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Yesterday I went to the guild meeting for November (yes, I’m a sucker for punishment) and confirmed for myself that it will well and truly be the last time I attend there. Among other things, Gorgeous Girl was the recipient of several pointedly hostile glances for saying “yummm yummm” and “ahh” while eating her food and looking at a book while the speakers were talking. Not everyone, some folk were lovely, but it just made me feel sad.

So sad in fact that I started crying when I was telling The Chocolate Cat about it later.

So there I was feeling very sorry for myself when I started chatting with one of my colleagues on facebook and I discovered that she runs a Non-Profit Organisation for children in rural schools. These are usually schools on farms where the farm workers children attend. The provide uniforms and stationery and other equipment. I asked her if there was anything she particularly needed and guess what she said…


Last year they managed to help one school (it gets cold in parts of Africa in winter, it even snows in parts) 12 of them knitted 56 scarves. My colleague knitted 18! I figure I can knit a few scarves, any one want to help me?

They need 56 navy blue and 54 bottle green ones – the scarves then match the school uniform and can be worn at school in the classroom.

If you are interested, please let me know, and I’ll give you a mailing address . We’d like to have them in time for June next year (Southern Hemisphere winter). Here is a link to her NPO where you can learn more about what they do: Feeding Children in Africa

Here is a link to their wish-list showing individual schools and what each school needs: FCIA Wish List

So after talking with her, I felt a lot less sorry for myself. I’m going to be knitting some scarves, just as soon as I can get to a yarn store, I’d love for you to join me – we could have a scarf along. Let me know if you are interested.

Then Sarah of Nibbling Along gave me this lovely prize.


An I love your blog award. The rules of the award are as follows:

1. The winner can put the logo on their website/blog.

2. Add a link to the person who gave you the award.

3. Nominate at least five other websites/blogs.

4. Provide links to the nominated websites/blogs.

5. Leave a message at each blog/website telling them they’ve been given the award.

Wow, choosing just 5 is hard…I’m going to try and choose 5 that I haven’t mentioned before. In no particular order:

1. She has the Logic of a Puggle – This is an Australian blog, and while she lives in a different part of Australia to where I am from, her pictures often remind me of home. Btw, puggle is a real word, you’ll have to visit to see what it means.

2. Life’s a Quilt – Hedgehog is an incredible quilter, I really envy her style, who has recently taken the first steps down the slippery slope of the knitting obsessed fraternity 🙂 She also gets to travel to very cool places and I enjoy her travel pics very much.

3. Through the Loops – The most amazing knitting designs (I have quite a number sitting on my to do list waiting for the perfect yarn) and beautiful photography.

4. Javajem Knits – I don’t think there’s anything Javajem can’t do, she knits, spins, quilts, sews, and draws the most amazingly whimiscal pictures. Plus she’s just a really nice person and I feel privileged to call her my friend. And to think we’d never have met if it hadn’t been for the magic of the ‘innernets’ – Thanks Al Gore!

5. Patchywork of Mini Grey – Another Aussie blogger. I’m in love with her paper piecing at the moment. Very different from traditional paper piecing, but so effective. I’m planning on showing her website to my new quilting group at our meeting on Monday.

On the weekend F came over and we sewed the MOST adorable little summer dress out of white embroidered lawn and lace. I’m going to have to borrow a camera so I can show you. I don’t know if I can wait until Gorgeous Man gets home. Now I know how to add shirring elastic 🙂 There is one more dress and a skirt ready to be shirred up. Unfortunately it’s been too cold to wear the dress 😦

It’s November and I’m sleeping with a handmade quilt and a thick blanket on top of that still.

Anyway, Gorgeous Girl is asleep – we had a rough night due to some tummy issues so I’m going to hit my sewing machine.

Let me know if you are interested in the scarves.

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A few weeks ago Kajsa of Syko fame had a competition to celebrate her 100th post. I was the very lucky winner! 🙂

The package from her arrived yesterday, all the way from Finland (Mum’s Christmas parcel from Australia is still MIA). The prize was this very cute doll

Isn’t she adorable? She’s hanging on the door to the living room, next to the computer desk, where I can look at her often – I’m going to have to give her a name. If you can’t live without one of these little charmers visit Syko’s etsy store and snap one up for yourself. Kajsa included a few other goodies in the package too.

Some Finnish napkins, a postcard designed by her, a very cool quilt pattern and some fabulous fabric scraps to play with. Thank you Kajsa! It made my day.

I’m still plugging away at the hand quilting, but crafting is a little slow this week as I have choir rehearsal every night. We are performing on Saturday. Last year I learnt how to sing in Afrikaans, this time around I’m learning to sing in Xhosa. Xhosa is one of the 11 official languages in South Africa and is the most common language spoken in this area, I find it really difficult because it has clicks in it and my tongue is not used to making those sounds! The choir I’m in is multi-racial though, so there are enough Xhosa speakers to carry the rest of us along.

