Absence makes the heart grow fonder, isn’t that what they say? So where have I been? Well, truth be told I haven’t been doing much craft of late. I am studying Graphic Design, and have been spending a lot of time playing catch-up on my assignments after breaking for Christmas. My studies are progressing well, I’m a straight-A student so far!
There have been some notable craft related stories in the Australian media lately, and I have drawn much inspiration from people using their skills to help animals in crisis. When fires recently ravaged our bushland, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) sent out a request for people to sew koala mittens to cover dressings on their burnt paws. The call-out was a huge success and thousands of mittens were sent from far-flung corners of the globe. Australia’s oldest man at 109 years(!), was also publicised for knitting jumpers to help penguins affected by oils spills. So sweet, and what a talent! Two great causes to help out our lovable little critters.
While I’m on the topic of critters, I want to show off my latest acquisitions. A friend gave me these two books for helping with a design job, and I can’t wait to stitch up some of these adorable animals.
My crafty comrades convinced me to try sock knitting, and with the exception of one nasty mishap, it’s progressing well….slowly, but it’s starting to resemble something wearable. It recently hotfooted its way up to Sydney and back, a quick visit to Doctor Sock (a very skilled crafty friend), who kindly repaired the damage created by a dropped stitch. I tried my best to fix it myself, but my novice ability in the knitting realm left me in a tizz, and either it was to be stashed away and never touched again, or I swallowed my pride and cried for help. I’m relieved that it was an easy fix, and I’ll start knitting away on it tomorrow, on my next long haul trip interstate for work.
The pattern is from a 1940’s “Guide to Knitting for Active Service (Navy)” – the perfect sock pattern for my nautical beau. The heel-less spiral pattern means I don’t have to worry about any fancy extra bits and joins, and if I keep up this cracking pace I may well have a pair by next winter!
Nothing quite warms the soul like the sight of a Himalayan Cedar forest wrapped in woolly scarves. National Tree Day was celebrated this weekend, with the installation of knitted scarves in the forests of the Canberra Arboretum. The scarves were made by volunteers of all ages, and were installed throughout the forests to encourage visitors to the arboretum during the least colourful time of the year. Once the frost melts and the fog lifts, the scarves will be sewn into blankets and donated to charity. I’m wrapped!