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Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Night with Friends...

Firstly, as the stats show that people are  popping in via the Grow Your Own Blog Party link, you will find that post here.
And I have a Giveaway which will be drawn on February 15 here...

Last night being the first Friday of the month, was FNwF where people from all around the globe set aside some time in their Friday evening (which because of all those different time zones rolls on a lot longer) to sit and create; sewing/stitching/quilting, knitting/crocheting , general crafting etc.. We are all grateful to Cheryll from Gone Stitchin, who organises FNwF. 

There were 61 of us who signed up for last night. (the link in the previous sentence will take you to Cheryll's blog post where we signed up and you can use those links to visit other FNwF ers.)

So what did I get up to? 
Blanket #8 ; a hotchpotch of 'orphan squares' ! I finished joining the squares yesterday afternoon and last night I started crocheting a black border, to 'tie it all together'. The sad news is that I still have a pile of orphan squares...the pile has not decreased very much! lol!                                                  
But I will put them aside for now.

I only crocheted for part of the evening...some knitting time too!


Now this looks like a collar the way I 'posed' it for the photo. But it's another chevron/ripple stitch throw...I always like to have one of these on the go as I find them relaxing to knit. And it looks like it's going to be in my favourite colours again :-) As you can see I use circular needles to knit my throws but in the 1980s when I first started this sort of knitting, I used to jam all those stitches on straight needles. 

Lastly I want to write a few words about how the farmers in many parts of Australia are struggling in severe drought conditions; watching stock die and crops fail. The prices of feed have skyrocketed making things even more difficult. Bloggers like Chookyblue are documenting what is happening firsthand...I'm a 'city slicker' but I'm hoping that even I can do something to help...farmers produce my food but it's getting hard for them to do that. 
I'm sure that Shez won't mind me using this poster from her blog...

I think it says it all!

8 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

thanks for your support Maria.............the orphan squares are coming together well......

Una said...

Why can't the world's weather be more friendly? In the UK farms are flooded and cattle are standing in several inches of water. Goodness knows what will happen to the crops this year.

Anthea said...

Lovely work for the orphan squares Maria, love all those colours...
I cannot imagine all those stitches jammes on to straight needles, unless they were about a metre long, LOL x

Heather said...

Love the orphan squares Maria, great colours. Lots done at your place.

Sue Niven said...

I would love to send you a box of yarn, What ply do you use?

Cheryll said...

You certainly kept your hands busy! Great projects too! :)

Noela said...

Wonderful knitting and crochet Maria. I shared your photo on FB. It is such a sad time for our farmers. Hugs....

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

beautiful work on your knitting and orphan squares.