Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Still here and still knitting!

I can't believe I haven't posted for 12 days! I guess I've just not had much to say. I keep changing my knitting progress bars and adding to my finished items list - at the terminus 2007 - but knitting-wise I've not had much to say!

I've joined a gym and although I only go twice a week, I'm more physically tired than I can ever remember being. Fifty years of neglect isn't going to succumb easily to my new exercise regime. I was already walking an average of 2.5km every day but core strength remained non-existent.

Albert Einstein is credited as saying:
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I've used this quote a lot in training others, and I realised that my health/fitness wasn't going to improve unless I did something different. I found a small, privately owned gym close to home, where the fees are a reasonable $30 per month, and there's no joining fee or contracts. The owner is a qualified PE teacher and knows what he's talking about. So I joined. A week later WM followed! DD, unfortunately, already belongs to an expensive gym on the other side of town and is locked into a contract until March 2008.

On the knitting front, I have completed three wraps from the Sullivan's Magnifico I bought in Robertson at the beginning of the month. I also experimented with the same pattern and a ball of mohair-style acrylic I picked up in Lincraft for $1.00 a couple of years ago. There were not enough metres in the acrylic to knit a wrap so I ended up with a capelet (which is also good for wrapping around cold feet while watching television)!

I've started yet another "AIDS Orphan" jumper, this time in green Carnival Fair Isle Effects. These jumpers will not be going to Malawi as originally planned. Ken and Lyn Begley have received so many knitted jumpers they are totally overwhelmed. More than 10,000 in one weekend. So they have asked knitters to STOP! You can read the whole story here. My finished jumpers will go to a charity which I have supported for several years - Operation Christmas Child, run by the Samaritan's Purse organisation. You can find a link to this charity in my sidebar.

I have continued knitting squares for my Large Triangles afghan/blanket. I've just passed halfway - 15 done , 13 to go.

Well, for someone who had not much to say, I've said enough!

Keep knitting.


  1. Apparently the gym work gets easier!

    Knitters everywhere respond when there is a call out. Apparently the people who asked for penguin jumpers are still receiving them, and have more than they will ever be able to use!

  2. Well done on the Gym joining, it is hard to start with but you will start to feel great soon!

  3. I was interested in your post about Sullivan's in Robertson. I looked at their site which says they are a wholesaler and buyers need an ABN. Will they sell to a don't fit that description?

  4. Hi Kerry

    The name of the shop in Robertson is Limited Edition Designs. They stock the largest range of Sullivans yarn I've seen in one place. Look at the Sullivan's website to determine what you want then call LE Designs - they do mail order over the phone.

    As far as I know, Sullivan's don't deal directly with the public and I have yet to find a 'major retailer' that carries their yarn. All the retailers I've visted carry yarns from Australian Country Spinners (Panda, Patons, Cleckheaton) or Saleutions (Sean Sheep, Have U Any Wool, Knitwise)Even Lincraft, which sells Sullivans needles and crochet hooks, doesn't carry their yarn. Hope this helps. Email me directly if I can be of further assistance.

  5. I am quite new to knitting and would like to get hold of some patterns to make jumpers for orphans/newborns or any other simple patterns which I can use to make things for charity. If anyone can help me out, it would be greatly appreciated as I don't know where to start. Please email patterns/info to me at rlrose1@hotmail.com. Thank you! Raseshvari xox


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