Liz and I delivered five bags of knitted goods to St. Catherine's Center for Children in Albany today.
Joanne Gambino-Morehouse is the Director of Development and our liaison for the group.
She couldn't wait to dig into the bags to see what we made.
I think she likes purple. We learned about how the center started out as an orphanage and maternity hospital. We saw some wonderful photographs on the walls of the early years. One had a very old car with the cutest kids piled all over it and a nun watching over them wearing the old fashioned habit with
the "Flying Nun" style headpiece. The license plate on the car was from 1928! Our meeting the Director of Community Relations, Brian Bell, and Bill Gettman, the Executive Director, rounded out a very pleasant experience all around. They made us feel good that we took the time to help.
This evening we knitted to replenish our inventory. Carole worked on a shawl called "Holden Shawlette" free for Ravelry members. I think she mentioned that she was using a Trekking Sock yarn.
Dorah, our new member on the far right, was working on a brightly striped pair of socks for her daughter. And Maureen started a cute baby blanket with crescent moons and stars on it.
Karin joined us to work on a "Wingspan" shawl, another freebie pattern on Ravelry.
I'm working on a shawl for myself called "Catkin" , a pattern which you can buy on Ravelry. Now, I don't know if I've mentioned this before but I hate knitting from charts. No, hate isn't a strong enough word. I ABHOR knitting from charts. I block off all but the row I'm reading with multiple post it notes and still have trouble following the blocks, no matter their size (I think it might have something to do with my astigmatism). Well, not only does Catkin have a chart, it has FOUR, yes I said FOUR! charts! But this is a challenge I won't let defeat me! It's a beautiful shawl and I'm using Karin's beautiful "Audrey Hepburn" red yarn with a Malabrigo black, both fingering weight. And I can't wait to finish it so I can wear it to the Sheep and Wool Festivals coming up this fall. But following those charts is knocking the stuffing out of me. I can knit only 2 or 3 rows at a time in absolute silence. And heaven help the husband who decides to talk to me in the middle of a row!!!
Well, I'm going to go to bed and get a good night's sleep so I'll be well rested tomorrow for another attack on that Catkin. Wish me luck!