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Project of the Week

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This week I have been busy working on getting a Christmas gift finished up for a friend of mine. I have been wanting to get the entire gift (which has two parts to it) done before I head out of town for my cousin’s wedding in two weeks. Why is it such a big deal to have this done by early October, it is in part because I would like to take what is left of the one pound skein of yarn with me on the trip, rather than several smaller skeins and little balls. I am trying to think about packing as light as possible.

Like I have mentioned in a previous post, I have a bunch of partial skeins of yarn, and small balls of yarn that I am looking forward to using to make hats for children in India. I have set a goal for myself that I would like to complete before there is a request for hats again, and I am challenging myself to reach it. I have been trying to keep myself busy, beings that I have been without a consistant job for the duration of the past 3.5 years. Knitting to help children in need has become my job.


Future Aspirations

What I don’t often talk about with anyone outside of my close group of friends is that I want to work with knitting/crochet groups either in an geographical area, or at a retreat center through crafting conferences, talking to them about the projects that are out there, to benefit children in need, and support our troops, and makes sure they have the patterns, and know where to send their completed projects, and so on and so forth. I love knitting, and using that knowledge, to help children in need, especially here in our own country, as well as supporting our troops.

This was part of my post for today on My Everyday Life blog, and I know I am probably idealistic, and unrealistic, but after spending the last three and a half years being realistic, and looking a job, any job really, I am putting it out there, of what I am compelled to believe, is what I am called to do with my life.

I know what poverty feels like, and it is not something I would wish on anyone, let alone innocent children, most of whom will grow up and raise their children in the poverty they knew as a child. It is a vicious cycle, made worse in recent years. I have no idea what kind of difference these sweaters and hats make, other than keeping children warm, but that is enough for me, to keep working on these projects and sharing them with others.

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Putting some Thought in to the Future

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I know that as of late, all I have been writing about here, have been my Projects of the Week. It is in part because I have been busy working on gifts for friends.

Over the last few years, with the tough economy I have thrown myself into knitting for children in need. It has given me something to do besides just sitting at home being bored.

I have often thought about how I could take this to the next level, and reach more people, and what I am going to do with my life, career wise. I have been told that I should sell what I make, and go into business for myself, but there is one huge problem with that for me anyway. I am not business savvy, and to do everything the legal way, gives me one huge head ache, and almost makes me cry. Not because I can’t do it, but it would take away from the whole point of me knitting, and selling it for a profit. Knitting, for me is a creative outlet, and when you tie it to business, legalities of owning a business and taxes, you can forget about it, its not me.

If you are wondering what I, ideally would like to do, I would like to work with people, and tell them about the knitting, sewing and crocheting projects that are out there that help children in need, here at home and around the world. I know that the few people who have told me that I have inspired through this blog, my facebook page and through posting on ravelry, that there are people out there, who would get involved if they had a pattern, and where to send the finished projects, while others have donated yarn, and financially to help these causes, and that helps those of us who craft these projects, to keep on making more sweaters, hats, blankets, and other projects for children, those who are sick, and the elderly.

From the standpoint of a knitter, having yarn donated to be used for these projects, has really helped out. I would love to be able to partner with a group, to help continue making it possible for the individuals and groups to be able to continue to craft projects, and make it possible to reduce the cost to them to be able to do something good for others. The cost of yarn itself, is prohibitive for many to get involved, even if they know how to knit or crochet. There are many who know how, and would love to get involved but could not afford to buy yarn to keep up knitting projects, so they don’t bother.

I have often thought about what it would be like to work with knitting/crocheting groups as part of a non profit organization, where we work to get affordable (or even free to the knitters/crocheters) yarn for the group members to use, and then send them off to the appropriate charitable organizations (like world vision) or working at a retreat center, and working with groups that come in, and hosting knitting/crocheting conferences and such.  So it is so just in idea phase, and I have no idea how that would work out or come to fruition, but it has been on my mind, and on my heart lately, and I thought that I would share it with you all.

I am definitely a crafting, hands on type of person, and being able to share what I do well with others, and learn from their knowledge and experience is important, to me anyway.


