The Mother Bear Project is a non-profit created to provide homemade knitted and crocheted bears to children in need. Patterns are available at the site for a nominal fee, and are easy to make. It’s a fun project that brings smiles to kids and everyone else involved!
My first Mother Bears…
Starting to look more and more like a bear…
My mom had read a knitting-themed novel in which a prayer shawl was included in the story. Ever since then, she has wanted one. When I ran across the Butterfly Stitch Prayer Shawl by NJSharon and DebiAdams on Ravelry, I instantly knew it was the perfect one to make for her. And she loves it!
Flowers and pollinators…nasturtium, chamomile, lavender, sunflowers, and bees.
Vegetables this year are tomatoes and zucchini…
And, of course, best of all…friends who enjoy the garden.
I vowed that one of my summer projects would be to knit my first pair of socks. After hearing so many knitters raving about the wonders of socks, I was enticed to give it a try. And what I found at three o’clock in the morning when I finally had to put them down, is that they’re amazing! I am using two circular Addi Turbo needles, Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-On, and some Berroco Comfort Sock Yarn in the dusk color that I happened to have in my stash. I’m considering these a test run, but as I move through each stage, I’m in awe at how the yarn miraculously becomes a sock! Although there are many videos demonstrating the Magic Cast-On, Cat Bordhi’s video tutorial was the most helpful to me in getting started.
The pattern I’m using is Charisa Martin Cairn’s Lifestyle Toe-Up Socks No Swatch Needed, available for free on Ravelry. I purchased, for only $1.00, Sox Therapist’s Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern, which is being raved about in the knitting community, and which I’ll be using when I’m ready to add the heel. Both patterns include all kinds of useful information.
This is the beginning of my vanilla sock, and the process is easier than I imagined, but I also haven’t attempted the heel yet 🙂 And now, I’m gonna go knit a sock, because I might just be transforming into a sock knitter!
Looking for a stash buster? During June and July, Wildcare needs knitted or crocheted nests for their baby bird nursery. For the little ones who run into some challenges in the outdoors, Wildcare gives them a second chance. Information and patterns are available at Wildcare, and there’s also a Baby Bird Nest Craft Along through Ravelry. Check out the video of the baby birds in the nests on the Ravelry page…adorable!
One nest almost done, lots more to go!
Having seen the chevron crochet stitch here and there, I was curious just how it was done. Turns out that it’s ultra-simple! What started out as my practice piece was easily turned into a button-flap towel. Although I created my own as I went, patterns and tutorials abound on Ravelry and YouTube for this cute addition to a kitchen. I found Yarn Obsession’s tutorial particularly helpful for learning the stitch.
If you’re crafty, you probably already create special projects to donate. If you have some space on your list, your local shelter can use blankets, toys, and even extra linens you might have. Is there anything better than a tail wag of thanks?