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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Christmas Gifts

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I have been making progress on the Christmas gifts I have been knitting. I got my friends gift completely finished. I just need to work on my mom’s gift.

Beings that I am well on my way to completing the Christmas gifts that I am hand making I have started working on more infant hats. I have been making a lot of progress on the yarn I have sitting in my knitting area. Once I get this yarn used up I will post a picture of the hats that I have completed. It has been a while since I have worked on a sweater. I do kind of miss working on sweaters but my attention has been elsewhere for the past few months. I haven’t given up or quit making them though. I plan to return to them once I get Christmas gifts and infant hats done.

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Infant Hats and Christmas Gifts

In between working on the Christmas gifts that I am working on, that are a bit more complex, and require more attention I have also had some infant hats going at the same time. I have plenty of baby yarn left over from other projects that I am wanting to get used up for a good cause, so I have been using the balls I have sitting over here for infant hats. I currently have 10 infant hats complete. I am looking into charities that get the hats to hospitals and birthing centers in the high poverty areas here in the US. One that I know of – Bundles of Joy, is a group that donates their time and hats to infants born in the Pine Ridge Reservation OB Ward. The reservation is located in South Dakota.

The fact that there are areas within the US where unemployment is over 75%, and whole communities live without electricity, indoor plumbing, sewage systems, and telephones. Seeing infants born into this system where the infant mortality rate is around 5 times the national average is heart breaking. That is why I like using the talent I have been given, in knitting to give back to those who are much less fortunate than I am.

Some may ask, why I do it, when these infants will grow up and are roughly 4 times more likely to commit suicide as a teenager, or join a gang, and if they grow into adulthood 3/4 if not more of them will be unemployed for their entire adult lives, and be alcoholics, and if the alcohol doesn’t get them, another health condition related to the alcohol or poor diet will. While this argument is very valid, My answer is yes, that is all true, but there is also that small fraction of a population that will make a better life for themselves. Do you want to deprive those the opportunity to be able to contribute, or make a difference by letting them die as infants do to not being kept warm? That is why I knit for the infants, and I would love to see each of the infants born into poverty receive a handmade blanket and hat, knowing full well that few of them will be able to rise above the generational poverty.

As for the Christmas gifts I am working on, I am making progress on both the falling leaves wrap and the six strand braided cable scarf. The scarf is knitting up faster than the wrap because it is not as intricate of a pattern, so I am able to work on it while watching YouTube videos, or shows on hulu, or working on other things on the computer. The falling leaves wrap requires more focused concentration, and I can only have music playing while working on it. Both of these will be done before Christmas.

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Fall is Coming!

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I know it has been a couple of weeks since my last post, I have been busy. The week right after my last post I was crew leader for Vacation Bible School at church, and this past week I had jury duty for 3 days. 

Now that I have had a few days back into the swing of knitting, and back to my normal life, I have really noticed that Fall is definitely in the air. I started smelling it in the air a couple of weeks ago. Where I live, the transition from summer into fall often starts with a few of the leaves starting to turn colors a little bit, followed by a change in the way the air smells. It is hard to describe unless you have experienced it yourself. Early fall has its own unique smell. 

Since Thursday I have been spending a lot of time working on the size 10 sweater that I have had in the works for a bit. I am working on the back sleeves, and it is nearing completion, which I am excited about. 

After I am done with my sweater, I want to get the poncho I am working on done, and get it linked, washed and dried. I am excited for the prospect of having it done in time for when the weather actually gets cooler so I can actually wear it. I am also planning on spending some time working on infant hats, since I have a lot of three ply baby yarn sitting around. While I don’t know for sure where I will be sending the infant hats, I have an idea of where I would like to send them to be put to use. 

Beings that the weather is starting to cool off, I am so ready to dive into more (and larger) knitting projects.