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Pocket Prayer Shawls: Good For Makers and Receivers Alike

March 21st, 2016

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Pocket Prayer Shawls may be small, but their message is mighty. We’ve often featured ways that prayer and healing shawls can offer comfort to receivers, but when we heard about their pocket-sized companions, we were delighted by their simplicity.

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Just the perfect size to hold in your hand, Pocket Prayer Shawls are small reminders of comfort. With every pocket shawl, the crafter puts their well wishes into each piece. You can reflect on the specific recipient’s needs, or create several pocket shawls with a message of goodwill. Learn more about Pocket Prayer Shawls in this piece by Kathryn Vercillo.

When we set out to design our own pocket shawls, we turned our thoughts to the makers.

Have you ever knit or crocheted to relax and refocus? Using a pattern with simple, repetitive stitches is key to beating stress while crafting. Allow your hands to craft as your mind relaxes. Our Pocket Prayer Shawls were designed to incorporate stitches simple enough to accomplish without looking back at the pattern.

Make a single pocket shawl for someone who may need a quick reminder that they are being thought of. Make several, and keep them handy for trips to doctor’s offices, waiting rooms, or prayer groups.

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Knit Pocket Prayer Shawls

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Comfort With Crochet: Showing Love with Stitches

March 3rd, 2016

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It’s National Crochet Month! This March, celebrate the craft by sharing it with others. In this guest post, Tamara Kelly of Moogly shares how she uses her crochet talents for good.

As my friend Kathryn Vercillo has shown time and again, crochet can be healing, comforting, even life saving. I know my own life was changed and improved by crochet, before I even began Moogly! But crochet isn’t only for the crocheter.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last few years as a member of the online crochet community, it’s that crocheters love to give back. There are dozens of crochet based charities, with new ones popping up all the time. And then there are those who crochet scarves to leave tied to trees for those who need them in cold climates. Those who crochet recycled plastic mats for the homeless. Those who crochet tiny, heartbreakingly small hats for their local NICU.

However, crocheting for people we know and love is a natural instinct as well. Sure, there’s a little bit of fun in showing off what we can do with hooks and yarn. But when we crochet for those who need extra comfort in times of trouble or stress, it’s the love in each stitch – the time we spend thinking about them, what they like and how they are doing – that makes crocheting comfort gifts so special.

Prayer shawls are a particularly popular gift for those who’ve gone through a loss, whether it’s a spouse, a child, or a job, a home. Those who make them often say there is a little prayer in each stitch! But you don’t have to pray, or follow a particular religion, to stitch a comfort wrap for those who need it. The warm, cozy hug of a handmade wrap or shawl needs no words to give comfort, and any favorite pattern will do – it’s doesn’t have to be designed as such to be made and given with love.

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Crochet Fortune’s Wrap by Moogly made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino Knit Prayer/Healing Shawl made with Homespun® Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan made with Heartland®

And it isn’t always one to one. There’s something very special that happens when an entire community of crocheters comes together to support one of their own. Whether it’s the happiness of a new baby or the tragedy of loss, blankets are another popular project to make and give as a group. I’ve been honored to participate in several such projects, and it’s always amazing seeing the all the individuals’ efforts come together to create a greater whole.

When making a group blanket like this of course, organization is key. Making sure everyone is using the same weight of yarn, ideally with the same hook size, and creating the same size block, hexagon, or section. The person putting them all together at the end will certainly appreciate the pre-planning!

Do you know someone who could use a comfort wrap or blanket? Someone who could use something to wrap up in, someone who needs to feel a little extra love? Or are you inspired to find a crochet charity to donate to? Here are some resources to get you started!

Lion Brand Charity Finder – Lion Brand offers a charity registry and a search feature so those who wish to craft for charity or donate can find appropriate groups and services.

Comfort Wrap Patterns – Find lots of free Lion Brand patterns for shawls and wraps here, as well as chemo caps and other items!

Printable Prayer Shawl Cards – Some lovely sentiments, as well as handy dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

Afghan Pattern Ideas for Group Comfort Blankets

Already Have a Charity You Support? – click the link to add your favorite yarny charity to Lion Brand’s Charity Finder!

