Regular Random: five minutes with my knitting

There are definite signs that autumn has arrived; dropping temperatures, falling leaves, shorter days — and an overwhelming urge to knit.

Knitting is something I do with much more enthusiasm than skill. After a few years of odd-shaped and unfinished sweaters, I’ve learned to limit myself to producing scarves and beanies for various community groups which distribute winter basics to some of the (far too many) children (1) who live in poverty in New Zealand.

I love the colours in this wool, and enjoyed taking five minutes out to capture a few images for Five Minutes of Random (the RegularRandom challenge), a weekly photo challenge hosted by Desley Jane atΒ Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.


(1) According to UNICEF around 295,000 children in NZ (28 percent of all children in this country) live in poverty:

” … in cold, damp, over-crowded houses, they do not have warm or rain-proof clothing, their shoes are worn, and many days they go hungry.”

UNICEF NZ: Child Poverty in New Zealand


34 thoughts on “Regular Random: five minutes with my knitting

  1. I love these little vignettes of your life. You make excellent galleries. I gave up knitting once my kids reached adult size! I used to love knitting baby cardigans, but you can’t keep having babies can you! I am surprised that NZ has children living in poverty. But then I am surprised that anywhere in the developed world has poverty at all. Seems an obscene imbalance of wealth when you get some people buying multi-million houses and yachts…

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    • Thanks Jude. I tried knitting for the boy-child but he was really never into hand-knitted stuff, so I’ve tended to be a scarf and occasional cardie-for-myself knitter.
      NZ has a terrible rate of poverty, which not surprisingly has risen spectacularly as successive governments have privatized, deregulated and generally incubated a new “super-rich” class.

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  2. Beautiful wool, Su. I don’t knit, but I love to see what people create and where I worked part time, several of the women were knitters and we had a knitting group that came in once a month. Glad you can donate your work to a worthwhile cause. Poverty is certainly terrible, but unfortunately difficult to eradicate in a useful way, such as providing training for jobs so that people can actually support themselves and creating jobs for people to do. Sigh. We have to keep trying, that’s for sure.


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  3. The wool is lovely! I’m all for colours! And the project is a wonderful idea! I also used to only knit in autumn and winter but now that I’ve dared to knit other things than scarfs (still mostly socks) I kind of have a feeling that this will change now. πŸ˜„ I’m totally curious about trying new patterns and techniques and will watch many YouTube vids πŸ˜‰ xxxxxxx

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    • I’m so impressed by your sock knitting! I have definitely narrowed the range of things I make, but I do love trying new patterns and techniques. Maybe I should check You Tube out for ideas/instructions. I am SO old-school, I actually borrow knitting pattern books from the library πŸ™‚ xxxxx

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      • Hehe! πŸ˜‰ Thank you πŸ˜€ I actually plan to post something about it soon, I could add links to the vids I used as learning material, though they are in German. But since knitting is universal and the woman who did the videos shows everything extra sloooow it should not be a problem πŸ™‚
        Have a lovely week! Hope more butterflies are to emerge really soon πŸ˜€ xxxxxxx

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        • That’s a good idea. I might be able to learn some German too. Our butterfly babies are doing well. Two more emerged yesterday and flew off. T and I actually took our coffees and sat at the hatchery for about an hour yesterday hoping another would emerge. We’re taking bets on which chrysalis will be next. πŸ™‚ xxxxxx

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          • Then I will add the links to my socks post! πŸ™‚ They look quite professional and the knitter speaks clearly and slowly – perfect for learning German then πŸ˜‰
            Aww – sipping coffee and waiting for butterflies to emerge – that sounds heavenly! A bit poetic too somehow πŸ™‚
            Oooh! Bets! Great! You need to post a live video feed so we can all bet together! πŸ˜€ xxxxxx


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