Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The end of an Era : Nundle 2017

On Thursday I loaded up the car and headed north as I have many times before, to the place where this blog first started in 2011, Nundle NSW. It was time for the 10th annual Girls day in the country

as I drove north I had the opportunity to see the beautiful country side as the sun went down at the end of the day. 

Friday seen us head out to the cottage on the hill, as we have done so many times before, then join together at the Peel Inn for lunch as we had done for the past several years. On Friday evening we all joined together at the camp kitchen of the Fossickers caravan park for dinner and a bit of show and tell. there was some gorgeous quilts to see and lots of inspiration abounded.

Saturday morning seen us all hovering outside the hall in the drizzling lane waiting for the doors to open, to what would be our last Girls day in the country, but we wouldn't know that for many hours to  come.

as we arrived at our tables we discovered asian steaming baskets

this lead to some intrigue as to exactly what the project was to be . . .had Kerry finally decided to teach us how to cook? . . . . LOL

However to our delight we soon discovered that the steaming baskets would soon be transformed into a gorgeous sewing basket. We each had received a circle cut from an antique double wedding ring quilt.  That piece of antique was so soft in my hands and I imagined all the love that had gone into making it , the years it had spent keeping people warm and feeling cherished. I wondered where my quilts would be in the future and would they feel so cherished.
The quilt was imperfect but that was the charm of the project, as we were to use the pieces of wool strategically placed to cover the imperfections.

by the ending of the day my sewing basket had been painted a beautiful French blue, we had a choice of three colours red blue or green,  it had a pincushion which Bonnie Sullivan, our wonderful tutor sat with us at our table and showed us how to create  and the embroidery on the antique quilt was well underway.

by three pm we all knew that this was the last time we would all be gathered here together, this was our last Girls day in the country.

despite the smiles there was a lot of sadness,
 although you could almost hear the wheels turning as we all considered how we could gather together somehow to continue our tradition of, for some, the last 10 years

that evening we gathered together for dinner and some of us continued to work on our projects, I was totally besotted and was starting to make subtle changes to make my basket my own.

early the next morning I sat with my hands warmed with my cup of tea and contemplated the past  8 years and the impact that GDITC had had on my life.

I now have friendships near and far that were germinated right there in Nundle, those friendships  mean the world to me. I have travelled throughout NSW to spend delightful hours with this wonderful group of girls.  I have made beautiful projects that were either commenced at Nundle, inspired by projects either seen in Nundle or by members of my GDITC sewing group.  That first trip to Nundle certainly had a huge impact on my life, and it has all been for the better.

as I packed my suitcase to leave my hand brushed over the little Jewellery case, designed by Anni Downs which was my first GDITC project and I thought to myself I will always have Nundle, there is little pieces of it scattered throughout my home and my memories are full of it's laughter and Joys.

as this door closes I look forward to what comes next

and I want to thank 

for starting GDITC and bringing together such a wonderful group of like minded souls

you truely are an inspiration
you brought us all together as we stitched away in our virtual sewing community
gathering as often as we cold in person.

it's been a wonderful journey

as the saying which we all diligently stitched on Saturday says

our souls are fed by needle and thread 
and that thread will bind us always

à plus tard
(see you later)

Googy Girl

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rain on princes street

as some of you might know I have become a bit of a yarnie, I am so addicted at the moment I find my self trolling through lots of different knitting and yarn sites. the inspiration is amazing, so many gorgeous yarns and projects out there.

My Christmas Eve cast on already to go, you might remember I posted about it here

2 weeks later and the first lace section was complete

on holidays at Stockton , early February  and it was progressing well.

then the bells of tragedy sounded 
I was fast running out of wool and I hadn't done enough repeats of the second lace. I suspect despite my testing my gauge several times,  I ended up choosing the wrong size needle and so the shawl is bigger than planned ( it's hard to measure when it is all scrunched up on the needle).

I was faced with a choice unpull all of the second lace pattern and a little of the first and then I would be able to get all of the second lace repeats or finish it

I decided that I would rather unpull ( or frog as they call it in the knitting world)  then spend the rest of this shawls days looking at it thinking it's not right. so within 20 mins it went back to looking like the above photo.

as of last night I am back ready to cast off again, and am much happier with it, here's to hoping that very small ball in the bottom of my knitting bag makes it to the end.  

I haven't abandoned my sewing altogether , as you will see in the follow up posts, need to do lot's of  catch up blog posts. . . . . 

