Saturday, January 15, 2011

The week that was .....

This week has been the most horrible, tragic, depressing week for Australians with major floods covering a third of Queensland, including the capital city of Brisbane, and now areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. The Queensland floods have claimed 25 lives and there are still 55 people missing. I heard this morning that forecasters are now warning that Queensland could soon be hit by a cyclone forming in the Coral Sea. When will all this destruction end ? I haven’t really been focussed on blogging – just trying to get my head around all this. A few of the groups I belong to are donating goods but the authorities are saying that financial assistance is what they really need right now so the people who have lost their homes and possessions, are able to go out and buy their immediate needs. After the clean-up, arrangements will be put in place for other donated items to be sent. So, I made a monetary donation to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal and am now going to get back to making my other charity donations.
I’m supporting two charities this month on Knit4Charities – 10 inch squares for Wrap with Love (Sydney) – these will be assembled into blankets; and, beanies in red, yellow and black (Aboriginal colours) for The Footpath Library, also in Sydney.

Also played around with some hair scrunchies, and surprise surprise, some of which have been claimed by my two daughters. It’s a bit of a change for them to want something I’ve crocheted. (The youngest one has been pestering me for years now to make her a Queen Anne lace tablecloth – now downsized to a table runner, but that’s another story for another day.)

The saga of the Noro Kureyon Sock yarn continues and after spending a great deal of time on Ravelry, came across a knit pattern that I thought might work. I’ve done about 15 inches so far and its working reasonably well. I flatly refuse to frog it again so if it turns out yucky after all, well so be it !!

I really don't like this yarn and have vowed to never buy it again !!!! It is perilously thin in places and is almost like knitting with sewing thread.

Talking of thread, have a look at this gorgeous bookmark I received as a secret santa gift ..

Actually you could call it an angel secret santa gift as there was a bit of a mix up on the database which resulted in me not getting any gift at all. So my not so secret santa stepped in and made this bookmark for me which I love love love. Very similar to that Queen Anne's scarf pattern isn't it ?

We’re now up to day 20 for the herbs in my Aero Garden and I’m happy to say they’re doing well. The last to come through was the parsley which surprised me actually – for some reason I figured it would have been one of the first to emerge through the little hole. I think the basil is almost ready to start using. They reckon the plants like to be 'lightly' harvested as it makes them grow more.

Finally, something to think about ............
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
If you jumped off the bridge in Paris , you'd be in Seine .


  1. Love the colours in the Noro very much, but so many people comment on problems with the yarn itself, so as yet I have not tried it. But I think this pattern is working with it, simple with a little lace appears to with the projects I have seen.
    A few months down the trace, even QLD will be needing our knitted/crocheted goodies, especially inland, so I am stockpiling for them.
    Already have my Wrap With Love squares ready to go

  2. Our hearts go out to all of the Australians affected by this terrible disaster.

    Your continued charity work is to be commended.

    Love the hats and scrunchies and have been very busy.

  3. You have been busy.. I agree what an Awful week it has been, it will take more than a couple of months for Brissie and other towns to get back to normal.. My prayers go out to them..
    Love the scrunchies, of course the black white is my favourite LOL..
    Hoping for happier news this week.
    stay safe)

  4. Ohhhhhhhhhh that Noro is LUSH! I am in love with the colourway, if you have the label could you pleeeease tell me the shade number and batch number? I chuck mine away immediately which is silly, so if you don't have it, no worries, but I'm loving it from here!
    In answer to your question, DK wool, always DK!
    Have a lovely rest of your weekend!XXXXX


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