 


This Holiday Season, We’re Asking You to Craft for A Cause

November 13th, 2015

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We know that many of you generous knitters and crocheters work on projects throughout the year for charity, and as winter approaches, warm blankets and accessories are especially welcomed by recipients. We’ve teamed up with Craftsy to share an important initiative supporting Project Linus, #Crafting4ACause. Project Linus is a 501c3 organization made up of nearly 400 chapters that span the United States, all of which are run by volunteers. We’re asking you to dedicate some time to knit, crochet, or sew a blanket for a Project Linus recipient. These blankets go to babies, children, and teens who are in need of comfort this season, so we hope you can participate and spread the word to your crafting friends about this great cause.

We know that many of you like to get social with your projects, so please tag your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #Crafting4ACause so we can see what you’re working on. We hope this social share will also inspire others to think about giving back this season.

»Find more details on where to ship your finished blanket here«

I’ve selected 3 patterns below to get you started on a nice Project Linus blanket, please feel free to browse through our Pattern Finder for more options.

Crochet Sweetest Baby Afghan in Babysoft® Crochet Jolly Baby Throw in Jamie® Knit Next Generation Blanket in Heartland®

 


Tea with Shira Episode #13: Knit and Crochet for Charity with Warm Up America!

November 6th, 2015

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‘Tis the beginning of the season of giving back.  Knitters and crocheters are always giving; we make things for friends, family members and co- workers. Sometimes that’s not enough — we want to give to others that need the warmth!

In this Tea with Shira episode, I sit down with Mary Colucci, the Executive Director of Warm Up America!, and we talk about how you can give back.

By knitting or crocheting a simple 7″ x 9″ rectangle — just a few or enough to make a whole afghan —  you can help bring warmth to someone this coming winter! Find out how in the video below!

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Counting Down to The Flower Run with David Babcock, the Knitting Runner!

October 23rd, 2015

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Lion Brand® is sponsoring David in not one but TWO marathons this fall! David is running to raise money for Alzheimer’s research and he needs your support – last year, with your help, David raised $10k, will you help David beat that?

Please donate today: http://lby.co/1Kl24cG.


I love running the New York City Marathon. I get to run through all 5 boroughs and be cheered by enthusiastic spectators for the entire 26.2 miles of the race. Last year I ran while double-finger-knitting a scarf with the words, “I’ll Remember For You!”. This year I’ll be making crochet flowers!

Once again, to respect security restrictions, I will be running without tools or bulky bags. Each flower uses about 12 yards of Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® yarn which I will wear on my arm as individual crocheted bracelets. I’ll use my fingers to crochet flowers while I run and once a flower is completed I’ll give it to a spectator and start another. My flower-per-mile pace is a little slow, maybe one every mile and a half. I’m hoping to finish the race in about 5 hours having made 20 flowers.

 

 

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I created a pattern with simplicity and good definition in mind. It makes a five petaled flower about 5 1/2 inches across. Because my finger is replacing the hook the super-bulky yarn weight is necessary. Hometown USA® has my favorite flower colors, but I’ll be using Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® because I feel it works better with my sweaty hands. Crochet can be hard, athletic work 😉 . My favorite yarn for this pattern is the cotton Bonbons with a tight 2.75mm hook. It makes intricate, clear and tight flowers that would look great attached to a hat, headband, or scarf.

 

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – https://youtu.be/59Cr3EzepzM ::
 

Why am I doing this? Because it is crazy fun! and I am hoping that it will help bring attention to Alzheimer’s disease and support for caregivers. At “Walk To End Alzheimer’s” events participants hold up flowers for a “Promise Garden” moment of silence and commitment. The color of the flower that they hold represents their connection to Alzheimer’s. A blue flower represents someone who has Alzheimer’s, purple for those who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s, yellow for caregivers, and orange for those who recognize the importance of support and working to end the disease.

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I don’t have a specific plan as to how I will choose who to give a flower to. I’ll try to follow inspiration rather than hallucinations from exhaustion. I think that I’ll probably be biased towards people wearing hand-knit items or purple in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s affects far too many people’s lives. I hope that you’ll join me in making some flowers for people that you know who are affected.

—David Babcock, the Knitting Runner and Running Hooker

:: Donate and support Alzheimer’s research — make a
donation to David Babcock’s Alzheimer’s Fundraiser today!
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David Babcock ran the 2014 NYC Marathon in 3:56 (a PR) and raised just under $10k for Alzheimer’s research.

 

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