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New books for book week

The important part first.

There is a Thing here in Australia (or maybe just Tasmania?) called book week.  Heck, maybe this is a Thing in the US and the UK.  I didn't have kids or really know many people who did in the UK so who knows?

Aaaaanyway...Book Week.  We didn't have it when I was at school (in the UK). I kind of vaguely knew about it but not enough to know much of the when or the what.  On Monday, there was a reminder posted on the door of the Kinder class where Thing One goes, re the dressing up as a favourite character which would occur...on Wednesday. Yes.  TWO days notice.  Both days that I work.  Craptacular...

Thing One had some ideas along the lines of highly inappropriate Arial costumes which involved wearing singlet tops in the middle of Winter.  I should note here that while Winter in Australia might sound like a thing British people do to get some sun, Winter in Tasmania is actually reasonably chilly; at least at times.  I pointed out to Madam Truculence tha…

Baby I was born to...knit!

A bloggy friend of mine recently posted that she had joined in with Sally at Virtu's Born to Knit challenge.  This is a drive to make blankets (sixteen squares, each 20 x 20cm) for Save the Children, to donate to vulnerable children at their time of need.  Sally was hoping this would help people who had knitting aspirations to take the plunge and learn to knit.

I don't need to learn to knit.  I can knit already.  I have lots of knitting and crochet on the go.  So much so, that I should really finish some of it.  BUT - it's not all just about me (what?  shock horror...).  So despite the call for novice knitters I breezily ignored that bit and signed up.  The kids in need of help get me every time.

The challenge is a 20 cm square by August (so she has enough time to make up the blanket).  Sally did say I could use to try a new stitch or technique, but I didn't want to be all smartypants or make it complicated (what do you do with the single different square?) so I decid…