Tuesday morning was time to meet up with the Sew Wot ladies again. Sandra was our hostess, and it was so nice to see Mary again, who hadn't been able to attend for a while. It was rather a chilly morning and Sandra soon had the fire lit and crackling away to keep the room warm.
Carol is very prolific at making knitted toys and had Tommy Tornado to show us – Tommy was born after a very scary incident which took place in our hometown early on Friday morning. Believe it or not, Levin was hit by a small tornado at 6.30am, it may have been small but it certainly packed a punch, leaving a number of houses without their roof, uprooting trees, tearing down fences, and tossing garden sheds and trampolines all over the place. Power was lost for most of the day, trees were down, roads were closed, it must have been a terrible day. Sadly Carol’s home was damaged with smashed windows and missing roof tiles - what a terrible thing to go through. After a day from hell, Carol decided what she needed to do was to start knitting to calm her nerves, and Tommy Tornado came into being.
Carol and Tommy Tornado
Robin and I were away in the caravan, having travelled to Wanganui the previous day so were not home when all this drama was unfolding. The wind gusts rocked us to sleep on Thursday night and the sound of shunting engines woke us in the morning. What shocking news we found out on Friday morning. A tornado had wrought a trail of damage through our hometown of Levin at 6.30am. Some streets were closed, and several schools were also closed while they were assessed for damage. A quick call to friends in our village reassured us that our home and arch-gola had not sustained any damage, but scarily the tornado had come within a few streets of us. Tornados seldom happen here in New Zealand, so it was a complete shock to us all.
Meanwhile, back to our Sew Wot’s morning. There was more Show and Tell to admire. Helen had finished her very pretty pink and grey heart quilt with her fabulous free motion quilting.
Helen’s Heart quilt.
She had been busy knitting too, and brought along a man's sized pair of socks she had made for her hubby.
Our hostess Sandra had been working on a Mystery Quilt organised by the Kiwi Quilters internet group, and had stitched four rows so far.
Sandra's row by row quilt
And I had taken along some charity sewing for Foster Hope children, four draw string bags, and three small aprons for little girls. It’s good to keep using up those pieces of fabric!
Donations for children in Foster care
There was plenty of hand work going on during the morning, with most of the ladies knitting. Heather, Carol, Mary, Sandra and new comer Jude were busy clicking away on their knitting needles. Helen was working on aa tapestry which had been started by her grandson, but now he had lost interest, Nana decided to take it over and get it finished. And I was doing a stitchery on the front of an apron for myself. As usual, a delicious morning tea was served, always a very welcome part of our get-togethers. Many thanks Sandra, for a lovey morning.