunch off down the field to see aunty’s horsies

we all sat about and watched her give her horse Bowen and then work with another naughty pony which did not want to be caught

photographed cute baby instead of horses

no big trees to climb here yet, so miss monkey goes up other obstacles…

they are growing though… i remember a certain cold day with a very little Lily,

hands cold in the earth and mud planting some of the sheoaks and melaleuca ‘s at the bottom of this little forest

and now a date with the long oatey grass and my little ones

i was captivated by the sound of the wind in the long grass, i felt very still amidst the sea of green, the scent of sweet oats,                                                 children’s giggles and calls and falls,

memories of making grass houses just like this with my best friend of childhood, rolling about flattening rooms, making oaty meals, looking at the sky and feeling hidden and safe

i was trully enraptured by grasses again, this was the golden glow of my day, here simply laying in the grass, a truly happy simple moment to savour

it certainly sweetened me amidst all the weeping and longing of leaving…

then i managed to convince Lily to shoot me

in my newly hemmed more complicated than it could have been pocketed mama cheerful springtime skirt

really digging the clash of blue prints and red boots…

what do you wear on the farm?

goodbye to this part of our travels

filled with sweetness and mama love and family closeness

thankyou all of you who enrich my life and cradle me in the family nest, help me, encourage me, tease me, put up with me, hug me and love me

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Brig Amity

We have left the farm to make a few outings in the last month, honest!

We had some errands to run in Albany last week, so we amused ourselves by visiting the Brig Amity

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a beautiful replica ship on the foreshore to be explored

astounding craftmanship

huge timbers and clever carving

one of  the symbolic beginnings of settlement in WA 1826

one of the symbolic end to traditional life of the indigenous people in WA

on one hand I was utterly captivated by the beauty of craftsmanship on this incredible vessel

the wonder that it {the original Amity} sailed from Canada originally

the wonder it held a farmyard of animals and 120 passengers/crew

the wonder of tiny cramped spaces and curved sides

where people shorter back then?

the delight of happy exploring children

and skippers

on my other hand was the mourning of  an incredible landscape and culture

changed so quickly

what was the sacred story of this bay or these great granite boulders

who harvested shellfish on this shore

who sheltered in the scrub there on windy days like today

who made the fish traps and brought back the bounty

who carried the fire

it’s still so fresh here in Australia as in many other places in the world

We came in out of the wind and my ponderings

and warmed ourselves with hot milk in a sweet cafe which is in the very modern world of

14 Peel Place

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Unravelling

It was and now it’s not.

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That big knitting project I was just hailing… Well let’s say BIG knitting project. Having never made a cardigan before with no idea how much the weight of the wool drapes and stretches ( it stretched around lily twice!) or getting my gauge, measurements and maths to add up

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Oops…
So unraveling began amidst weaping and a wailing…
And attempt five begins…
I will get it.
I am persistent… ( stubborn)
I’m surprised in the end at how quickly it all comes undone, and at how much I really don’t mind! Because I loved doing all that knitting and now I have the pleasure of more knitting! And I like the way all those little stitches bump away as you pull the yarn out…

Waking up to…

Waking up to…

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239 stitches
My biggest knitting project yet
I love a little post breakfast knitting while I defrost

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Nana teaching Lily some new embroidery stitches and commenting how they both like miniature crafting

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Happy anticipation of this afternoons sewing…
Hope my throat gets better one day soon as much as I like all this quiet crafting I’m missing the garden…
What are you crafting today?

Windy day Toddler Bonnet

The Windy Day Bonnet is born…

Well I did it! Yes I really did.. see evidence below…

I adapted this gorgeous bonnet for Cedar from another simple pattern to fit my boys noggin snuggly and embellished the designwork for my own interest, challenge and enjoyment.

You would not believe how hard it has been to find a pattern for this two year old in a bonnet style! who says children over one year don’t need cosy bonnets anymore… so now there are at least two bigger bonnet patterns out there! if you know of any more please share with me as I love this style, they stay on better at this busy age.

look at this lovely big boy… i mean lovely bonnet…

we rummaged for a long time through my mama’s button tin looking for just the right button. Important business for this fellow and me. While my heart swelled and stretched with the dual joy of having made something from these stumpy fingers of beauty and use, and the joy of quiet buttoning with my boy just as I did with the same buttons as a little one…

i am capturing all these glimpses of time here in my heart and storing them to replay in my mind as time zooms in front of me and my tears well up and I start packing my bags again to leave the nest of my beautiful family…

in the end he put aside the fabric covered vintage buttons, the carved bone, the plastic orange elephant, the sparkle encrusted jewel, the leather square, the big red retro and chose the plainest little white plastic button.

“now i’m ready to go out into this southwest wind and play mama…”

anyway, I now need a test knitter or two, game enough to knit up my pattern The Windy Day Toddler Bonnet and give me feedback before it goes up on Ravelry!

it’s easy, honest!

I used 4mm knitting sticks and about 70g of Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted {aus 10ply} in Tealing Blue. You can use whatever you like of course…

the pattern used to look like this…

{I did go to art college for three years to be able to make it look so, well, artistic…}

please contact me if you are willing… {it is beautifully legible and sensical now!! and downloads as a neat pdf file…}

In celebration of my achievement I bid you good night!

and in celebration of yours, whatever they may be!

Good night *

ps thankyou littlelom for models cutest toadstool singlet and cord whale trousers…