Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Finished! Maybe...

OK, so FINALLY I finished this sweater. And the scarf. No, I didn't get fancy with a pattern or anything special. Just plain old solid blue and white. I thought I would stop there, but I am so anal that I just CAN'T! The pattern had a hat, too, and so I feel compelled to make it. Perhaps the whole Colts outfit can be completed in time, but will it push me back on my Red Scarf project?

I hope not!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Slowly, but surely...

OK, so here is my progress. The top shows my scarf, assembled front/back/neck of sweater, and one sleeve. I need one more sleeve and the hat to complete my Colts ensemble. I must say, I can't wait to finish this first project. In my rush to get started (I am a slow knitter, so deadlines are scary), I chose, ugh, ACRYLIC yarn. I couldn't find the right colors in a hurry without making another trip to another store. So,I made that dreadful decision. I am not enjoying this stuff at all. And I must say that picking up stitches along necklines is not my specialty, and it shows.

My Red Scarf project, however, is soft and YUMMY! It looks much better than that picture looks. But, it's ON THE NEEDLES! Yay!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Oh yeah...

I have finished the scarf for my preseason charity project, as well as having the most of the front and back done,with the shoulder seaming done. I don't have the right size double-points to pick up and do the neck until I grab my trusty A. C. Moore coupon and get some.

But I am working on THAT project!

Pictures later...

I'm Ba-ack...

OK, here it is: I'm using Pure Merino in this lovely shade for my Red Scarf Project donation 2007-8. But I still haven't cast on :-(

It's been a busy week. I was in Atlanta Friday and Saturday, freezing my tush off at the Phillips Arena (Turn up the thermostat, y'all!). But the Women of Faith conference was awesome.

Meet your Teacher Day was today for my very apprehensive kindergartner. Yesterday, I met with my pastor,etc. and became the general editor of our church newsletter. Or I will be, once we have one. Freshman orientation is Friday for my high schooler, and the official first day for the kindergartner. Yesterday was also stressful, and my priorities might be shifting. We'll see what happens to my blog time, knitting time, and "editor" time.

Stay tuned...

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Take five...

I'm going to the Women of Faith conference this weekend with my church's women's ministry, so my computer will be cold and my blog will be "old" for a few days. I'm hoping for a new perspective when I return!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Red Scarf Project 2007-8

You'll notice a button on the right of my posts. It's for the Red Scarf Project, through the Orphan Foundation of America.

We all think of orphans as little kids living in a group home, or on the streets. Maybe you think of Oliver Twist. Fact is, orphans come in all shapes and sizes, ages and races. And finding the Red Scarf Project last year introduced me to a group that I'd never considered. Orphans who were never adopted, who have gone on to college.

Imagine moving in to the dorm. Who helped them? Who went shopping with them to get necessities? Did they get to shop at all?

Imagine that they make the dean's list. Who do they call to celebrate with?

Imagine that their roommate has a devoted and loving mom who sends care packages to them often. How do they feel, knowing that there's no one to send a package to them?

Introducing the Orphan Foundation of America, and the Red Scarf Project. The Orphan Foundation supports these young people in many ways. Their website, www.orphan.org, gives tons of information about how. Ways like mailing care packages during final exams. Providing mentors on-line. Sending hand-made scarves from everyday knitters like you and me, to brighten these kid's day and their wardrobe.

Join me, and everyone at superblog Now Norma Knits at supporting this awesome organization.

After all...

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

This is last year's donation...a cashmere blend bamboo stitch scarf.

Do me a favor: if any of you decide to support this group, could you comment here and let me know?


Football-a-long progress

OK, so here are some pics of my progress in the footballalong charity project, Cubs for Kids. I used a pattern set from the Cubs for Kids site, and here is what I have: a stockinette scarf in white, and the beginnings of the sweater. These are in Indianapolis Colts colors, even though my husband wants to argue with me and say that my blue yarn just isn't dark enough. Well, this is as close as I could find. And it's much darker than it looks in this photo.

My scarf is just so "blah". I may have to add fringe or an edging of some kind. We'll see. I'm still waiting for my invite to post on the Football-a-long site and flickr page, but I'm knitting anyway! And you can see it first here! (I know you guys are SO stoked about that =))


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Welcome to Givin' Knit Away!

I decided that I really wanted a blog devoted just to charity knitting. Most of what I knit is for charity, and this blog is a good way to keep up with it all and share it with others.

Knitting for others is so rewarding. I hope some of you will feel inspired to give it a try!