Star Wars Graffiti Knitting

Star Wars Graffiti Tag

Today I found the perfect place for the knitted graffiti tag I made months ago. I used the chart from this Star Wars Scarf {pattern} and plain old 8ply acrylic yarn.

We went bushwalking again after several missed weeks due to rain and extreme hot weather. It was 40 degrees celcius last Sunday! Too hot to do anything.

But today, we started walking just after 8am while the weather was still mild and it was one of the best bushwalks I’ve been on. A challenging 5km which we completed in just under 3 hours. Rainforest, creeks, caves, suspended bridge and undulating, rocky terrain. This trail earned my knitted tag.

Graffiti Knitting 2

"May the force be wih you"

However, I left the national park with more than a sense of accomplishment. Little did I know that there was something following me as we headed straight for an early lunch and shopping at Officeworks.

I was trying out an office chair, still in my bushwalking clothes, and as I stood up, I heard and felt a pop underfoot. “Oh my god! What was that!?” I yelled out. I looked down and saw a thing, a dead flattened thing, with blood squirting out of it!

“It’s a leech!” Richard yelled while I stood there freaking out as the whole thing slowly sunk in. I scrapped blood off my shoes all over the polished shop floor and ran outside.

Richard lifted my long pants up and there it was. Blood oozing from my right ankle, my sock and shoe soaking with blood. I wanted to throw up. This leech was on me for at least an hour and all through lunch at McDonald’s!

We drove straight home and I stripped off all my clothes. I wanted to be sure there wasn’t another leech on my body. I had a really good shower, partially hoping to wash away the image of the squashed leech from my mind.

A leech's present to me

You would not believe this but it’s been over five hours and I’m still bleeding! I’ve been resting for so many hours and changed the dressing three times now. I’m not moving off the sofa for the rest of the night. I guess I just have to sit here and knit. 😉

Honey, could you make me a cup of tea please?

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My first graffiti knitting


15 Responses to “Star Wars Graffiti Knitting”

  1. Stitchpunk says:

    Omg you poor thing! That’s horrible. (it doesn’t help that I’m watching Dawn of the Dead on tv right now either!)
    .-= Stitchpunk´s last blog ..The old and the new =-.

  2. Mette says:

    Oh… how awkward. Make sure that you´ll get a lot of care 😉
    .-= Mette´s last blog ..More studies… =-.

  3. Sarah says:

    Oh my! How awful… brings to mind The African Queen with Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart… Yikes!

    But the graffiti is cool!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Knit and Crochet Graffiti!! =-.

  4. Sara says:

    ive been thinking of doing some crochet or knit bombing in the area here 🙂 love yours!

    i hope you heal quickly! poor dear ♥
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..delayed goodness =-.

  5. Kim says:

    OMG! Heard of leeches but never imagined one on you. Hope you’ll be okay soon. Do take care!

  6. Fan says:

    All great deeds must have consequences.

  7. Julie says:

    oh wow, that leech incident is so scary!! the tree tag is really awesome, though.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Knitting Comic! =-.

  8. Sandra says:

    This looks nasty. Take care of yourself well dear. You know those plaster liquid in a can. Spray on a wound and it seals …. would that help?
    Get well soon.

  9. Steph says:

    I love your graffiti knit! If I came across that on a bushwalk it’d be sure to spur me on. Leeches are gross. You poor thing!

  10. Tere says:

    you are so entertaining, thanks much for sharing your adventure… glad to know you are doing okay too.. what did you end up knitting?

    all the best,
    tere in the states –
    .-= Tere´s last blog ..Donating to Kate’s Crazy Cool Christmas Toy Gift Drive for Kids with Cancer and brain tumors =-.

  11. aeonie says:

    Take some salt on your next hike. Check yourself for leeches and if you find one sprinkle it with salt – the leech will fall away. Much better than waiting for the leech to have his fill and drop off when he is fat with your blood!!
    .-= aeonie´s last blog ..Hiking the hills =-.

  12. aeonie says:

    Disregard that last bit of advice, I just found this on Wikipedia ….

    A common but medically inadvisable technique to remove a leech is to apply a flame, salt or pull it off. These cause the leech to regurgitate its stomach contents into the wound and quickly detach. However, the vomit may carry disease, and thus increase the risk of infection. (I haven’t had any problems using this method but the idea of a leeches vomit on my skin is rather off putting!!)

    Here is what you are meant to do ….

    One recommended method of removal is using a fingernail to break the seal of the oral sucker at the anterior end (the smaller, thinner end) of the leech, repeating with the posterior end, then flicking the leech away. As the fingernail is pushed along the person’s skin against the leech, the suction of sucker’s seal is broken, at which point the leech should detach its jaws.

    Either way ….. Ewwwww!!!
    .-= aeonie´s last blog ..Hiking the hills =-.

  13. sukigirl says:

    I can’t get over the beauty of your area, you are so lucky!
    I love your new tag, have you gone back to see if your first tag is there? I’ve been itching to do another one especially since I picked up a great book on it with some great inspirational pics and patterns.

    Warning..a graphic leech story follows…
    One of my grandmother’s job as a student nurse was to pick up the leeches with tweezers and place them on patients wounds. They sucked off the infectious blood and when they were full they would drop off. Then the leeches would be put aside until they were hungry again.
    It worked incredibly well and got rid of a lot of infections.
    This was before all the antibiotics that we have now.
    I remember her telling me that she had to be very discreet when she did it so that the patients didn’t freak out (she also covered them with gauze).
    I guess it’s an older version of how doctors hold the needles out of sight before they puncture you.

    Oh and if you sprinkle salt on a leech it will drop off.
    .-= sukigirl´s last blog ..I’m still working on Hobbes =-.

  14. sukigirl says:

    Oops, I just saw from the comment above that salt might not be the best way…that is what I used to use.
    .-= sukigirl´s last blog ..I’m still working on Hobbes =-.

  15. sukigirl says:

    Hi Salihan,
    You asked me about the title of the book that I mentioned.
    It’s called:
    Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti.

    I bought it thinking that it would simply include inspirational photos but it also highlights some of the top artists that are involved in this artform, a history of how many got started and also some really great patterns.
    It would make a great Christmas gift.
    cheers suki
    .-= sukigirl´s last blog ..I’m still working on Hobbes =-.

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