Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Still here

Its been too long since I did a blog post so I thought I'd just check-in to say hello to everyone. I do visit every time there are new posts from people on my blog roll (right side-bar) and always enjoy reading what you're doing.

I've been working on a few odds and ends, including a secret project which I can't tell you about at the moment but hopefully can 'reveal' soon. I'll take photos of the other things some time over the next day or so which will give me another reason for a blog post. :)

What I can show you today are the photos of items donated by the lovely generous members of Knit4Charities to C.A.R.S (Chris' Animal Rescue Support). This charity was one of our February Charities of the Month and assists rescue groups and foster carers in the south eastern regions of New South Wales and the ACT (in Australia). I collected the items and it was such fun opening the parcels as they arrived each day over the past few weeks. Chris collected our donations yesterday and was thrilled with all the blankets, dog coats and toys.

84 Blankets

30 dog coats

49 assorted toys and accessories

And now I'm off to make another square for Wrap with Love. There's a drop-off-depot in my suburb so what I save on postage can be used for more yarn !! Woo-hoo.

Bye for now.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Great Grannies

In my last post I told you about the Australiacrochet group's squares swap and showed you the two I sent to my partner. Well, now I can show you the two lovely squares I received from Jacqui. Everyone indicates their preferred colours and mine are dusty pink, crimson and cream - I think a throw in those colours will look good in my bedroom. The square on the left will probably be familiar to many of you - its the start of the Reversible Hungarian Rug (aka Wooleater) ..
The square on the right is a basket weave pattern that Jacqui learnt when she was in the USA recently. Its double thickness so will add extra warmth. Both lovely squares and a good start to my throw.

This afternoon I finished off a little newborn size dress - its from Bev's Country Cottage site and is called Angel Wings Dress. My model, Charlotte, is a size 0000 which I understand is what most newborn babies are these days. She is wearing it over the top of her jump suit and for the record, I used Carnival 5ply with a 3.75mm hook. This will be one for my charity donations.

Can I be cheeky and claim this as hat number 27?
I made this tiny hat after a plea from Clare of BobWilson123 on Facebook/YouTube. Clare's friend's daughter and her husband lost their precious little man, Halo Joseph Hope, 28/5/2011, at 20 weeks into the pregnancy. The nurses, before giving Halo to his mother had wrapped and put a little beanie on him but it was way too big for this very tiny babe. In memory of the son she lost, Laura, Halo's mother later decided to get a little group together to make beanies and blankets for other parents in this situation. Clare has put the call out for assistance and you can see her video here - she gives ideas, patterns and sizes for what it required.

Thanks for visiting and leaving nice comments. I've made some great cyber friends through this blogging and I love reading all your posts.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Great time to crochet or knit

Oh boy, has it been wet around our region this last week. My Aussie friends will have seen the news footage just about every time they turned the telly on. The rain has eased off now but the rivers are still rising and many people have been evacuated from their homes because of the floods. In Canberra where I live, we have just had the wettest week in 62 years. There has only been one good thing about it and that is there has been plenty of time to crochet or knit.

I have all but finished the crochet version of the BSJ but am rather disappointed in that when you fold it, the front is longer than the back. Its at the stage where only the edging remains to be done but to be honest, I just don't have the motivation to finish it. Mind you, I will finish it but not right now. It shall lurk in the UFO crate for awhile.

I'm participating in a 7" square swap in one of my crochet groups and my two squares will be winging their way to my partner tomorrow.

The colours aren't quite right in that second pic - for some reason the soft colours don't want to come out right.

While still on squares, I along with members of another of my groups are making these butterfly squares which will be made into a blanket. One of our members is battling cancer at the moment and we are making this for her to donate to the oncology department of the hospital where she is being treated. The square was designed by one of our talented members Jane
I haven't blocked these as yet.

Hats 25 and 26 done - past the half-way mark so 24 to go before the end of June. Yikes .. I'd better get a move on eh?

The sun is shining and its lovely and warm now so I think I'll grab a cup of coffee and sit outside for a dose of vitamin D. Thanks for visiting.