Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Postcards from Brittany part II

I'm also happily joining Ginny and the gang over at Small Things for this week's Yarn Along.
 It's been a while, I know. Busy times. It always strikes me as ironic that when I've got lots of work going on and much to share here, there's no time to post! But I do want to share the small  pieces I've been working on and will over these next weeks. 
But first, back in Brittany, I knitted up another gnome for school while we were roving around, stealing little moments here and there in between digging in the sand with smallie, and savouring a few small windows of quiet time when the lads went off on some adventure of their own.

One of my followers asked to see what these knitted gnomes look like when they're all knitted up, but before seaming and stuffing. Pretty funny, is the answer ; ) especially if you're using handspun wool! In as much as I can these days I'm trying to work from whatever scraps I can find left over from other projects.

And tucked into our awning on a rainy Breton day, the lads started carving. Smallie wanted to make a digging tool for the beach

We whizzed through all kinds of terrain on our bikes and one small boy showed me that alas, he is not so small anymore but big, and brave.
 I left all my deadlines and worries at home, relishing the absence of computers and mobile phones... we never knew what time it was and every now and then wondered what day it was.
I even got to draw : )

And I put the finishing touches to the gnome once we got home. Doing some leather work for him now, I want to make him a tool belt : ) or maybe a knife sheath..and want to explore what the children might be able to make for their gnomes from wool, wood and leather. I'm really having fun with this part. I keep thinking maybe they need a knitted fox friend too!

You can see the first post on our trip to France here.
And read about the first knitted gnome here.
Looking forward to catching up with what you've all been up to out there.
Thanking you for your visit x M


  1. Just looking at your photos makes me want to pack a bag and hop a plane, it all looks so beautiful and peaceful.
    Love the little gnome!
    Oh, and glad you were able to get some drawing time in!

  2. What a pretty blog. I love the header image. I love Brittany and have lots of happy memories of holidays when my daughter was like your little ones.

    I hope you have a creative day.

  3. What a gorgeous view to knit to!

  4. Beautiful photos and it looks like you had a lovely relaxing time. Your gnomes look as if they might come alive and frolic off into the forest. ;)

  5. That gnome came out awesome and I love your getaway, looks very relaxing. Glad you enjoyed your vacation.

  6. Beautiful Gnomes, Mia...and a beautiful holiday! It was relaxing just reading about it! Warm wishes, Fiona

  7. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick