Or, a thinking out loud post about recording the things we create.
It's something which has been in my head a lot this week, due to various things going on round here, conversations I've had, and a page which needed to feature a woodland theme, that I made for Get It Scrapped:
I was able to use a photo of a fox hat I'd knitted and photographed to show you here. It's true, as bloggers we're all used to taking photos of the things we have made as soon as they're finished, or often before, and that means we do have a record of what we've been doing. The ones which worked, theones we quietly put to one side, even, the ones we gave gave away..
For Blog Cos You Want To last month I suggested finding a finished piece from around the house and posting its picture. Rinda responded with her cat pillows and in turn they reminded me of a little red and blue felt elephant I had tried to make when I was about seven or eight. I wish I had a picture. I reminded Granny about it when we visited last week, and she asked me what I was going to make this week. But I didn't have my crochet with me, and I hadn't taken its picture yet either, so I couldn't show her. She wondered, then, if I still have the Granny Square cardigan she had made, and the more delicate bolero, and the Christening Shawl, and I said of course. I have all the woollens she has made over the years - Fair Isles, Kaffe Fassett patterns, way over and above anything I could do. I don't suppose I'll ever get rid of them.
No, it's my own makes I've given away - to a clothing appeal after an earthquake, to friends, to the dump, too. I don't wish I had kept them all, but I wouldn't mind having the photos. All those hours of crafting, in the years before blog. Go on, I bet you can remember a favourite or two..
If I go right back, if I could choose one photo I'd especially like to have, it would be of a Liberty print smock I made in needlework class when I was ten. It probably didn't look anything like the picture I have in my head (though I know it was smaller than the rest, and when the teacher hung them up against the blackboard mine didn't hang down so far. Kind of like looking at me in the lunch queue only in reverse); but that smock was my 70's fashion moment. My Mum, see, didn't believe in 70's clothes (actually I'm not sure she believed in the 70's at all). That Granny Square cardigan? She made that in the 80's. When she'd had time to get used to the idea. No, in the 70's, there was a distinct shortage of ponchos. clogs, flares and the rest round at ours. So there'll always be a special place in my heart for the teacher who offered me smock success. I sewed that thing, threaded a ribbon round the top, brought it home, and because we'd had to pay for for the fabric, it couldn't be wasted. I wore it. If only I had a picture.
So today, if I can, I'm going to hunt out the Granny Square cardigan and take a photo. I might find other pieces I'd forgotten and although I certainly won't be making a page about each one, having pictures is going to feel good. What do you think? Do you have a record of what you have made? Or are you happy to let go?
Layout for Get It Scrapped's article on being inspired by Woodland Scenes