Permaculture in Action

Monday, January 27, 2014

My Creative Space

Finding the space within the busyness of farm life for a little creating has become a priority for me over the last few years. Whether it's sewing, knitting, spinning or whatever new thing that comes along, I make time for some each day.

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I picked this pattern up from an Op Shop for 50 cents. I'm always on the look out for these older patterns because they are designed around cloth nappies. Modern patterns, I find, just don't fit over cloth nappies.

This week, with the slightly cooler weather I was keen to give the pattern a go, so I've decided on a little pair of  leggings in a 3 month size as my daughter Rhonwyn is  expecting her 2nd baby in April. Not knowing if it is a boy or a girl I decided on navy blue which can look lovely on either, I think.

The size of the yarn has been a little limiting as it requires 3 ply. Not much, but white, pale blue or pink in this ply, in wool, at our one and only yarn shop, so I've opted for a wool blend. It's not too bad but I do prefer knitting with pure wool.

I'm still working on my ripple rug as well. I hope to have it finished soon, and with a very helpful hint from Nicki it will be finished much more quickly than expected. Nicki explained how to weave in the ends as I go , so that's the tedious job at the end taken care of.

I spent one day with my friend working on the wedding quilt. After showing her how to use the sewing machine there are now patches sewn into 4 strips. We will be meeting again this week so I'll take some photos to show you of our progress.

I spent another day with Meghann and Rhonwyn on our mother daughter get together. Rhonnie made some repairs while Evan played along side us, and Meg and I started tracing and cutting out a pattern for a theatre costume Meg is making for a friend. Quite an ambitious project but I'm sure she'll manage it.

Do you have a need to create? How do you find time to fit it in? I tend to take my knitting with me if I leave the farm, and that way if I'm waiting around for something or just chatting with a friend, I can take out my knitting. I often have a few things going at once. Something quick and easy that doesn't require too much concentration that I can pop into a bag and carry with me, something a little more complicated where I need some peace and quiet to work on it, and maybe some sewing project as well.


  1. OMG!!!
    I knitted that exact outfir for my first child. (He's 22 now.)
    I LOVED it.

  2. You have been rather busy with different projects Kate........
    Creating is always a part of my day, although i think I am creating a mess today as I declutter the pantry..

    I always have a book and pencil with me wherever I go, so I can do some drawing, doodling, sketching and that fills the need to create or record something when I am out......
    Have managed to get the sewing room in to some semblance of order, so there will be some stitching happening soon.

    Claire :)

  3. I stumbled across your blog by chance, my tip for creating is to have a set time in which to go into your craft space. I find that a crochet project is easy to transport and a familiar pattern doesn't take any real concentration.

  4. I'm not sure whether you have recently updated your header but I love it and I think doing birthday parties at the farm are a wonderful idea both for the childrens experience and for some income for you. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia