Adding Gold to Our Rainbow

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Looking Up

Lots to do and very little health to get it done.
For now, here are some photos of the gorgeous skies

I love twisted branches against the sky. 

We’ve had such bright and dry weather lately. Makes for pretty pictures but our tanks are getting low

Pampas grass is pretty. I thought it was declared a noxious weed so I’m not sure why it’s still aroudn in the National Park



I may have done a little dance when I got that shot


The skies have been awesome lately




Finished Projects: Part Two, the knitted hoodie commission

Photo of Ruth wearing a knitted jumper with a hood in a grey/brown colour, taken from the side with the hood down
Our other big project since the Hill End Market was our knitted hoodie commission.

While waiting for our steak sandwich and chips at Kepple Street Fish Shop, Ruth was knitting (as always), and ended up in a conversation with Georgie about it that finished with Georgie commissioning a hooded jumper for her son. Kepple St Fish Shop has fantastic take away food by the way. Many gluten free options available and I’ve never got sick eating from there (I have Coeliac’s and the tiniest amount of cross contaminated gluten and I get really sick).

She mentioned wanting it big and baggy but at first we didn’t realise she wanted it for her son rather than herself. We showed her a couple of designs but she just wanted a plain jumper with a kangaroo pocket on the front and a hood.

Photo of Ruth wearing the knitted jumper, taken front on with the hood up. You can see the kangaroo pocket on the front

Ruth ended up mashing together about 3 patterns and made some stuff up as she went. I tacked on the sleeves once they were knit up and we found that they were ridiculously long. Not sure how that happened as she was mostly working from the Central Park Hoodie pattern for the sleeves, just leaving off the cables. I can see how that could mean that the sleeves would be too wide but too long? We weren’t happy with the shape at the top of the sleeves either. I couldn’t get it to attach neatly. Ruth ripped back to the start of the decreases and we decided to just decrease on every row. It worked great.

Photo of Ruth wearing the knitted jumper. Taken from behind with the hood up
The funny lump there in the hood is just because Ruth had her hair bunned up.

I tacked it all together again and we took it in to Bathurst so we could check the size. This was when we found out that it wasn’t for Georgie but for her son. Who is very tall. The shoulders and arms fitted perfectly though so that was good.

We took it home, I undid all the seems and Ruth ripped the body pieces back to just before the decreases for the sleeves, added another 6 inches and then did the decreases.

I sewed it all together properly this time and wove all the ends in. Boy it is heavy and my shoulders are dodgy. It was knit with two strands of 8ply (DK weight) Luxury from Bendigo Woolen Mills in Cork Brown. 100% Wool and incredibly warm. Should be fantastic this winter. It regularly gets down to -6c at night here in Hill End. I don’t think it gets quite that cold in Bathurst but they’ll certainly have more use for such a warm jumper there than you would in Sydney.

Ruth wearing the knitted jumper taken from side on with the hood up

With the extra 6 inches it fit really well. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of it on the person it was made for. As usual these photos were taken just before we drove in to Bathurst to deliver the jumper. As an amateur photographer I’m never happy with the rushed photos. I really should factor in more time to take some decent product photos before sending things off.

If you’re interested in commissioning a knitted jumper or jacket email us at wallflowerarts@gmail.com about pricing. Because of the weight the postage would be a fair bit so if you’re not in Australia and you’re not prepared to pay quite a lot on postage you might be better off finding someone local.

Hill End Markets

Hill End markets open tomorrow at the Royal Hall. Once again we have a stall selling hand made stuff.
You will have to excuse some rather dodgy photos here because I can’t find my card reader so I can’t get anything off my camera. I’m left with just my phone camera.
I hope to get photos of everything with the camera anyway so I can share them later.

Our stall at the market. We’ve actually got a table covering this year. I sewed letters on to a sheet we got from the Op Shop. I can’t believe how perfectly it fits the table. Some of the letters are a little dark though so I’ll embroider around them before the next market.
The gap over on the right is for the adult hats that we’re still pricing and sorting out labels for. They will be there by the time the market opens tomorrow.

It’s coming in to Autumn now so we have plenty of hand knitted hats and fingerless mitts. It was really warm today but tomorrow isn’t meant to get above 20c and it’s getting down to 5c tonight and tomorrow night so hopefully that will have people thinking about winter woolens.
Last market was in October but it was in the middle of the cold snap and we sold out of adult hats pretty early on.

