Monday, August 18, 2014

Snippets the third

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Hello!

OK, I'm doing a snippets post again. I feel like all I ever blog these days is craft and my attempt at a how I'm really feeling blog that I tried to write this morning isn't sitting comfortably and needs time to settle. So I'm leaving it in my drafts for a bit and falling back on a trusty tried and true method of blog catching up.

I always hope that by skimming the surface, it might clear the way for bigger and better and braver posts to come. Sometimes it works, and other times, well, like I said there have been several crafty posts around here but not much more.

So let's get started shall we, several snippets of my life right now.

I am...

Enjoying my girls and my farmer boy. So much at the moment. They all seem happy and inspired and lovely to be around. So often we seem to be dealing with challenges and fixing things up, it's just lovely to sit back and enjoy this moment in time when it all feels just right.

Playing Suzanne Vega on Spotify whenever I am alone, all the time.

IMG_0791 IMG_0792 Smelling the sweetest signs that springtime is on her way.

Listening to the latest episode of Strangers and feeling heartbroken and inspired and sad and hopeful all at once.

Wearing coveralls (long sleeved, button upped overalls). They are the best winter invention ever. Sometimes I even wear my jammies underneath all day long and none ever knows. Best!!

IMG_0784 Reading The Signature of all things and loving it. Thanks so much for the recommendation Ms Mogantosh.

Crocheting - my hottie cover, step four is coming tomorrow, are you excited?!

IMG_0773 Knitting - another pair of slippers for my farmer boy who wore his first pair out.

Blogging - not so much these wintry days.

IMG_0801 Flicking  to my spread in ABC Organic Gardener magazine and thinking it's funny that I am in a magazine about organic gardening not with our organic farming but with my crafting.

Enjoying the chit-chat on my Foxslane Facebook page and wishing it were as easy to comment and reply over here on the blog as it is over there.

IMG_0785 Not loving these cold, wet, dark and windy last weeks of winter. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Knowing - that I need to menu plan but not knowing where to start.

Wondering - if I'll get a chance to get this post up before school pick up today, 45 minutes and counting....

IMG_0787 Dreaming - of getting out into the veggie garden again later in the week when it warms up a tad.

Hoping to host a fabulous crafty event later in the year with the acest Veggie Mama herself.

Giggling inside when finding out in the middle of a pap smear last week that my doctor reads my blog. Hi!

IMG_0759 Knitting socks!! From the toe up on 2mm needles that may as well be tooth-picks they are so tiny. Sock knitting might just be the very definition of slow craft but I am well and truly addicted and have plans for lace pairs and fancy yarned pairs and birthday present pairs and kiddie pairs. I loveLOVElove knitting something so basic and so essential, so pretty and so comfy.

Ravelry details here.

Laughing at one of my girls who declared that sex education at school is silly because they don't even show you how to have sex!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMG_0780 Casting on - another pair of socks. This time for Miss Indi in the cutest yarn that almost looks like sprinkles on fairy bread.

Grateful that my parents are back across the road after their three wonderful weeks away. Life and maths homework and circus and dancing pick ups and drop offs just weren't the same without them.

IMG_0795 Adoring teaching wool craft to a mixed aged bunch of kiddies at the girls' school each Tuesday. We've been having the greatest time making pom-poms, god's eyes, finger knitting and weaving. And I've remembered how much I love to teach. It's been a long while but that feeling you get when you watch something click with somebody is priceless.

IMG_0746 Smiling at the memories of last weekend; of packing up, of visiting a biodynamic farm and buying seed, of getting lost and not sleeping and spending hours and hours together in the car. Such crazy fun times. Let's do it again SOON!

And that's me all caught up with no place to go (except to the kitchen to wash some potatoes).

I hope you are well and happy and warm.

I wonder what you've been enjoying, playing, smelling, listening, wearing, reading crocheting, flicking to, enjoying, not loving, knowing, wondering, dreaming, hoping, giggling, knitting, laughing at, casting on, grateful for, adoring, smiling at...?

Big love

x


35 comments:

  1. I am snippet blogging too at the moment, and I love yours so keep it up!
    I am dying for part four of my hottie cover, fingers are twitching!
    Love that hundreds and thousands yarn.
    Need to knit those slippers too.
    Lovely pics
    xxx

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    1. I love that you are hottie-ing along.
      I'd better get mine out and work out the buttons closure quick smart eh.
      xx

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  2. Lovely post! I adore getting inside the heads of fellow bloggers this way, so thank you so much for sharing :)

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    1. It's funny, I often feel silly about posting these snippet posts. Like I'm saying so much but not really saying anything at all. But like you I love reading them when others post them so I should get over it and go with it I think. x

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  3. Lovely post! And love those socks. Have had a pair half done in my knitting basket forever, must finish them!

