Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Another donation ready to go

This week we wrapped up our current project to the Capital City Rescue Mission store called Blessingdale's. It is located in the heart of Albany, New York and serves many of the poor and homeless of the area.
There were many labels attached and items organized by both the afternoon and evening ladies.
 In addition to our logo label, we attach labels with washing instructions and a prayer.
 Our collection included 9 baby and toddler sweaters, an adult size vest,
 15 scarves,
 8 cowls, 9 hats, 4 pairs of mittens, 2 sets of matching hat and scarf, 8 sets of matching hat and mittens, 7 pairs of slippers, and 1 shawlette for a grand total of 64 (really more if you count pairs separately).
 Do you remember the two yarns Liz brought home last week? Here is the result of blending those two beautiful colors! A perfect marriage of two yarns!
 Kathleen started another ribbed hat too. These will go into inventory for our repeat donation to the Homeless Female Veterans. We first donated to the Guardian House in the late fall of 2011 and we all agreed it would be a good idea to honor these brave women again.
 Maureen and Dorah finished up labeling the items we didn't get to in the afternoon.
 And finally, after almost a year of work, I finished a sweater for my son. Ordinarily it wouldn't take me that long to make a sweater, but Andrew wasn't always a cooperative subject. I wanted to be sure the finished sweater would be to his liking and so it required many try on sessions for which he wasn't always available. Then this summer I spent most of my days praying for healing from a serious back injury which left me unable to knit. But HALLELUJAH! The sweater is complete and it fits!
More importantly, he loves it! I posted a photo on Facebook when I finished it and was surprised at all the "likes" I got from HIS friends! I just hope no one asks me to make another, LOL!
I used this pattern even though it looks nothing like the original. I tapered the body to fit Drew's European physique and instead of garter stitch sleeve and body edging, I knitted 2X2 ribbing. When it came time to knit the hoodie Drew came up with the idea of leaving it off and making a laced front. I liked those ideas and ran with them and I'm very pleased with the result. I might even make one for myself someday....just not too soon. That's a lot of stockinette!!!

1 comment:

AlisonH said...

Beautiful sweater on him! And look at all those knits!