Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas

Wow, it's almost three months since I updated this blog. I knew I'd be terrible at it, that's why my Facebook page gets totally ignored, I don't have the time for it.

This afternoon my daughter, son-in-law and grandies are coming for Christmas dinner, the full works, so that is something to look forward to. Not the cooking though, I'm a good cook but I don't enjoy it at all. I just prefer good, home cooked food to packaged or pre-prepared meals.

Just letting anyone interested know that the acrylics are now all gone. Yeah! I had one large box of those 'squares' that were of much poorer quality than I could use (generally donated by non-knitters and school children who wanted to help but just weren't really up to the task). I had planned to reknit them into toys and clothes for charities but the mother of my work colleague is somehow managing to join them together into blankets. They are not the standard of blankets you or I would want but the animal shelters are apparently rapt with them which is great. After all, many of the residents there are also victims of the fires.
Unfortunately fire season has already arrived again with fires near Canberra and about 300km east of here. Let's keep our fingers crossed that this year we have no fatalities and as little loss of homes and properties as possible. Reading in yesterdays paper I was shocked to see how many donated goods are still there, hopefully not any of our blankets, but at least if we do have some people unfortunate enough to lose their homes they will be well provided for with esseentials to start off with.

Anyway must be off to stuff the turkey. Have a great Christmas and a safe new year.

Monday, September 28, 2009

About time I updated

Not a lot has been going on, well I have been busy but nothing much worth reporting about. Still plodding along putting the blankets together. At the moment I am working on 4-5" crocheted squares and joining them using the tunisian method which is rather time consuming but has a nice effect.

One of the local teachers saw that I am still floundering under a mass of blankets so called and offered to put one together for me during the school holidays when she needs a break from marking and assessing papers. And in a couple of weeks I'm back to Melbourne with a loaded car as one of the S&B groups from Ravelry have offered to do some sewing together too.

In addition to that I had my Mum over from Britain for a ten day visit and during her time here she crocheted together two blankets and kindly (?) left me to sew off all the ends. She did a great job and quite enjoyed it too I think as she hadn't done any knitting or crochet for years. As children we lived in hand knits all the time but I don't think she's done any since her children flew the coop

During the week I received a lovely email from a lady at an animal shelter in St Andrews. I know the blankets weren't intended for animals but these photos are so cute so how could I complain? She wanted me to share them with you so I will load them tomorrow when I have more time.

She also posted me a DVD to look at showing what their area look at pre and post the fires so I look forward to looking at it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Newspaper Articles

Here are a couple of the newspaper articles from the Yarra Ranges Journal and Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader.

Christine Fyffe's office also sent press releases to our local papers here and I have emailed them too but have heard nothing so I'm guessing they are not at all interested which is a pity as so many people from this region contributed squares or full blankets


Last weekend (9-10th August) Karen and I travelled to the Yarra Ranges region to deliver 110 blankets as well as knitted toys, scarves and childrens clothing. We left on Sunday morning and, using Karen's GPS (hereon known as Betty) we found our way without incident to Healesville (although yesterday I received a speeding fine for doing 76km in a 60 zone along the way). We had lunch in Healesville and headed straight to Marysville.

What a delight the town is. It was buzzing with tourists and the townfolk were all very friendly. We had a good buy up in the Lolly Shop, currently situated in a shipping container, and visited Bruno's sculpture garden that he has just reopened. It was sad to see the damage the fire has done to the sculptures but also heartening to hear that he intends to rebuild it all.

Unfortunately the relief centre was closed but we were lucky to find a Lions lady in the food tent who gratefully accepted one huge bag of blankets as well as some of the other items.

We returned to Healesville and stayed at the Sanctuary Resort, a lovely quiet little motel who even gave us a discount when they learnt the reason for our trip. That evening we joined Lucy and Meaghan, both fellow Ravelers, at Meaghans house for dinner - pizza, pasta, dip with corn chips and yummy cake. Not at all healthy but very tasty. Meaghan and Lucy were great and we all got on like a house on fire.

