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.
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:
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.