Back in the studio today and, well, someone left it in a bit of a mess!
Image description: Through the door of my studio, from the left: my Grandma's singer sewing machine, my chair with hot water bottle (it's that time) and oystercatcher cushion, my desk with water bottle and plate of chocolate brownie I just ate, my computer with sheep breeds poster on the screen, keyboard and vintage wacom tablet, a pile of open notebooks, ruler, camera, pens and goodness knows what else is under there. Out of the window are some fine trees, and on the windowsill are a speaker, mug by @rachelinthedalespottery, wooden Swaledale sheep, oil burner and various other bits of crap that shouldn't be there. Below the windowsill is a neglected gym ball that did not help my back pain, with a pile of tweed on top which will be sewn into @yarndale tablecloths. On the floor is Jack's shawl. I've given up any hope of reclaiming it. Finally, IKEA drawers are bursting with art supplies and the top surfaces are piled high with family photos, bags of yarn and yet more stuff. I like stuff. I am messy. I left it like this. It is always like this. If it's tidy, send help.
Poland was fun!
Thank you so much @literackisopot for inviting me, and @timofcomics for translating my book! I made a little (actually not so little) vlog of the trip for patrons, so if you enjoy old buildings, beaches, dogs, grilled cheese and weird trains you can find it on my Patreon.
Video description: Katie Goes To Poland, a montage of images from Gdansk old town, Sopot beach, a random dog, Polish food and a quirky little train, set to Chopin's 'Polish Dancer'.
Today's swim was cut short by 10000 jellyfish (I didn't count, but I am not exaggerating 😱) so I went on a pirate ship instead.
Image description: the bluest of blue skies with wispy clouds, and still blue ocean. From the right of the photo there is the prow of a mock pirate ship, black decorated with gold, red and blue. The figurehead is a pirate in a red hat, pointing a cutlass forwards and a gun towards the water. There are two masts in the photo, four in total, but no sails because this is a petrol powered pirate ship. I went for a 40 minute ride around the bay which was quite enough thank you very much 🤢
Not what I expected to see in the airport this morning 😍
Image description : A portion of the Botanical Tapestry by Vanessa Barragao, showing Africa, Asia and Europe and a bit of Australia richly rendered in cotton, jute and recycled wool yarn. There are elements that are woven, some look like latch hook and some beautiful crochet work. Sadly you're not allowed to touch, although the deep textures certainly invite you to! The second image shows the description, explaining that the Tapestry is made in partnership with Kew Gardens.
Travel knitting, travel reading.
Image description: the table in front of me holds my knitting, project bag and book for the journey to Poland. The foreground shows about six inches of stockinette for a new design in deliciously textured Ram Jam sport from @daughterofashepherd on small metal needles, with a collapsing centre-pull cake in the background. The knitting sits atop the book Queer: A Graphic History by @meg_john_barker and @julesscheeleillustration, which I'm thoroughly enjoying so far. To the left of the photo you can see the tweed portion of my project bag from @knitithookit, and is that a new enamel pin...?!!!
I have many skills, but keeping secrets is not one of them.
Image description: A close up shot of my left thumb and forefinger holding an enamel pin, the back is facing the camera. It is oval shaped, with a bit sticking out to the right and two bits to the left. What could it be?! The metal is textured silver, embossed with "Katie Green Bean" and there is a black rubber clutch. In the background, a bit blurred, are the chives from my garden which have been a bit battered by the rain.
My aunt asked me for emergency chutney labels and I couldn't say no ❤️
Image description: a white watercolour block with an ink-and-wash logo for Sandy's Organic Produce in curly handwriting. There is a border of fruits and vegetables that my amazing aunt grows in her garden, painted in shades of green, red and orange. The illustration also includes a bee, a butterfly, a ladybird and a robin. Two paintbrushes are laid on the paper, and a little plastic pallette (from my favourite boxed chocolates) sits to the right, and a dirty tea towel and water jar can just be seen on the left.
It is the best thing I have ever made!
Image descriptions: three photos of me modelling my newly finished #mariekemum jumpsuit by @ikateecouture in triceratops denim chambray from @stoffstil, with red shoes that I also made. In the first image I'm sitting cross legged on the ground, then standing, then sitting on the wall. In each photo I am wearing a beaming grin of utter delight, because I have made myself an outfit exactly inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, on a toddler, ruffled sleeves and all, with dinosaurs. Coolest (3)5 year old in town 😂
Who would care for a walk in the woods, followed by some chat about drawing, knitting, sewing and books? Jack is extra cute in this episode (in my humble opinion).
Image description : Title card for The Green Bean Podcast Episode 16 showing Jack, a scruffy black-and-tan terrier in the woods, perched atop a mossy rock. His legs are wet, he has burrs tangled in his fur and he is licking his right nostril because he is gross. He is wearing a bright green harness and his lead trails out of the picture to where his adoring human snaps the portrait. A clear Dartmoor stream runs in the background.