Craft and Hobbies


This took me 3 months to complete and now covers my daughters double bed. Each square is outlined in purple and then sewn up. Made with Magnum 8ply acrylic yarn, easy to wash and available in many colours.


The Knitter’s Song

Clickety click, Clackerty clack

The knitter’s at work – knit and purl back

In two ply and three, mohair and double

The knitting keeps, growing, without any trouble

Sometimes machine, often on pins

The knitter is busy and has no sins
The garments are splendid, admired by all
“Knit one for me” is everyone’s call
The colours are gorgeous and all sorts of hues
They cheer all those who could suffer the blues
So keep on knitting is everyone’s cry
For we love knitting! is our reply
Marjorie Carrier 1990


It is thought that knitting originated in the Middle East. The earliest evidence of knitting dating back to third and sixth century AD was a  pair of socks found in Egyptian tombs. How good is that! I wonder what colour they were?


So creative and designs inspired by nature – We were privileged to view these while were having coffee at the gardens.

Cate Blanchett wears crochet dress on red carpet


Cate Blankets dress

Cate Blanchett has fashion watchers scratching their heads after turning up to the launch of an entertainment exhibition in a crochet-style “granny rug” ..
Granny square dress Cate Blanchette And Granny squares are so easy to do. This might be a group project!

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Melbourne Chess Club

Established in 1866, the MCC is Australia’s biggest chess club. We strive to provide the best experience for chess players at all levels and all age groups.

Please note this club is run by volunteers. You too can help out at the MCC. Email:

Open: Mon – Wed 6-11pm

Sats, 1-11pm, Sun 2 – 8pm

address: 66 Leicester Street, Fitzroy Vic 3065

Wednesday novice night Beginner

Novice Night – a perfect introduction to club chess, consisting of mostly social play. Events are occasionally organized depending on levels of interest including small tournaments and lectures. This session is fairly informal, usually starting around 7.00.

The evening is aimed at beginners and those new to club chess, however experienced players also attend and give advice!

If you’re on Facebook, please join our MCC Novice player group!

Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members.


What is a Men’s Shed?

The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. Men’s Sheds are springing up all around Australia. If you looked inside one you might see a number of men restoring furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles for a local school, maybe making Mynah bird traps or fixing lawn mowers or making a kids cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle. You might also see a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life from the men they work with. You will see tea-bags, coffee cups and a comfortable area where men can sit and talk. You will probably also see an area where men can learn to cook for themselves or they can learn how to contact their families by computer

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Full of beanies

Download a free  beanie making app from the good folk at Cleckheaton wool. Use your imagination and adapt the pattern to your own taste in colours, stripes or maybe sew beads and sequins on for a bit of dash and glitz. A crocheted flower looks nice as well sown on the side. Pompoms are in vogue at the moment and the young ones just love them.


Knit to Win with Spotlight, AAT Kings and Phillip Island Nature Parks

Spotlight, AAT Kings and Phillip Island Nature Park’s ‘Knit to Win’ little penguin jumper competition was created to raise awareness of penguin conservation and encourage Australians to support our little penguins. As most of you know, little penguin jumpers play an important role in saving little penguins affected by oil pollution, preventing them from preening and swallowing toxic oil. Entrants were asked to knit a creative and unique little penguin jumper and we received some fantastic entries! Congratulations to first prize winner, Chantal Cordey, and runners up Denise Franklin, Sue Arnold, Sylvia van der Peet, Lanie Wilkins and Monica Novak.

So cute!

Also in 2001 the Tasmanian Government asked knitters to make jumpers for penguins affected by oil spills. Over 15,000 jumpers were collected and are kept in stock for future need. I wonder if their stocks are low? What a wonderful effort by our Taswegians.

 Nanna Merle and her Knits for Nature

She may be 95 years of age, but don’t let grandmother Merle Davenport pull the wool over your eyes – she’s a powerhouse knitter with over 1000 penguin jumpers under her belt.

Since the late 1990s Merle Davenport has been knitting jumpers for Phillip Island’s most famous residents (the penguins, not the Hemsworths…) and in 15 years has managed to rib, garter and purl her way through 1000 fancy designs for her feathered friends. Merle has helped countless penguins with her knitting skills and her chic and timeless designs are a hit in fundraising and helping penguins affected by oil spills.

Merle took up the penguin jumper knitting crusade after reports of an oil spill affecting Phillip Island’s famous little penguins in 1998. A patch of oil the size of an adult’s thumbnail can kill a little penguin. The oil separates the feathers, allowing water to get in and causing penguins to become cold, heavy and less able to successfully hunt for food.

Over the years Merle has sent the jumpers to the Penguin Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising funds for conservation, research and the care of sick or injured penguins on Phillip Island.

“The small woollen jumpers are placed on the birds to keep them warm and prevent them from preening their feathers and swallowing the toxic oil,” explains Lauren Jones of the Penguin Foundation.

Jumpers arrive from keen knitters across the world and those not suitable for rehabilitation use (too loose or the wrong type of wool) are sold on toy penguins with all proceeds going to the Penguin Foundation.

Knitting at Fed Square

Knitting at Fed Square
Location: Federation Square, Corner Swanson & Flinders – The Atrium
Dates: 24th March – 24th November 2014 Time: Noon-2.00pm
Fourth Monday of every month

Why it is a good idea to knit for Charity

♥ Kids in knitted jumpers are adorable
♥ Some kids don’t have any.




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