Knitted Treasures in the Post and Home Maintenance

This is the wooden floor in our school room, it has been perfect up until now and then, last week, it collapsed along the one side. Sadly the reason for this catastrophe is damp. Our builder friends came round to have a look and we all just stood looking at the sagging floor, not knowing how to correct this unbudgeted expense. The options were to remove the entire floor, fill it with concrete and tile or break the floor closest to the wall and attempt to correct where it had given way.

Today was a new day and thankfully they were able to break through the wall underneath the floor from outside, remove the cross beams that were rotting and replace them with new, damp sealed beams. You have no idea how relieved we are. What we thought was going to be a massive undertaking at a huge expense is going to be a fairly simple procedure to remedy! Our builder friends will return tomorrow to replace the damaged pieces and close all the gaps. (Phew, now I can breathe….)

We have had to pack all our school books into spare cupboards to protect them from dust and our dining room has been converted into a learning room for the next 2 weeks while the floor is repaired.

On a more exciting note, I visited the post office today, when I opened my mail box it was choc a block full of post from all over. These are parcels from the amazing people who have knitted squares for the Recovery Blcnket that we will be giving to my mom. I just sat in the car and cried as I opened each envelope, thinking how kind people are in this blogging and Ravelry world. To make a knitted treasure for someone they have never even met and post it off with such love in their hearts. Oh my goodness, I am so humbled by these very generous acts of kindness, I thank you with all my heart:)

Thank you Donna for your beautiful felt piece, we are going to place it in the centre of the blanket and build around it with the knitted squares, it is so beautiful! Unfortunatley this lovely beige square didn’t have a name on the envelope so I don’t know who to thank, if it is yours, please let me know:)  The two squares at the top of the photo are from Christine (Australia), such lovely soft wool indeed, the lovely bright green and turquoise squares are from Kate, thank you so much for your beautiful note:)

The gorgeous pearl square at the bottom left is from Ginny (London), the blue and grey squares in the middle at the bottom are from Carol (South Africa), such soft wool, the mauve square to the right of those is from Clare (South Africa). The wonderful heart and beige squares at the top right are from Nel (Netherlands) next to those on the left on the orange paper are lovely fueshia coloured squares from Camille (USA) (the tea is amazing, thank you) and the squares on the bottom right are from Jeanette (Tasmania) How can I say thank you enough to all of you, my heart is so grateful and happy so Thank You all so much!!!


What a wonderful day, the wooden floor is looking a lot more healthy and my heart is filled with gratitude for all the people who sent hand written letters, gifts and these beautiful squares. I know a few more are still on their way and I will post them here when they arrive.

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10 Responses to Knitted Treasures in the Post and Home Maintenance

  1. Natalie September 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    My rectangles will be on the way soon, don’t sew together just yet!!
    Sorry to hear about the floor, at least it isn’t that cold anymore hey, not like when your geyser burst last year!

    • Linda September 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      Thank you so much Nat, that is very kind of you:)
      I know the geyser was much worse
      xo xo

  2. Jeanette September 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Hello Linda, I am so glad the parcel arrived from down under and I hope it all comes together – the colours of squares you have received are beautiful. The felted piece is just gorgeous and will look stunning on the blanket. Have a great (damp free) weekend.

  3. Camille Lane September 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Yay! So glad it got to you safely —loved seeing this blog post today–not surprised at how many people’s lives you have touched. Love you, you are a beautiful soul!

  4. lori September 28, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    linda, i’m so sorry to hear about your floor, but relieved it’s a relatively simple solution. we just learned our clothes dryer must be replaced and we just finished redoing our second bathroom for the kids homecoming last week ( a necessity! but not anticipated!)
    your blanket to your mother is going to be so special!

  5. hawthorn September 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    How wonderful. (Blanket squares not floor boards) I’ve been out of blogland for a while and had not read about your mom and your recovery blanket until today, what a wonderful idea. x

  6. Emma September 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    All those lovely squares! The little dove is going to looks perfect in the middle of all that knitted love. Have you started sewing them together yet? that’s going to be a big job!

    • Linda September 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

      Hi Emma,
      Not yet, we will start soon though:)

  7. Diana September 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    It’s God’s blessing to have such wonderful and loving friends.
    God bless you all.

  8. K October 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I promise I will sent tomorrow.

    face on the floor

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