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    1. Half done socks is a big knitting fear for me, I need to order a 100cm cord circular so I can make two at once. I hope you finish yours soon. x

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  4. Super post Kate! Am loving those socks and have decided to order the book that your pattern comes from! I need to extend my sock skills!!! xxx

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    1. That's great Laura! It's a wonderful book, I want to knit every single pair of socks in it. x

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  5. Love these snippet posts. I just adore the landscape around Daylesford, and driving through it on the Bendigo-Ballarat commute always sets me a'wondering about what it's like to live amongst those glorious trees. Your photos make it seem even more magical. Huge congratulations on your first socks -- there's nothing quite like that feeling, is there? :)

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  6. It's a very comprehensive snippets post! You're moving into Spring and we're moving into Autumn. More changes on the way!

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  7. I like snippet blogging
    It lets the parts tell the whole!!
    And I loved that book so much...want re read it now!
    Ally

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  8. I love your snippets! Sometimes I feel like the only post I get up a week is the Yarn Along!! I have good intentions, but never quite get there.....

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    1. And you've inspired me, so now I've put my own Snippets post up...

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  9. Inspired by you & yours ❤️ We're embarking on our own tree change! She needs a lot of TLC, but we r up 4 a challenge :) Stop by for a visit? www.hillshadowhouse.blogspot.com.au

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  10. Still giggling about the Pap smear incident!! Looking forward to hearing more about your crafty event xx

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  11. I recently discovered Suzanne Vega and am loving her voice and words at the moment; dreaming of learning to knit socks - maybe next winter.

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  12. The Elizabeth Gilbert book is fantastic, isn't it? Looking forward to #grannyhottie update tomorrow - I'm all ready! x

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  13. I love love love your socks Kate! I don't knit but your pictures make me wish I could! Kate

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  14. I love this post, it sort of sums up every day living!
    xxx

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  15. I'm reading the exact same book because of the exact same awesome recommender! I love it too!

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  16. Oh gosh I laughed when I read the comment about the sex education and not showing to how to have sex...hiliarioius...however one would think it is a good point...don't know how to do math, they teach you, don't know how to do science they teach you...you can understand why....glad there's no practical to that lesson!!! I love the knitted socks they look awesome.....Have a good week. My sister said again this week (OMG that beanie is amazing and she loves it). The gift that keeps on giving. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    1. agree! that quip had me laughing too :-D

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  17. I CANNOT WAIT!! PS I do that thing about letting stuff settle. Like a good soup ;-)

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  18. Congratulations on your publication in the Organic Gardener Magazine. How lovely for you to get the recognition of your craft but surely they recognised you have an organic farm too? (Sorry I don't have a big budget for magazines and haven't read this one yet)
    Glad you are enjoying your family times but do I detect an air of pensiveness and wistfulness?

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  19. Lovely post. I know what you mean about skimming the surface. I've linked in to you this week in my snippets post. And hope to catch up on my hottie project this week. xxx

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  20. Love the blue with sprinkles yarn, socks will look so pretty!

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  21. Oh Kate I have missed your posts. I mean...I love your crafty posts but since I have no idea about knitting etc I love catching up on your other bits and pieces too. How awesome to be in Organic Gardener, crafting! x

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  22. Kate I've made a few of those slippers for me this Winter, but I'd love to make a pair for my man, what is the stitch count you use?

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    1. Hi Kirsten, I followed the pattern exactly for Bren and went down a needle size for me. Perhaps you could do it the other way around. Alternatively, if you read through all the projects on revelry there's bound to be someone who has enlarged it with extra stitches. x

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  23. You've inspired me to check out the toe up sock pattern.. I've two more skeins of sock yarn that I purchased in the rush of love I felt for sock knitting when I made my first pair - that was two years ago and I haven't knitted a row of a sock since!
    I stitched all my granny squares together into a blankie and am rather chuffed with how it turned out, I even enjoyed darning all the ends shock horror!! I've learned to love this bit after being inspired by Pip! Those granny squares can be quite addictive :-)
    I love love love reading your snippets posts, it's such a fab way to catch up on everything x

    oh and I really want some of that sprinkles yarn... too cute!

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  24. I also laughed at what you were laughing at! How funny! I'm also hoping to get into the garden and feeling like I've had enough of the cold.

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  25. Those socks are just gorgeous! All of them. I live in Perth and just down the road is a cafe/knitting store called Woolly Lattes. I've bought some supplies, just getting ready to work up the courage to actually go there and knit! Very basic stuff, but you're absolutely right, so enjoyable and satisfying!

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  26. "...like sprinkles on fairy bread", love love love it!

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  27. Lovely sum of your days! :) I had to laught at the sex ed comment, children are adorable. I really like the new socks that you are knitting, especially the yarn, it is lovely. Also the veggies look so healthy and nice. And I did not even know that Liz Gilbert has another book! Must add it to my wishlist :) Do not worry, winter will be over soon. We have summer here in the UK and it looks just like your winter at the moment :D :D :D

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