Like always craft weekend was gorgeous. An interlude of sewing and knitting and being amongst beautiful like minded women (two of who are blogless and awesome nontheless). As always it was delightful to be served wonderful meals that I had no hand in making. It was good to cook mindfully for others knowing that I only had to do it once. Although it must be said that I did somehow end up with the easiest cooking option this weekend - and sorry if all that silverbeet made anyone fart uncomfortably. I must say too that I love how we do the do it yourself breakfast these days, perfect for the late sleeping introvert that can barely utter a sentence before strong coffee and a few rows of knitting. Also I find it funny that I would almost consider myself a knitter now - perhaps it was realising a long standing ambition of mine to wear knitted by me socks at craft camp.
1. barbie in her catsuit, 2. fence, 3. studio scene, 4. arbour in winter, 5. last of the leaves, 6. self portrait, 7. window, 8. penstemon and agapantha seed heads, 9. dusk, 10. studio, at work, 11. sock critters, 12. magpie, 13. barbie in her new frock, 14. jenny and suse, 15. singer in the angel light, 16. suse in the angel light, mim in the background, 17. daytime view, 18. near the fruit shop, 19. sue, pondering, 20. walk to the shops
Sewjourn itself was full of beautiful winter light and shadows. Clear, watery blue skies and the last of the autumn leaves hanging on the trees. It might always seem the same, in a homey welcoming sort of way, but there is also something new to see each time.Wasn't the most productive churn it out weekend for me but I try not to worry about that so much any more. I've found that if I put pressure on myself that I make lots of mistakes. This weekend I came home with a new woollen skirt from an old pleated skirt that I had unpicked and remade using an Ottobre pattern. It's a tinch shorter than I'm used to and the first day I wore it to work I kept thinking it was riding up at the back and that everyone could see my bottom, but seriously it sits just below the knee and I'll get used to it because it is rather lovely. Also made a dark red t-shirt that just needs a new neck band and a wash. Oh, and I made a small knitting bag out of grey silk with a bit of linen tea towel decoration. It's for socks and is small and unbulky which means I can easily stuff it in my handbag. Also made a needle roll for my circulars and dpns. Nothing like some new craft accessories to make you feel the business. Spent a bit of time knitting on my noro socks which are nearing completion (much to Grace's delight as socks for her are next). Finished up with some Barbie clothes - a Barbie catsuit for my niece Ruby- Lee who's birthday I shamefully forgot and silk and lace Barbie number for Grace. Don't know what prompted me to make a Barbie catsuit but Barbie clothes are certainly addictive to make!
Oh, how I love craft camp. So I'd like to say a special thank you to Suse for doing the serious bulk of the organisation and another special thank you to all the lovely ladies who make it so special by being there. And I'd also like to thank the men who shift about without complaint because it is important to us. With an extra special thank you to Gerard for not only being OK with me for taking the car for the whole weekend but for being totally fine about looking after extra children on the Friday so we could leave early. That's pretty special. Yep, love craft camp.