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Baby clothes, the finale

Yesterday I gave Emma the knitwear I have made for her bub-to-be. She’s not due until May, so I imagine I won’t be able to help myself but knit some more bits and pieces before then. So maybe this is the ‘what I’ve knitted so far’ gift.

She opened the little parcel sometime after I left, and thankfully took a photo – because I forgot to! She posted it on facebook this arvo, so now I’m posting it here:

Baby clothes for Emma
Baby clothes for Emma

I partly regret giving the blue and white hat… She’s already getting ‘are you having a boy?’ comments. And well, I just like blue. I’m not a huge fan of the blue-for-boys, pink-for-girls thing. But not knowing how traditional (or not) her family is, I perhaps should have stuck to white… Ah well, I like the hat. And I’m sure she can mix and match 😉

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Knitted baby clothes

Yesterday I had a day off work, and as part of this a successful trip finding buttons for two of the baby garments I’ve recently knitted.

White baby jumper, blocking
White baby jumper, blocking

I’ve been looking around for a blocking kit: big jigsaw fitted blocking pieces with pins and wire. But I’m thinking I’ll have to buy them online. Even in a big city like Melbourne noone seems to have them.

So I’ve made do with my ironing board, an old towel and a big sheet of corrugated cardboard.

Red cardigan, blocking
Red cardigan, blocking

Just to sew the buttons on now!

Red cardigan, shoulder detail
Red cardigan, shoulder detail

But most nights (and all weekend) this is how I currently look:

Me, stitching away.
Me, stitching away.

I really have to get this damn cross stitch finished, or I’ll never get onto any of the big ideas I’m desperate to start. Must. Finish. Current. Project. Hnnngh.

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Thoughts. Maybe food for inspiration.

Imagine all of the people you brush against during your day, all of the hundreds, maybe thousands. You speak with a handful of them. Maybe when you order a coffee, perhaps when you pick up your mail, or even just when buying a carton of milk. It’s probably just a ‘hello’ and a ‘thank you’ sandwiching the business deal, and you walk on. You may even give your name to your order, but it’s not personal, it’s business.

When the interaction is daily, the punctuation can evolve into a sentence: “How are you today?” may over the weeks morph into “How was your barbecue on Saturday?” A small set of in-jokes might emerge, or a shared story.

Now a leap. One of those stories gives you a deeper insight. Directions to a journal, a daily public recording of one person’s creative thoughts, inspirations and musings. Suddenly, you see the inner workings of the external face. A simple cup of coffee and a hello, but also the creativity and thinkingness behind the daily routine.

A beautiful, burning, vital soul exposed through writing and art, but totally veiled in face-to-face reality. She would like that I think: the social construction of her own reality.

I think I need to create something that describes this better. An embroidery maybe?

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Peacock cross stitch progress – part 2

Over the weekend, I put some dedicated time aside and finally completed all of the cross parts of the leaves on my peacock cross stitch. All of them. All five gazmillion of them. Gazmillion is a word.

They are just so fiddly with all of the quarter stitches and tiny groups of colour.

So I went from this:

Peacock, leafy detail
Peacock, leafy detail

to this:

Peacock leafy detail, crosses completed
Peacock leafy detail, crosses completed

Huzzah!

I’ve started the back stitching, which is much simpler, I can do that in front of some Red Dwarf episodes and kick back a little.

And an arty close up to celebrate:

Photo 3-02-13 3 06 48 PM

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Tumblr radar

ZOMG! *deep breath* My Jupiter embroidery is on the Tumblr radar!

I knew something weird was up. I checked my mail after watching some Grand Designs (as you do) and I suddenly had a heap of new followers. A little digging and I found this:

Woot, radared! (is that a word? Too excited for vocabulary :-)
Radared! (is that a word? Too excited for vocabulary 🙂

So, now I do the pathetic thing and refresh the page and watch the note count go up. Don’t judge me! (Okay, you can judge me, it’s childish! :0)