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sew, what’s been happening?

Posted on: November 11, 2008

Hi! Gosh it’s been a while. I have to apologise for my absence, if anyone cares any more! What a neglected little blog this has become.

I survived camp, the knitted items were very much appreciated – it actually snowed. It was great. The kids were fantastic and we had lots of fun. Here I am on camp. Don’t mistake the ‘bunny ears’ on top of my head as a disrespectful gesture. I am sure it was done in jest. PFT. As well, you can see why I did not want to eat very much meat when I came home. I have never in my life handled so much meat! I had to cook for everyone. No one told me I was signing up for that when I finished my teaching degree!!

I have been on a sewing binge. My darling mother bought me a sewing machine for my birthday, which isn’t until December. So far with my first own machine, I have made:

  1. Two giant frog bean bags for the children
  2. A dress that has since become a skirt
  3. Two pairs of shorts and two skirts for Tiny Madam
  4. Two pairs of shorts for Number One Son
  5. One pair of pyjama trousers for Purl
  6. Another skirt for me

Tonight I am going to attempt to make a sock tote a la the instructions from 2paw. Unfortunately I can’t show you any pictures because I haven’t taken any and Purl has the camera. She is off to Canberra tomorrow to the Australian War Memorial. Just for the day! She really is the little traveller!

Oh yes. Knitting. Well, I seem to have found my sock mojo again. I finished the stripy socks from my last post, and the other socks from that post. These were handed to their recipient. I am knitting an orange sock from the Ultimate Sock Book for me with the yarn I won from Live2Knit. I am knitting a sock for the Spunk with some Spotties yarn and a secret little something for our Launceston Tassie Knitters Rav group Secret Santa. Shh. As well, I am slowly working on another Button Me Up for Purl.

These last few days have been reflective for me. I learned to knit at a very young age and teaching me was a bit of a group effort. Mum and Dad both had a hand in it – I seem to remember Dad teaching me to cast off. Most instrumental in my early knitting days was my Auntie – Dad’s aunt. I used to spend a lot of time with Auntie and Uncle growing up, and any time sitting with Auntie was spent knitting. I would spend hours untangling yarn, winding skeins by hand, sorting colours and looking for just the right colour. I used to knit a lot of toys when I was little, some of them for me and some to put in the toy box at Auntie’s house for the younger kids coming along. She knitted for me and my brother, and more recently for Purl when she was a baby – often acrylic and quite often unwearable, but knitted with love. Auntie never made a sock, nor a clapotis. As far as I know she never made a top down raglan jumper or a bottom up vest – her knitting was fairly sedate and patterns were followed to the letter. No Malabrigo, no laceweight creations, no internet. Functional and practical knitting.

Auntie has been in a nursing home for six years and is now very unwell. Dad called me last week to tell me she might not make it through the night. I carry quite a bit of guilt – I have not visited as much as I should have. When Purl was a baby I used to travel to see Auntie and Uncle at least once a week and found their companionship comforting and supportive. Then we got married, had more children, started careers, bought a house and my routines changed completely. Life, again, got in the way of what’s important. Now it’s almost too late. We should all make time to do what is really important. You see, I could have visited more often and spent some time sitting and knitting, like we used to do.


5 Responses to "sew, what’s been happening?"

I had been wondering where you were but I know life gets in the way for all of us. As John Lennon said: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

Sorry to hear about Auntie.

I hope the sewing is going well!! You have been sewing like a mad woman. School camps are NEVER what you sign up for.
I am sorry to hear about your aunt. She sounds like the kind of person who knows you have all those things going on in your life.

Isn’t it strange how it takes this sort of thing to make us check our priorities? I hope she’s OK and you get to see her soon – knitting of any type should be encouraged, and it seems she did a great job with you!

I must get out the sewing machine again – I have a skirt all cut out and ready to sew up for the princess…

Wow, that machine must be smokin’!!! (Do the Jim Carrey accent on that, won’t you?)
Sounds great – and you’re allowed to be busy sometimes – a quick glance through my recent blog posts shows brief and pointless, rather than deep and meaningful…

Im so sorry to hear about your Aunty,I often feel that way about my Nanna,she still going but I expect to hear what I dont want to hear..
On the knitting front looove that Button up…want want want!!! what are you knitting it with? Hope you didnt say already,Ill feel a goose..Id knit it something I could wear next to my skin…not sure what though!
Hope you re having a nice weekend despite sad thoughts,

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