Thursday, 9 July 2009

Prisons, Pictures and Great Grans...

....with some crochet, of course!

I thought I'd take another break from work
and all the filing, packing and shredding I have to do
to say hi.

Since I last posted, there's been a bit of crafty action here at Chez Inkberry.
I've made yet another simple dischloth:

I do like making these cloths.
I can crochet one up in an afternoon, which is satisfying,
and I use them for dry brush massages which, I've been told, are good for my immune system. (In my version, the washcloth takes the place of a brush.)

I've also been working on something for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
Meet Bluey:

I'm using Crochetroo's pattern, a 3mm hook and Shepherd Colour 4 Me wool.
He's lots of fun to make.
He'll probably be very hard to give away too.

...and I also thought I'd share some photographs taken at Fremantle Prison museum, which I visited recently.

Fremantle Prison used to be a maximum security gaol and, before that, housed convicts sent out from Britain. Not surprisingly, it's a pretty grim place but its history is fascinating and, unexpectedly, it has some amazing artwork. There are pictures that were painted by the last men to be imprisoned there:

and there are delicate drawings,
rendered secretly onto the walls of a cramped, dark cell
by a nineteenth century forger called James Welsh:

Beautiful, aren't they?
(Thanks to J for letting me use her fantastic prison photos.)

My paternal great grandmother's family came out to Western Australia around about the time James Welsh was drawing on the prison walls
...but I can't claim any convict heritage ~ they were all settlers.
My great gran loved to knit and crochet however and,
although I never met her,
I feel a sense of connection with her because of that shared love of yarn. I remember, when I was little, admiring a hexagon blanket that she had made, which might be why I'm so fond of the pattern now.

Here's a photo of her, knitting by the fire, with my great grandfather:

and here's a picture of my (very sombre) grandmother and great aunty, wearing her lacy socks:

(My nanna's on the right.)
I would imagine my great grandmother would have loved the internet, especially Ravelry!
Do you have any family stories to tell?

Have a wonderful week everyone.


2paw said...

What a cute cloth and the daisies are extra cute. My great grandmother was a teacher like me, but my grandmothers were all cooks and crafters so I think I inherited any small talent I might have from them. I am not sure of my earlier heritage at all. No idea, you are lucky to know!!

Chryse said...

I love your family photographs! My Mom has been copying and framing a few of our family photos each year, and I now have a nice collection of many of my relatives I never had the chance to meet on my walls.

lizzzknits said...

I love family histories and old photos. I have a collection of my own, and sometimes I include them in my blog. That reminds me, I should do that again soon.

Red Hen (dette) said...

Snap! I'm doing crocheted dish cloths too for exactly the same reason (that they are quick and satisfying that is but I use them for dishes!)
I actually have convict heritage- my uncle found out as he delved into our family history that my maternal grandmother's great great grandfather (I'm not sure how many greats but you get the idea!)was sent to the colonies by a judge who happened to be my maternal grandfather's great great grandfather! If you knew them then this would make perfect sense my grand dad was quite uptight and had a rather stern and unforgiving countenance and nana always seemed a little cheeky and constrained within the relationship.

LĂșcia said...

Hi my dear, how are you?
I am delighted with your family history and photographs. And the photos about the prison and all those drawings were also amazing. It is always a pleasure to come here to visit you. Wish you a beautiful sunday.
Keep in touch,


mia said...

I love the pictures from the prison, especially the barbed wire atop the wall. You've got a good eye for composition!

(I'm also really happy you crochet. Sometimes I feel like it's getting lost in the knitting blogs! ;)

--mihrimah from ravelry

inkberryblue said...

Thanks everyone!
Um, I didn't take the prison photos ~ a friend did, I only photoshopped them. I should have credited her. (I'll do that now.) Sorry!

Alexandra said...

Great pictures! How interesting to find pretty artwork in a prison.

Anonymous said...

What a great story...sadly there was a big family arguement which kinda split them all up, so we never heard any great stories.
What wonderful ppictures in the prison, I particularly like the 3rd one down, with the horses.

magnusmog said...

I ,love having a family link to my crafting - I'm one of a line of knitters, crocheters, weavers and shepherds. All I need now is to get me some sheep :)

Anonymous said...

Very interesting, and eclectic, post!

Kathy Ann said...

what a beautiful and inspiring post. I just love learning about people's stories and histories. I can't believe the drawings in the prisons. Amazing artists who have been locked away. I wonder what crimes they committed. Thank you for the information and photos!