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While we were in Australia I took the opportunity to drop a few hand-spun, hand-knitted items in the mail. I belong to a group on Ravelry called Aussies Knitting for War-affected Kids. Feel free to click on the link and join the group. We’re a friendly bunch and it’s not just Australians knitting. The items made are delivered to Syrian refugee children. Some toddler sized socks. Due to the risk of fire in the camps it has been requested that no acrylic yarn is used.

Some toddler sized socks in hand-spun yarn

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Some scarves.

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All items are from handspun yarn. I know it’s not much, but if I can help warm one person then I feel less helpless in the face of so much suffering.

 

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We had a lovely, but hectic visit to Australia. Lots of running around getting things organised. I got new glasses, still learning to love them; sourced goodies for the goodie bags for Kidlet’s birthday party in October; picked up birthday presents for Gorgeous Man (a bit later in the year) and caught up with friends and family.

There are a few finished objects and some fibre and yarn acquisitions to show you. First something I took right down to the wire. I knitted this scarf last year and then got stalled when it came to blocking. In my defense it was rainy season when I finished it and I knew it would have problems drying. I finally got it blocked and dried the day before we left so that I could gift it while we were in Australia.

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It blocked out really well. I love the look of it puddled on the couch.

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This went to live with my sister-in-law Rockmelon Recycled who as a maker herself (both of my sils are makers) appreciates the handknits. To keep this in the family, this yarn was given to me by my step-mother-in-law. When I saw that the colour was almost identical to the hat I had already knitted Rochelle I knew I needed to make a scarf to match.

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I have some travel coming up, so have cast on another easy project. I’m using this pattern and some yarn that I spun earlier in the year. Traditional three-ply sock yarn.

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“Unfortunately” I’m so enthralled with how it’s knitting up that I’m almost at the heel of the first sock and I haven’t left home yet. Hopefully I won’t run out of knitting while I’m away. I’ve packed this, the lace shawl and the crochet bag.

Should give me something to do.

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I haven’t knitted very much for charity lately and so have decided to move charity knitting back into regular rotation of projects.

I’m really happy with how this little cardigan turned out.

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It used up some old Elle Escapade yarn. Pattern can be found here. It’s a very easy pattern that makes a good take along project as it doesn’t require much concentration.

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A looong time ago I spun some silk. It languished marinated in the stash for several years until Adamas bubbled to the top of my Ravelry queue and I decided the two would be a good match.

I think I was right.

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I’m loving how this is turning out.

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This final picture shows the colour most accurately.

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This project took far too long to finish. It got waylaid by the crochet blanket.

It’s a finger puppet.

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I’m pleased with how it turned out and it had the added bonus of using up the tiny left over balls of yarn in both the orange and the blue. Free pattern from ChemKnits.

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I found some giant snails wandering in our garden.

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I was able to sneak up and get some close-ups.

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Knitted with yarn I spun using roving from Nurturing Fibres.

Pattern available here on Ravelry and here for non-Ravelry users.

They now live on my bookshelf.

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