Archive for April, 2012


A Ribbon!

4 April 2012

I went to the Easter Show Preview night last night and saw some of the most incredible knitting.  AND no wire or hooks to be seen.  Most things were properly hanged on frames or hangers and looked great.

EXCEPT for one jumper.  The deep rectangular neckline which had an inset shawl collar had somehow been turned into a V-neck with a flat collar.  And the front hem had lifted up about 6 inches.  Fortunately, it was half hidden at the back of the cabinet.  UNFORTUNATELY, It was my entry!

But it had a Highly Commended ribbon on it which was a genuine surprise.  I was quite happy with the knitting but I had so many problems finishing it – I sewed in the collar SEVEN times until I just gave up and handed it in. 

I won’t post the picture I took at the Show because it looks dreadful.  But will sort it out and re-photograph it when I get it back in a couple of weeks. 

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My March Winner

3 April 2012

I listed and numbered the names of all of you who left a comment in March and asked my husband to pick a number.  He picked 37 (no idea why, or if this number has any significance to him!).

And Number 37 is Moira in Washington (no blog).  I believe she’s a Sticks and String fan and was sent my way by David Reidy.

Congratulation, Moira.  A small gift will be on its way to you shortly.



The Lack Of Crime In Bennelong

2 April 2012

Last week I went to a forum held by my Federal MP, John Alexander, on the subject of crime in our area.  Our local Police Superintendent was in attendance and I was very glad to have him confirm that this really isn’t a very crime-ridden area.

Some of his figures were quite astonishing –

Robberies: an average of three a month

Alcohol-related assault: down 25% this year (no idea what the base figure was)

And our local detectives have a 73% clear up rate, which I think is pretty marvellous.

I only asked one question which was why weren’t these figures plastered all over the local papers?  In my experience having worked in community organisations in the UK and been on the local Police Consultative Committee there (Do Australia cities have such things?  I’ve never heard of them) is that the fear of crime is much greater than the crime itself.  I knew elderly people who were quite afraid to go outside even during the day – they were scared they’d be mugged in the street or their house would be burgled while they were away.

The police assured me that the crime statistics were given to the newspaper but they were rarely published.   I suppose they feel it’s much more exciting to put a picture on the front pages of an elderly person who’s been beaten up – without mentioning of course that if this were an everyday occurrence it would hardly merit 3 lines on Page 8. 

After the meeting, I had coffee with said MP and it was good to actually meet him after he’s left comments here a few times and we’ve had the occasional email communication. I won’t pass comment on him in a public forum except to say that he acknowledged my knitted shawl – he thought it was CROCHETED.  Sorry, John, if you want to get on the right side of the Epping knitting community, you really must do better than that!


A Great Month For Comments

1 April 2012

Wow!  In March, I received 117 comments from 47 people (and only a couple of them were rude!).  Lots of them were from first-time visitors to my blog.

They’ve all been numbered and I’m just waiting for David to come home so that he can pick a number from 1 – 46.  Sorry, Judith, I’ve removed your name but I HAVEN’T removed the names of any critics, do be assured.  I’m nothing if not fair!

I’ll be back in a couple of days with the name of the winner once D. has picked it and I’ve been in touch with her/him (if the person is unknown to me, I’d like to check that s/he really exists).

Thank you, everyone!