Baby Items, Hats, Knitting, Knitting for Kids in Need

Hats for Infants in Nepal and Uganda

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One of my Facebook Page followers shared with me a ravelry group she has. She collects infants hats that will then be sent on to University of British Columbia students who go to Nepal and Uganda, and they take the hats collected to infants in need.

I will be sharing the link below, and if any of you can help out with this cause, that would be fantastic and much appreciated.

When I find out about other people who are doing things that benefit children in need, I like to share them, and pass along the information.

Click  Here to go to the hats for infants ravelry group.

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Must have More Yarn

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While I was out today, I stopped at the Joann Fabric and Craft Superstore near my house. I was looking for thread, for a project I am working on. The thread I had was not a good quality, so I went to look for a better quality thread to use for the quilt I am working on. While I was there, I had also picked up a couple more colors of thread that would go with what I am working on, and wouldn’t just be black or white.

In addition to the thread I picked up 5 skeins of Red Heart Yarn for sweaters, and two skeins of kitchen cotton for dishcloths. The red heart yarn I am going to be using for sweaters, and the dishcloths are for me.

I have been off of work most of the week, and I am starting to go a bit stir crazy, and there were a few items I needed to pick up at the grocery store, so I went to Joann’s while I was out. I just needed to go somewhere and do something.

Before I start any more sweaters or hats for kids, I am going to finish my mom’s Christmas present which i am still working on, and I have a baby gift for one of my cousins to get knit up, and then sent up to Canada before the end of May. Knowing from past experience it can take a while for packages to reach their destination in Canada, being shipped from the US, so I want to get the baby gift up there before the baby arrives in June.

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Have Yarn, Will Knit Hats!

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This week, I have continued to work on hats for children living in rural India. The hats I was working on over the weekend, I was working on using up the last of the yarn I had used to make a baby blanket for a friend of mine’s foster daughter. What was left of that large 9.8 ounce skein of Bernat Baby Sport Yarn, I had plenty to make the blanket, as well as several hats.

I have also been using what I have left of a skein of Lion Brand pound of love skein of yarn, that I purchased in order to make a Christmas gift for a friend. Since that is done, I am now using what is left of that skein to also make hats.

I have also started in on a skein of Bernat Baby Sport yarn in Candy Print for hats. While I still have plenty of the Lion Brand yarn, I am enjoying having a cute girly yarn to work with to make a lot of child size hats.

This week I have been enjoying being able to work on hats, and having plenty of yarn to choose from to make these hats.

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Projects with a Purpose

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I want to start this evenings post, by asking for pray for a little girl who is battling cancer. You may have heard about her on the news in the last few weeks, with the medical tape sign in the window of her hospital room stating “Send Pizza”. She is back in the hospital again, and she, as well as her family could really use some prayer right now. Here is the link to the Facebook page her family set up and Here is a link to the blog update. I do not know this little girl personally, but her story has melted my heart, and would love nothing more than to see God heal her, and allow her to live a full, productive life.

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I finished up last week’s project of the week sweater, so come Wednesday, It won’t be like “what happened to last weeks project?” kind of a thing. So here it is, Complete, Ready to go ¬†(help) keep a child living in poverty nice and warm, like every child ought to be.

This sweater is a size 8, knit up from a Caron One Pound Skein of yarn in Sunflower, with some Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Shocking Pink in the sleeves.

This sweater is the 14th sweater I have completed so far this year, bringing my total up to 55 since I began. Before the year is out, I would like to knit up at least one more, but I’ll see how it goes. I have a basket full of yarn I would like to use up for hats as well, Lord willing.

I love being able to knit these sweaters, as well as knitting up hats for kids. I love it because, even in some small way, I am able to make a child’s life even a little better. I get that through keeping a blog and Facebook page, I am putting it out there. My driving motive for that, is to highlight a need that is ever present, and one of many ways to help combat that need, that anyone could get involved with. I am not trying to “brag” about what I personally am doing, but rather hopefully inform others of the need, and maybe inspire someone else to get involved in whatever way they are able to.

Lately, the kids here in the States who are living in poverty, have really been weighing on my heart. There are those whose families have been, and still are affected by the recent economic recession that many are still feeling the effects of (myself included). There are also those who are being raised in low income regions that have been high poverty regions for decades if not a century or more, and it is a vicious cycle that many of kids can’t seem to break, and don’t have much of a hope for the future. While times have been difficult, for myself, I have always had what I needed.

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Project of the Week: July 24th 2013

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Today on Project of the Week the project I am working on is a Child Size Hat for a child in India.

Back in 2007, a group of ladies from the church I go to began knitting hats for those in India who had heard the message that my church preaches, and were in the process of becoming a part of our church, and setting up a branch in the area they were in (and all that entails with their own government, and then meeting the requirements set by the church in order to be affiliated with said church). Since that first shipment of hats, there has been at least two more shipments of hats made, one of which I was involved with making hats for. Since the last shipment was made around Thanksgiving time here in the States (late November), I have made some hats in between making sweaters, with yarn left over from the sweater or that I have had in my basket of yarn for hats that I have stuck yarn that is not enough to make a sweater out of, or is not the right weight of yarn for a sweater, so that I can get it used up into something productive to help a child in need. Since the last shipment of hats, I have just been putting the hats that I have knit up aside, and saving them for the next time there is a request/need for hats in India. I do not know when that will be, but I want to have as many as I possibly can knit up and ready to go, so that I can help keep more heads warm, and help meet a goal for hats if there is one.

This morning I finished up a child size hat, using Red Heart Yarn in Shocking Pink and Bon Bon Print, and the rest of the day I have spend knitting one up using what is left of the second skein of Caron One Pound yarn in Permission, and I will be putting Red Heart yarn in Aruba Sea and Real Teal with it for the second hat I have been working on today. The Permission, Aruba Sea and Real Teal I am using for my hat, are all balls that were left over from sweaters.

What I like about Red Heart yarn:

  • Great Variety of Colors
  • 100% Acrylic – it is sturdy and holds up well for knitting projects for kids
  • Its made in the USA
  • It is affordable, which is awesome
  • I have not had much of a problem with the fibers splitting on me
  • Even though it is acrylic, it knits up to be a warm garment, which is important
  • Consistent colors, can buy yarn at two different points in time, months or even years apart and they match.

What I don’t like about Red Heart yarn:

  • It is hit and miss for getting a “soft” skein of yarn

What I like about Caron One Pound skeins of yarn:

  • Made in the USA
  • Thicker and Soft
  • Doesn’t split very easy
  • 100% Acrylic so it is durable
  • The fact that you do get 16 onces in one skein, so depending on what kind of project I am working on, I would be able to make an entire larger project out of one skein of yarn

What I don’t Like about Caron One Pound skeins of yarn

  • Limited Color Selection
  • Not as affordable as buying the solid colors of Red Heart, where I normally buy my yarn I can get three skeins of the seven ounce solid Red Heart Yarn for the same price as a one pound skein of this yarn.