The next morning Karen and I made our way to Yarra Glen where we met with the local MP, Christine Fyffe, who has been very helpful in organising for us to be able to drop the blankets off at the relief centre, despite the fact it is closed on Mondays. She also arranged for a couple of the local papers to be there to give the project a bit of publicity. We spent an hour at the centre and were lucky enough to meet a couple of the blanket recipients, including Ron Andrews a delightful man who lost everything in the fires and was then roped into the photos for the press. He took it all in good fun though and it was lovely to see a few of the blankets find a new home while we were there. Another Raveler, Lorraine, also joined us from Riddells Creek and it was nice to meet her again, we first met at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.

From there we drove to Kinglake but Betty took us along the windy road through the hills (and EVERYONE knows how I am terrified of heights) instead of along the better roads. Poor Lorraine was at Kinglake waiting for us and wondering where we'd gotten to. We met a lovely nun at the relief centre who accepted our last two bags of blankets - all up about 110 blankets went to the region as well as the added extras.

It was a great trip and Karen and I had a ball. We didn't know each other very well before the trip but now we are very firm friends.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

IIOIO it's off to Yarra Glen we go.

Today's the day. The car is packed to bursting with only the front seats not packed with blankets. It was a real effort and a lot of juggling but DH and I managed to get all 110 blankets into the car as well as toys and knitted clothes. We did ensure I have clear vision through my back window though, I don't need to cause an accident that's for sure.

Now as soon as Karen arrives here from Lakes Entrance we're off. Meagan, a fellow raveller, has invited us to her home for dinner tonight and we shall be joined by another raveller, Lucy, whom I was lucky enough to meet at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show last month.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Off to the Yarra Glen Region soon

Oh wow, is this blog so out of date. Unfortunately I spent about ten days struggling with a shocking bout of my depression, which is usually very well controlled, and then last week my work colleague was on holidays so by the time I got home from work the last thing I wanted to do was look at a computer.

I was one of the many knitters to invade Bendigo last month for the Sheep and Wool show. The weather man looked after us well, it was chilly but dry and sunny - a perfect winters day. Unfortunately that was when the anxiety and depression overwhelmed me so I didn't enjoy myself which is sad because I'd been looking forward to it for so long.

Next week, on the 10th, I am off to the Yarra Glen region to deliver about 110 completed blankets as well as toys, scarves and childrens clothes. Well as much of it as I can fit in the car anyway. Karen Detering, from Stitches and Things in Lakes Entrance, will be coming with me. Karen is the one who converted Denise Sutherlands wonderful logo into an embroidered label that has been sewn onto each and every blanket. We're going on the Sunday night and booking into local accommodation there and maybe even driving around the area a bit depending on what time we arrive.

On Monday morning we are scheduled to meet with a couple of the local politicians, Christine Fyffe and Fran Bailey, for an official welcome and hand over of all the stuff. A couple of the local papers will be there too so I'm hoping they will have on-line links I can post for everyone to read the stories. Ms Fyffe's media liaison officer has been very helpful organising this for me as she feels that the people in the area are becoming a bit despondent with the slow pace of things and they could do with a cheerful story for a change. Let's hope she's right.

So if anyone is free and lives close to Yarra Glen please join us, especially if you are one of the contributors to the blankets.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Blankets are going out

What a busy month, no wonder I haven't had time to add to this seriously neglected blog.

Since I was last on I have delivered the first 50 blankets to the relief centre at Traralgon South and today gave two blankets to Rachael for her and Parker. Rachael is the person that inspired this project when she lost her husband in the fires and it was decided to collect squares and put together a blanket for her - but of course we are all aware of how it has grown from that.

I have been busy sewing on logo's to more blankets and now the first 100 are on and I am just waiting for the next lot to arrive from Karen at Stitches and Things in Lakes Entrance. She is kindly donating her time and materials to making these badges and has done a terrific job.

Pictured here is Rachael with her blanket standing in her cafe in Moe called 'Groovy Tuesdays'. What a gorgeous cafe it is too with very yummy cakes so worth a visit. There is also a photo of a few of the children at Traralgon South with the blankets they selected.

I am hoping to make the trip to the King Lake/Marysville/Flowerdale region soon with at least 100 blankets to make it worth driving all that way. That will clear some space then to start piling up some more.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Haul

Well today has been spent sewing on labels to the blankets that are going out on Friday night as well as pinning on a leaflet of what we are about and who has donated/helped on this project. Boy is the list long - imagine if all those anonymous donors had given their names too.
You can see that I'm not exaggerating when I say you can't move in my spare room - usually it's lovely and neat. I am neatly piling up the completed blankets now ready to go - when I have done this I will take another photo - which at least will look neater.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cheque's in the mail...