Au Revoir

Googy Girl

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Travelling Lucy's

Initially I was going to call this post Lazy Lucy's because I didn't think I had done very many blocks this year. but as I sat own and looked at my phone and the blocks I have completed I realised that I had done so much more than I thought

the above block was made during our trip to Dubbo to the zoo, most of it was stitched in the car on the way, but some as we relaxed in the afternoons.

this one was started in the car on the way home. it was during this trip I decided that decided to go a different way and use the French general blue as my background.  You can read a little more about it here.

this block was created on the plane and in the airports as we travelled to France for our big adventure.

this block was completed in Paris . . . . . ohh Paris the city of my dreams . . . .

this block was started in Florence in Italy and finished in Turkey

this block was started in Cappadocia, Turkey and completed on the plane on the ride home

this block was made at home and is one of Shiralee Stitches blocks

this block was special it was cut out at the wonderful Sonia's and was the result of inspiration from a challenge that Chooky and Sonia had done one weekend. Sonia also has some of this fabric and some is in an envelope headed to ChookyBlue

this one was made from pieces sent to me from Chookyblue

and this was a block from Shiralee Stitches and is my last Block for 2016.

as six of these blocks were made during my and Mr Googy's adventures I thought travelling Lucy was much more appropriate.

I have just under ten blocks left to make and of course all the joiner blocks as well

I hope that this time next year I will be writing another post with lots more blocks from our adventures of 2017 and that Lucy will be getting so much closer to being finished

Au Revoir

Googy Girl

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Madness and insanity .... finally some peace and joy

Yes I m still here, no I didn't drop off the face of the planet, although to be honest I have felt very much that I have been very tied up in my own little world. Even Instagram has only had cursory check in s of late.  Why ???  . . . . . I don't know a thousand reasons . . . .  none really great or earths shaking. Just busy busy busy . . . . 

the lead up to Christmas has been Insane. work has been very busy and pretty exhausting. and I have been busy with lot's of secret sewing and knitting.  But somehow I managed to finish these gorgeous little bags ready to be gifted to all the lovely ladies that my husband works with . . . .
my girlies at work pouted that Mr Googy's work colleagues get  my hand made goodies and they don't . . . maybe if they are very good maybe next year.

for some reason my love of all things yarn has really come through strongly this second half of the year and I have been knitting knitting knitting. this rather oddly shaped thing is a shawl, designed by Truly Myrtle, which I made for my youngest daughter. My eldest got the same shawl just in a very light cream.  these shawls took several attempts to get right and to be honest i was none to thrilled with this one, until I did the magical blocking thing . . . . . Oh My what a difference blocking made it was like a good massage the whole thing just seem to relax and stretch out like a cat in them morning.

I was thrilled when I wrapped them as gifts and the girls adored them.

It's been interesting becoming addicted to yarn projects, it's like a whole new language and world has opened up and I have felt that feeling of being obsessed with a project again.
it's not that I don't love my stitching I still do I m just enjoying what I am doing right now
which I guess is what being creative is about
it's just going where you heart leads

the Christmas tree went up as it does most years with my whole family here together, we laughed and sang and nibbled on some of the amazing goodies that mr googy always seems to find or cook for us and we , in our annual tradition watched "Love actually"

Some members of the family just found a quiet spot to lay when ever the opportunity presented itself.

I made this nifty little bag, especially for my knitting and it was already and packed for Christmas Eve cast on, which is apparently a bit of thing Knitters do , not sure why . . . . .

but on Christmas Eve, once all the pre Christmas prep was done and the eating was done, we had played some games and we finally had a chance to quieten down for a bit of a rest 
my mum and I curled up on the lounge to watch a few episodes of Mrs Browns Boys and I started my  Christmas cast on project

the yarn is by the amazing Circus Tonic Handmade

 it took several attempts before I was happy with it, I think it had more to do with the bubbles I had consumed than the complexity of the pattern
it also probably had a lot to do with the joy of sitting there watching my mum laugh from the very depth of her belly, I think it has been a very long time since I have seen her so full of joy and it made me feel very happy, it is something I will etch in my memory forever.

Christmas Morning greeted us warm and sunny, a perfect Australian Christmas morning.
Again my family were all together, including my mum.
I got lot's of lovely things and we had a pretty quiet relaxing day

I made some super yummy ginger bread buttons for serviette rings and
we had a lovely Christmas lunch, lots of yummy food and finally I feel like all the madness and insanity were over and the peace and joy have finally arrived.

I love Christmas but it's such a busy time of the year with so much going on
that often Boxing Day is probably the most relaxing day of the year . . .  lol

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and look forward to hearing all your adventures in the new year

and sharing myn with you

Au Revoir

Googy Girl