Saturday, July 4, 2009

Knitting and Crocheting

I had a pleasant surprise nearly a month ago when my daughter came off the school bus carrying some knitting in her hands. Her Year 5 class, in Technology and Enterprise, were being taught how to knit. They are making squares for a blanket to donate towards the terrible Victorian Bushfires we had earlier this year.

Here’s an interesting blog to read about Snuggle Quilts and their story on quilts for the bushfire victims. There has been an amazing “giving spirit” from people all over Australia and around the world for quilts and also in the knitting arena. It’s been lovely to read of the response of adults and children on receiving a quilt. The expression of deep thankfulness, how they feel they haven’t been forgotten, and that someone they don’t know, cares for them.

I’ve been going to the school and helping with crocheting, in black, around the squares and have stated to join the squares together. I should say “squares” loosely, as the kids do some amazing “increasing designs” as there are some funny shapes!!!

My daughter has decided she wants to make squares for a blanket for herself, so yarn has been bought and the squares have started. She’s had two squares given to her from her 95 year old great-grandmother (my Nanna), two from her Nanna (my Mum), a few from me. We will also get a couple from my hubby’s mum. So there will be a few “generations” represented in this knitted blanket.

I finished this week, my first pair of knitted socks!! The pattern is from this DIY Net Work program. I now want to venture into getting the thinner yarn known as “fingering yarn” in the US and the small needles then make some socks they will fit me well. My daughter has requested some socks for herself!!

Last month I crocheted this “Perfect Purse” as it was called from Lion Brand. It now carries all my crocheting hooks.

It was really funny that first weekend my daughter came home with her knitting. I had my brother over to a meal, which we followed up with watching a DVD, on Egyptian History. There was my daughter knitting away sitting next to her uncle, while I was in the other chair crocheting the "perfect purse". I had a good chuckle to myself.


  1. That was nice to read...your purse looks pretty

  2. Hi, Susan and welcome to blogland. I can knit socks and that's all I knit. I'd love to learn how to crochet as well. Your little clutch bag is beautiful.

    Please stop in for a visit. The door is always open and the kettle is always hot!

  3. Hello from Georgia USA. I am visiting from Julia's blog. How lovely that your daughter is knitting and what a wonderful cause the quilts are. I love your socks and the purse to keep your needles in. Must be nice to be so talented. You and your daughter will have so much fun working on projects together. Welcome to blogging.

  4. Love the socks and the crochet purse, too, Susan!

    Once again, I LOVE reading your blog and seeing pictures... I even noticed that you've added YOUR picture to your blog - pretty lady! *grin*

    Tks for sharing....


  5. Love the crochet purse.

    Were the socks difficult? I have never tried knitting socks before?

    BTW Thank you for being the first person to leave a comment on my brand new blog!

  6. Susan,

    Your handwork is do really beautiful work! Love the socks and crochet purse!!

    Really enjoying our blog and learning about your life and family in Australia.

    Thanks for sharing with all of us...


    Elaine in SLO, Ca