... or should I say blankets are on the bus??

I haven't posted for ages - between full time uni and two little people there just never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done!!

As Dawn has already posted, 36 blankets have made their way from generous donors here in the ACT and we've got loads more squares that are still in various stages of being put together. I'm still getting random packages of squares in my post office box and the ABC called to say that they have 5 more bags of squares at their office for collection.

I'll be picking them up next week and working on the next lot of blankets. Hopefully in the next two months or so I'll have another lot of completed blankets ready to send down. That's the plan anyway!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Spoilt Me

I am overwhelmed with how many people have contributed to this cause but was very pleasantly surprised when I received a gift of a gorgeous shawl for me and a hat for my husband from Annette and Alexander in Germany. A photo of them will be posted soon.

That's in addition to the monetary donation they made which has really helped me with the costs associated with this venture. Two Aussies have also made a monetary contribution, my thanks goes to them too.

And the blankets and squares just keep on rolling in. I cannot move in my spare bedroom now so I will be glad when the first delivery of blankets is made. I can then start to put some more together which I hope to deliver to the Kinglake area later in the year.


FINALLY it's all coming together.

Bec is sending down 36 blankets from Canberra today with Dysons buslines which I shall collect from their depot in Bairnsdale on Sunday. I have just spoken to Chris from Rotary who is helping me to distribute all the blankets, toys, clothes etc that we have assembled so far and the first lot will go out next Friday. They are holding a dinner at Traralgon South next Friday for the residents and another lady from a group who has knitted clothes and myself have been invited. I will give a talk on what our group has achieved and will be able to assess and decide who gets what. I LOVE that idea. It means that people get to tell me if they want a bed or comfort blanket, a hat for the kiddies and whether they want wool or synthetics. I have no doubt there will be an article in the local paper about the evening and if so I shall direct you all to the internet link for it. If there isn't anyone from the paper there I shall write an article myself because I think everyone who has contributed to the cause needs to acknowledged for what they have done.

The flyer and contributors lists are up and ready to go, I shall be attaching one to each and every blanket.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Monday May 5th

Bec and I had hoped to be able to have a lot of what she has collected sent down to me this weekend but unfortunately Dysons didn't have any room on the bus for our stuff so we'll have to try again next time I go to Lakes Entrance.

Today I collected another great batch of squares from Stitches & Things in Lakes Entrance. They have been doing a marvellous job. I even got to meet one of the ladies that have been knitting, she walked into the shop with a few more squares just as I was standing there with a great boxfull sitting on the floor in front of me. Karen and all the ladies in Lakes have donated so many squares, I'd hate to work out how many but suffice to say there will be a few people just a bit warmer this winter because of them.

Just as I was leaving the shop Karen came up with a wonderful idea and even volunteered to do all the work for us. She has an embroidery machine, she does custom embroidery for anyone, and offered to make up small labels with our logo and a brief message that I will sew onto each and every blanket. Along with the printed sheet explaining it all these blankets could end up making an interesting story for someone in the future to read about. Especially as this blog is going to be stored in the Library archives about the bushfires. So thanks Karen. It's a lovely little shop and Karen also takes mail orders so please log onto her site and see what she has to offer.

Last week I spoke to Chris Payne, a lady with the Traralgon Rotary Group. She is visiting all the bushfire victims in this area, having a chat with them and finding out what they need. When she heard about our Blankets of Friendship she was very keen and thought they would be just what the people want to boost their morale a bit. I shall be making a big delivery to her as soon as I have sewn on the labels that Karen is making and typed up the synopsis to go with them.

As the squares have been donated from all over Australia as well as a few overseas donors as well I believe that the recipients of the squares should be from all fire affected regions, not just our Gippsland ones. For this reason I shall be donating about half locally and the other half I will drive to the other areas to distribute. At the moment I still have many, many, many squares to be made into blankets but I'm going as fast as I can. With winter approaching (what happened to Autumn, we went straight from summer to winter) I want to get them distributed as quickly as possible.

