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Knitting for the Soul

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Yardage Meter

Today I'm going to give new meaning to the concept of "organizing my stash". I've bought a lot of yarn on ebay lately which is coming on cones or in extra large skeins. I wanted to wind them into smaller balls for easier knitting, but also wanted to keep track of the yardage.

After scouring the web for an AFFORDABLE yardage meter for weeks, I finally found the perfect one at Nancy's Knit Knacks. I tried it out last night with the yarn on the floor, then the yardage meter on my desk, followed by my yarn winder, and it worked like a charm! I counted and wound 7 skeins in no time. I even got really creative and created my own yarn labels. Now each skein that I wind has a lable with the yarn name/color, content, yardage, care instructions, etc. I did the lables in PowerPower (4 to a page). Send me an email if you'd like a copy of the file.

I'll post a picture of my new and improved stash once I'm done.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Knitting Ministry

Last Sunday I decided to join a local church. I'm very excited about it and looking forward to developing a much more intimate relationship with Christ. When asked what gifts I'd been given that I'd like to share, the first thing that came to mind is the knitting ministry that's been on my heart for the past month or so.

To my surprise, the pastor was very receptive to the idea and is encouraging me to pursue it and make it happen. We discussed taking one or both of two paths:

First, we'd develop a core group of knitters who would meet on a regular basis. I'd teach anyone who doesn't already know how to knit. We'll spend most of the time knitting and chatting, and will contribute at least some of our efforts towards making preemie caps, chemo caps, scarves, hats and mittens that we can donate to charity.

Then, perhaps we can expand the ministry out into the community by forming a knitting group at a local women's abuse shelter. In addition to formign relationships with women and children in need, by soliciting donations of yarn and needles and teaching them to knit, we can provide them with a creative outlet to help take their mind off their troubles, even if only for a little while, and at the same time make love gifts for their families. It would be the biblical "teach a man to fish" theory in action.

I'm praying on this and asking the Lord to use me to plant this seed in our church if He sees fit for me to do so. In the meantime, I'd like to do some research on other knitting ministries, starting with Knitting in the Ministry, by Susan Izard :