Clothes made out of newspaper

This story is one for conservationists and recyclers – clothes made out of old newspapers.

I wish I had seen it while I was working at the Daily Liberal and had access to any number of old newspapers.

It is certainly  one way of disposing of them and creating stylish, if not so comfortable garments.

It is a continuous cycle too, as there is no way you could wash these garments without ending up with loads of papier mache. Once worn, they’ll make good compost and go back to the earth in which more trees can grow.

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Welcome to the new week

Grammazoo welcomes you back to another week of everything knitted and boy, do I have some interesting things for you this week.

I hope you had a great weekend following on from Australia Day. I cannot believe that we are nearly at the end of January 2017 already. I am not sure where the summer holidays have gone, but gone they have and a subtle quiet has descended on the house during the day.

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Something new

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.

18th Century poet Alexander Pope

There is a lot of truth in Pope’s words as ‘The Yarn Harlot’, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes:

It is some kind of miracle that all knitting is constructed of only two stitches: knit and purl. [Amazing when you think of it!] Sure, you throw in some yarn overs, and sometimes you knit the stitches out of order, but when it really comes down to it, knitting is simplicity. The most incredible gossamer lace shawl, the trickiest Aran, a humble sock … each are just made with knit and purl.

Know these two stitches; Rule the world.

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Arm knitting

In line with large needles, mega balls of yarn, keeping fit etc, arm knitting is also becoming very popular. I have discovered a couple of different ways of explaining it and both have very wearable garments at the end.

I really want to have a go at this and will definitely be putting aside some time at the weekend.

With my total lack of coordination, I will probably be all left arms and feet, but I just love the end product and must at least try.

How about you have a go too and we can compare notes on Monday?

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Knitting for your health

A number of articles I have come across extol the benefits of knitting, crocheting or any craft for that matter, to your health and happiness.

It is said that knitting trains the mind and improves cognitive function, creates a sense of purpose, relieves stress (although if your pattern isn’t working, it could very well add to your stress), improves concentration and memory, builds good habits, strengthens upper limbs, provides a practical way to take a digital detox, cultivates personal communication and builds interpersonal relationships.

I can relate to most of these, so perhaps the article written by Health Fitness Revolution has some merit. Read on and let me know what you think.

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Week 3 already

Well the weekend has come and gone and it is back to work for many.

I hope you all had a wonderful time.

Little Arthur came for a swim yesterday and he really enjoyed his paddle as we pushed him back and forth across the pool.

His mum and I also managed to sort a few patterns for him for this coming winter. As they come along, I will be showing them off to you all. I am having the time of my life.

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Made with love

Villagers living near the SOS Wildlife Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in northern India are knitting jumpers for elephants under the care of the group to keep them warm during a sudden cold snap.

Read on to see some of the largest, most colourful animal coats ever. They put my doggie jumpers to shame. There is also a link at the bottom of the story if you would like to help with this amazing project.

Noodle update

Just in case you are not on Facebook and haven’t seen the results of my little experiment, I did manage to do a couple of rows of knitting, but the noodles were so delicate. If I was a little too eager with my work, they broke and the whole piece collapsed in a sticky mess. Did you have a go?


I think this about sums my whole experiment up, except I never got close to a scarf