Saturday, July 13, 2013

the heart of winter

The sun has been shining and we've been having wintry beach adventures on the Bass Strait!

The parade of knitwear...someone's mother is a wee bit obsessed....
yep, that's her...

  and a hearty craft project!

We are making a family of Sami people, nomadic reindeer herders from the Arctic! and Inspired by a most divine book: Children of the Northlights by the incredible artist couple Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire. Such incredibly beautiful illustrations!
It seems very fitting we are making these warmly clad folk in the heart of winter, and having just oh so myuch fun with the details! The hats! The embroidery and little shawls. The shoes with the curled up toes for holding on skis, and darned if I'm not going to whip up some little skis any minute!

not finished yet! The reindeer needs antlers, and where's the teepee!!

And!  What's on the needles??

Here is Hitch, a design by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, and appearing in Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People 5: a jumper (sweater/pullover) for moi! It's a very fun pattern, knit in pieces (my lord, seaming!), and a bit of cable and simple lace pattern at the front.
I'm using Rowan Felted Tweed DK in Clay.
Yarning Along with Ginny!
And reading this magnificent children's book by one of my all time favourite illustrators: Mitsumasa Anno. ANNO'S FLEA MARKET. No text just pages and pages of fascinating market stalls in a medieval town square. Love it!

ravelled here

AND Frontier Dreams'  Keep Calm Craft On (very wise advice!)


Lori ann said...

oh jo, where to begin!? i have come back to this post several times and really was just at a loss for words.

your beautiful girls on the beach, and you too. you all look so lovely in your handknits!

and the samis. these are truly incredible (i saw the finished post, but i'm back tracking here, had to comment on this post too). your girl is amazing, unbelieveable. i am so impressed, these dolls are stunning. how did you do them? was there a pattern? or was it in your head? incredible really.

i have a short article, photos mostly i just tore out of a photo magazine we subscribe to, about the sami. if you email me your address i'll send it on to you. your daughter might like it.

i'm just so impressed.

xxxx lori

Lori ann said...

i forgot to say your hitch is going to be SO cute, love that pattern. and your choice of wool.