November – ‘makes’ in yarn..

November has been a very cold month here on the Central Tablelands in Australia.Β  Unseasonally cold for the last days of spring (almost summer) weather… with the coolest morning down to 4 deg C.Β  Brr!

Christmas is a month away and it’s jumper and beanie weather.. and it has been for weeks! Crazy. I need the beach!!

On the farm, we are extremely thankful for the rain (not the wind!!) that has come, as we have have feed growing – and there is some green now – after a long and dry year. We are not out of drought yet, but there is feed for the stock!! ..and we may even get to make hay.

So… because it’s been cold, I’ve been playing with yarn – making a few bits and pieces and I thought I’d share some of these with you.

I’ve been making Christmas decorations – for pressies and the tree – with some lovely cottons ..these are just a few..

 

Pom poms and tassels.. love making these!Β  They take me back to childhood.Β  Simple old fashioned things bring joy πŸ™‚

 

I also had fun playing with some wonderful textures and colours. This ‘cloth’ was created by combining different types of yarn, crocheted together…Β .. and I used up scraps.. love that!

..and now they are a cushion!

I learned a new technique too – one I hadn’t tried previously. Corner to corner crochet. This was a very fun project.. and part of a Crochet Along (CAL) run by Rosina at Zeens and Roger. Did I say it was fun? It was πŸ™‚

I also have some WIPs (works in progress) in the works… no pics as yet though..

  • A beanie – it’s cold enough to be playing with wool.Β  This is a knitted project that’s been around for way too long.. and I don’t really like knitting, but I’d like it finished… so I’ve been working on that. Not sure that it will be fabulous – but it will be finished πŸ™‚
  • A light and small blanket for my Mum… using a Scheepjes Whirl (Melting Macaron – a soft pastel whirl) – the first time I’ve used one.Β  Love watching the graduations appear πŸ™‚
  • Another pillow, that I accidentally started while trying to create a back for the pillow shown above.

I made a skinny scarf for a birthday pressie… again no pics.. as yet… and fiddling with a few other creations and playing with some ideas, but nothing to speak of presently.

That’s about it for this very yarny post. It’s been a great month for creating and it always restarts the thought and design process.

I’ve so enjoyed getting back to crochet this year.

Have a great week!

Robyn xx

Guido paints Portland NSW Australia…

Over the past 2 months, I’ve had the very real privilege of watching the silos at the old Portland Cement works, being transformed into a huge and wonderful piece of art.

Talented international artist Guido Van Helten, has been painting huge murals of Portland community members onto the silos over April and May this year.

It’s very exciting to see the transformation happening and to be able to stand in front of them.

I have long admired Guido’s work (from all over the world ..and only on the screen) and never imagined it would be a part of my local area!

Guido is continuing his work and as I write, the 6th silo is probably finished now.. or almost… There are 8 silos in total.

As yet, we are not aware of who the murals represent, but they are local people with a connection to the Cement Works. I’m looking forward to finding out more.

They are beautiful, sensitive and realistic murals of very real people.

Portland is a small working town approx 2 hours drive northwest? of Sydney.. over the Blue Mountains. The Portland Cement works formally opened in 1902.

The Australian Autumn skies have been pretty wonderful too, over these past 2 months.. and very changeable.

Can’t wait to see more… of both the silos and our skies!

Old Projects…

February Hearts block – design by Robyn Gosby.

The last few days, I’ve had reason to move my studio / sewing / spare room around. I’ve put my art materials away, so that I have more space for a bigger, upcoming, sewing project.

In moving things around, I discovered some old projects that have been put away for quite a while now.Β  Quilting projects.Β  I quilted for many years and for some time now, I’ve taken a creative break from sewing.

It was fun to rediscover and see what I have on the go.. and I feel a little inspired to pickΒ  ‘a little’ something up, after this next sewing project… and to keep moving forward, while working on other things, especially my crochet blanket.

These are just 5 projects that I had put away.. so they’ve come out of the cupboard, as is. Scrumpled.

A couple are my own design, from my designing / pattern writing days, although for one I never did find the energy to write the pattern!

Fabrics have changed quite a bit since then, but the stitches and basics remain the foundation of this creative art/craft.

I thought I’d share these old projects – a throw back Thursday of old projects – and hope they are finished (by me) one day and passed on to the next generations. I really do love textiles… and creating in a tactile way, whatever the artistic medium.

Thought I’d share πŸ˜€

Robyn xx

Photography and handmade..

This is not a picture-less post… thankfully! πŸ™‚

Hello and thank you so much for your kind comments on my previous post.. they are so greatly appreciated!

Our elderly parents have both had surgeries and are now beginning recuperation. Both are in good spirits… for that we are thankful.

We’ve had rain! Some amazing rain and the grass is growing a little… hooray!

The crochet blanket is progressing well.. (I’m making one and my sister-in-law, the other ..and we are making them together – one for each parent). As yet I haven’t really taken any photos.Β  The ‘natural’ light has been terrible, but that’s because of ‘wanted and needed’ cloudy, wet skies!

Creatively speaking, I’ve really only been crocheting in recent times… I did ‘plop’ these few items on a little round table yesterday.. and then actually looked and thought, ‘Oooh.. camera!’

The camera and I are a bit unfamiliar presently… but it was nice to have it back in my hands, trying to ‘see’ through the lens.

Here’s what I saw with my few items.. The little crochet flowers are another little something I’m making also…

Just a little note from me again, to say ‘hello and thanks’.. I appreciate your quiet and friendly support.

Oh and did you note my blog name change? πŸ˜€ I think that suits for now.

Talk soon.. Robyn xx

2018 is well and truly here!

2018 IS truly here.. and as I write it’s almost the end of February.. time flies!

We’ve started this year with another very dry season.. too dry. We are in drought conditions here (with the very occasional kiss of green on the paddocks) on the Tablelands.. so it’s been a hands on start to the year, looking after our stock and not really anything but brown to photograph… and wow! .. it’s been hot!

Cold ice-creams, cool water and air conditioning have been our best friends πŸ™‚

Family life has had an interesting start, with 2 elderly parents this year, needing major operations for cancer. Soon.

I’m picking up my crochet hook and yarns this year, to help make 2 blankets, for our parents – along with my sister-in-law. It’s just something we want to do.

All is well. Family is pulling together to help, as is our way. I love that.

I do hope to take some photos this year.. ones that are not just brown, although I do think it’s worth recording the conditions.

I’m going to be sharing progress of the crochet blanket/s on instagram. You’ll find me posting about handmade on Instagram @3littlepears

I trust all is well with you.

Robyn xx

(PS 2 doggies having a little chat) πŸ™‚

7 day B&W photo challenge.. Day 7

I’m participating in a 7 day B&W photo challenge – challenged by Karen at Days and Months.

The challenge says: 7 photos of my life over 7 days. No people, no explanations.

This is the final image for this challenge.

I’ve enjoyed getting back to black and white… (or monochrome). I feel, I see the world differently.