Friday, March 2, 2012
Donations, Floods and a Special Blanket
While we were at the Australian War Memorial we saw a very special blanket made by Corporal Cliff Gatenby. He was captured in Crete during WW2 and was sent to Stalag 383. He had never embroidered before but covered his blanket with embroidery for something to do. He used thread from socks, scarves, pullovers, and old towels and by the end of the war the blanket was entirely covered with scenes of the camp and his service in the middle East. I was just so impressed by all the different stitches, the scenes and the bright colours he'd used so i wanted to share and advise you to check it out if you get a chance to visit Canberra.
The flood waters are continuing to rise here but I think we'll be fine here although our access road may have water over it for a few days. I'm working night shift tonight so I'll take our 4WD in case I need to drive through water.
This week I was also received more wonderful donations for the Melbourne Homeless Connect Day to be held in March. Delys Rogers and Stephanie Driel, both from WA, respectively sent 9 and 8 beautifully knitted beanies which will be very much appreciated by their recipients this winter. Judy Cooke from Geelong also sorted through two large boxes of donated fabrics and sent some lovely blocks as well as cut out pieces of fleecy fabric to be made into baby's hats.
Thank you so much for your continued support and I hope that you are all safe and dry and not in the path of the flood waters in NSW and Vic.
Thanks for your comments about changing my blog name too, it seems that it isn't a problem so I will leave it as it is. I'll post about my Op Shop finds soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac