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As I was putting my last two scrapbooking pages away I realised that I’d made another layout which I had neglected to share on the blog. This is a nice simple layout which lets the lovely paper speak for itself. I can’t get over how much Gorgeous Girl has grown.

keukenhof page

These photos were taken on a trip to the Netherlands in 2010. Yeah, I’m slowly dealing with the scrapping backlog…

I started out in paper craft as a card maker. These days I do much more scrapbooking than cardmaking, but I still make all my own birthday cards. This one is heading out the door soon.

happy birthday card

After looking at the photo I’ve since added a white line around the black tag to finish it of a little more. The patterned paper is up-cycled from my 2013 diary.

More Scrapbooking

I’m entering this page in the Let’s Capture Our Memories challenge number 80.

Here’s the sketch we were given to work with.

Layout Sketch 80 by Laura Whitaker

This is my take on it.

swing page

I wanted to add journalling to the page, so enlarged the photo mat to add room for the journalling.

Thanks for looking.

A scrapbooking page

It would appear that a few weeks away from my scrapping supplies works wonders for the scrapping mojo, as I’ve managed to crank out two layouts and a card since being back in Papua New Guinea.

I started with the Berry71blue Pattern Palooza challenge.

The challenge was to use three different patterns on the page. Here’s my take on it.

exhausted page

This photo is of Gorgeous Girl who fell asleep on the floor of the Brisbane airport after catching the midnight flight from Perth last year. She was sound asleep for several hours.

 

A handspun shawl

I started this shawl just before we headed to Europe as I wanted something simple to do in the few moments of down time between conferences and sight seeing. Then it travelled with me to Australia earlier this month and I worked on it a little more, but couldn’t finish it there because I needed my little scale to make sure that I used every last ounce (towards the end I was weighing the remaining yarn after each row to see if I had enough to do another row or if I needed to cast off). Without further ado I give you my Old Lady of Poland shawlette.

shawl1

Pattern is a free Ravelry download and can be found here: Old Man of Storr Shawlette.

I’m pleased with how it came out.

shawl4

The yarn was handspun by me quite a number of years ago (2010 according to the stash entry on Ravelry) and I don’t know why I didn’t get around to knitting it up sooner.

shawl3

It’s a merino/tencel blend from Girl on the Rocks, who has wonderful laser cut knitting and sewing notions in her etsy shop. I adore the sheep WPI tool.

I made two trips into town as the passenger today, Gorgeous Girl had a role in her school assembly this morning and so Gorgeous Man and I both went in and Friday afternoon is school pick up + grocery shopping. This meant that instead of having to deal with our awful traffic I could knit. Here’s the progress from today’s journeys.

easyhat

Using up some leftover yarn from a pair of socks knitted a very long time ago. It’s a little baby hat for charity.

I’m hoping to find some crafty time this weekend: a bit of scrapbooking (I have lots of new photos to play with) and perhaps a bit of spinning, I’m hoping to replicate some Malabrigo yarn using their fibre that I purchased in Poland. Wish me luck!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

These booties were finally finished and popped in the post while we were in Australia.

duck booties finished

Hopefully they will get lots of use. Pattern can be found here.

This hat didn’t get finished in time to go into the post. It’s destined for charity.

watch cap 1

Pattern can be found here.

I love that this is a historical pattern. It was knitted for the troops during World War II. The decreasing is very clever.

watch cap 2

The yarn colour is more accurate in the first photo.

I’ve finished a shawl as well, just need to weave in the ends and have a photo shoot.

Last Poland Post

Rather than continue to bore you with a blow by blow description of our time in Poland I’ll make this the last post about the trip. After the conference finished Gorgeous Man and I drove to Lublin to visit the Majdanek concentration camp from World War II. It was a very sad and sobering experience, but I’m glad we made the time to pay our respects. You can read about the numbers in books, but until you see things like this

majdanek shoes

the scale is hard to visualize. This former prisoner dormitory is filled with four hundred thousand pairs of shoes, stacked in these containers. Looking at the shoes you could see the individuality of their owners, bright red shoes, white summer sandals, stern business-like shoes to be worn with a suit and the children’s shoes. Majdanek is one of the best preserved camps, plans to preserve it were put into place before the war was over. It was liberated by the Russian Army prior to the close of the war. Majdanek is close to the city and a wide variety of people were imprisoned here: Polish farmers being relocated, political prisoners, prisoners of war, prisoners of conscience and Jews.

After Lublin we drove back to Warsaw. Using the wizardry of Ravelry’s trip planner I discovered a yarn store only 2.8 kilometres from our accommodation. Getting there proved tricky and I owe a huge “Thank You” to Gorgeous Man who braved peak hour traffic, one way streets, a GPS battery going flat and Polish street signs to find our way there.

Magic Loop is a beautiful yarn store stocking a variety of fabulous yarns and fibre.

Magic loop 1

Mmmmmmalabrigo. The store is really lovely, beautifully laid out and the owner is really friendly and welcoming. A bonus for me was that she also spoke excellent English, because my Polish is non-existent.

magic loop 3

Some fibre came home with me my first visit. The next day Gorgeous Man and I were walking past the store’s block and made another stop to acquire some yarn and fibre for me to make him something special.

polish haul

Now to find a perfect patterns.

 

More Poland

After our delicious lunch in the palace we were taken to a historical village. This had no signage at all and so it was hard to work out what era this was from, but some of the conference attendees who had grown up in various countries in Eastern Europe (and now live in the USA) commented excitedly that the school room looked exactly like the ones they had attended in the 1960s and 1970s.

school room

In contrast to the palace we had just come from the houses were much smaller.

village house external

To be honest, I prefer this to the palace. Inside was very bright and cheerful.

village house

Picture does not show the beautiful folk art painting on the chest of drawers. Another of the houses on display.

village house2

The pictures on the walls and rafters are made from cutting and gluing paper.

To my excitement there was a spinning wheel (and weaving and yarn associated equipment) in every room.

spinning wheel

I was quite taken with the village church. This was a functioning church until it was relocated to the museum site.

village church

I was also very taken with the windmill.

windmill

I love my orchids in Papua New Guinea, but I miss spring flowers. I enjoyed seeing the wide variety of irises blooming. Here is a particularly fine (and easily accessible) specimen.

iris

We are currently half way through our two week stay in Cairns. Seems odd to be blogging about one trip while I’m on another one…

We’ve all had haircuts and are enjoying the relaxed atmosphere here in Australia. Today I picked up the gazillion photos I’ve taken over the last 8 months which I finally got around to printing. With three weddings last year there are some gorgeous shots of Gorgeous Girl that I’m itching to turn into scrapbooking pages. I just hope I can do them justice. I’m also enjoying not having to drive for 2-3 hours a day doing the school run.

I was lucky enough to be here for the monthly Cairns knitter/crocheting group and got to meet with those lovely ladies again this year. One of them runs an indie-dyeing company and I got to fondle her very beautiful yarn. You can check it out here: Solar Flair Fibres

My thumb is doing better. I’m managing a bit of knitting, but am being very careful not to overdo things.

 

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