Friday, September 14, 2012

Lotsa stuff.

Hello! How are you?

I'm good. Very excited that it's almost the weekend and although my house is a bit of a mess, I feel like I've got lots of little projects bubbling away that are keeping me excited. Lots to share and some to keep secret for a little while longer. Eeeeep!

So I cast off my latest knit, Tikki's latest test pattern, Griffin. It is cute! A little sleeveless vest with a hood and a kangaroo pocket. Miss Pepper is busting to carry a baby chicken around in that pocket. Maybe I'll have to line it.

I'll show you some more pics once I've blocked it.
I've raveled it here.

Nextly (?), I wrote a post for Just B about home and my reflections about going away for six months and then coming home. You can read it over here if you like.

One of our farmer boys, Pierre, just returned from a month in France with his family. When he got back he bought each of us a knife. How gorgeous is that! I've never had my own knife before.

I posted a photo of them on instagram yesterday and people left me the most wonderful comments. It seems so many people have an Opinel and an Opinel story in their lives. Do you?

I had to answer an interview question the other day about children who grow up on farms. I've been looking at my three with a bit more interest and wonder since then. 

I got a copy of Ro's new book in the mail the other day and he got the beanie he's been asking for for the last few months. Its a really gorgeous book. Beautifully photographed and designed filled with heaps of interesting info too. I'm certain our copy will become very well thumbed, very often referred to, very quickly.

The WholeLarderLove beanie is raveled here.

A lovely blog reader wrote to me a few months ago asking my permission to paint Miss Pepper. I said yes and she did, and then this week I received a copy of her painting in the mail.

Wow Coral!! Its amazing. And thanks so much for the copy.

The original photo is here if you want to compare.

Even though its icy outside, the garden and the foods we've stored, are showing us that the season's are changing. So we're cleaning out our stores and our garden beds to make room for what comes next.

We've been eating just starting to sprout potatoes, spinach, broccoli, rocket and leafy greens. And planting onions and peas and beans and tomatoes and herbs so far.

I'm starting to get excited about this exhibitions of local Daylesford Instgrammers. Its on from the 20th October until the 20th November at St Mel's cyclery and cafe. I so hope you can come. I think there will even be an opening soiree. I'll let you know.

And finally, I'm off to my first craft camp tonight. I'm super excited and a bit stressed about leaving farmer Bren with the farm and the girls and all their activities too. And what to take?? Oh my goodness, what to take?

So that's me, this Friday afternoon.
How are things with you?
Have you got exciting plans for the weekend?
Did you click on any of my many links?
Are you reading a good book?

Ciao Ciao. xx


  1. what an exciting post!
    i can't sleep now! haha (on holidays in the US so nighttime now)
    thanks for posting, Kate, you got my creative juices so pumped!

    1. Oh my goodness, YOU got my creative juices pumping with your Purl Soho pics.
      Happy travels Caitlin. x

    2. thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my blog!
      Purl was just the best! and the girls were so helpful and chatty and constantly helping me put wools together and getting excited for me/with me. They got really excited when i told them about 2 wools i held double, it was so sweet! Of course i bought wool! they even offered to wind it on their swift which was cool.
      oh my so much fun. I'm off to visit the art fair at Squam lake on Saturday and say hi to Soulemama. It's so lovely to bring these internet loves to life.
      I love your blog, even more so because it's close to home. (I'm a melbournian)
      thanks Kate x

  2. i love that vest, love the colours and the yarn you have used. looks a bit too complicated for my knitting skills though. isn't the painting gorgeous and very like the photo. happy weekend x

    1. Thanks Jo. I think you could knit this.
      The Tikki patterns are so ceverly and clearly written.
      Happy weekend to you too. xx

  3. I love that painting of your daughter - what a treasure to be given! And I love the idea of the Instrgram exhibition - wonderful.

    1. I am dying to see what the other four instagrammers have chosen for the exhibition.
      I love the idea of getting it off the phone and onto the wall.
      Happy weekend Missy Piggy. x

  4. The painting is beautiful! .. definitely one to treasure! I clicked the link to compare it with the original photograph :)
    Craft Camp, Wow.. Have fun to the fullest! I shall be lucky if I can put some lines in my ripple crochet afghan I started last year ;)
    Cheers from India!

