Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The power of the Internet ...

Just last week I was desperate for a copy of a Bananas in Pyjamas knitted pattern so I posted on my blog about it .... that very night I found in my email a link to the book on ebay so very promptly bought it (Thanks Erica) and the next morning my phone rang and it was Anna who had been over and told me to blog about it saying she had reserved a copy from her library and would take a copy and send it to me. GREAT!! Now I can share the pattern with others .... In the next couple of days I have had 7 offers of copies from people who had read about my want of this pattern and it made me realise that the power of the internet is amazing. People like to share things and their knowledge and I think the internet brings us all a little closer together. I know I have made a lot of "internet friends" through Needy Stitches, we share stories of what is going on in our lives, what we are working on and what we are hopingto make in the near future. I know their husbands names, their kids names and quite often their grandchildren's names.

Gee can't you tell I am getting old with my amazement of modern technology, a technology thatkids take for granted has been around forever except in the "olden days" (And you wonder why I feelold LOL)

Friday, July 20, 2012


I have been searching and searching for a "Bananas in Pyjamas" knitted doll pattern for ages and just cannot find one. The other day Margie and Anna were over dropping off some things and I mentioned to them how frustrated I was with being unable to find this pattern and they suggested I ask if anyone has one in my blog. Ever have one of those "senior moments" where you think 'now why didn't I think of that DOH!!'

So here I am .... if you have this pattern could you please, please, pretty please send me a copy???

On another note instead of posting the pictures of the blankets on the website I have decided to open a blog just for the blankets. To post on the Needy Stitches website it would use up a LOT of space but on the blog it is part of the blog (if that makes sense)  The web address is  http://blanketsforall.blogspot.com.au/  so go and check out pics of some gorgeous blankets that are already warming someone.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Baby Bundles & Wrappings

Sometimes I think it is much nicer to receive a "gift" rather than a "handout" so we usually go to the extra work and wrap up items that we donate to the needy.

One of the most popular things we do is make up baby bundles with items sent to me from our very generous members. A baby bundle often consists of a blanket from someone in Melboune, a jacket from Sydney, a beanie or bootees from Perth .. you get the idea lol  So keep those baby things coming!!

We also wrap up some toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and face washer, shampoo and conditioner. We do also make up toiletry bags but they are hard to come by at times. Not everyone likes making them and with the quantities we need we have to improvise.

Anyway I thought I would take some pictures of some items we recently donated so you can see what wedo and how we do it. I am very lucky that one of our members who does not knit likes to wrap presents so she usually gets the job of doing them. Trust me it must take her ages as sometimes she leaves here with a boot full of things and returns with a car load of wrapped items.

Enough of my babble .. here are the pictures

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Blankets For All

It is REALLY cold here in Melbourne and according to the news it is cold almost everywhere so I got to thinking that everyone deserves at least a blanket!! Imagine sleeping rough without even a blanket to at least keep you a little warmer. I have come up with an idea! I have set a target of 150 single or larger size blankets for us to knit or crochet or quilt to give to those less fortunate. It is a way for us to use our 'crafty' skills to help keep someone warm.  If you crochet and just want to make squares do 6 rounds of any colour and then 1 round of black and send them to me and I will sew them up. It would be pretty cool to have a blanket or blankets made up of granny squares made by various members of Needy Stitches. The same would go for knitted squares. Cast on 50 stitches and knit til it is a square, send it to me and I will sew them up. Of course if you are in a sewing mood you could sew them together and send a completed blanket!! So let's get going on those squares and each blanket I get I will post a picture on the website and we can count them down til we have the target 150 completed!
Go to www.needystitches.com and see the blankets we have created