I am much more upbeat today, after all it is Friday and I get to see my husband in 2 more day-- woohoo!! I am sitting here watching a show about felting on DIY and soon Knitty Gritty comes on and they are both great for relaxing.
I found some links to add to this blog-- hopefully I can figure out how to do that again. I am still learning. Meanwhile, here they are on this actual message! I know that works. KNITFOROTHERS is the first one I found this morning. Really nice blog and they have a special knit -a-thon basically for 2 weeks around Thanksgiving.
And the MOSSY COTTAGE blog has patterns, and info on the project where people knit for kids in Mongolia. Here is one for a warm, woollen vest for 3-4 year olds There are just so many great charity projects out there and the need never seems to be quenched-- it goes on and on and on-- giving all of us the opportunity to use our talents to help our Heavenly Father's children all over the world.
I have some photos of my dogs to share today, and a couple from Crafting Angels meeting a couple of days ago... enjoy!
They are into wrestling these days now that Cookie is bigger! She has grown so much in one week! Boots has the upper paw here, and Cookie does in the photo below! They are really enjoying each others company now. =)
Here are photos from Crafting Angels this week. We got 80 newborn kits made if you can believe that! And we are planning to make some Christmas ones in November-- reds, whites and greens, for hats, vests, booties, and 32" square blankets, and some blue and white Hanukkah ones too.
And we would LOVE some help from all of you want to help! Just let me know ok?
We need 2 gallon 'ziplock' type bags if you have any to spare. =)
This lady quilting is our wonderful Joye H-- who is my right hand woman for CA set ups and functioning these days!! In the background you can see some of the afghans Grandma Bingham has recently put together with squares sent by members of my Charity Challenge 2006 group!
The weather has definitely cooled off here in the desert, as we are at 60 F or so in the early AM and only 80 or so later in the day. That might sound outrageous to you, but here it is sweet relief from the 115+ all summer. It's gorgeous.
It does remind me though that the time has come to make knittens and so on for homeless shelters, the reservations, orphanages... I have patterns galore on this page:
Bev's WINTER PATTERNS
Bev's CHILDREN'S PATTERNS
Here is an easy 2 needle mitten pattern that is featured on my site, but sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of so many pages! If you want to make some of those and don't know where to send them, Crafting Angels will get them off to LDS Humanitarian for you.
Mail them to:
(Crafting Angels - mittens)
PO Box 427
Logandale, NV 89021-0427
2 Needle KNIT MITTENS FOR KIDS
(pattern by Bev Qualheim-copyright 1998 -2006) Sizes: Ages 6-8 (9-10) pattern made easier Dec 2005
2 oz 4 ply yarn
2 stitch holders and sewing needle.
Knitting needles size 8
Gauge: 5 sts = 1" 6 rows=1"
CUFF: Cast on 28 sts. Work in ribbing of k1, p1 for 12 (14) rows.
HAND: Row 1: inc 1 st in each of first 2 sts, k across, inc 1 st in each of last 2 sts - 32 sts.
Row 2 and All even rows: Purl
Row 3: K 15, place marker on needle, inc in each of the next 2 sts, place a marker on needle, k 15.
Row 5: K 15, sl marker, inc in next st (increase by knitting into base of stitch), k2, inc in next st, sl marker, k 15. Continue to increase 1 st after first marker and before 2nd marker every k row until there are 12 sts between markers.
Row 12 (14): P 16 (you will have to remove marker for the 16th stitch); sl those stitches to a holder, p 10 (12) (thumb); sl remaining 16 sts to another holder (removing the marker).
THUMB: Work even for 6 (8) rows. K 2 tog across next row. Break yarn; leave end for sewing. Run yarn through remaining sts, draw up tightly and fasten. Sew thumb seam.
TOP: Join yarn at beg of 2nd holder, p to end of row purling right off the holders back onto needles. Work even on 32 sts for 14 (16) rows.
SHAPE TOP: Row 1: (k 2 tog, k2) 8 times. Row 2: Purl Row 3: (k2 tog, k1) 8 times. Row 4: Purl. Row 5: K 2 tog across. Break yarn; run through remaining sts and fasten.
Make a 2nd mitten in the same manner. Sew up seams. Fasten mittens together with a safety pin please.
Well, have a wonderful day and HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE!