Saturday, 9 February 2013

These Friends Of Mine.

Well, this week has seen us struck down with an 'aul dose' as we say, four of us are at various stages of a stinker of a cold, and my ears pricked this morning as The Smallest headed out to school with a suspicious sniffling. It seems he will be the next to fall.
But next week is mid-term, thankfully, so I anticipate lots of lazy pyjama days, slow breakfasts, and maybe a walk or two, once we are all well. Though there has been a flurry of snow, and more to come, they say, so we shall see.

babaá - no.7 - Flame

Regular readers here know I love the seasons, I love weather of all kinds, and although, unusually for me, I am finding this winter particularly long, let me just ignore that and talk about something I love about winter, which is Winter Woolies! One of my great loves in life; all things knitted. It's the first thing I look for when browsing in shops.
With four children, we have gone through a lot of clothes, throughout their growing years especially, and I have found that it is often the hand knitted goodness that I fold away affectionately, into the box of Keepsakes, like tender memories I am afraid will disappear. And there they wait for the next child who will wear it, who will add their memories to it, as though knitted into the very fabric of it.
How many of you are lucky enough to have had items from your childhood to put on your own children, when the time came?
I love this weave of threads through our lives, the continuity, if we allow it.

babaá - shop

And so, this brings me to Something Lovely. Something new and lovely, and I hope, regular, here on Milkmoon. As I said in my last post, I am bringing back an old Milkmoon model of regular, themed posts, that somehow fell by the wayside over the last couple of years, but with a new spin on it.
To start, I have a lot of very talented family members, and friends, and I just can't help myself, I want to share their goodness and creativity with you. So, introducing a new tag, to sit side by side with my Something Lovely tag: These Friends Of Mine.

babaá - shop

Given the wintery weather we are having, I would like to begin with someone who, while is not officially my sister, is like a sister to me, whom I first met when she was the same age my daughter is now. She was 14, and I was 22, and unusually, in spite of the age difference, we became instant friends. And have remained so to this day.

Ciara and Marta
Dublin - 1993

Marta is now living back in her native Madrid, and has recently launched her children's knitwear label; babaá, and yes, you can immediately see one reason why we get on so well! These are definitely Keepsakes. Timeless, but quirky, with just the perfect balance of functionality. (Is there anything more wonderful than someone you love creating something, and it turns out that you genuinely love it?) You can read here what babaá is all about, and you will see exactly why this gorgeous knitwear is destined to become family heirlooms. And while you are there, take a peek in her shop, (there is a sale on) especially if you have any small people in your life who are growing up before your eyes, and you long to hold onto a little longer, and items like these are perfect memory making additions to your Keepsake Box.
And all these babaá photographs are by the exceptionally talented Clíona O'Flaherty, my lovely sister-in-law, who will also be featured here over the next while.

babaá - jumper no.4 - Coral

I am making my order for one for my Smallest, as we speak, because almost all his keepsakes already have a history to them, and I want to have one that begins with him.


Mimi said...

Sorry you've been struck down with this bug Ciara. Take it easy, I'm still recovering, 4 weeks on! Never been so sick or for so long.
These little sweaters are gorgeous and as a knitter I appreciate the work that goes into them and that they're made in natural fibres. They would definitely make fabulous keepsakes, and I love how you describe the adding of layers, "as though knitted into the very fabric of it".

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Some nasty germs about just now, I hope you all recover very soon!
I love these knitted garments, they're adorable, I would have put them on my brood.

marta said...

thank you big sister - that picture of us is my favourite ever- thank you again for your lovely words, you know somehow I do this cause I met you in 93, plus always remember that you even taught me how to knit! xxx

Dina Khalifé said...

Oh my god! What a lovely post and what a lovely photo of you both! GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

Poetry24 said...

Wishing you and yours a bug-free half-term holiday, Ciara.

Lovely items in your shop, Marta.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I love your idea of showcasing your talented circle and look forward to seeing more. The oversize jumper coat on babaa's site is such a great idea and definitely a keeper. Hope you're all well in time for halfterm.

Willow said...

Lovely Babaa ~makes you think of all thinks wooly`

Mairéad said...

Hope you have recovered and are enjoying mid-term.
These beautiful hand knits are destined to become treasured 'hand-me-downs', made to last and to be cherished.

Acornmoon said...

I hope you are all on the mend and ready to enjoy your pj days. The knits look gorgeous.

Relyn Lawson said...

That floor - oh that floor!!