Friday, April 24, 2009


The past fortnight has been very busy. I have been donated so many blankets and squares that I've finally had to ask people to stop knitting before it all overwhelms me. I shall gratefully accept any squares you have already made but please DON'T START KNITTING ANY MORE.

It is so gratifying. Instead of knitting one or two many people have knitting 20-30 and the group at Lakes Entrance have been outstanding. I also took delivery of a huge donation of squares from the U3A in Sale (University of the 3rd Age). Luckily I've had a couple of people offer to help me join them up and have also posted off more to others to be joined together.

Last week I contacted a coordinator of the Gippsland Relief Centres asking where I should take all the blankets as well as donated toys. She has just called me back and given me a number of a lady in charge of all that and apparently they are very short of blankets so they'll gladly appreciate getting ours. I'm still trying to call her, not surprisingly her phone number is always busy.

So hopefully this weekend I shall be able to take a large collection to the Relief Centre for distribution to those that need it. I shall have to type up the list of contributors to go with them this weekend and thanks to everyone who has participated in this worthy project.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

14th April 2009

OK time to update.

On the weekend of 4-5th April I had my two baby grandchildren have their first sleepover so that Mum and Dad could have a childfree weekend in Melbourne. My daughter is a stay-at-home Mum so she REALLY enjoyed the break but I can't say the same for me. The 10 month old was a perfect little angel but her 2 year old brother is lucky to be alive. Only our love saved him as he turned into the child from hell. Most of the time he was okay but bedtime and afternoon sleeps were a nightmare. It took lots of attempts and patience (from me) and lots of tears and screaming (from him) before I could finally get him to stay in bed. He got his revenge though, waking up and wandering around the house crying 11 times during the night. Add that to the two episodes from his sister and Nana and Pop were walking zombies the next day.

Somehow I don't think he was ready to be separated from Mum and Dad quite yet. But they had a relaxing weekend so something positive was achieved.

Since I last posted the squares and blankets have been arriving thick and fast, over Easter alone I would estimate 200-300 squares arrived as well as blankets, clothes and toys. It is all becoming too overwhelming so from now on I am only accepting the blankets and squares. I shall soon arrange a handover of the first batch of blankets, I just want to type up the list of contributors first to attach to each of them.

I've also since been interviewed by ABC radio in Gippsland, Hobart and Launceston and given a talk at the local CWA meeting, all of which has elicited more offers of help. Luckily some of those offers are to join squares rather than knit them which is great as the stockpile is HUGE

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

31 March

I received five HUGE parcels today, over 100 squares I would say.

This morning I had a phone call from my SIL asking if her son could stay at our place tonight. He's been down our way attending a bull sale in Foster and needs a bed before heading back to Wagga Wagga in the morning. I was horrified, thinking of the state of the spare room but I have managed to move all the squares into boxes. I had to do it anyway before the weekend because my grandies will be having their first sleepover at Nana and Pops.

I wish I hadn’t done it though, there seems to be SO many more squares now that they are in boxes instead of in piles all over the bed :). Thank goodness I have a few helpers reading to pitch in and help,

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Donated Blankets

Well the last couple of weeks have been hectic. Squares and blankets have been coming in thick and fast from all over Australia as well as Canada, the US and New Zealand.

Last weekend I went for a few days R&R at Lakes Entrance and managed to pick up a couple of shopping bags of squares which wasn't bad as Karen had already dropped in two HUGE boxes to me during the week. Then on Friday two big boxes from Dot and Elaine arrive full of blankets and squares. The second picture on this post are the completed blankets they sent, just stunning. The other photos are of the other completed blankets, toys and clothes I've been sent.I've recently discovered the tunisian form of crochet which is by far the neatest way of joining the squares albiet not the easiest. It makes the join look good on both sides so there isn't really a 'right' or 'wrong' side.

Last Friday was my 47th birthday so the two boxes from Tassie were almost like receiving another birthday present. I went out for breakfast with the girls from work and ate a HUGE plate of bacon and eggs. Then my daughter and grandchildren took me out for lunch where Ethan and I shared a plate of fish, chips and salad because I was still full from breakfast. Poor hubby was a bit disappointed that I didn't want to out for dinner that night!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday 18th March

Well I've had it. I worked from 8am until 6.15pm without so much as a ten minute break because my work colleague had a well deserved break in Queensland. Lucky her.

