Food for thought

How was your weekend?

Grammazoo has been very busy during the weekend. I finished this weekend’s project and am pretty happy with my Nemo.

How did yours turnout? Did you make note of how you did the stripes.

I have yet to add my stripes to the pattern, but will do so and upload to the pattern library before the end of the week.

I put the big eyes on Nemo for the photo, but will take them off before I give him to Arthur and replace them with woven eyes. That way I won’t have to worry about Arthur swallowing them.

Not only did I finish Nemo though, I actually had a go at arm knitting and believe it or not, finished a cowl in next to no time.

What is more, I didn’t get tangled in the wool as I thought I would. The cowl could be improved on, but for a first effort, I was pretty happy.


Why bother knitting a scarf? by Katherine Martinko

This thought provoking article speaks loudly to the throwaway society we currently live in, and while the focus of the story is on North America, I believe the same philosophy applies across the developed world, including Australia.

Currently there is a push to know the source of all the food we eat, where it is grown, how it is processed and by whom. Even the fast food giants now offer healthier options on their menus.

Many families are now taking the time to grow their own fruit and vegies, keeping chickens, baking their own bread in order to make a small return to natural produce, so why not the same with the clothing we wear?

It wasn’t that long ago that we were taught to craft our own clothes either by knitting or sewing. There was real pride in saying “I made this myself”.

We all understood the mechanics of how a garment was formed, from the cutting out of the pattern, to stitching the pieces together in a particular order. Similarly for knitting, each piece is formed separately and then sewn together in order.

A hand sewn or knitted garment is unique, even when following a pattern, two people will achieve slightly different results, and as the author of the article notes, because you crafted the article yourself, put your love and effort into it, the garment will be better looked after and last a lot longer than those off the shelf in Kmart.

This is just another way of making ourselves more self-sufficient and less reliant on others to feed and clothe us.

What do you think? Leave Grammazoo a note on your thoughts after reading the article.

Quote of the week

What we love to do we find time to do.

John L Spalding

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit but the don’t have the time. I look at people’s lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That’s a pair of socks in over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. Eating, sleeping, and laundry? Sweaters

There is practically no activity that cannot be enhanced or replaced by knitting, if you really want to get obsessive about it.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee