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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

knitters from all callings

I found this article today and it moved me so I wanted to share with you all. Knitting is not just for grandmothers anymore.

Utah Jail Inmates Knit for the Needy
By Associated Press

LOGAN, Utah - Jail inmates are spending hours knitting caps, blankets and booties for children around the world. "We might all be criminals," said David Evans, 25, of Blackfoot, Idaho, "but some of us have big hearts."
The pastime at the Cache County Jail in northern Utah began about two years ago. The handmade crafts go to a group called Save the Children or to humanitarian efforts organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Inmates have knitted more than 300 hats this year, about half with matching booties. They also have stitched mittens and small blankets.
"We are like an army," said Jane DeSpain, a Mormon Relief Society president who organized the project. "There are humanitarian projects going on all over the world. They are part of that."
Jail officials said they were wary about putting knitting needles, a potential weapon, in the hands of inmates. But there have been no incidents. The needles are counted and collected before 30 to 40 prisoners return to their minimum-security blocks.
"Anytime you are doing something good for someone else, you are improving yourself," said Capt. Kim Cheshire, jail commander. "That isn't just for the inmates; that's for the rest of us."
One man created a large hat that resembled the one worn by the cat in Dr. Seuss' "Cat In The Hat." It stretched more than 3 feet, with broad red and white stripes and a braided tassel. Folded beneath was a child's hat to match.
Justin Paz, 19, of Logan, recently was making a blue baby blanket. As his tattooed hand worked the needles, he thought about the child, probably a boy, who would snuggle with it.
Paz said he's hooked on a hobby that is "helping somebody."
"Honestly, when I get out, I'm going to buy one of these," he said of the knitting tools.

Monday, November 27, 2006

still here

What.... is this an actual post. Yes folks I am still here and still knitting. Things are just so busy. I have some finshed projects but haven't had the time to get pictures. Turkey day was good, the outside of the house is decorated and the tree hunting starts next weekend. I promise to get some pictures up by the end of the week for those readers that are still faithfully browsing past my blog. My coffee package for the knitter coffee swap is almost ready to go out. I am on a 1 week break from school so perhaps I won't be neglecting this blog so much. I'm trying to keep up with everyone's even if I haven't made a comment.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


One big paper down, one small one to go. In knitting news I made a stupid mistake. I knitted for about 5 hours on my beautiful cable from Vogue only to realize that when knitting straight, not on circs, you must read the chart back and forth. Now I have made this mistake before so I should know better. All fixed now but the ripping was so sad.

In other news, I am going to show my age here. I went to a Guns and Roses concert last night, my throat hurts, my ears are still ringing and I am operating on about 3 hours of sleep!!!!!!!!!
The concert was great though...very much worth it!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Just in case I did not mention this little fact I joined the knitters coffee swap. They have asked us to post our answers to these questions for our swap pal.

1. Whole bean or ground?Whole bean, I grind my own to keep the flavor better
2. Fully-loaded or decaf? Fully loaded, is there anything else ?
3. Regular or flavored? Regular coffee drinker here
4. How do you drink your coffee?recently switched to splenda and "cream to tan"
5. Favorite coffee ever? Anything starbucks but favs are Komodo Dragon and Christmas Blend
6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? Kind of fussy, I prefer the bolder blends
7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? Dark Chocolate
8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? nope
9. Yarn/fiber you love? love the natural fibers, favs are Rowan
10. Yarn/fiber you hate? not big on novelty yarn
11. What's on your needles? Cable sweater in Louisa Harding silk/wool, socks of course
12. Favorite colors? depends on the season but I usually go for the natural warm colors
13. Allergies? not to any fibers or food
14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest? Right now hating school, I should be finshing my twenty page literature review but instead I am writing and reading blogs

Monday, November 06, 2006

stitches goodies

I went to Stitches East this weekend and what an overload of stuff to take in. It was a sensory overload. I didn't get too much after all I have the best LYS to do all my shopping. I did a magnet for my car that says "ssk", how cute is that! I also got this georgeous silk bag from lantern moon. I am now a pampered knitter!

I also got this ice blue yarn for a shawl collar sweater, it's the small picture on the right, a pattern for a wrap (on the left) and a great sock pattern from Blue Moon Socks that Rock. The sock yarn is also from them, it's the colorway dyed for Wendy Knit's cat Lucy. I was so excited to get it since it has been soldout forever!