Yesterday was a great day because I was contacted by Dysons Transport and they are more than happy to transport Bec's huge collection of blankets from Canberra down here. Their depot is only 120km from here so that is much easier to collect than having to go to Bec's. And they're doing it for FREE. Wow! I was thrilled. I'd put out a plea in my radio chat on the ABC on Monday morning and we got a great result. Courier companies had rejected our requests as had another well known busline so this is very generous of Dysons who are only a small outfit by comparison. If I ever travel interstate now by bus I'll be making sure it's a Dysons.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Cartridge World in Traralgon, Moe and Warragul have agreed to be drop off points for any blankets or squares so if you'd prefer to drop them off there and save on postage they are willing to collect them for us.

For those in East Gippsland Stitches and Things on the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance will do the same. They are also doing a wool drive so if you have spare wool please drop it in, or if you knit but don't have any please collect some of the donated wool for free to knit for this project.

Thank you to both these businesses for their support.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday 15th March

Well today was very productive. We had our Gippsland Stitch & Bitch at my house today and achieved lots. Don't ask which one is me in the photo, I was the photographer so you can't see me. We all had a great time, especially trying to work out which squares to put with which others. Everyone took some home with them so at this rate we should get a few knocked together before our next meeting in April.

Thanks ladies, it was heaps of fun and great to meet so many new people.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday 14th March

Well what a surprise. I got home from work last night and found two HUGE boxes of squares left for me by Stitches & Things in Lakes Entrance, knitted and donated by the lovely ladies in that area. Karen is still willing to take squares so please anyone in that area please support this cause and support Stitches and Things which has been a real support.

Tomorrow I'm having a Stitch & Bitch at my house so hopefully we'll do more knitting than talking this time. The stockpile is HUGE so there is a lot to be done.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Library Archives

We have been contacted by the State Library of Victoria and I have posted their message below. Bec and I think it's a great idea and I have given my permission for them to use this blog. If you have posted a comment that you do not want released to the library please either delete it yourself or ask either Bec or I to do it and it will be immediately.

It's really nice that they think this is important enough to be saved for history.


The State Library of Victoria (in partnership with the National Library of Australia) aims to build a comprehensive collection of Australian publications to ensure that Australians have access to their documentary heritage now and in the future. The Library has traditionally collected items in print, but it is also committed to preserving electronic publications of lasting cultural value. We are currently seeking material relevant to the recent Victorian bushfires and feel that your site would make a valuable addition to our collection. PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, was set up by the Library in 1996 to enable the archiving and provision of long-term access to online Australian publications. Since then we have been identifying online publications and archiving those that we consider have national significance. Additional information about PANDORA can be found on the Library's server at: We would like to include Blankets of Friendship in the PANDORA Archive and I would be grateful if you would let me know whether you are willing to permit us to do so, that is, grant us a licence under the Copyright Act 1968, to copy your publication into the Archive and to provide public online access to it via the Internet. This means that you would grant the Library permission to retain your publication in the Archive and to provide public access to it in perpetuity. We assume that in granting permission all contributors to your publication are informed and in agreement that their work will be archived by the National Library.


I have been contacted by a lady in Hobart who has managed to find a way to have a load of blankets and squares freighted to me for free from Hobart. She is willing to collect your donations and be a contact person for me there. If you are interested please email me and I shall pass on her details.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday 8th March

Well I've spent the whole day cleaning and gardening. I'm not exhausted but happy that everything is back the way it's meant to be.

Tomorrow we're off to the Jazz Festival at Inverloch for the day which I'm looking forward to. It's always lovely to picnic in the park and listen to the jazz bands.

The piles of blankets and blanket squares are steadily growing. Here's the first two I've actually put together, the rest have been sent to me completed.

We're still trying to find a courier company willing to bring a couple of loads from Canberra and Hobart so if anyone knows a company willing to help I'd love to hear from you.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday 2nd March 2009

Well I've just had a few days R&R in Wagga Wagga and feel much better for it. My sister-in-law and her family held their annual hereford stud bull sale which went very well. I was tempted to crochet squares together while I watched the sale but thought better of it when I saw all the dust flying around.

