Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dahling Lil Denim

This is my first " snuggle sac " for baby ever and I did this one on two needles. I also added openings for ribbons at the top and then knit a little hat from soft white fuzzy yarn and put a little denim string bow on so this could be for either a little boy or girl.
This one is very heavy and warm as our winters are cold here in Canada and double worsted was used.

I am in the process of using a brushed chunky on culars for my next one and will share when done.

This will not be kept either, it will be a gift to go in the Christmas box of the church.

Small ones for local neo natal unit.

These little hats were so much fun to do. I did a total of three of them, the next one you will see in the snuggle sac picture.
For the white one I cast one 54 stitches using size 4.5 mm needles and did a 6 row rib. I then added about four to five inches in straight knitting, then decreased to the top and finished.
For the orange one the same, but this is the reverse side as it makes the little pumpkin look more original. I cast on the same number of stitches but after the ribbing I purle every 6th stitch......when I got to the last 6 stitches at the top I changed to green and knit for about 8 rows and then closed this off as the stem. I then cast on three one stitch with green, incread to about 7 stitches, then decreased down to five and cast off all in stocking stitching. Left ends long enough to fast the leaf to the stem and to the hat. I have seen hats like this on the internet and their patterns are written more fully than my version.
Total of 66 hats knit to date in spare time. Goal is 100.

Hats for Nursing home Children

The above crocheted hats are for the children's ward of a local nursing home and I have enjoyed doing these tremendously. Most are adaptions of " free charity patterns on the internet ."

Time does fly.

I remember years ago when Nancy Z of sewing fame did the 5 - 10 - 15 minutes to sew challenge and I kept it up and it amazed me at how much I accomplished,.

While reading Mary Corbett's blog I then took the 15 minutes at a time challenge and it does work. I would not have started the Verendah Views Quilt from Willowberry Designs, not got back at the Walking In A Winter Wonderland quilt from CrabApple Designs and both are moving right along. Stress busters.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Adult hats in progress and some stitching time.

I started and finished six adult comfort hats over the weekend and have decided to make them much longer so that they can be pulled down over the face, and or, turned up as desired. I want this set to go to the shelters so they need to be warm. You can warm you hands in your pocket, but it is hard to keep your head warm

After a few hours of rearranging the sewing room again. I have to have a change so that all that I am working on is laid out close at hand and my most favourite place to create is on the ironing board as I can bring it to my level, stick pins in it, and still iron and design at the same time.

I did take a few minutes and stitched some embroidery for an on line monthly quilt that caught my eye and started on the second block. I changed the colours a bit and wish now that I had of used a heavier count cotton for them, but it is never to late as these are very small designs with a lot of impact..... and the ones that are done can be made into little toss pillows.

I also want to do about a dozen miniature bean toss bags for the nursing home as the larger ones that I made do not always fit in their games. I was asked what sizes I make and I do the six inch finished and this time these ones will finish at two inches square as they are tossed into a game hole.

Well, off to rest and will share some pics tomorrow.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Charity Crochet

Hat from an infamous children's story that I crocheted for a little lad in a nursing home that he can actually wear. He will be so excited that I can hardly wait.A micro-preemie gown that I have crocheted for a local hospital from a pattern on angelcrafts, she is a very talented designer and donates her patterns to a wonderful cause

A collection of fifty plus hats that are going over to the neo natal and neurological as well as chemo ward of our local hospital, the next fifty plus are being readied for local schools and the homeless shelters. Love makes us all have a happy heart. Patterns are designs from basic patterns and a lot of small originals. They range from preemie to adult male and female. I love doing these.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Through the eyes of a child.

While visiting my in-laws at a local nursing home we decided to go out into the beautiful paved stone yard and take advantage of the last of the summer sun and the beautiful new padded resin wicker sets that were displayed everywhere.

We parked the vehicle close by as we had just taken dh's parents out for a drive and then as we started down a paver path I noticed a young male nurse playing hide and seek with a little boy in a wheelchair.

Instead of moving away and just pushing the child he would hide behind a chair and the little boy would wheel in and find him and his eyes, hands and arms became the broadest smile I had ever seen.

I sat and watched as he lovingly removed the little boy from his chair and put him on his lap and began to play games with him. This was very moving as most people do not acknowledge that this is one nursing home that does accept children with challenges.

I sat for as long as I could and then proceeded to walk over to where they were sitting under the large gazebo and chat with the young male nurse. We had a long conversation and I could see that he truly loved his work and the little boy loved him.

I commended him on spending such valuable time with the little boy and he began to tell me how much his little friend could communicate without words and how he loved to be with him. The little boy shyly would snuggle closer to him knowing he was safe.

I told the young male nurse how proud I was of him for taking time to spend with the little boy and explained that I had spent over twenty years in and out of a hospital and knew the lonliness that it could bring and I got to go home after my polio treatments, this little boy did not.

I will never forget the love that shone in both their eyes as I walked away and heard them once again begin their Dr. Seuss tales and gamess.

He brought the little boy over before he left on his walk with him around the nursing home gardens and shared his love of life for both his work and the little boy. The little one was safe as he wrapped his legs tightly around his intern.

We bid them a beautiful day as they had made ours and he proceeded to push the little angel over the bridge and through the flowers. God bless you for making my day.