Embracing the cool


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Last week saw our return from sunny Port Douglas to chilly Melbourne.  I neglected to take any knitting or crocheting away with me, fearing it would be too warm to work with wool, but is this ever really the case?  I did miss it! Having finished my blanket for Knit One Give One (kogo), a trip to Spotlight was required to source wool for my next project – a scarf using this pattern.  I found kogo a few years ago and it is perfect for me.  I really like knitting and I hate to think of people being cold but there are so many different charities out there who would I knit for?  Kogo distributes our knitted goodies to various organisations – refuges, hospitals, women’s centres – wherever the need is greatest and so whatever I knit I know is being received and used by someone in need.

I started reading The Mothers by Rod Jones on the plane on our flight back from Cairns.  This is a great book!  Its exploration of the changing attitudes of society to unwed mothers pulls at the heartstrings.  And, of course, where there are mothers, there are also children and this book looks at their lives as well.  An added bonus for me is that the novel is set in Melbourne so it was fabulous to be able to picture the local references and to learn a little of what Melbourne was like in the early and mid twentieth century. I saw the streets of Footscray in the 1920s, drove through Brunswick in the days my mum was living there and visited Gertrude Street before it was gentrified.  The fact that the book is semi-autobiographical gives it authenticity in its examination of a highly emotional issue.

And in between knitting and reading there has been helping H with job applications – such a laborious task! – and P with swotting up for her learner’s test – which she passed, yay!, meals have been cooked, treats have been baked, and ironing has been ploughed through!  Because life is full of ordinary stuff!

5 thoughts on “Embracing the cool

  1. This is a lovely post Carolyn – I like the cool grey and blue tones in your photos. The Mothers sounds interesting. My Dad also grew up around Brunswick and Coburg before they were gentrified. That grey scarf is GORGEOUS too. That’s great that P (assume that’s your daughter) passed her Learners test. If she fails her P test the first time, please tell her not to worry because I didn’t a) go for my Ps until I was 30 and b) failed the first two times. Hope you’re continuing to enjoy the cool Melbourne weather…apparently it’s starting to feel like spring this week, my family says? x

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    1. Yep, P is my daughter! Just starting to tackle the streets and I’m holding on to the inside of the door with white knuckles! Have been through this before with my boy but you forget how hard it is when they are just starting out! I was pretty pleased with the scarf it – it came up a treat! Small world about Brunswick and Coburg – my grandfather was a doctor in the area and my Dad’s family owned a shoe store in Sydney Road. And, yes, the weather was better today – went to uni open day with my girl without a coat and I was not chilly! Thanks for your lovely comments x

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      1. Hehe! My Dad would not take his hand off the hand break for the first few drives…I was like ‘Dad! I’m not going to crash the car!’ but he was determined to keep his hand there, ‘just in case.’ No way, my Dad’s parents owned a newsagents on Sydney Rd! Maybe they knew each other? His parents were Gert and Les Robinson. It would have been around 1960 I think. Glad the scarf came up a treat, how could it not? Good luck with the driving lessons x

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