Crafting glimpses

Crafting glimpses

A gallery of crafting moments from my WA visit

centred on wool craft

I got my sister started on her felting journey

it was delightful to share some of my skills

we made her baby a playmat and some funny mutant animals

like the wombat sheep

inspired by the book

A Felt Farm

I made Cedar a playmat with roads on it for this wheel obsessed boy

a success and great for travelling

meanwhile other children getting soapy

and happy making colored balls

{a great place to start wet felting for yourself and kids}

and having nests made for small toys

on lemons this time

children weaving on braiding discs

and needle felting dolls and butterflies

and little fingers doing fine embroidery

and turning it into pincushions

and little animals cut out of fabric and made into 3d toys

and more

and sewing and having a sister for guidance and support just like when we where younger

and more

and knitting like crazy and discovering the ease and fun and singing

with the windy wool thing {umbrella swift and winder}

which takes your big skein and makes wonderful neat balls

I honestly could not figure out how Godmother wound such neat balls by hand!

der…

and this moment which cracks me up because i am so happy with this funny gadget

and have a vine wrapped around my head and giant mongolian slippers on

and I’ve just been singing with my four year old niece while she winds the winder

and looks up at me with fun in her eyes

thankyou mama for bringing me up in a crafty home

now i can make my own crafty home

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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

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…

Mitt knits

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Evidence of my current knitting addiction is following me around the house!
One excellent selling point on knitting is that You can pick it up and put it down as you need to!
Great for mamas like me. And papas. Though not so common now amongst our menfolk, once upon a time knitting was more a men’s craft…
I am attempting to write my own pattern so I’ll let you know how it goes. It will have a beautiful windmill pattern in the body of the work and

hopefully the rest of it will work out… well imaginatively…

Since completing these mittens, {with only one dropped stitch and one other weird twisted stitch}

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(The yarn is a merino,alpaca, silk blend and so soft and smooth to work with. I knit on four double pointed size 3.25 needles and with my personal gauge they miraculously fit fine! Phew. I am enjoying getting more adventurous with knitting, shame the winter months are over…
Being confined with illness for a few days has allowed a lot of knitting time.
The only recognizable boon…)
Yes where was I
Since completing these mittens for Lily
I’ve been feeling braver than ever and am also getting set to upsize a cardigan for Lily. Um that ones looking hard but we both like the pattern and I like how Elizabeth Zimmerman talks in percentages and with humour in her patterns.
Wish me luck

Are you a knitter?

Are you an inventive knitter?

have you ever made your own pattern?
What project are you on at the mo?
Hope you are well and warm
Peace

Hinata Japanese cultural festival

On Saturday the 8th I explored the beautiful Hinata festival held in the gorgeous bushland setting of the Bibra Lake Steiner school in WA.

There where traditional and modern handmade goodies, delicious food, including a burger with grilled pressed rice instead of bread, excellent gluten free option, indigo and plant dyeing workshops, kids craft, music and more and more..

 

I had such a great time I didnt take a single photograph! yes kicked myself afterwards…

but i did photograph some of the gorgeous things i purchased there…

so enjoy looking at these and imagining what the festival was like,

and if you live in Perth get to the Japanese Hinata festival next year!!

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the detail on the pocket of my new denim shift…

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playful original watercolour for Lily’s room when we get a house with walls again…

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roving/wool tops dyed with, indigo, sour sop, eucalypt and another i forgot

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five layer muslin hankies or flannels

I have coveted these in the house of my friends who invited me, ha now I have my own!

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buttons covered in vintage Kimono fabric

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whimsical artwork by Nuoko

a beautiful day and fantastic handmade specials

I read a great quote which was along the lines of

If you have money buy, something unique and handmade

 

I love to support artisans and be supported as an artisan

happy making!

 

 

Bliss Balls

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delicious and easy to make, bliss balls in all their variations are a yummy snack, and have some nutrition in the coconut and tahini especially which is always a bonus when making family treats! and no added sugar…

here is one of my simplest versions…

enjoy

and if you try it out or discover or have another great recipe, send it to me as a comment on my recipes page and share with us all!

in healthy happiness!

ingredients

flesh from one brown coconut (thick white harder flesh)

grate or pulse to fine consistency in food processor

1/2 c almond meal or other nut meal, cashew is good

3 tbsp hulled tahini

250g pitted dates

rehydrate with 1/4 c hot water and mash to paste

1/2 c mixed sunflower seeds and pepitas

optional tspn cinnamon powder or cacao powder

mix til smooth and good consistency to roll into small balls (i vary from marble to lime sized)

roll in dessicated coconut and keep refridgerated when not being munched!!

easy

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enjoy

in-joy!

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see fresh coconut cream curry for tips on how to handle brown coconuts including easy opening method

it helps if you have a child in the background weaving…

and gobbling them as fast as you can roll…Image

a little felting

a mysterious ball of fluffaround a hollowed giant passionfruit of all things!rubbed with dish detergent and water and patient handsmakes a sweet little nest for a little friend
I love being able to help my children live out their creative inspirations and see what is yielded…

A knitting accomplishment

And at the end of the day…

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One cute little handmade dolly has one cute little handmade scalloped edge cardigan!
( with help from mama)
Satisfaction for all involved!
I liked such a small knitting project, easy to accomplish in one day

Pattern
4.5 mm knittin sticks
Yummy soft yarn about 10 ply

Work two front panels the same
Cast on 15 st
Knit garter st for 15 rows
Cast off
Repeat for other front panel

Back panel
Cast on 30 st
Garter st 15 rose
Cast off

Sew in ends of your three rectangles.
Then with a wool needle and wool sew top shoulder seams together of one front panel to the back, leaving space for a neck hole ( about 12 mm ea side)
Repeat other side

Sew under arm seams almost all the way to the centre. Leave a bit to be the front panel bottom edge of cardigan.

I decorated the bottom edge with some crotchet scalloping and Lily sewed a thread to tie it shut.
Done
Easy peasy

A knitted cat…

While I finished this knitted cat for a niece , ( sorry Cedar claimed it as soon as it was off my needles)
He likes tying it’s tail to the happy bubble car!
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A wonderful simple pattern it’s from Lilys craft teacher for term three crafting, I wanted to try it out so i could help her when the time comes ( and inspire her)
So easy why don’t you try it?

Anyway back to the story
While I finished this knitted cat
Lily made a toilet paper bride with detachable veil!
Hello! how is this girls detail for miniature things!
Originally tied together with her own hair!

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The wonders of good old toilet paper!