Project of the Week

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This Week’s Project of the Week is a child size hat, that I began yesterday and finished up today. I have been working on using up what is left of the baby yarn that I have left over from making the baby blanket for the friend of mine who has a foster baby. The variegated yarn I have been using is Bernat Baby Sport yarn in Baby Print, for this hat I paired it with Lion Brand Baby Soft yarn in Pastel Pink. The hats that I have been knitting up, I am putting aside until there is another request from the missionary work taking place in India through the church I attend, for more hats for children in rural villages there. These hats are quick and easy projects that do not take very long to knit up, which is nice. I love having small projects to intersperse with the larger projects I work on. 

This afternoon and evening I have also been working on a Christmas gift for a friend of mine, which I will discuss more in depth in a later Project of the Week Post.

As for the friends with the foster baby, they still have her, and will have her for at least two more months. I am hoping and praying that she gets to stay with them a whole lot longer, while I know that in all likelihood that they won’t get to keep her, and she becomes theirs legally is slim, I would love to see that happen. They already have two adopted sons whom they adopted out of foster care, and their sons are adjusting well, and doing great over all. 


Working on Gifts for Friends

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I am back with another project of the week post, for this week is going to be a bit vague, beings as I have been working on finishing up a baby gift for a friend. 

I have also been working on an infinity scarf that I mentioned a post or two ago. Over the weekend, I restarted it several times, the first time being because I didn’t like how wide it was, and I had messed up on the pattern, so that was start over number one. I started it over several more times because I was trying different patterns, but eventually came back to the moss stitch pattern, and just making it narrower. 

I have also been going through ideas, for what I am going to be making a friend of mine for Christmas. I have the yarn, and the basic idea of what I am going to make, I am just debating on the patterns to use for her gift. 


16th Sweater of the Year

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Today is Saturday, and I finished up my size two sweater today, which I had talked about in this week’s Project of the Week Post. The sweater was made using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Bon Bon Print and two rows worth of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Shocking Pink. Last year I had knit up fifteen sweaters, as I had completed my fifteenth sweater by the end of August, I wanted to make at least one more to set a new yearly record for how many sweaters I had knit up in one year. I keep challenging myself to do more and more, and see what I am fully capable of.

Now that I have completed this sweater, I am taking a break from sweaters to work on some personal projects and Christmas Gifts, since it is now September.

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Working on my 16th Sweater

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This week’s Project of the Week is a size 2 sweater using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Bon Bon Print, while also using two rows of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Shocking Pink.

I started this project on Friday, after I completed the Size 6 sweater (blog post is here). As of writing this post I have finished the sleeves on the front, and will be starting the sleeves on the back here shortly.

I know that I used Shocking Pink and Bon Bon Print in the most recent size 10 sweater I knit up back in July. I am using some of what I had left (3 full skeins of bon bon print and a partial skein of shocking pink) for this sweater, and the rest I am planning on using for hats.

This sweater will easily be done by the end of the week, which will be nice, and then I can move on to other projects I have going, and would like to get done before the end of the year.

Stay tuned for the Completed Project Post which will be coming to you in a few days 🙂


End of Summer Projects Update

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Happy Labor Day! The Calender says that Fall doesn’t start for another 20 days, but Nature is saying otherwise. I have noticed that fall is starting to set in around here, slowly and surely. I love it. 

Beings that it is now the beginning of the last 1/3 of the year, and nearing a new season, it is time for an update of what I have knit this year for children in need. 

I am currently working on my 16th sweater of the year, which is more than I have knit up in any other year alone, and almost as many as I knit up between 2000 and 2010. I have also knit up 34 hats for children in need so far this year, with plans to make more once I complete my sweater. I’m not saying all this just to brag, but rather try to impart that one person can have an impact, however big or small. 

I have also made a few projects for myself as well as for my friends. I also have two (not counting my purse project) in the works. One is a project for a friend, which is a surprise, the other is for myself. I am making an infinity scarf for myself. 

Beings that Fall is right around the corner, and I have well exceeded my goals for projects to help kids in need, I will be taking some time after I finish my current sweater to devote to working on a few projects for the upcoming cooler seasons for myself, as well as some more hats for the kids in India. The Lady I know who is the main contact between India and the head quarters church, has not asked for more hats, but I know there will be a point in time where there will be another request or a need that arises. When that happens I will already have some hats made, and help boost the number of hats that the group of knitters from church is able to send. So, I am essentially stock piling hats for the next time we are asked to knit up hats. The thing I like about hats is that they are small, easy, and quick to knit up. Don’t get me wrong, I like knitting sweaters, but there is something about knitting up a hat in a day. 

Thanks again for reading my updates, and I’ll be back on Wednesday for Project of the Week.