Monday, December 29, 2008

Recipients and Mailing Dates for 2009

I will be sending preemie items made for Doernbecher Children's Hospital in June and to the Madigan Army Medical Center in December. I'll be mailing knitted wool hats and mittens (and perhaps socks)to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at the end of February and again in September. I will be knitting six-inch squares to be made into lap blankets, also for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I will be knitting these of wool and mailing them in batches of 36, along with a bit of money to help with mailing costs.

Here is the information for making the squares:

The Pine Ridge Reservation is the poorest spot in the USA. The average life expectancy for residents is only 47 for males and early 50s for women. The unemployment rate is 90% and the teen suicide rate is four times the national average. Basics such as running water, heat and food are scarce for many residents let alone jobs and health care. These challenges are particularly difficult to deal with given the geographical isolation of the Rez and the incredibly harsh climate.

We accept blanket squares of all sizes and fibers. No square goes unloved or unused. The squares are sent to Pam, a Lakota woman and seamer-extraordinaire, in Louisiana.
After seaming, she sends the finished afghans to Pine Ridge Reservation social service agencies or individual families who request them.

This group is a “sister” group to Pam’s Yahoo group which she created five years ago. You can visit and/or join that group at:

Please send your squares to:

AS4PRR - Pam Wingard
1756 Starboard Drive
Apt #2
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Year

I've been mulling over whether or not to make any New Year resolutions or goals for my knitting. I have a tendency to be overly-ambitious and then compulsive. I knit to relax and enjoy the process and if I start making deadlines for myself I ruin it all.

My resolution, then, will be not to make a resolution. I won't require myself to knit a certain number of items in a a certain amount of time or spend a minimum amount of time knitting every day. I'll just knit.

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit, either. When I say properly practiced, I mean executed in a relaxed manner, without anxiety, strain, or tension, but with confidence, inventiveness, pleasure, and ultimate pride. ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman

Saturday, December 27, 2008


I am finishing up as many of the projects I began but didn't finish this past year that I can in the next few days--socks, hats, mittens, baby sweaters--and on December 31st mail all the preemie items to DeWitt Army Community Hospital and all the children and adult ones to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

I want to begin 2009 fresh with new projects, new recipients, and maybe even some goals for the year.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Two More Preemie Hats

Now that I am finished with library school and things are beginning to quiet down a bit (well, except for the holidays), I hope to begin knitting more of these little hats. I also hope to knit booties and little sweaters as well as mittens and socks.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pumpkin Hat and Booties Set

Here is a little set for Sarah's Preemie Knit-a-thon.

Bereavement Set

This is a very small bereavement set I'd begun a while ago and never finished. I've made several of these sets. They are difficult, emotionally, to make so I don't make many. The pattern for the gown can be found here, the bonnet here, and the booties pattern is here.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

New Books

I have hold requests at my library for these newly published books.

Cute Knits for Baby Feet: Adorable Projects for Newborns to 4 Year Olds by Sue Whiting has 30 really cute patterns. The other book is Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads by Amanda Keeys. While these patterns were written for newborn and older babies, I'm certain there will be some patters I can adapt.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Preemie Knit-A-Thon

I have again signed up for the Preemie-Knit-Athon this year, but as I was one of the lucky winners last year I have asked not to be entered for prizes. I am hoping this will jump start my knitting again. The contest runs from September 29th to November 30th, so there's plenty of time if you're interested in signing up.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mulit-colored striped hat with curly-cue toppers

The directions for the curly-cue toppers can be found here.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Three Little Hats

Here is a photo of three little hats I knit this week-end.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Girly-Girl Pink Baby Socks

I'm now working on a white pair of baby socks. I've just finished turning the heel on the first one.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Baby Socks

I've begun a new knitting project--knitting baby socks from various pastel yarns, with each pair a different color and using a different stitch pattern. The template for my basic sock can be found here.

Debbie Bliss, Baby Cashmerino, Color 202, Baby Blue
Size 1 dp needles

I modified the pattern for this pair as follows:
K1b,P1 for 12 rounds of ribbing
Pattern stitch: Baby cable rib/11 cables

I'm thinking of knitting 12 pairs of these little socks, in different colors with different patterns. I've finished one sock in Baby Cashmerino, Color 601, Light Pink using the girly-girl lace pattern.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Hat for Chau's Little One

I knit this sweet hat in newborn size as a gift for my classmate, Chau, who's having a baby boy in May.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Child's Hat in Wool (WIP)

Here is a photo of the very plain child's hat I'm knitting in wool. This is for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Year and New Goals

Yes, I know we are well into the new year and I haven't updated my blog in several months. I did mail in all the hats I'd knitted, but then the holidays came followed by the beginning of a very hectic school semester and working part-time and then I came down with that horrible sinus/cough/throat thing that everyone else seems to be suffering with as well. I've only managed to finish two baby hats which will be my start for a donation to DeWitt Army Community Hospital in June.

Now it's time to start over with more realistic goals. I have one sock almost finished and I've begun two children's hats in wool. I'll try to finish one hat --it's a very simple stockinette one--by the end of the month and get a photo up. That sounds like a reasonable goal to me. Well, we'll see.