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Monday, April 30, 2007

A picture packed post

Anzac Day 2007

Last Wednesday was ANZAC Day and every year we go to Sydney to watch my Pa march. Pa was Navy and part of Z Special Unit, and wasn't allowed to talk about his involvement in the war until 50 years after the end of WWII. Its only in the last couple of years that they've been able to make an association and march under their banner. Its become a part of my year, like Easter and Christmas, that I couldn't miss. Things have changed over the years; it used to be just Pa, Nana and I, and the three of us would kick-on with the young sailors way after the other old diggers had headed home. This year it was me and my husband and daughter, my Mum and her husband, my sister, my uncle and my Nan and Pa. There was no kicking on but it was a good day none the less. My uncle held the banner, my husband marched with my Pa, the rest of us stood on the corner of George and Bathurst to wave them on - with Lil waving her flag and shouting "Good on you diggers!". But it's sad too. Their association only has seven members left and one of them passed out even before they started marching. And I love all these old guys. And once they're gone I'll still trek up to Sydney (a city I dislike) for the March and for their memory.

On to other crafty things now. I pray every night that my passion for a wide variety of crafts will be taken from me and I will wake up with a new fidelity to just one craft. But alas it is not to be so....

my new baby
My new baby

Isn't she beautiful! I'm still learning, but I'm having fun.

spun stuff

The lovely lady who sold her too me gave me so beautiful roving too so I've had some lovely stuff to practice on...

roving 1

roving 2

The thickness is, shall we say, variable? But I'm assured that I'll improve.

knitted spinning

Then my Mum bought me a little wet felting kit - I'm waiting for the right idea to strike me before I attempt it, but I'm thinking I might make a couple of little bowls or something???

roving 3

And I've unravelled my first ever cardigan which never looked any good on me anyway, in order to refashion it into Knitty's Bobbolicious


Unfortunately I used two strands in this jumper and I only need only for the Knitty thing, so I'm having to separate into two balls. Its a painful task.

And finally, two lovely friends have had bubbies this week so I've had a go at stenciling some little singlets for them. I love stenciling with freezer paper, but really don't have the time to spend carving out intricate designs. I was trying to think of personalised - and quick - presents for them. And then I remembered my little paper craft punches which are now part of my daughter's craft box.

craft punches

I just punched out a couple of each animal onto strips of freezer paper and it was sooooo quick! It would be better if you had larger ones because the definition isn't great on some of the small bits, but I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.

Stencilled singlets

Anyway, that is more than enough from me. I should be restoring order to my life after a weekend of tantrums (hers and mine) and sickness (his - hers and mine to a lesser extent) and general destruction of the home unit (all of us).


Georgie said...

Gosh but you've been busy!

Great story about your Pa, and its fantstic that you get involved to support him and are passing it onto the next generation.

Very envious of your new toy, she's gorgeous. Can't wait to see more!

And those singlets are so sweet, what a great idea. Too many crafts, too little time!

Funky Finds said...

so glad that you're back to posting...looks like you've been busy! very nice.

Jejune said...

Glad you were able to be there for your Pa - sounds like an important day for you all. My FIL was in WWII but is so disinterested in the whole thing (apart from the insects he saw while there) that he's never been to the War Memorial, let alone gone on an ANZAC DAy march, or stayed in contact with anyone from those days. But he's an unusual person (autistic).

Love your sweet little spinning wheel, and your first yarn! How exciting :) And those singlets are very cute and clever. Plus felting and reborn knitting projects! Yay!

Missing your map bag post... is it coming back?

dorie said...

The punch-out freezer paper tees are very cute!