Archives for May 4, 2011

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a single photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

Before I talk about my current knit and read, I want to share a couple bits of knitting news:
For some time I have been thinking that with this great community of knitters and crocheters that has grown up surrounding our weekly Yarn Along, that it would be really neat if we could all work together on some sort of simple service project.  Last week I received an email from a woman hoping to collect 400 knitted or crocheted hats for Japan, and after emailing back and forth with her, decided that this just might be the perfect project for us to do together!  Betsy has a son who lives in Japan, and she will be traveling there in August to visit and to deliver all the hats that are collected.  You can read all the details about this project, and get the address to mail the hats to in the Knit for Japan post.  There is also a little button you can grab from either that post or my sidebar if you would like to add it to your own blog and help spread the word about this project.  Thank you so much in advance.  I really hope we can help Betsy reach her goal of 400 hats!
The other fun news is that Elizabeth of Keep on Spinning is teaming up with Elizabeth of In the Heart of My Home to host an Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket Knit Along.  If you would like to join us (I’ve never knit a BSJ-and am really excited about this!) you can link up HERE.  There will be plenty of support and this project is beginner friendly!
Okay, back to my Yarn Along for this week:  Beatrix has been really sad about all my baby knitting lately because she prefers that I knit for her of course.  So, I am knitting a Boheme vest for my Bea in Madelinetosh Vintage yarn (Betty Drapers blue) that actually was intended for the new baby.
I am still reading the same books I have been reading for weeks, but did start a new read aloud called The Easter Cat with the boys this week as it arrived in a lovely box of thrifted books from my sister.  We have enjoyed the other Meindert Dejong books we have read, but a couple of chapters in, I am not sure what I think of this one yet…
Thanks so much for playing along friends!
(**And those of you posting crochet projects, don’t forget to add the word “crochet” next to your name! thanks!)

Below is a linky list if you’d like to add a link to your own Yarn Along photo.
(1) Make sure the link you submit is to the URL of your blog post or your specific Flickr photo and not your main blog URL or Flickr Photostream. Please be sure and link to your current Yarn Along post, and not a Yarn Along post from a previous week.
(2) Include a link back here in your blog post or flickr photo page.
(3) If you have any trouble linking up, just email me and I will help you!

You can also join the Flickr Yarn Along Group to share your knitting and reading photos anytime!

Knit for Japan!

Last week I received an email from a lovely woman named Betsy, sharing with me her goal of collecting four hundred knitted or crocheted hats for Japan by mid August.  I immediately thought of our Yarn Along community and my knitting readers, in hopes that some of you might want to help.
(from left to right:  Betsy, her husband, and her son Alex)

Betsy’s son lives in Aomori Prefecture, one of the earthquake/tsunami stricken areas of Japan.  He has lived in Japan for the past three years, and has spent his summers there teaching English for even longer.  In Betsy’s words, “Alex teaches junior high school. He is fine, but knows people who have lost everything. We have also visited him in Japan and have been to two of the towns that are now virtually gone. The people of those towns were so very friendly and welcoming to us and it breaks my heart to think that a lot of them are now gone forever. My only real skills are knitting and crocheting and while watching the news in the days following the tragedy, I noticed some of the people wearing knitted hats. It gets very, very cold and snowy in that area and a lot of people have lost everything so I thought, “Here’s something tangible that I can do!” Knowing knitters, I thought others might like to help so I’ve put the word out everywhere I know.”

So here’s the deal::

I would love to help Betsy reach her goal of four hundred hats for Japan, wouldn’t you? By September, when Betsy travels to Japan to deliver the hats, the tragedy there will most likely no longer be in the news. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for those who receive our gifts to know that they have not been forgotten? A knitted or crocheted hat is a small gift, but it is a handmade gift, and one that can be filled with love and prayers.  There are no size or pattern requirements. Both adult and children’s sized hats are welcome.

Hats can be mailed to:
G. Sheller
P.O. Box 9114
Fredericksburg, VA 22403
In addition to knitted and crocheted hats: scarves, mittens, and washcloths are welcome as well.I will update my blog periodically with the progress being made and will be sure to share photos.
The deadline is July 15. This will give me plenty of time to tag everything, and mail it to Betsy before she leaves for Japan in September. The hats will be personally distributed in Japan by Betsy and Alex.
I hope so much that many of you will join us!!! Thank you!
Please grab this button and add it to your blog sidebar to help spread the word!

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