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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Reversible pants

For the first time since my daughter was born, I have used my sewing machine. The logistics of trying to sew with her at home was too much for me to figure out until now. I bought a pattern for reversible pants a few weeks ago and I took a look at it this morning. It looked pretty easy, so I thought i'd give it a go with some groovy material I had picked up on sale last week. Thanks to the pattern being very easy to follow, the pants were finished in a few hours. 

I am so pleased with myself, not only for making the pants but for finally pushing all my excuses and worries aside and just giving it a go. Woohoo, i'm back baby.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Helping out with the bushfire victims

As many Australians do, I feel so helpless with the bushfire tragedy in Australia. We can give cash but many people want to help out in a more practical way. I tried to give blood but they wouldn't take blood from a lactating woman. 

At the same time people were suffering in these fires, a lot of wildlife was too. I heard from someone who works with injured wildlife in Victoria that they were looking for more knitted pouches to keep baby animals in. Often the mother koalas/wombats/possums are killed in fires but their tiny babies are saved from harm protected in their mother's pouch. Animal rescue members are trained to look in dead and inured animal's pouches for these young ones. They need a lot of one on one care and are kept in knitted pouches made to resemble the one they came from. So i'm giving it a go. If you read my previous post, you'd see what a slow knitter I am, but I just have to try. They also need flannelet inside pouches to line the woollen ones, so i'm going to try and make some of those too.

Pants finished!

I finally finished those pants I was knitting for my daughter in an earlier post. I got them done just before midnight on Christmas eve. They took me about six months to finish! Here they are on my daughter taken while on holidays in Tasmania.