Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Knitting News at last!

Now believe it or not, I actually have some knitting to show you. Rosedale is done! I love stripes in a big way - I know they really aren't very flattering, but hey, I still love them! This pattern has been brilliant. Clever, easy to follow and best of all free! The yarn - Noro Silk garden - is wonderful and the whole thing is so warm, it's just what I need on a day like like this.

Do not be fooled by the sunshine, I'm not sure if it's got much above freezing today.

Anyway, if any of you fancy a super-easy cardi, go for it. I love mine!

Now onto more serious stuff. Having watched the Comic Relief programme on TV last night, I realised just how near Red Nose Day 2009 is. I shall be buying my new nose from Sainsburys and whatever else I can find there to help this very worthy cause. I love Red Nose Day - do other countries have this? Bring on the silliness I say. The programme showed Billy Connolly streaking round Picadilly Circus one minute, then showed the horrors faced by people in Africa, all within the space of a few minutes. It did not belittle or patronise. It brought home the realisation that normal people born hundreds / thousands of miles away are suffering. People that could have been me, us.

Comic Relief do not just help people in Africa. They do wonderful work in Britain too.

Over at the Stash Basket, Bartholomew wanted to do his bit so I made him his very own Red Nose (in Posh Yarn cashmere of course - only the best for my little bunny!) It has left me wondering what else I can do. The Saint Dunstan's Blankets are coming along slowly so my charity 'work' is geared up towards that. I have decided to do a cake stall in school nearer the time (must check for permission first though!). But still feel I should be doing more...

What will you be doing? Any suggestions?


Pink Sky said...

You just reminded me to mail in my St. Dunstan's squares, thank you!

This is one of the things I love visiting your blog, that you care about charities and helping others so much. I'll have to look into the red nose initiative and see if we have anything like that here. Right now my other work is for the Friends of the World Food Program and also knitting caps for newborns in impoverished areas who tend to have a higher mortality rate because they lack some very basic care, like a hat to keep them from being cold.

wonderwoman said...

brilliant knitting - i love stripes too!
i can't believe red nose day has come round so soon - dont know what i'll be doing!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Your cardy is gorgeous! And I love Bartholemew's nose! I know I don't do enough for charity - I'm always impressed by how much you do.

Lucy x

P.S. could you knit something yummy and then raffle it on your blog maybe?

Moogsmum said...

Ooh I love your cardigan - gorgeous colours!

Bartholemew's nose is fab! The kids are doing a few things at school for comic relief - not sure what yet but will no doubt be plenty of fun.


quinn said...

Just want to say how much I love your rosedale! The colors are just lovely. I wonder if I will ever, ever knit something bigger than a scarf, sock, or blanket square...
Maybe not, but fortunately I can live vicariously through knitting like yours :)

Cybèle said...

For the past 4 or 5 Red Nose Days, the Dutch department at my work have baked cakes and sold them. We're now known for it, we get asked in advance if we'll be doing it again. It's ever so simple, we're always amazed by how generous people are, and we raise just over 100 pounds.

Rhiannon said...

Lovely jumper

Since I left school I have a tendancy to forget about red nose day and children in need, mainly because I don't watch mainstream Beeb often enough!

I'd love to know more about the St. Dunstan's work you do though - I remember seeing something about it a while ago but can't seem to find it


Kitty said...

I love Comic Relief too - it has a madness all of its own, and is a great way to educate kids about what's going on in the world - both overseas and here in the UK.

Love your cardigan - I love stripes too.


sara said...

That cardigan is brilliant. I love the colour.
Do you still want more squares or have you enough?
Must get my new red nose!!!