My collection of squares and completed blankets is slowly growing which I'm pleased to see. I shall post a couple of photos for you to see what I have so far. My sister in law even found some squares she knitted as part of a school project 45 years ago that she has kept all this time! She must have known they would come in handy some time. In addition to this I have had quite a lot of wool and acrylic donated to the cause, including two large garbage bags full from Centrelink in Morwell so thank you to those ladies. And one lady in Lakes Entrance also gave me about 20 pairs of socks.

This morning was spent raking all the leaves from our lawns and gardens in preparation for tomorrows horrid weather. Let's hope that no more fires start and that the gallant firies manage to keep the current ones under control.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friendships Grow

Not only are the "Blankets of Friendship" connecting friends of those who make with those who receive the finished blankets.

There is also the process of people coming together to make the blankets. Our group gatherings are growing each week and we are all meeting new people who live within our communities.

Together we often share a meal, a coffee/tea or wine and sometimes desert too! But we always share stories, experiences and our love of craft.

Here is a picture of our gathering last night.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Blankets coming together!

I thought it was about time i popped in and posted here. Have been so busy organising everything I have had trouble finding time to blog :)

Our group here in the Nth East is busily knitting and crocheting squares to send down for blankets.
As Well as this, we have been very busy sewing together blankets. These particular blankets are made from pieces of the Aussie Longest Scarf attempt. I was involved with this project last year and the rolls of scarf were given out to anyone who wished to use them for charity organisations.
I originally planned to make them into blankets for our elderly citizens, but with the tragedy of the fires felt this need was more immediate. We do still plan to make blankets for our local community later in the year.

Last week at our group gathering a lady popped in to visit, she wasn't staying to knit with us, but she brought with her 6 blankets she had made herself over the years that were looking for new homes. We happily accepted them.

So after this weeks gathering we will be packaging this lot up to send down!

We are hoping to have a few more people join us to knit/crochet and sew this Thursday night, so will take the camera along!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

More Pics, More Blankies

The past few days have seen some more fully completed blankets coming in...

As well as quite a few more squares. The crocheting together is coming along nicely too and I'm sure we'll have quite a few more blankets done in the next week or so. It's great to see the generosity of people when a tragedy strikes. Warms the heart ;-)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Day 8 19.2.09

Sorry, I work full time so am not always able to post every day. Just wanted to let you know that the parcels and interest is growing which is great.

If I can work out how I shall post a pick of some of the parcels I have recieved so far, some are missing because I'm already using their squares and the ones for Rachael and her son have been delivered tonight. It was lovely to meet with her and have a cuppa, the first of many we'll share I'm sure

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Canberra collection points

Just wanted to update any Canberra knitters out there that squares/blankets/yarn can be dropped off at

Cassidy's department store - Kingston **Has loads of machine wash 8ply yarn for $2.00 a ball - perfect for squares**

Stitch n Time - Phillip - Colbee Court - **Are also offering 10% discount to customers buying yarn for blanket squares**

ABC - Cnr Wakefield & Northbourne Ave

As well as through P.O Box 212, Jerrabomberra NSW 2619 or email me at and I can arrange a pick up.

I'll be on-air again tomorrow to do an update with Alex Sloane and there will soon be piccies of our blankets up on their website. I'll put an updated link up when that's all happened.

I also have a large amount of yarn which has been donated and while some of this is great for blankets, some is not machine washable and I've also had a donation of needles so was thinking about putting these to good use with the re-stash a crafter project. Thoughts?

Day Six - 17/02/2009

Well the trickle of parcels has now developed into a stream - seven parcels today. I was interviewed by ABC in Hobart this morning and have received quite a number of emails from that which is great.

Last night I attended my craft group meeting and all agreed that we will dedicate an evening soon to sew as many blankets together as we can. With ten or so of us in the group that should give it a real boost.

It would be so much easier if I didn't work full time but DH doesn't really like the idea of me throwing my job in to pursue this project more vigorously. I've been here for ten years so I guess my boss wouldn't either so for now I keep on juggling.

Thanks to all those that have sent squares or blankets so far and to those still knitting furiously away.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Piccies and parcels from the nations capital

The blankets that are ready to go - sorry but for some reason blogger is putting the pic sideways??
Piccies from the sew together yesterday...

