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December 4, 2010

From Susan — Wrap it Up

Filed under: Wrapped in Care,Wrapped in Care — lv2knit @ 9:32 pm

In June of 2008, I posted about a program at the hospital where I work called the Wrapped in Care Program.  Women who suffer infant loss are given a handmade shawl as a way of saying we care, we are thinking  about you, you are not alone.  Many of you generously knitted and crocheted shawls for the program and for that I am so grateful.  I received a call this week from Dee Moore saying that they are running low on shawls.

I know many of you are crazy busy with the holidays — either doing your last minute knitting or shopping or getting ready for all of the festivities.  These shawls do not need to be done right away!  They can be knit any time throughout the upcoming year.   In fact, it would be preferred that they kind of trickle in as space is at a premium.   If you find yourself looking for a project that would find a good home, please consider this one.

Please read this brochure for details and mailing information.  THANK YOU!!

October 29, 2010

From Susan — My Knitting Peeps Made Me Do It!

Filed under: EZ Green Sweater,Wrapped in Care — lv2knit @ 2:51 pm

Beep…Beep…Beep!!  That’s the sound of my EZ Green Sweater backing up!  My peeps decided I needed to start my sleeve over, and when the peeps speak, I listen. 

I had a nagging doubt about my sleeve.  I did not cut in as drastically as the original design, so the shoulder extension on the upper edge of my sleeve had to start much sooner than the original — the red line below shows where my shoulder was compared to the original.  I was not terribly concerned, but concerned enough to ask my peeps about it at knitting last night.  I did a striptease (no music!) and tried on the EZ.   They said to rip it.  No questions.  Just rip it. 

Picture from Original Pattern

Okay.  So I got home last night and ripped it out, started over, moved the pick up line about 6 sts east.  Badda boom.  Badda bing.  I am certain that the sleeve will now be tres dolmany but I am okay with that.  Progress shots to follow.

On occasion, a few of the peeps and I decide to also get together informally at another watering hole…everywhere we go, we pretty much take over the place!

Lest you believe that we do nothing but knit for ourselves, here is proof that we also give, give, give in the form of knitting!

Winters can get awfully cold in Minnesota and everyone deserves a hat or scarf made with loving care.  We tried to use nice yarns hat we ourselves would wear and make a selection of many styles to fit a variety of ages.  I hope the recipients know that we were knitting especially for them!

September 25, 2009

From Susan — 50 Hats

Filed under: Wrapped in Care — lv2knit @ 10:08 am

Yogurtandgranola on Ravelry has offered up this challenge:

“My friend and I are collecting hats for the Simpson Housing Shelter to give as gifts on Christmas Eve. Details below, ALL knitters are welcome and encouraged to participate. Please contact me [Yogurtandgranola ] with questions. Thank you!

The Details:

  1. Knit a hat for a man. Any weight yarn. Any pattern. Knit something that you would feel comfortable giving to a man in your life whom you love (husband/partner, dad, brother, friend, etc.). Complicated or simple, it’s totally up to you.
  2. Mail your hat to: 50 Hats for Christmas First Universalist Church ATTN: Catherine/UU Stitchers 3400 Dupont Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408 USA

Deadline: Saturday, December 5, 2009

Remember: Minnesota winters are COLD (how could we forget?). Being homeless in this state is a tragic thing (being homeless anywhere is a tragic thing) so having a warm hat to pull over your ears will go a long way towards keeping a person’s spirits up and feet moving in the right direction. To that end, wool yarn is definitely recommended.

The goal is 50 hats for Christmas. Think we can do it?

Thanks, Knitters. I knew you’d agree. 🙂

(And when we surpass 50–since we’re well on our way–we’ll partner with other shelters to share the love. So just keep ‘em coming!)”

Can we help them out?  50 hats in ~two months seems more than doable.  Let’s start knitting!!  Keep it simple and warm! 

If you have a great hat pattern, please share the link.

Thanks, all!

PS: Check out the view from our window this morning:

Fox 003 by you.

Little Foxy here is very interested in the tree full of sparrows!

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