On the needles once again.

The weather has cooled down and I am able to knit again.  You have no idea how I miss knitting. I have always worn glasses and as I get older I find that sewing at night time is just no good for my eyes.  I end up with blurred vision and headaches.  Not so with knitting.  I can do that by feel.

I have now finished the shrug I started back at the beginning of the month.  It isn't for now rather it's a Spring shrug.  I think it would have been better if I had had another ball of silk.  I would have liked the sleeves to be longer.  This often happens when you buy kits from Asia.  Asian women are a lot smaller than Western women.  Still it will be a great piece right up to about Xmas.  It took a bit of getting used to the 'lumps' in the yarn but they make a great effect.

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I have a bit of a 'quest' on at the moment trying out Australian Artisan wool yarns.  I have now started a shawl Called Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander.  (The name comes from an old Finnish lullaby.)  The pattern is a free download on Ravelry Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 7.55.28 pm
I am using a new yarn from the Australian Wool Store.   I bought the yarn from a show up at Toowoomba earlier this year and it is a hand dyed 50% merino and 50% silk and the colour is called 'faded roses'.   I can't see an equivalent on their website but there is one that is merino, silk and nylon blend for $32.  Mine cost me $40 for the hank.  There are some delicious colours available and I want them all.  But not yet.  (I still think that Bendigo Woollen Mills have the best priced wool for everyday knitting.)

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I had to make do with a couple of chairs to ball the wool because I couldn't find a spare pair of hands to help.

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I am finding it quite nice to knit but the spinning isn't consistent and that annoys me.  Still I will see what it looks like when I'm finished.

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  I also bought some yarn from Kaalund Yarns where I buy my silk thread .  They balled this one in the shop for me. That will be the project after this.  Then.......

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War Quilts - 6

I hate it when they write "maker unkown" but that is the case with most of the quilts that were in this exhibition.

The central section was stunning and the use of the squares 'on point' must have been a nightmare to stitch.   (Love that butterfly in the middle.)

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There is so much that is unknown about the making of this quilt but the mind can make up all kinds of senarios.  There are some wonderful ideas for flower applique.

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And I was interested to see the little pattern of cut diamonds here and there.  I wonder if they were part of the uniform or added later?

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It makes some of the wool applique we see today look a bit basic.

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WIPW

I am now up to the last colour but have decided to unpick the lettering.  I just over complicated the whole process. Plus it is now April 26th and I need to finish this before the end of the month.  I haven't even considered May's piece.

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But I am working on the next 'Children's Class'.  I am going to design a lid top for a small hat box, 61/2" across.  Now this sounds quite easy but it is the putting together of the piece in the time available that has been my challenge.  But, I think I have solved the problem.  Some time ago I bought some fabric tape that had glue on the back, like sticky tape.  It makes a fantastic finish around the edge and is quick and easy to put on.  Now I have to remember just where I bought it.

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Update on ANZAC Day

It wasn't one of the grand ceremonies that you see in the cities.  It was just a simple service down near the beach.  There was some seating but most people just stood  under the trees through the whole service.

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This year some of our younger residents decided that our ANZAC nurses needed to be honoured, so they put together a small piece in which they dressed in period costume and read from the diaries of some of those nurses who were at Anzac Cove.  I hadn't realised that there was only one hospital boat.  Those poor young women, the carnage that they saw.  They had so many wounded that they had to leave soldiers to die on the beaches.

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One nurse managed to get her diaries home and have them published against all odds so that the public would know what was actually happening.

There were also readings from the letters of one of the stretcher bearers.

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And then there was the story of Simpson and his donkey, starring Lollipop.

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She was a very reluctant star and it took some pulling and coaxing to get her down there.

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Yesterday she was washed and groomed and a poppy put behind her ear.

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When it came to her big moment she was a star.

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And then she stood quietly till the end of the service when the Last Post was played.

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Yesterday I bought some flowers to lay in memory of my father.  Both of my little grand daughters wanted to carry them and would have liked to have been here today to put them on the memorial.

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Their great grand father would have liked that.  He always felt that serving in WW2 was the most important thing he had done in his whole life.

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Lest we forget.