Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Yarn along and have you met Kelly?

There is an Australian online thingy (not sure what you would call it) that advocates for us Mumma bloggers.  I discovered Kelly the other day.  I like her.  I wonder if she knits?

I'm still going with my cardigan - it will be a long slow process - but I am determined.  I'm not one of those super fast knitters like the Grannies one may see.  I bought this book yesterday - and am hoping to make myself some 'me' style frocks and bits.  Very exciting.  It's a book of Japanese style patterns written in English (Yay!), by Yoshiko Tsukiori titled Stylish Dress Book.



So today Kelly was chatting about World Vision.  It was not the words about World Vision that got me thinkging.  It was considering how social media can do good for others, for humankind.  You know about the  Kony movement - a classic example of social media working for some type of good.  Kelly wondered if her readers had a cause?  Do you advocate for something?   

It got me thinking more about the cause of adoption here in Australia.  That is my passion I feel compelled to not let slip by.  What's yours?  Do  you have one outside of you?  I have been in my first stages of contact with an organisation who is advocating for change to our adoption laws.  Here is there site - is this a cause you are interested in?

Back to Yarn Along..... I would be so interested in hearing from you US readers - what are causes you are fighting for - advocating for?  Are they different?

Much Love Rach xx

ps .... might link in to our creative spaces to.... I haven't visited for a while - here are lots more creative wonder-women!

24 comments:

  1. The adoption process in Australia is only something I've become aware of recently (but I'm still not fully aware of all the red tape). Some friends of mine have had numerous failed IVF attempts over many years and were looking into adoption and expressed how difficult it is. It is an issue that I will be more mindful of and interested to learn more about.

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  2. Debbie, it is really interesting. Last year I emailed our Federal government department that deals with adoption... There response was that there is little demand in our country, overseas countries have improved their facilities for orphans greatly and it is not something the Australian people are requesting with out rates halved from 500 children adopted to less than 250. Red tape indeed. I also don't think it is made known how much of a need there is and that change is possible. Rach xx

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  3. Gorgeous knitting pattern! My passion is women and self-esteem, championing women who are doing it tough. I've got a few friends too who are doing IVF or struggling to conceive, one of whom adopted a child from Russia. I was disturbed at just how hard it is to adopt a child, how expensive it is and what a huge process it is. I just think if you've got kids that desperately need a loving home and people who long to give them one, surely the process can be sped up and simplified? And why would it be so hugely expensive?

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    1. Sophie.... love your passion! I love hearing what people are fired up about... Would love to read some about this! Have you moved interstate? Thought you were in Macedon area? xxx

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  4. Rach, I really appreciated your honest comment! Thank you so much for adding to the discussion. I love hearing about how others invest, and where, and the why too. I like you already...and I only knit scarfs...pretty badly too...but can we still be friends? ;)

    My Dad works at Beautiful Gate, an orphanage in Lesotho. There are so many children who need parents! What about adoption within Australia?

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    1. Kelly, adoption locally is definitely something our family has looked into and it is definitely an option. These cases are also a prolonged process of either first foster care or special needs adoption - both are fine - we just need an extra bedroom because foster care or permanent care is not permitted if the child will not have their own bedroom. Go figure! xx

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    2. Really? How strange! My kids share a room... I know they put these sort of things in place to protect kids but there just seems to be so muhc uncessary red tape involved.

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  5. that cardigan looks lovely, the yarn looks very soft, is it? also, that book looks interesting, i should really sew something for myself again! will check it out! have a great day!

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  6. I love the pattern of your cardigan. Our passion is food security and food sovereignty.We are involved in bringing back food growing to urban areas and ensuring food growing land is not developed in housing estates.

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  7. I think my passion right now is local seasonal foods. I see so much damage being done in the US by the foods that we eat. My little city has started a small co-op, and I think that I would like to work more with them to get information out on what is available in our own community for food. We have so many options, but it isn't widely known.

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  8. The cardigan is such a pretty color yarn! And I love the Japanese craft books - so glad that they're being issued in English too.

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  9. That sweater looks beautifully soft. I would like to buy one of those Japanese pattern books, but I've found it difficult to find one that is written in English. I'll have to check that one out.

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  10. What a beautiful sweater!

    From the USA here and to answer your question...

    I have done a lot of charitable knitting for a group found on Ravelry. It's called The Schuyler Blanket Project. Squares are knit to be joined into blankets that are given to parents who have suffered a pregnancy loss to give them something to snuggle with as they go through the grieving process.

    This project is so dear to my heart because I wish there was something similar when I had my own miscarriage almost ten years ago.

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  11. Our passion is clean water--and we are active with Living Waters for the World which takes water purification projects to third world countries. Clean water can make a huge difference in a community's health and mortalitiy and productivity.

    Love the knit--always say, knitting is not a competitive sport, so it doesn't matter at what rate you do your project!! I'm a rather fast knitter, but a very very very slow sew-er...but your book is on my wish list now. Looks like my kind of patterns. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. My passion at the moment is World Vision. I do sponsor a child and have gotten so much joy from it! Helping others in need is what we are called to do! The Kony movement is another thing that has really touched my heart. So much pain in this world...makes you wish you could help everyone and every cause!

    The Cardi is still looking lovely! The yarn looks srumptious!! :)

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  13. my big huge thing... breastfeeding. right now i am working on becoming an IBCLC and a LLL leader. i just so want more women to at least give it a go and be educated about it, truly educated and supported. i even started a blog about my journey http://breastsarebest.blogspot.com/ which is different from my family blog. lol

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  14. Gorgeous cardigan, I love the colours. I really need to get my knitting needles out again. That books also looks very inspiring. Love the dress on the cover.

    My current thing at the moment is education and it shouldn't matter where you live or were born.

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  15. gorgeous cardi...you can do it....it feels warm and soft and like i want to hop into it now....i too am on the cardi run...i severed a tendon in my left hand a few weeks back so this has put me back unfortunately. But back into it....i thought i would slip it into a blog post later...have a lovely day

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  16. Stopping by from 'Creative Spaces' and loved how you've entwined your fabulous creativity with a thought provoking post.
    I don't have a specific cause at the moment but like you am in great admiration of those who are using social media to bring about positive change in the world.

    Happy day!

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  17. i bet your cardigan will be lovely and warm when youve finished it :)

    interesting post and comments

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  18. Love the soft grey knitting...oh and you've managed to get an English version of the dress pattern book. Last summer my nephews girlfriend brought back lots back from Japan including that one. My sister and I spent an amazing day making a dress each out of it...as the instructions were written in Japanese and neither of us now any Japanese it was hard work but an amazing fun day. She made the cover dress and it looked amazing.
    Deb

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  19. i belive in social medias power. good luck on you advocating.
    love the knitting ,looks so warm.

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  20. Awwwww - lovely looking book - that might sneak onto my 1- page long wish list at The Book Depository!

    I'm not American, but since you ask I'm advocating for 27 million people held in slavery (yup, really) today - here is some info http://createhopeinspire.blogspot.co.nz/p/unfolding-hope-ordinary-people-changing.html

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  21. Blogging for a cause was meantioned at the latest bloggy forum thing in Melbourne, I didn't go , but it is the chatter on alot of blogs at the moment due to it.
    If I do anything I think that it is cancer related. With two uncles who have died and a cousin currently fighting breast cancer this is something close to me hear.
    Unfortunatly a recent post I did only recieved one comment:(
    Anyway - found you through 'my creative space' so HI!
    I am also a knitter. Loving that pattern, what is it? And that book looks great, I purchased a few girls one's last year and am yet to make anything from them.

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