Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Busy with Pockets


It has been addicting. I never thought making tiny pockets for young children in Africa would be so consuming. When I read that Lori was making these small pockets for her upcoming trip to Africa, I knew we needed to be involved. Lori's dedication to her family, craft and passions is inspiring. I do enjoy reading her blog and quickly set to work on our donation.

I used part of our day at home this week to start. I wasn't sure wool would be a good idea, since it is tougher to wash. Instead I used some of the cotton yarn we brought with us. Aine used it on the trip for a gift she was making. The little pockets knit up quickly, and I soon had three. Today at the park, I started another one. I am hoping to send five after I find a couple small things to put into the pockets tomorrow. The kiddos have made some crafts to include as well.

This has been a fun project for our family. The pockets have definitely kept my hands busy. While not knitting pockets, I was able to work a bit on my never-ending sweater. The absence of sweater progress is overshadowed by the knowledge that the pockets will be much loved. Again I hope to finish it by next week. As far as reading, I finished The Handmaid's Tale. It is another unsettling dystopian novel. I am amazed at how far humanity will go in the name of a higher authority to subjugate others. The book is science or speculative fiction and a good read. Some of the themes are touchy and have landed the book on the ALA's list of challenged and banned books.
I started a new book before I was able to go to the new local library. It is called My Name is Mary Sutter. It was recommended by my friend Nancy for our book group. Even though I won't be able to attend, I wanted to read the book after discussing the title. It is about a young woman practicing as a midwife who yearns to become a doctor. It is historical fiction which I like about topic that interests me. I am only a quarter of the way through the book, but I like it a lot. My other read is Distant Hours. I had to return it to the library before I finished it back in Arizona. Once we found the local library, I checked it out again.

So, what is everyone working on this week? Lots of pocket making among Ginny's Yarn-Alongers, I am sure.

23 comments:

  1. i'm knitting pockets too! that is so cool. i hope she gets hundreds of them. :)

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  2. I loved that book! It is hauntingly beautiful. Your pockets are so bright and cheerful :)

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  3. Your pockets are gorgeous!

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  4. I'm expecting to see a lot of these pockets this week. Such a lovely idea. Yours look great.

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  5. Nice bright colors! I made a few for her too AND linked it up today. I think we'll see many beautiful pockets.

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  6. I did some pockets, too. Lori should be in wonderful shape for her trip!!!!! Loved Distant Hours. Sounds like I'd love the other one, too! Thanks for the suggestion.

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  7. I love these pockets. I didn't come across Lori's post in time to knit any up and send along to her though.

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    1. From the look of things, I think she is getting a lot. They are fun to knit, and I may make my kiddos some as well.

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  8. I also knit up some pockets! They were so fun to make that I think I might make some for my kids as well!

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  9. The pockets are such a nice idea!

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  10. Oh pretty pockets, what a lovely idea.

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  11. All of your books sound interesting! My library doesn't have them in, so I am going to submit my long list of books they need to have tomorrow. Thank you for the suggestions.

    Oh and I love your pockets! They are so fun to make.

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  12. bless your beautiful heart, your pockets are perfect, i love them. cotton or wool, it's all perfect. did you know that in their entire lives the himba never wash? they are a nomadic desert tribe and cover their skin with a mixture of butter fat and ochre.

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    1. I had no idea, Lori. Such a wonderful adaptation. I guess it was foolish to think in a desert things would get wet.

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  13. Oh I just love the pockets!!

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  14. Funny, I made pockets too, seems like almost everybody did, but I didn't think to take a photo before sending them off. I would love to know her final count.

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  15. Your pockets are so beautiful-what a wonderful project!
    xo,
    Ang (peach coglo)

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  16. Great idea to use cotton. Lovely colours too.

    I read Handmaiden's tale years ago and the concepts still haunt me. Amazing novel.

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  17. Your pockets are so nice. I love the colors!

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  18. Such lovely pockets Heather...they will bring such joy...wish I could see the beaming faces
    Deb

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