I'd like to publicly thank and acknowledge Quilting Mick, Georgie, Twitchy Fingers ,Krafty Kuka and knitting sprout who have been helping sew squares together, donating yarn, calling people back and just generally helping me out with the blankets. Cazknits, whirlsie, nettietheknitter and Jejune have also been fantastic - redistributing yarns, knitting, calling and helping out with the Canberra contingent - Thanks girls ;-)

and the pick up from todays mail run...
I think ABC must have said something about the squares again - I've had half a dozen calls this morning around 10am so there are even more knitters going for it now!! Yay!!

Day 5. Monday 16/02/2009

Thanks Bec, it was great to hear how things have been progressing so quickly in Canberra.

I had both good and bad news this morning. The bad news is that they found the body of Rachel's husband, my friend that inspired me to start this blanket drive.
The good news is that I had a call from the ABC. They have had so much interest in what we are doing and tomorrow are interviewing me on ABC HOBART. That will get us even more.
I have received some fully made blankets in the mail today (thanks Jane) but the squares are only trickling in so far which is giving me the opportunity to knit some myself and join the ones I have recieved so far

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Canberra contingent calling in....

What a week! It's been crazy - crazy good but totally crazy!!

There are still a few call backs that need to happen but at the moment I'm up to date with calling people back, fielding calls and picking up both yarn, squares and blankets. I have been totally overwhelmed and surprised at the number of people who want to help us make blankets - I've heard stories of loved ones passed, the horrific fires that came through our own town in 2003. I didn't live here then but the stories are shocking and I think the fires in VIC are that much more personal for lots of Canberra residets because of their own personal experience with fire.

I was also contacted by a number of people who wanted to donate yarn which I happily accepted, sorted, bagged and redistributed to some of our Canberra knitters who busily went to work on Saturday to produce these...

Thanks for letting me steal your piccie Jejune

So I now have 5 blankets all ready packaged up and ready to go and there was a group of lovely ladies who got together today to help start crocheting squares together. Can't get piccies to load but will try again to add them later. Oh and our blankies are on the ABC website as well - details here. Will try and update with more piccies of todays action later.

Day 4 - 15/2/2009

Well no Valentines pressie for me yesterday. Mind you, I'd have fallen over if I had as I've never had one before. Wedding anniversary in a week - lets see if I can do better.

Still crocheting my squares together but not much else apart from bottling fruit and putting music onto the Ipod my daughter gave me for Christmas (last Friday - long story). Never had one so it has been a challenge working it out.

How is everyone going on their squares

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Day Three. 14/02/2009

So far it's been a day of cleaning - my house is covered in soot and ash. Almost done but took a break to do my quarterly BAS. Gee, the day just gets better.

Denise and I have been working together (well she's been doing the working and I've been the critic) on a flyer/poster to put up to attract even more people to knit squares. What I need to do now is find some more people to help me join them together as I work full-time too and want to get these blankets done as quickly as possible. But you'll LOVE the posters, Denise has done a TERRIFIC job.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Day 2 13/02/2009

This morning I received some patchwork squares and $50 from a lovely lady and a package for Rachael and her son so I'll call her later and arrange to drop it off. I got quite a bit done on my first blanket last night. I was sent a full post pack of 6" squares by a lady in Sale who heard me on the ABC. They are not the size I requested but she donated them anyway and there is enough there for me to make up a cot blanket so that is what I am doing.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Day 1 12/02/2009

Well this is wonderful. Already I've received a bag of squares in the mail so my work will be cut out for me tonight. I was also contacted by an elderly lady who heard me on the radio and wanted to contribute. She can no longer knit but has generously donated two bags of yarn which will be handy for joining the squares together.

Well just got home from work so I shall go and cook my poor DH some dinner and then start on my first blanket. Only 1000 to go

A Big Welcome

Welcome to all you very compassionate people who are knitting blanket squares or blankets for the 2009 bushfire victims.

I've never had a blog before so bear with me, I am on a steep learning curve here but I thought it would be nice for us to have somewhere chat about our progress with the knitting and to post photos (when I work out how)

We are knitting or crocheting 12" squares in 8ply or 10ply wool (DK or worsted) that will be joined together and then offered to victims of the terrible fires that have ravaged Victoria. All donations gladly accepted, just contact me and I'll give you an address to send them to.