Thursday, October 25, 2007

3 FO's - Peggy's Bear, City Shawl, Karate Sweater

Pattern: Karate Sweater by Twinkle found in Big City Knits
Yarn: Soft Chunky by Twinkle #23 Haze
Comments: Loved the yarn, loved the Dojo stitch pattern used throughout, hated how it fit on me. It has been frogged and the yarn will be reused in another Twinkle pattern.
Pattern: City Shawl by Glampyre
Yarn: Romance by Rowan #099 Charred
Comments: This is the third City Shawl that I have made. The blue Romance one that I knit for my grandmother turned out so well, that I had to have one. Again, the Romance does not disappoint. Love the subtle "bling".

Pattern: Peggy's Bear designed by Yours Truly
Yarn: Brown Plymouth Encore and some scrap yarn for the scarf
I named this bear after my Grandma Peggy. She was truly an amazing woman. I loved her dearly and miss her terribly. How she would have loved Yarntopia. She was a fantastic knitter, but never had the pleasure of getting to knit with really luscious yarn. The inheritance I received from her estate was what I used to open the shop with, which I'm sure she is delighted about.
My grandmother died from the effects of Alzheimer's disease. I honor of her, I'm starting the Peggy's Bear program at the shop. At first I thought about doing lap throws or bed slippers, but my mother suggested the dolls. Alzheimer's patients like to cuddle on soft things, it seems.
I am asking for customers on the first day of each month to knit a bear to donate to the Alzheimer's ward of the nursing home across the street from the shop. Yarntopia will supply the pattern and will give 10% off for the yarn bought to knit the bear. Sheryl and I will collect all of the bears and deliver them to the nursing home along with a card signed by all of our donors. I'm looking forward to putting a smile on peoples faces. I hope you all will join me.


Blogger Bethel said...

Love the bear! I will definitely make one to donate. I think I will also make one for my uncle who is starting to suffer from this disease.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Brynne said...

What a wonderful idea! I'll make time to knit one, too.

3:56 PM  
Blogger thatfarmgirl said...

Beautiful knitting, as always. I love the bear idea. Love it. Hope all's well.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Darling Daughter, I am so proud of you. Your grandmother would be proud too. Sign me up.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

That is such a nice idea! My grandparents both had Alzheimers and my Grandmother loved stuffed animals almost as much as I did as a kid.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Great FOs, and what an adorable, cuddly looking bear! I hope you'll put up a photo of all the bears you collect.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Knit - R - Done said...

I love the Karate Sweater. I'm afraid of doing openwork on such a large scale, but it looks terrific!

12:38 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Great post and what a lovely tribute to your grandmother. I envy your relationship with your grandmother. I never had that - don't even remember the one grandmother who was alive when I was born. All I can do is be the kind of grandmother I would have wanted. This will touch many lives.

6:05 AM  
Blogger knitseashore said...

What a wonderful way to honor your grandmother and help make a difference to those who suffer from Alzheimer's. I Hope you are innundated with bears!

1:20 PM  

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