  5. Hi Kate, I feel like I haven't written to you for ages. I always read your posts though! We are planning a quiet weekend after weeks of craziness. Tonight we are going to watch a movie and fold an enormous pile of laundry that has mysteriously taken over the couch. I keep seeing the whole larder love book around on IG so, will have to click one of your links there!!

    Keep doing what you are doing Kate, you inspire without making us feel inadequate. It's truly a gift you have. Thank you.
    deb xxxxx

  6. wow - that painting is gorgeous (well your girl is gorgeous so that makes the tasks all the easier I am sure but wow! Precious)

    I love the idea of an Instagrammer exhibition and have to say a little jealous of the heading of to craft camp. Every year I ogle all the blogs posts and pics about SQUAM and wonder if there is anything similar in Aust. I guess there is. Hmm now to learn a craft or pick up some of the ones I used to do prekids so I can have a reason to attend (aside from soaking up the cleverness of everyone else and their creative streaks).

  7. Hi Kate, the painting of your little daughter is beautiful...the artist is my sister-in-law's mum, she is an amazing artist....thanks for another lovely blog post, you inspire us all to notice and appreciate the little things in our everyday lives...Hope you have a lovely weekend. xxoo

  8. What a lovely gift that painting is! She has certainly done justice to your gorgeous girl. I love the idea of an instagram exhibition - will have to keep an eye out locally to see if anyone does that sort of thing. Have a great time at craft camp, I'm only a little bit jealous!

  9. Go enjoy your craft camp. Us mum's always worry about leaving our kids & husbands behind but they cope. Things might not get done in the usual way but they still get done. Go & have fun!!
    I wish I could tell you that I had a weekend of exciting things planned but I am on enforced rest & wouldn't you know it my enthusiasm for doing absolutly anything has disappeared! I can't pick up a hook, switch on my machine, or read a book at the moment because my brain REFUSES to focus on a single thing! I keep asking it to get itself together but its being stubborn & has sent all my motivation to la la land. Oh well....

  10. I clicked on your just b link and commented over ther lovely, I am going to buy WLL book for Chef. Have a great craft weekend, am so jealous. Xx

  11. *Love* the knit- especially as my youngest of 4 is Griffin - THE cutest 20 month around.
    Biased- nah.
    The painting is astounding! What a talented artist!

  12. The original is cuter though! (By far)

  13. Such a lovely inspiring Friday post Kate! Love your post on Just B too, very wise thoughts. I am waiting on my copy of WLL, very impatiently! I know I will love it before I have even seen it. Th Instagrammers exhibitions sounds fun. Enjoy craft camp...oh and I love the links :)

  14. Indi is becoming the most stunning young woman! I love everything about this post...the neighbours, the knits, the instagram photos, the suspense. And your quirk and light shining through every. single. word x

  15. Craft camp? You lucky duck! Looks like lots of good things are filling up your life right now. The knit is lovely on Miss Pepper. I've always loved those rustic colourful yarns and how wonderful for a reader to paint a picture of her. And now one more book for the ever growing list. Enjoy your weekend Kate x

  16. I love reading your blog -thank you for sharing it and my goodness, your sewig is beautiful. My daughter would love to live where your daughters live. She is a scout, maybe I will buy her an Opinel knife for Christmas. Best wishes Caz, UK.

  17. Hi Kate
    Great post - particularly agree with the importance of menu planning. I am always looking for meal inspiration and sounds like you guys do it well. Any chance you could do a post on your meal plans and the types of yummy things you have been making with your seasonal goodies?

  18. I love that Tikki knit! What a great pattern and beautiful yarn.

    Sarah x

  19. Great post Kate, opinels are friends for life!. That pic of Ro and the wood and the beanie!! says " happy man". Enjoy sure to pack the opinel, always come in handy when you least expect it.

  20. Oh wow everything from your gorgeous kids to the daffodils and veggies looks just wonderful. Have a fun time at craft camp sounds amazing. xx

  21. That painting is so gorgeous. Stunning.
    What a wonderful weekend you'll be having.

  22. We have the French knives. Love them. MOTH has a collection - means he is easy to buy for.
    I want an instagram exhibition. Not sure how I go about it but I want one. I'm organising a Food Photography exhibition for our Spring Arts festival. Reckon I can work out instagram too. Xx

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