Author: Punno

The October Beanie Collective

Have you heard of the October Beanie Collective? We are sewing beanies to donate to Oncology Clinics around Australia and we want you to get involved. Why? Christina Matthewson explains: “So many of us have been touched by cancer, for me it was my amazing mum who I lost 5 years ago. Once when I was visiting her whilst she was having her treatment, I noticed a basket in the waiting room, which contained several knitted beanies. When I asked why they were there, my mum told me It was a donation basket and that the beanies in that basket were free for any patient undergoing chemo. I made a promise to myself that one day I’d fill that basket with beanies. Every year I’ve told myself that this year I’d do it, but every year just the thought of going back there has stopped me. It’s just been too painful. Then my youngest child told me he’d like to grow his hair long to donate it to someone with cancer, because he wasn’t able to give his nanny his hair. It was then that I made the decision that this year I would do something too. As Breast Cancer Awareness month was coming up I decided to have a pink theme (which is pretty relaxed as not everyone likes wearing pink) So I started making beanies. My initial...

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Beanie Drop Off Points

Have you finished making your beanies and you are wondering where to send them? Well this is the place for you!! We have organised numerous drop of points around Australia so there is a place to suit everyone. The addresses are as follows: Christina Matthewson Co/ St Helens District School 9 Circassian St St Helens TAS 7216 Handcrafters House 7/401 Great Eastern Hwy Midland WA 6056 Blessington PO Box 254 Seven Hills NSW 1730 Sewing Perfection Unit 4/61-65 Russell St Werribee VIC 3030 Christine Keevers ‘October Beanie Collective’ 2/11 Cabernet Crt Tweed Heads South NSW 2486 Beth Woodhauson Co/ Concordia Lutheran College 154 Stephen St Harristown QLD 4350 South Australian address is currently pending approval Please feel free to send your completed beanies to any of the above addresses and we will donate them to our local oncology...

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How to Sew a Reversible Beanie

The wonderful Christina Matthewson has spent the last few weeks making reversible beanies to donate to her local Oncology centre. After making 134 (and counting) of these beautiful beanies, she has now, enthusiastically, shared with us her method of making these beanies reversible. Christina’s step by step guide on how to sew a reversible P4P slouch beanie 1. Download the free Slouchy Beanie Pattern from Patterns for Pirates. You may also want the Slouchy Beanie Pattern instructions, as I will be referring to them 2. Cut out 4 main pieces (2 pieces from the same fabric and another 2...

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Drought Relief Auction

Many, many years ago, I lived on a farm. My grandparents were dairy farmers and I grew to love the sounds of the milking shed as I was tucked away safely on a bench in the corner, most of the time with my cousin as my favourite companion. Other times I would be traipsing around after my Grandma, a constant companion as she went around their farm doing the every day jobs that keep the wheels turning. Generally it would be on the four wheeler (something that my Grandma should not have been allowed to drive, least of all on hilly terrain). Even after the farm had been sold and we had relocated to the city, my farming days long behind me, I never lost the appreciation of what it takes to make a farm work. Farmers put their very soul into the land they till and the stock they raise. The give every second of every day to maintaining this machine that is under their care. Whether it was my grandparents two decades ago or a fifth generation farmer just taking the reigns today, farmers are what keep this country going. Without them, Australia would stop. And right now, they are hurting. A good chunk of Australia is currently in the throes of the worst drought on record. Some areas haven’t seen rain in well over two years...

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Drought Relief Auction Maker Application

Please fill in the below form to apply to become a maker for the Drought Relief Auction. All photos of completed items are to by submitted but Tuesday 14 September. No additional makers or items will be accepted after this date. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.  ...

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