In which we unravel everything completely.
Needles out. Threads pulled. More needles out. More threads pulled. I've started to loose count of the number of projects I've started, projects I really wanted to do, and which are now unravelled, and the wool rewound.
First, Ulli's Sunray Scarf. I bought the wool specifically, made it 10cm, and really wasn't happy. Especially after seeing such wonderful examples as this, and this. In a different wool to the one I chose, it will be fine. But I'm leaving it for now.
Then, Norah Gaughan's Kinetic. I made it to 3cm before pulling that one out. The patterning just wasn't right for me.
Socks. We wont mention the socks.
Another piece on the needles for a long time and not blogged, has now beaten me, and I'm unravelling that one over the weekend. And the Habu Kit 77 I started months ago has grown considerably, but I just don't feel comfortable with it. I am contemplating stopping before going much further, unravelling it all and using the steel and cotton for something else.
I need to stop. Sit back. And just let the right project find me when the time is right. I have so many ideas in my head, and they're competing with what I've been working on, and the ideas seem much more appealing right now....so of course it seems easier to listen to the ideas. The one project still on the needles is the cobweb scarf, and it is slowly inching its way to completion. It might be good to just concentrate on one project for a little while, yes?
And the pieces above? Obviously they made it off the neddles, in a whole intact kind of way. These are little gifts, little pieces of my backtack4 package. I wont spoil the surprise just yet. But they are little pieces of texture - mixes of yarns and fibres. The top pieces...Habu Silk Gima and Habu Silk Mohair which combine to make the most delicious thick firm weave. And the bottom piece...STR Shadow mixed with Rowan Kid Classic which is just such an elegant combination, so soft, and so delicate in it's variegations. There is more texture in the package, wool flannels, felts, silks, timbers.....a little treasure trove.
I've walked out my front door this morning, and seen the first gardenias in bloom along the path to the front gate. In a moment of delicious heady scent filled quiet, I picked 2, and sat and breathed in their smell before photographing them. Gardenias are 'summer' for me - warm air and dazed summer evening light. When more have bloomed, the sun will warm their scent and it will drift through the front of the house - a beautiful welcome home.
I have been trying in the last week, to make time for myself. To find a sense of that person inside who is, to be perfectly honest, a little lost at the moment. It happens. Somewhere between the washing and the cooking and the changing of nappies and being everything for everyone, Me got sidetracked.
Last week I threw out all my makeup. Some of it was really older than it should be. And it was makeup from another life. Not this life. Not this skin. Not this daily routine. I don't wear a lot of makeup, but I was starting to feel the need to wear something more, to not look quite so tired and, well, old. I needed a change. I have a complete new set of pieces. Oh how good it felt to go out and buy a complete set! I highly recommend doing that. I haven't done it since I was much younger. Amazing what a new lipstick can do to ones morale.
Last week, I also ordered more skincare. I was running out, so there was a need, but I added in some extra pieces to pamper. I use Naturopathica - a beautiful company in upstate NY which has clean, organic products. I finally acknowledged in this package, that my skin needs extra help, and I'm going to give it that help. I want to find an evening each week to relax in a hot bath, with beautiful bath oil, and give my body a chance to revive.
Last week I had my hair cut. It's been a while....I can't believe the amount of things that get pushed to the bottom of the general well being pile...
Next on my list is something much bigger. Something I need to work on over time. And for that I need a couple of miracles. I'm thinking if I flutter my newly made up eyelashes a little, I might get somewhere.
Thankyou to everyone who left a comment!! I can now say that the following 3 people will be getting hold of a child's oven mitt very soon::
Bertha  Keltie  Sue
I said in the last post that the whole reason this came about was because Pia kept taking my oven mitt and playing with it - waving this large mitt around and not being able to grab hold of anything properly. I must send enormous amounts of credit to Alex at Moonstitches - it was her oven mitt she made for me as part of an earlier backtack which inspired this whole episode. I've used her mitt every single day - it is very much part of our kitchen and my life in the kitchen. I have often looked at it and thought I should make one....but hers is so lovely and simple and beautifully made that I can't bear to not use that particular one. But I can make Pia one of her own...
And now you can make your child one too. I have done a simple pattern instruction sheet with template in .pdf form to download. You can use whatever material you want, change the dimensions etc and make it your own. It should fit a child up to about 8 years old, maybe even older. I hope you enjoy making it! I will add this to the pattern page when I get a moment as well.
I don't even know how to follow on from the last post, except to say thankyou from the bottom of my heart for listening, for reading, for commenting, and for responding with compassion to something I believe should be a given for any mother. Sometimes it needs to be stated out loud, and reaffirmed.
It's been a bit domestic around here lately, with a lot of focus on the house and our environs. The long term bathroom renovation is taking shape, and all our fears of 'are we doing the right thing for the space' have dissolved with the insertion of a new bath, new tiling, and some very 'proud' fittings. They are proud because they make a statement, and they are very square and very lovely. We are so thrilled with this small result so far, we've found extra money to finish the rest of it off. So this week I hope to finalise a basin, and have some sessions with a friend who has offered to make the joinery for us. All this has led onto speeding up the backyard plans and some interlocking decks, and a side project for me to revamp the kitchen and get rid of the yellowed stained timber cupboards which I have loathed since we moved in. And nothing has been done on the coast house. For which I am reminded daily.
We've been having a lot of to and fro discussions here about what to do with the kids room. The two children share at the moment, and it's been working great, so we're going to keep them together a while longer. But there is a bed situation. Their room is large, but the way the room is configured, makes it difficult to get two single beds in with any sort of layout or style or workability. The kids want bunk beds. The husband wants bunk beds. But I have a hatred of bunk beds. Until now. On searching through the internet, I fell in love with a number of bunks which have great style and would work as 'objects' in the room. Pieces of real furniture, not something throw away or flimsy like most bunks feel. I could do bunk beds like this. But I can't do the cost. I finally found something in Australia, for a reasonable cost, that met my design criteria, and now we have bunk beds ordered in time for christmas [can't find a link or photo, but Carter from Domayne if anyone is interested]. The kids have a deep red wall in their room which I'd like to paint out another colour, which will please Max no end because it will be in the green family which is his favourite. Between that and sleeping on the top bunk, I think we just created Max Heaven. The bunk splits intp seperate beds when the time comes, and eventually they will go to the coast house. When it gets done. I fully intend to get all the prints and pictures I have been saving framed and up in their room as well. One day soon.
And cooking has been happening. Muffins baked - the same Apple Streusel muffins I love and are easy to make, and very tasty. They never last long. Pia helps me cook on her little timber kitchen - replicating all the moves/actions/steps alongside me. She often plays baking with a timber cake and grabs my oven mitt which is way too big - so I've had it in mind to make her one of her own which is more kid sized.
Just simple linen and various scraps of linen and cotton pieces I have stored away. The insides are lined in contrast fabrics, mainly various red spotted fabrics, and there is wadding sandwiched between the two layers. Perfectly sized for small hands ages 2-8 [approx.] And why make one children's mitt when you can make a bunch of them!
And I thought, why have a bunch of them if you can't give them away....so if you want one, leave a comment and I'll draw 3 names at 9pm Sydney time, Tuesday 4th November and one could be yours.