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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wool on Sunday 

Joining in with Janine from Rainbow Hare, in Wool on Sunday where anything related to yarn can be shared.
This month I have a few items to write about.
On our recent holiday I took some balls of mohair yarn (it's light) and a circular needle set in my suitcase. On our first night in Adelaide, I cast on 195 stitches and started a new throw. The idea was to have the project started and ready for the train trip. I also knitted in the evenings in our motel room in Darwin and on the plane home...and since then this project has remained untouched. I actually like having a few WIPs on the go as they are easy to pick up and work on at any time. Z

I haven't been idle yarn wise though since we came home...I worked on that purples honeycomb throw that will eventually go to DD1's best friend...it is getting closer to being finished...๐Ÿ˜Š

And even that project got put aside last week...you see my knitting group has had a request for 200 blankets by the end of May, so a challenge was put out to all interested members to try and reach 120 in that time. Why such a request? Cyclone Debbie has put a strain on resources and with winter approaching high demand for blankets etc is expected. So...3 members had recently given me over 400 squares between them. In the last week, I've joined squares into strips, then tacked the strips into blanket size squares or rectangles. And now I am crocheting together the rows of strips with double crochet (UK dc) and I have 17 blankets made from the squares that those 3 ladies did for the group.

It's Mothers Day here on Sunday and in recent years, a friend and I have organised a small Mothers Day Raffle to raise funds for Knitting for Brisbane's Needy. We had 2 lovely prizes this year...a beautiful crocheted blanket and a patchwork quilt. Because I hadn't made much for the group this year in January to April I decided to buy lots of tickets...I bought 60 ๐Ÿ˜. And I won first prize...no one was more surprised than me. I was rapt.

I've kept the prize for now...but who knows...???
Thank you to Janine for organizing Wool on Sundays. Her latest post shows the lovely cardigan she has finished...I love the pattern! Wool on Sunday Link here.
After having all sorts of trouble with my Blogger app which had become very unstable after my last updates, slowed down my iPad and worst of all wouldn't let me type text, I noticed the other day that there was a Google Blogger Manager in the App Store...at last! This is my first post using the App and it seems to have worked okay...fingers crossed!! ๐ŸคžSo maybe the $4.49 I paid for the app was worth it?

12 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

You so amazing work.... congratulations on the win ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Anthea said...

What a pretty win Maria... well done on all the work putting the blankets together!

Kim said...

Goodness those needles of yours have been knitting up a storm, Maria. Love the mohair throw and your purple honeycomb is looking amazing. Congratulations on winning the lovely white blanket. Re knitting in the plane....I didn't know you were able to. I thought you could only carry knitting needles in checked luggage. You certainly have a lot of knitted squares to sew together, well done!

Dorothy said...

Congratulations on the win Maria ... what a gorgeous blanket. xox

Lin said...

You are amazing Maria, putting all those blocks together so I am really pleased that you won something! Congratulations.xx

Cynthia said...

So many Beautiful handmade things. The colors in the purple cover are so nice. You really know how to use color the create our very things. Congrats on winning first place and I think you chose a beautiful blanket. It's no wonder you are thInking of keeping it. I would, too!

angela said...

Wow so many blankets well done
We constantly just add to the pile of blankets and usually send them to te Salvation Army on time for winter
It gets mighty cold down here in Melbourne and those that are homeless really need them
Think I might start making lots of knitted slipper socks to add to the pile. To keep their feet warm

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Your mohair throw is beautiful. I love it! And your honeycomb blanket is looking great. Congrats on winning the raffle. I hope you get lots more donation squares. It is always a wonder to me how much you and your group get done :)
Thank you for linking up with Wool on Sundays :)

Craftandothercrazyplans said...

You're so kind, doing all that you do for charity. It's inspirational, and your projects all look beautiful.๐Ÿ˜Š

Marit Johanne said...

I love all your blankets. I am sure the work you and the other ladies are doing will warm a lot of people, both in their hearts and their body.

Meg Hopeful said...

What beautiful, kind-hearted work you and your group do, Maria, in making blankets. I imagine just how they would be appreciated by those who are cold, how meaningful it would be to them to have warmth and the love that goes into a handmade blanket. Meg:)

Sue (this n that) said...

A fantastic job putting all those blankets together Maria... fabulous ladies who knitted them too.