Both Fliss  and Magik Quilter tagged me for the 7 Random Things about me meme.

1. I was determined never to get married. (Met Gorgeous Man and changed my mind).

2. When I in my teens I used to do a lot of camping and caving. On one expedition I fell 13.5 metres (`40 feet) off a rope ladder as I was climbing out of a cave. The safety equipment designed to stop the fall failed, but it did slow me down enough that someone caught me at the bottom. I had to be winched to safety on a stretcher. I was very lucky, the only injuries were rope burn to my hands and a torn muscle in my chest – it could have been much worse.

3. I am a bit weird with food. If I have baked beans on toast I eat all the beans and then the toast. I eat corn one kernel at a time in a row from left to right and then back again. I thought I was the only person in the world who did this (it drives Gorgeous Man nuts) but I recently saw someone else ‘fess up to this (I can’t remember who though).

4. I don’t like anyone other than Gorgeous Man handling the washing (laundry). I can’t explain why. Speaking of washing when hanging it out on the line the pegs must match.

5. I don’t remember the first time I sang in public – I think I was about 4

6. We had snakes and geckos as pets in Australia.

7. I collect stamps from the People’s Republic of China. I really miss going to stamp shows/fairs – in Australia I was unusual as a PRC collector most of them were male and/or Chinese.

There you have it – 7 random things about me. I’m not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you do decide to play, let me know.

Off to attack the mountain of ironing so that I can sit down and knit in good conscience – today is knitting for me day and the new socks are calling my name.

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I’ve been tagged for 2 memes. The first one is the four things meme from Catherine. I’ve done this one before, so I’ll try and give different answers this time to keep it interesting.

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Shelving books in the college library

2. Cleaning toilets (also working my way through college)

3. Teaching English in the People’s Republic of China

4. High School history teacher

Four movies I would watch over and over again: – this is hard since I usually only watch things once…
1. The Princess Bride

2. Lord of the Rings

3. am stumped for the other 2

Four places I have lived:
1. Perth, Western Australia

2. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

3. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

4. Brisbane, Queensland Australia

Four places I have been:
1. China

2. Singapore

3. Kruger National Park

4. Uluru

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Potato -cooked any way

2. Chocolate

3. Homemade bread

4. Watermelon

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. In a swimming pool – it’s really hot today!

2. At home in Australia with a friend who is ill (Hi Lisa)

3. Bed

4. On holiday

Four people I think will respond:
1. Helen

2. Kerin

3. Fliss

4. The Secret Knitter

Four things I am looking forward to this year:
1. Our holiday in June

2. Possibly going home to Australia for Christmas

3. Getting more sewing done now I’m not working crazy hours

4. Spending time with Gorgeous Girl

Four things I say regularly:
1. Did you poop your pants?

2. Are you finished?

3. Cool

4. Just let me finish this row.

Helen tagged me for the second meme, similar, but slightly different.

Living Arrangements

I live in South Africa with Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl. We’ve been here for 2 years.


I have a Bachelor of Education with a double major in History and English – history is my passion. I also have a Graduate Diploma of Applied Linguistics – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a Post-graduate Diploma of Arts – History (specialising in Chinese history).

Favourite Food and Drink

See above for favourite foods. I also like a good curry (flavoursome, but not too hot) and good Chinese food. At the moment I’m drinking tons of water, but love coffee (only on the decaf stuff while I’m nursing though)

Morning or Evening Person

Evening. I love the fact that most mornings Gorgeous Man gets Gorgeous Girl up and changes her and entertains her for a while so that I can get a little extra sleep.

Since when have you been quilting

I’ve been quilting since 2004. I was fascinated by it for a while and read Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine (borrowed from our local library) for two years before I put needle to fabric. We were visiting friends of ours (Hi Lisa) and she helped me make an appliqued cushion, she then sent me home with her spare machine – the rest is history. You can see my first quilt here.


We have one cat. In Australia we had umpteen geckoes and two children’s pythons, but we had to sell them before we came to South Africa. We also had the world’s best dog, but she died (at the ripe old age of 18) in 2004.


At the moment we are trying to see as much of South Africa and other parts of Africa as the teaching schedule and budget will allow. Gorgeous Man is currently researching and planning our June/July break

I’m now supposed to pick 7 blogs I enjoy, I’m going to try and pick ones I haven’t listed here before.

1. Kate’s Quilting – her productivity is amazing

2. Making Scrap Quilts from Stash – Mary’s blog was the first quilt blog I ever read.

3. Through the Loops – Beautiful knitting, stunning designs and beautiful, talented children.

4. Wool n Weeds – Maria is busy creating a new garden at the moment.

5. A Strikke – Kate is currently in Russia. I’m lucky enough to be reading her thesis at the moment, it’s my nursing reading.

6. Needles and Wool – Karen’s spinning is just divine. I’m so going to learn how to spin one day…

7. PHD Comics – because they really are true to life as a grad student.

I won’t tag anyone, but if you decide to play along let me know. I’d love to see your answers.

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