Monday, 14 July 2014

Christmas is coming.........

I hate to state the obvious but time is galloping by and Christmas will be here soon.
In preparation for our celebrations with the Wednesday Ladies I decided to set up a raffle;
the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes being massage with me.
 The idea is for participants to make a 5" (finished) block which will become the raffle ticket.

this is my sample to start the ball rolling
A name and contact number is written on the back in the selvedge so that when we draw the tickets at our Christmas breakup I am able to contact the winners.
It's a great opportunity to use bits and pieces out of the scrap box.
The Details are as follows:
You are invited to join us for a
Pre Christmas “Block Raffle”
Prizes to be won:  
Massage of your choice with Remedial Massage Therapist, Linda Bear.
st Prize   …….   90 minute massage of your choice
nd Prize   …….   60 minute massage of your choice   
rd Prize    …….  30 minute massage of your choice

To Enter :
*Make a block; 5” finished size
You may use any techniques that you wish
(a great opportunity to challenge yourself and expand your skill)

*Write your name and contact number on the back in
the seam allowance

*The blocks become the raffle tickets – Please hand the blocks into the ladies at the shop or to Linda directly.
They will be on display until the morning of the draw

Cost : Entry is Free

Entries Close :
Saturday , 29th November 2014

Raffle Draw :
 Wednesday, 3rd  December 2014 at 11 am.

Prize winners will be contacted by phone to organize collection of prizes
Blocks will be available for collection from Thursday, 4th December 2014
Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash

About Linda:
Linda Bear is a Remedial Massage Therapist and a member of
AAMT (Australian Association of Massage Therapists).
She is currently based at Elgar Rd Chiropractic Centre,
                645 Elgar Rd,
                                          Mont Albert North, 3129                         PH. 9890 1740
 Please call Linda on 0438 3000 if you have any questions in regard to Remedial Massage Therapy
If you are interested in joining in contact me on 0438 300045 and we'll sort the details
The more the merrier!
We will displaying all of the "Raffle Tickets" until the day of the draw.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Back to the knitting..........................

I've decided once again that knitting is just not my thing.
I've done a little bit more and have one bed sock finished but I have no inclination to do the other one at the moment.
 I don't like half finished projects however where knitting is concerned I can quite easily
find more pressing things to do.........
Maybe some pics on the blog will inspire me to do the other sock -worth a try!!

So, this is how it begins.
With size 10 needles cast on 40 stitches.
I know that I have more here but I was working on the idea that these would be for the lad
(long narrow foot)
Knit seven rows of rib stitch (knit 1, pearl 1. The alternate row will be pearl1, knit 1).
Row 8 = knit row on size 8 needles and increase on every second stitch to achieve 80.
Knit 50 rows and then decrease every second stitch so that you are back to 40.
Knit 7 rows in rib on the size 10 needles as before and then cast off. Leave a long tail of yarn for sewing the seam
Job done
Once you've finished fold the knitted piece in half stitch the ribbed edges together all the
way down to the folded edge of the sock.
(It looks a bit like a banana)

There will be a gap in the end of a longish bent tube. This is where you put your foot in.
The  idea of the shape is that the sock will come quite high up the back of your leg and wont walk/slip off in the middle of the night.
Here's the rub..........
Yes it was a good idea to increase the original number of stitches from 40 to 45 for a longer foot.
I did not expand on the thought process however. I should have also increased the number of knit rows by 5 or six because as much as the sock is the correct length it is not wide enough for the lad's foot.
I am not pleased. Those of you who know me well will also know how much I loath unpicking.
This extends to knitting too!
So, I'm stuck with one banana sock that's way too long for me and way too narrow for the lad.
That is also not addressing the fact that there is still only one.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

What's on in Melbourne........

I am thrilled to let you all in on a little secret.
I've been asked to take part in an exhibition of contemporary art and traditional quilts to take place at the
Media House Gallery
in Melbourne from the start of August to the end of September.
The pieces that I've chosen to exhibit aren't new ones but I felt that they filled the brief of
"Stitching Stories"
quite well.
As part of the Exhibition each of the participants will also include a
"Sentinelle" piece,
the basis of which is a Chartres Queen Panel - linocut and printed onto hand dyed fabric by
Dijanne Cevaal
this is my lady , pre-embellished

Once the Exhibition has opened I will put my stories and quilts onto the blog to give you a chance at a second peak