After seeing Jodie's amazing Mary Jane slippers for her daughter last week, I realised that I had the same pattern book (Cleckheaton Handknits to Wrap and Adorn) Book 956 and would knit some up for Isabelle. These were so quick and easy to make taking just one night to knit up. I used some Dazzle acrylic yarn since I thought the wear and tear on these would be quite a bit. Isabelle has worn them twice already and loves them. I even crocheted the straps and edging and dont think I did too bad for a beginner! Perhaps there is hope for me yet to master that craft.
I have to say thank you too for all your concerns as to our family's safety in the bushfire. We are quite safe where we live although we have had a lot of smoke come our way this afternoon which makes it seem all the more worrying for those actually in the fire affected sites. I have to say that I am so very proud of the Australian spirit and the way everyone has got together and donated so many goods and cash, even worldwide too which I am sure everyone appreciates. It wont bring back the lost loved ones of our communities, but it will help ease the burdens a little bit for now and make people more comfortable. I do hope that in a few months time when the shock actually settles in for many people that there is still ongoing support and help. Lachlan's school had a sausage sizzle fundraiser yesterday and today they took in tinned goods and clothes to be taken over to the help centre. Tomorrow I am donating some clothes and bed linen to the Salvos which I hope will help out. So far I have knitted nearly 2 squares, I know not many for me but Isabelle has had a hard time adjusting to school this week for some reason. It started off on Monday with her crying that she had a tummy ache. I took her to the doctors after another day at home and he said it was stress, but didnt know the cause. I dont either to tell you the truth. Yesterday I had to stay with her in the classroom for nearly 3 hours, and when it came time for me to leave she just grabbed onto me and started screaming. The teachers had to hold her back whilst I left nearly in tears and feeling quite sick. She has never ever behaved like that before and now wont let me out of her site. I couldnt even go to the doctor's office last night without her screaming the house down. I felt so sorry for Paul who explained that he needed a break for a bit after dealing with her tears for an hour. I dont know how he would have coped dealing with it for 3 hours yesterday. Today was a bit better until the class bell went and I walked her into class. She wanted me to stay again but I had to be strong and say I was going. She has such sweet little girls in her class too, one of them rubbing her back and telling her she would look after her. I do hope that she gets through this clingy stage with me and makes lots of friends in her class as last year there were older girls who werent very nice in her class. It would be lovely for her (and me too) if she could settle. If anyone out there has any advice for dealing with things like this I would love to hear it. My doctor did say that sometimes these things happen at any grade but I thought she would be okay now since she is in Grade 2. Okay that is it for now. I am off to go and collect her from school and hopefully she will be happy like yesterday afternoon when I picked her up.