Sunday, March 31, 2013

In the pink

Some more charity knitting items including an odd ball cowl. Seemed like a good idea at the time but finishing off all those ends was a pain. The cowls are quite long so have been folded for the image. Can't stand skimpy cowls as they need to be long enough to drape well so they look good.

Although the date indicates it is Autumn here in Sydney, it is warm and sunny and the veggies are surging ahead. This is the second crop of beans this season and almost ready to pick. Fortunately they are not to the possums' taste so can be left uncovered unlike the other veggies that have to be covered in a net to foil these nocturnal visitors.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Recently discovered my Eriskay jumper waiting to be finished so finally knitted up the neckline and have sewn it together. This is made from my own  homespun from a Merino fleece from my family's property in western NSW that was sold some years ago. This was a difficult jumper to make because of the complex patterns that are formed in panels across the garment. Each row is different so requires some concentration. 

The zigzag represents the waves; the double diagonal lines are marriage lines; the diamond pattern is the home; the small mesh lines represent fishing nets; and the starfish (or snowflake) and ropes are obvious patterns.

My g.grandfather may have worn a fisherman's gansey like this as he was a lobster fisherman and ferryboat man between Ulva and the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland. My g.grandmother, who was from the Isle of Skye, probably spun wool and knitted these traditional jumpers for her family. They immigrated to Australia on the same ship in 1853 with their families and were married in 1863 in Hamilton, Victoria.