Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rainbow 'Round Me!

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While working at the computer yesterday morning, my three year old granddaughter saw my ball of Red Heart Fiesta yarn and said, "You make me rainbow jacket?" What grandmother could say, "No"? Especially when six months ago, this little one had barely 20 words in her vocabulary! The speech therapy she received over the summer and her 8 hours a week of Exceptional Education has done wonders! So here is stage one of the Rainbow Sweater.After doing the math I figured I need a 76 stitch CO. This Top Down Raglan Baby Sweater although designed for a little baby, when worked with ww yarn and bigger needles is just perfect. And there's no seams which always moves things along.

Red Heart has sure improved their milling techniques! This yarn feels as soft and fluffy as wool or a good wool blend, i.e., Plymouth Encore...or plain acrylic after it's been washed. No scratchiness at all. I keep pausing in my knitting to pet it!

Keeping the "We" in "Yes, We Can!"
Volunteerism.... Work without pay. Giving of your time, skills, abundance. Helping someone who needs help. If you're like me and really don't like to go out and "do something, stay in and do it!

Afghans for Afghans Artists Helping Children Binky Patrol Christmas at Sea Knit your Bit Native American Support There are many other places to send or take knitted, crocheted, sewn or purchased items.

When we take the time to give without pay, we help create a supportive environment for everyone around us. If all of this is too organized for you, make a commitment to help someone near you. Offer a steady arm to someone who needs it climbing off or on the bus. We live in a world where we are almost afraid to make eye contact with a stranger. It's hard to work past the fear. Look up, smile and say, "Thank You" like you mean it to the guy at the coffee shop, the waitress at the lunch bar, the person who holds the elevator. It can snowball! For us to keep the "We" going We have to be a We and not a group of individuals refusing to acknowledge each other. So, knit a hat or scarf, smile and make the effort to improve someone's day. Become a "We!"


  1. What a happy sweater that will be;
    Knitting for love is the best knitting of all!

  2. Grandchildren are so wonderful!! I have two of them that ask for all kinds of knitted things. One is 3 years old and the other one is 5 years old.

  3. Thought-provoking, as always! Here on Israeli TV, they made a play on words, saying, "Yes...oui...ken (Hebrew for "yes").

    You are such a wonderful grandma, and yay for your little sweetie that she is speaking up! The Rainbow Jacket will be wonderful.


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