Monday, November 13, 2006

A Time To Be Thankful

It goes without saying that we should remember to be thankful for what we have all year long. But during this crazy time of year, when things can just spiral out of control with the holiday celebrations, the planning and shopping for gifts and all that the holidays bring, we should try to take some time and remember all reasons we have to be thankful. I have people I love and who love me, a roof over my head and often too much food to eat. I have hobbies that I love and often an excess of supplies. But obviously all that is not true of everyone. Carole and Margene have once again put together a time for us to Knit Unto Others. When I did this last year, it was amazing, during this time of the year that can often get so hectic, to just slow down and knit items for some of the many projects that are accepting handknit articles of clothing for those in need. It really made me think about what was important. Of course, I will participate again this year. Various organizations are mentioned on the Knit Unto Others blog and Carole mentioned some in this post.

One of the ones I have decided to participate in is Caps to the Capital which is being run by Save The Children. The idea is to knit or crochet caps to warm a newborn's head and possibly help save their life. You can download an action kit at their site and some of the things it provides you with are patterns, answers to questions and a special tag for your hat. If you choose to make hats for this cause, I highly recommend you check out the site. The hats they request are much smaller than we are used to making - they recommend 9" - 11" in circumference and this really looks almost doll sized. The hats are small enough, that you could easily make several in a weekend. I made two this past weekend in addition to doing plenty of other things.

I also plan on making a scarf for the Red Scarf Project and some hats for the Soaring Eagles Project in addition to putting some items aside for next year's mailing to Dulaan. Go ahead and pick a project - the benefits are many. Not only will you be helping someone else, but you will feel better too. I know I do!

Blogger won't let me show you the high tech methods we have here for picking the next prize winner (we used a bag this time instead of a hat to hold the pieces of paper). The winner of the Sheep2Shoe kit is ...

In addition to being a fabulous person, she is an amazing spinner and I know she will do some special things with this kit. Congratulations Amanda!

4 comments:

Carole said...

Thanks for the Knit Unto Others plug! I love the Caps for the Capital project. And Red Scarf. And and and . . .

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Many thanks for the links. I actually already have a little cap I made too small for a gift. This would be perfect to send out for charity!
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amanda said...

I saw your email and had to come over and see what your teaser was all about! I won!? Yay me and I think my lucky streak is in bloom! Thank you -- this is exciting!

Procrastiknitter said...

Thanks so much for the plug for our Soaring Eagles Project and for participating! There are so many great causes out there. I have decided that next year I will finish my holiday knitting by October so that I can work on more charity knitting next year. Just not enough time right now.