31 October 2011

Shaelyn

shaelyn shawl

For my cousin on her 50th birthday.

shaelyn shawl

A lightweight, airy shawl. Perfect for evenings in her tropical part of the country.

shaelyn shawl

Knitted, dyed and delivered last weekend along with the one for her mother's 80th birthday - they had a mother-daughter joint birthday reunion at The Windsor and thoroughly spoilt each other! Ravelled here.

shaelyn shawl

On a more sobre note, the week was soured by the devastating news that, with no warning or consultation, the Steiner stream at Footscray City Primary School, where all three of our boys attended flourished before we moved to the other side of town, is to be axed at the end of December. Needless to say the families directly affected are reeling. They're also now angry and taking action. If you care about proper community consultation, due process, and/or the provision of alternative educational methods in our school system, I urge you to visit their website, sign the petition, write to the minister and if you can, attend the rally this Sunday 6th November in the Treasury Gardens. Please support this fabulous school and the wider Steiner/Waldorf community by spreading the word. Thanks.

14 comments:

Lynne said...

A beautiful shawl indeed.

willywagtail said...

I have extreme shawl envy. The shawl is beautiful - the colour is perfect. Definitely not good news about the school pulling the Steiner stream. So many children could do with this type of extra care but don't have access to it. Will go and have a look. Cherrie

Janet said...

Love the shawl. You are totally queen of the shawl methinks.

School pick up today was buzzing with the Steiner news. Tried to get some of them to sign online petition. I know G did but not sure of the rest.

The Coffee Lady said...

That information on the Steiner website you linked to makes no sense. I do hope for a good outcome for them.

Gina said...

That shawl is a stunner. I'm keen to try making one soon. Red - it's so out there, but I like a strong colour, particularly on something so delicate!

Sad to hear about the school. I'll go check out the links and see what I can contribute.

Thrifty Household said...

A beautiful shawl, your cousin is very lucky!
Sorry to hear about the school...

silverpebble said...

Your shawls are so wonderful - I covet each one. I love the laciness of this one especially.

That is such bad news about the school. GOing over to find out more.

Duyvken said...

So lovely! And all your stripey shirts are divine, do you make them too? I hope they have a good outcome for the Steiner stream.

backlanenotebook said...

What an amazing piece of knitting and such a lovely colour.
So sorry to hear about the school.

Serena said...

I know you mentioned frogging something recently, but it does seem like whatever you put your hands to knit turns out wonderfully beautiful. I always love your creations!

Annie said...

Gorgeous shawl, as ever. And sad news for the Steiner kids. But you have Steiner education in mainstream schools where you are? Here it is mostly a very exclusive and costly option.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The shawl is perfect .... I don't know how you can bear to part with it !!
I'm sorry to hear about your boys' old school . We're hearing more and more roars from the jungle here , too . It seems so stupid and shortsighted to cut education programmes that work and that make children happier and better , more rounded people .
Good Luck!

Monica said...

I'm just amazed at all the beautiful shawls you have knit!

Love their size...

beautiful, all of them.

zigozagocraft said...

A beautiful shawl and what a gorgeous birthday present. Love your blog. And on another note, I feel very sad about the Footscray Steiner stream. We are at the Castlemaine School and I do hope that the Rally raised some awareness.
Alex