Our Service Projects

  • Operation Santa for Service Men and Women
  • Squares for Warm Up America
  • Blankets for Project Linus
  • Hats and Scarves for Turning Point Shelter, Monroe NC
  • Chemo Caps & Turbans for Presbyterian Hospital, Matthews NC
  • Premie and Newborn Caps for Presbyterian Hospital , Matthews NC
  • Scarves For Mens Homeless Shelter
  • Operation Helmet Liner

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Nisa Knits Update and More...

PhotobucketWe are quickly approaching the Nisa
Knits Hats goal of 100. The response is really something to brag about. A heart felt thanks goes out to all the wonderful ladies who have taken the time to make them.

Barb found a neat pattern for flip flop socks in the book Knitted Socks by Anna Tillman. She is making a pair for her granddaughter who wears flip flops year round.

Phyllis worked on her Knit Stitch Cloche. The Dictionary Site defines a cloche as a woman's close fitting hat with a deep, bell shaped crown and often narrow turned brim. She found her pattern in the website a Crystal Palace Yarns website This site is an excellent source of free patterns in all categories. Crystal Palace yarns can also be purchased at this site.

Anna who crochets and donates her creations to Project Linus is currently crocheting a pineapple doily which she would like to enter on the North Carolina State Fair next month. The fair runs from October 16 through October 26. We wish Anna good luck.

Sarah stopped by to tell everyone about the GuidePosts Knit for Kids charity program. She has made kids' crochet pullovers using the pattern provided by this organization. Once you donate an item to this cause you will receive their newsletter.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Rainy Days and Tuesdays

Rainy days and Tuesdays never keep anyone from coming to our scheduled Stitch In meetings. We even were under a tornado watch an we had a great turn out. Seventeen cheerful ladies came to stitch and have a good time. The refreshments were delicious and contributed to everyone's good mood.

Julie finished a baked potato pouch made with the whimsical potato fabric she got from her friend, Janet. The instructions claim that using this pouch will enhance the quality and taste of a potato cooked in the microwave. The cooked potato will come out as one that has been baked in the oven. Janet shared that the potato fabric was purchased online at: Keepsake Quilting

Here are the instructions I found to make one.

Several of the ladies present worked on hats for the NISA service projects. The hat total has gone up to 82. The hats collected will be sent to benefit children in Afghanistan and Iraq. Iola combined yarns and used the loom to make one her hats. You can get better results using a loom to knit if you use bulky weight yarns otherwise the hat will be loopy.

Claire worked on the Carnaby Street Jacket found in Annie's Attic book using sport weight Red Heart yarn and size H hook. The neat thing about her pattern is that the jacket is crocheted in one piece and joined at the sides and sleeves. Claire plans to keep this one for herself.

Shelia has been working on something different. She cut out 1" strips from black and white plastic trash bags to make a unique hand bag. Similar bags can be made using plastic grocery bags. I tried to make one crocheting plastic shopping bags and found it a little tricky. She said that the advantage of using the trash bags is that you end up with longer strips.

Janet was seeing working on a new cross stitch projects.