Back in June and July I blogged about our village craft group knitting for Nepal. How could anyone not be touched at the plight of the Nepal people following the devastating earthquake? Hubs and I trekked to the village of Ghandruk, in the Annapurna region, a few years ago so I decided to send the donated items to their clinic for distribution.
I remember walking UP this path for a long way. The people were so nice, kind and generous. We saw children walking for at least an hour along this path to school every day!
The pile of knitted items included children’s sweaters, hats, scarves, shawl and baby blankets. I wrestled them all into two parcels and struggled to the village post office with them. I had to send them surface mail as the cost for air mail was phenomenal. The Post Master said that they would go by sea which is a puzzle as Nepal is land locked!!
They should arrive by Christmas before their cold weather really sets in. If I ever hear when they will arrive I will let you know.
This childs sweater has been completed today! Yippee! Having moaned last week about the number of UFOs I have it is good to knock one off the list! I am particularly pleased with this sweater for a multitude of reasons.
1) I have made the sweater to be sent to Nepal. Hopefully it will keep a child warm.
2) I used yarn from my stash
3) The shoulders are an envelope style with buttons on either side. The buttons came from my button stash.
4) The pattern was free inside a magazine.
5) at the end of August the Monday craft group in the village will send off a parcel of knitted items to Nepal. We’ve all been touched by the recent devastating earthquakes. We have sent financial donations. Now we are sending items knitted with love.
I will take pictures of the final items, which will go in the parcel, before we post them off.
We had an extended craft group meeting today with a ” bring and share” lunch. It was good fun, good company and good food. I took the opportunity to finish the UFOs that I had started on holiday. This group of lovely (and talented) ladies are knitting up a storm for the people of Nepal following their recent tragic earthquake.
I have completed a scarf, hat and wrist warmers and started a child’s sweater. These lovely craft group ladies are knitting hats, sweaters, scarves and blankets. I have decided to do what I can do until the proposed cut off date of 1st August and then send it all out.
I propose to send our donations out to the area of Ghandruk, possibly the hospital there. This was chosen purely because I treked there for my 60th birthday and was so impressed with the people, landscape and country.
This year, on top of the catastophic earthquake, the monsoon has come early. Not only have these people got no proper roofs over their heads but they are ankle deep in water. How unfair is that?
The lithosphere, which is the rigid outermost shell of a planet (on Earth, the crust and upper mantle), is broken up into tectonic plates. On Earth, there are seven or eight major plates (depending on how they are defined) and many minor plates. Where plates meet, their relative motion determines the type of boundary; convergent, divergent, or transform. Earthquakes, volcanic activity, mountain-building, and oceanic trench formation occur along these plate boundaries. The lateral relative movement of the plates typically varies from zero to 100 mm annually. Movement of these tectonic plates can be one cause of earthquakes as happened recently in Nepal.
Having just mentioned Nepal……
My craft group have agreed to Knit for Nepal. This is really good news. Any Knitting comrades who would like to support this very worthy cause please get in touch.We plan to donate via an Orphaned child charity whose project is “Keep a child warm”. Watch this space for more information.
This walking would be easy if it wasn’t for all the steps! This is the Cornish Coastal path going towards Boscastle. The views are stunning, the wild flowers amazing and the bird song fantastic. What more could anyone want? Benji dog is in heaven, always ready for another walk.
This picture doesn’t do the Bluebells justice as the colour is much more vibrant.
This walking made me think of the trekking that we did in Nepal. That was all steps, steps and more steps but absolutely wonderful. I am so lucky to have been there. Today I had an email asking for doctors to go to Nepal for at least three weeks to help with the injured. I am a Radiographer and if I could be of any use would go straight away. I don’t suppose that Radiographers have a place out there at the moment as no electricity or even generators. They must be setting the broken limbs without XRays. Sad. All we can do is our best so I continue to knit and even pray.oh! and donate what I can. Sad.
At last WIFI again! How I’ve missed it. Sorry to miss Wordsmith Wednesday but I will get back to normal as soon as I can. Not sure what “normal” is as we travel around Devon and Cornwall. The scenery is stunning, the weather OK and the company not bad! Hubs, Benji and I have walked quite a bit of the Cornish Coastal path. Well Hubs and Benji have walked the most, whilst I’ve walked some of the shops! The path is well way marked and well maintained as well as well used.
We are currently staying near to Tintagel Cornwall. Tintagel is associated with the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Mysterious history indeed which all shops milk to the extreme. Still it’s all good fun.
Because of of no WIFI I have been “forced” to read real books and try to finish my knitting. Actually this was a real problem as the knitting pattern that I am following was on the Internet. I am still Knitting for Nepal and had started a pair of fingerless mittens to go with the scarf already completed. I have been using http://www.ravelry.com and a pattern of “knits by britt”.An uber easy pattern which I MAY finish tonight. I may then knit a “Beany” hat to make a trio of items. Then what??
I can’t believe how much I’ve missed the Internet these last few days! How amazing that someone of my generation, at my age, on my pension is so hooked on to the internet! How life has changed this past half a century!!
Hubs and I have travelled down to Devon in Damnvan1 ( I love that van!). Journey down was good and campsite fantastic with amazing views. Just no WIFI.
We walked into Woolacombe along the Coastal Path which was lovely and just far enough. We caught the bus back.-lazy! No craft shops or charity shops here. Just surf shops and surf doods. Lots of surfing going on and I would have loved to have a go! A few problems there:
1) no swimsuit.
2) no surf board
3) no wet suit and
4) no idea how.
Well I just can’t imagine myself getting into a wet suit anyway!!
Yesterday it was WINDY gusts of up to 60 miles an hour. Benji dog was delighted that he had to join us in the van overnight whilst his kennel tent took a battering. But tent is now repaired so he’s very sad that he has to go back, but only at night.
We were very lazy yesterday as the weather was so bad that watched too much TV. Still no WIFI! It did give me the opportunity to finish my Nepal scarf. You remember! The scarf that was a secret Christmas present for my darling daughter? I am now sending it to Nepal as their need is so much greater. I just need to darn the ends in and find a pattern to knit mittens to go with it- and/or a hat.
We have travelled further south to Tintagel Cornwall and this is the scrummy view from Damnvan1 Isn’t it lovely? AND the sun is shining. More about Cornwall later.
I’ve found it! It wasn’t really lost just hiding! I’ve found my knitting mojo!
I’ve decided to try and mobilise some troops and organise some knitting for Nepal. I gave to the monetary appeal which temporarily appeased my concern but I remained bothered about all those Nepolese people living in the remote Himalaya villages. They have NOTHING.
I was fortunate to trek in Nepal for my sixtieth birthday and fell in love with the people and their beautiful country. They had very little then so must be hanging on by a thread now. It gets very cold in Nepal so I thought why not knit something? I have nearly finished a secret Christmas present for Gorgeous Daughter but sorry Darling it’s off to Nepal. Hopefully I’ll knit mitts and hat to go with it. Darling Daughter probably has more scarves than necessary anyhow!
Check out the “reblog” that I did earlier from Bowside knits.
Go to http://www.wildtiger.org
Ghandruk,Nepal as I remember it.