Saturday, June 25, 2011

girls' pinny

we had a fab time at out girls' pinny class last weekend - it was Melanie's first time at running a workshop and she did a fantastic job.  Everyone chose their own combination of fabrics and their personal taste shone though with some pretty spectacular results!

chatting in our cosy sewing room


vinatge kitties

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

vintage haby stash

everybody loves a nice surprise and I was thrilled to receive a vintage haby stash from a lovely friend over the weekend.  On cleaning out old and unused belongings, my friend and her grandmother came across boxes of old tapestries, crewel wool, crochet cotton, embroidery silks and a miscellany of other haby-related things.  And they were nice enough to pass it on to me!  Not only was it super nice to have someone pass on their beloved stash, but since a large majority of my family's history was wiped out by the Black Saturday fires along with my nan's home (and those of around 2,000 other people), it also fills a 'yearning' I have had for items pre-loved and old.  It's so nice to be thought of, especially when there's a special meaning in the details :)
time to take up tapestry...or crochet lots of pretty flowers

silk embroidery threads

corsage, anyone?

a selection of DMC threads

a knitting success!

our first World Wide Knit in Public Day went off without a hitch - phew!  We had around 20 people join us for morning tea and had a great time knitting and chatting the day away.  By the end of the day we had enough squares to knit three blankets, so added to those received prior to Saturday and those received since, means we have enough squares to knit 7 blankets!  As well as knitting, we had a special visit from Marion Wheatland of Spinning a Yarn who gave a lovely spinning demonstration (and I can tell you that my interest in learning to spin is only getting stronger after seeing her samoyed yarn - yep, you can make socks from puppies too!)
We've had lots of enquiries from people asking if they can still drop squares to us and the answer is 'yes please!'  As long as you knit them, we'll take them and forward them to Save the Children.
A huge 'thank you' goes out to everyone who got involved :)
...and please keep on knitting!

click clack!

Marion at work

young and old got involved

the pile of squares started off like this...

and got bigger...

and bigger...


Thursday, June 9, 2011

in the news

yep, we've made it into the paper - well, the local paper anyhow!  The Ranges Trader News is helping us spread the word about our fab World Wide Knit in Public Day coming up this Saturday and you can read it here.

We've had a great response so far from the local community and have received donations of wool, magazines, knitted squares and approximately one thousand knitted rectangles which will be sewn into mittens (proceeds going to Save the Children) and more blankets.

If you're in the hills this Saturday, please drop in, have a cuppa and get knitting for needy kids!