Archive for January, 2010

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And Second Off The Needles

31 January 2010

I’ve never joined a yarn club before but to support my friend, Ailsa, and because I truly LOVE her yarn, I joined the first Knitabulous yarn club. 

The second installment, delivered at the end of December, came with one of her own patterns – the Bollywood Shawl.  So I did something I don’t do often – I knitted the pattern with the yarn specified. 

A Knitabulous Shawl, knitted with Knitabulous 50/50 (Merino/Silk) Yarn.

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Fabulous, Knitabulous!

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First Off The Needles . . . .

28 January 2010

Well, that’s cheating really.  This was cast on in 2009 – and cast off in 2009.  But it was too small.

So I frogged the border, did a few more repeats and re-knitted the border.  And cast it off in 2010 . . . so I think it qualifies.

I’ve knitted it for a friend who wanted a cotton shawl for a cruise and as I never know what to get her for Christmas (or her birthday in January), I asked her to choose the design and the yarn.  Rather considerately for me, she chose Bendigo 4ply Cotton so it didn’t exactly break the bank ($12 for 200g and the shawl used 120g).  And she likes it.  So success all round.

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My second FO for 2010 came off the needles on Tuesday so I’ve got off to a flying start.  Pictures and details in the next few days.

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10.23

27 January 2010

No idea why I’ve never heard of this organisation before but they sound like my sort of people.

10.23 – Homeopathy: There’s nothing in it.

Join them if you can on Saturday morning. 

Their main UK site is here

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The Ukrainian Susan Boyle!

23 January 2010

I’ve just come across this You Tube video (thank you, Judith) of the winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent (yes, there really is such a show).  She’s 24 year old Kseniya Simonova, who’s a sand artist.

She tells the story of the Second World War which killed a quarter of the Ukrainian population and in the process reduces most of the audience to tears.  And she does it all in sand.  It’s really quite extraordinary.

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Winterwarm 2010

10 January 2010

It’s difficult to imagine, while I’m trying to type this in the current heatwave (it’s about 32C today) that there are people in the world suffering serious ill-effects from icy cold weather – the most serious, of course, being death.  So it’s not easy to ask you to think about knitting for very cold babies and children in Afghanistan.  But here goes!

This year I’ll be collecting again for the Winterwarm Project, sending knitted clothing to Afghanistan for distribution by the Save The Children Fund.  Last year, we held a very successful event at the Stitches and Craft Show in August and collected 191 items.

In 2010, there are TWO Stitches and Craft Shows at Rosehill Racecourse and those wonderful folk at Living Creatively have invited us back.  

The first one is being held on Saturday and Sunday 13th and 14th February, from 10-5.  The Show runs from the 10th but we’ll only be there for the weekend.  So if you’ve visiting the show over the weekend (and frankly you’d be stupid to miss it), this is a wonderful opportunity to sit down and knit for a while.  If you haven’t brought any knitting with you, don’t worry – I’ll find you a scarf you can help complete.  If you can’t stay to knit, that’s a pity – but you can drop garments off to me then.  We collect hats, scarves, gloves, socks, jumpers, cardigans and blankets.  Knitted in wool, please.

Do remember – this ISN’T a competition.  ONE hat for a child may be all that is needed to save a life.  Knit 20 if you have the time and inclination.  But just one will do.

I find it a good opportunity to try something different – a pattern or technique.  I was a bit embarrassed about a hat I knitted which had a bit of a ‘jog’ in the stripes.  As was quite rightly pointed out to me, the hat was warm, did the job it was created for, and no Afghanistan mother is going to complain that the knitting isn’t quite as perfect as you would wish.  

Look forward to seeing LOADS of you there.   

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Water, Water Everywhere . . . .

7 January 2010

This sums up so many of my views but in a gloriously, witty manner I can only aspire to.  Thank you, Dara O’Briain.

My favourite line:  “Just because science doesn’t know everything, doesn’t mean you can fill in the gaps with whatever fairy tale most appeals to you”.

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Safety First . . . Or Second . . . Or Third?

5 January 2010

Today I met a lovely woman from Sierra Leone.  She came to Australia as a refugee a year ago.  She hasn’t seen her husband or children for 8 years.  She has no idea where they are or whether they’re alive.

I also read today a speech that the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, made about refugees and asylum seekers.  He’s berating the Government for not sending out stronger signals that there is no place for these people in Australia.  In an attempt to appear caring and considerate, he expressed concern that the Government is actively encouraging people to put their lives at risk by undertaking this journey in unsafe and ‘leaky’ boats (his word).

And how should the Government discourage asylum seekers from committing such dangerous acts of folly?  Well,  apparently it should force them to turn around and return them whence they came. 

In unsafe and leaky boats, Mr Abbott?  Surely not. 

But he didn’t mention anything about giving them safer craft for their return journey.