We also got prints of my photography done. We got them printed through moo.com and weren’t sure if they would get here in time but they have and they look fantastic. They have the printfinity option so you can get many designs in the same pack. I have around 60 different images but only one of each design so if they sell out that’s it until I re-order. I will definitely be re-ordering because I want some of these on my wall.
What doesn’t sell at the markets will make it’s way in to our Etsy Shop soon after.
I’ll take proper product photos of what’s left before putting them up on Etsy.
Excuse the dog hair covered carpet the vacuum doesn’t get it up and when you have so little energy there are better things to use it on than scraping the carpet with your shoes (the only thing we’ve found to get rid of it)

Some photos taken around Hill End in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

More photos of foliage from around the village and the tree and windmill photos were taken on the Turondale road in to Bathurst.

Sky and foliage taken in the village, two black and white shots from a trip to Sydney and two ocean shots taken in Taree.

A couple of shots of Old Man Roo from across the road, a few shots of our dogs and a couple of Elvis the King Parrot who comes to visit. He’s really friendly and will even eat out of your hand if you stand still long enough.

We borrowed a badge maker from a friend a while ago and in a bid to make some cheaper items to sell at the market I busted it out last week. It’s a bit hit and miss and you waste a lot of components when it doesn’t work but I ended up with a bunch of badges I liked.

Here’s where the phone camera starts to fall down. These are hand drawn badges I made. I drew the pictures and coloured them in with coloured pencil. Then came the hard part of cutting them out. Unfortunately the cutter that came with the badge machine is rather blunt now. It made it rather difficult to get the circles right.

Because I’m drawing them all by hand they’re all one of a kind artworks. I will get around to making some repeatable ones on the computer at some point but we don’t have a working printer at home right now so there wasn’t much point this time.

These are made from some Origami Paper a friend brought us back from Japan. I was really happy with the way these came out. Once again the cutting was difficult and there’s a fair bit of work involved in making the badges but I think the result works well. They look a lot better in real life. I was having a lot of trouble taking a photo without glare on the plastic.

I also made up a set of note cards before I knew if the photography prints would get here in time.
These are all hand drawn in graphite on a cream card stock. Quite thick and sturdy.

You get some idea of the scale here.

These are Hill End cards. The first is the Presbyterian Church, the second is a stamper battery, then a mining poppet head and lastly Northey’s Store.

I like drawing trees and mushrooms

More mushrooms and an Australian Magpie

Galahs on a branch, lavender and a bee, a house on a hill and a tree with owls.

Hill End markets are on Saturday and Sunday of the Easter Long Weekend and the October Long Weekend.
They are open from 10am to 3pm and held at the Royal Hall on Beyers Avenue, Hill End. Right next door to the pub and opposite the general store and take away shop.
Hill End is about an hours drive from either Bathurst or Mudgee and it’s a beautiful, scenic drive. If you come from Bathurst through Turondale it is now sealed the whole way and so is the road from Mudgee. They haven’t changed the sign yet so it still says there’s dirt road but it’s been tarred.
If you are okay with driving on a gravel road then you can come from Bathurst through Sofala. Sofala is another gorgeous old Gold Town.

The pub and the General Store do food and so does Hosie’s Cafe. Hosie’s even has gluten free stuff available. We wont have gluten free cakes at our stall this time, we just didn’t have time. The museum at the Visitor’s Centre is great and there is an audio/visual display at the old Great Western Store that shows a lot of the Beufoy Merlin photos (taken in the 1870s) that are part of the Holterman collection.You can also pan for gold and there are tours running from the Discovery Centre (next to the General Store) including a Ghost Tour at night and an Easter Egg hunt for the kids.
If you have a mobile with either Optus or Telstra you’ll be able to get some signal in the village.
Accessibility isn’t great for people in wheelchairs. Most buildings have steps because they were built in the 1870s. The Visitor’s Centre has a sign on the door saying they have a ramp available but to get to the front desk to ask about it you need to get down 3 steps in the path and up the step in to the front desk.

Come out for a visit. There are a bunch of trash and treasure stalls as well. I’ll have my spinning wheel and will be spinning most of the weekend. 


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