Update on Knitting for Charity

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These are my first mittens!  They are a lot smaller than they look, for a first grader’s itty bitty hands.

I am also making a matching scarf.  This is also my first scarf.

They will be given to a grade school child (I am sure a girl because of the bright pink!) at one of the two schools our church knitting and crocheting group is making mittens and scarves for disadvantaged children.

This project is rewarding.  Another blogger told me that to receive something someone put time and effort into was a huge gift emotionally.  Next up are some boys’ mittens in an appropriate boy color.

I am leaving the little strings for my teacher to make sure I finished properly and that these mittens don’t unravel away….

Finally a Real Knitting Project

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So after months and months of practicing knitting squares, trying to learn stitches and get some tension control, I am finally starting a real project.

Our knit and crochet for charity group is making mittens for underprivileged children at two elementary schools.  I am making mittens with a matching scarf.

I am also learning how to knit in the round, yay – no seam to sew!

Can’t tell how my tension is because I have only done a few rows:)

I’ll let you know if I can figure out the pattern when I get to the thumb, sigh.

Anyway, wish me luck……

Fidget Quilts by Sandy and Anna

 

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Sandy and Anna, master quilters, have been busy with a project I suggested to them.

My mom suffered from a type of dementia at the end of her life. The doctor said it wasn’t really Alzheimer’s and I was grateful for that.

She always remembered who I was, and every weekend we worked on a flower arrangement and  a jigsaw puzzle.

She sometimes got confused or forgot things. She and I discussed her memory loss and she knew that she needed to be kept safe for when she did get confused.   She was living in a memory care center with other people that suffered from different kinds of dementia or Alzheimer’s. 

There was a condition that most of the people she lived with suffered from called sundowners. At the end of the day a terrible confusion would spread through the residents.

My mom didn’t usually catch the confusion but it would make her anxious.  She usually went to her room to take a nap or read.  When  sundowner time came, she insisted that I leave as it was just too unsettling to be around during this time.

The anxiety and confusion these poor folks felt each and every day has stayed with me. These quilts are designed to be small, lap sized. All the little items on them  offer a distraction to the confused mind.

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All the amazing textures, buttons and zippers, little pockets are wonderful at sundown.   The quilt on the left here has a plastic sleeve where you can insert a picture, too clever huh?

Thank you Sandy and Anna for all you do this is really going to make a difference  and I know it’s going to help relieve a lot of the anxiety these people suffer from.

It is also shown that using your brain in creative new ways helps keep your memory active so not only are Sandy and Anna doing a wonderful thing for others but their brains are getting the benefit of creating this amazing art!

P.S.   I hope they are also using up some of their quilt stash and scrap materials!

 

Knitting Itty Bitty Miniscule Socks

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The knitting and crochet for charity group is making these itty-bitty infant socks!

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Not only are they using tiny needles and delicate yarn but they are also using four needles at one time!!

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Yikes!  They are fast and their tension is perfect (have you figured out I have tension envy).

The group discussed newborn kits for those in need. Homemade socks, hats, blankets plus baby lotions, diapers and all the stuff new moms need for their new babes.