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Babies and Knitting…

Sorry to my followers and readers for disappearing for a short time. My best friend finally had her baby and with that I have been wrapped up with all the excitement of being an “Aunty”. My little “niece”, Matilda Jane, is absolutely beautiful. Not exactly petite, weighing in at 9lbs 5oz (not bad being 2-3 weeks early), but ever so cuddly.

So this brings me to the subject of knitting. My best friend has asked me to knit Matilda something. At least that narrows what I’m going to knit…not. I have a couple of books that have somewhat inspired me and have come across a great website called Ravelry.

Ravelry has some awesome free patterns and forums. You will never be short of inspiration! Another good resource for knitters is You Tube. I do not by any means profess to be an expert knitter (in fact far from it) but You Tube has provided me with some tutorials that have helped me along. I am also part of a knitting group at work (many fellow workers refer to us in tongue and cheek as the Stitch and Bitch group) and we have a lovely lady who takes her time to mentor us novice knitters.

Knitting is one of those “old world” crafts that tends to be forgotten about due to the convenience of being able to go to various shops to by cheap and often poorly made jumpers, beanies even teddies. However I remember my Mum knitting when I was a child and I loved the jumpers that she use to knit me. Plus there is the giving of something that you have created yourself.

At the moment I’m in the process of finishing a project from last year. A scarf (pictured below) for my step-daughter. I’m determined to finish this before I start anything else. The bright side is at least there is no way she can grow out of a scarf.

The Scarf

In my pursuit of becoming more sustainable I have discovered where to get cheap knitting needles.  On the Op Shop tour I went on late last month I found where all the old knitting needle go to find new homes.  You will find them hiding out in a dark corner.

I have also found some great eco-friendly yarns that I am interested in trying out… 10 Eco-Friendly Yarns You’ll Love.  I’m quite intrigued by SeaSilk Yarn.  This is a yarn that is 70% silk and 30% sea cell (a fibre derived from seaweed).

I will keep you updated with my knitting adventures.

Her are some books that may also inspire…

Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook

Knitting For Dummies

Knitting for Baby: 30 Heirloom Projects with Complete How-to-Knit Instructions

Nothing Paranormal About These Ghost Nets…

A while ago I came across an article regarding Indigenous communities making the most beautiful sculptures out of ghost nets. Hidden behind these beautiful sculptures laid an awful truth that many people do not know about.

Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been lost or abandoned out at sea.  They continue to travel via the currents of the oceans indiscriminately trapping all types of sea life in them, including divers.  The following video explains a little further…

So you may ask why a land dweller like myself is writing a piece on ghost nets.  Well I came across another article today explaining that Ghost Nets Australia will shut down in June this year due to a lack of funding.  A sad state of affairs if you ask me.

Ghost Nets Australia is a project enabling Aboriginal communities to fulfil their aspirations of having stewardship of their customary lands and adjacent marine environment, known as “caring for country.”  It is an alliance of over 22 Indigenous communities from coastal northern Australia across the three states of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.  For further information regarding this organisation please check out the following link (even like them on Facebook and show your support)…

Ghost Nets Australia

Ghost nets are not just unique to Australia.  Here is another site with valuable information…

Ghost Fishing

Amazing artwork…

Amazing artwork...

Went to the most gorgeous little pub in Adelaide today. The Benjamin on Franklin’s decor is just beautiful (lunch was fantastic as well). Located above our heads, hanging from the ceiling, was a sculpture made from reused glassware. I took some photos but they really do it no justice. If you get the chance to check it out, do it.