“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2017.”
Starting the year with a holiday at the beach.
Olivia loving jumping over the waves and digging in the sand.
Jairus content watching from the comfort of his pram.
A project I’ve been itching to make for over 12 months (I even bought the rope before christmas last year!). Finally it was time to just do it. Stop putting it aside for more important things. Time to have some fun and try something new.
After much pinterest browsing and looking at tutorials I decided to make a basket for Olivia, to hold her special things, whatever they may be at the time (today it was a leaf, a rock and her cucumber!)
There’s something about starting with a big coil of rope and watching it transform into a basket, while being mesmerised by the hum of the sewing machine zig zagging its way around and around.
Of course I didn’t just start with a simple bowl or with handles that are attached like 99% of the rope baskets out there, I decided to do my own thing and have seperate handles… probably not the best idea as it’s very difficult to join the ends! My solution was a little piece of coordinating ribbon which I thought would look pretty when I draped it across, except for after wrapping it around the handles it does remind me a bit of grey tape. Oh well, you have to start somewhere and I’ll just have to trial some other techniques to cover the messy ends.
Another cardigan for Olivia, because a girl can’t have too many knitted jumpers can they?!
This is a gorgeous design that looks beautiful with her pretty dresses or with a simple jeans and shirt.
Details about the pattern can be found here
Earlier in the year, on mother’s day, Garth was working away and he visited the Nundle woollen mill on his day off. He knew how much I enjoyed it there and love working with their wool, so instead of flowers or chocolate he bought me a bag of wool which was in the seconds pile due to the uneven dye (which honestly I think gives the jumper more character). My husband knows me well and gave me the perfect gift to create something useful out of.
After much thought and looking at patterns, I decided that the wool was best knitted into a jumper for Olivia, as a warm winter jumper was high on the priority list for her. This pattern I had already bought and put aside, it was just waiting for me to get the right wool to make it.
You can find out more details about the jumper on my ravelry page