big knitting … this is no little cat mat!

For some reason, I took on a few bigger knitting projects all at the same time.

My mother started our “big knitting” craze by making a couple of lap blankets for Christmas – one for her sister and the other for herself. They aren’t too big – just enough to fit over her legs. We decided to put flannel on the back, making it nice and warm. Mom uses it all the time and it’s been great to see her use the things she has made. It also provided a nice break from the smaller cat mats and children’s hats we had been knitting.  Continue reading “big knitting … this is no little cat mat!”

knitting update … we made stuff!

Yards of yarn later and we have hats and cat mats/blankets.

knitting-2700730_1280Mom and I have been bitten by the knitting bug, which is much more pleasant than it sounds. Over the past 6-8 weeks, we have created many items to donate, which has been a great use of time. I mentioned this is a prior post – doing something usefulContinue reading “knitting update … we made stuff!”

doing something useful

Reaching out to others is rewarding and offers an opportunity to share our gifts and talents …



“It’s nice to be doing something useful.” Yes, my mother is very excited about a new project: knitting children’s hats for the 500 Hats Project, which is organized by a local store, Lovelyarns in Baltimore. The project asks local knitters and crocheters to make hats for elementary and middle-school children in selected Baltimore City schools or programs. I hope Mom and I can go to the store to deliver the hats, as it looks fantastic: I found out about the program when searching for local knitting-related charity projects and what makes it very convenient and flexible is that there are no deadlines – they accept hats anytime.  Continue reading “doing something useful”

clearing out and letting go

It’s amazing how much we can live without … remembering that is really important and sometimes really sad …

clothes-2150834_1280Even in a small space, there are things to sell, give away, donate or throw away. When Mom came to live with me, she mailed several boxes of clothes, craft supplies, etc. and I found homes for them in the closet or in drawers. I sorted through my things to make space for whatever she sent down. This meant that some of my things were put out for anyone to take while other items were donated to organizations helping: women fleeing domestic violence or homeless people in Baltimore or veterans who need assistance or shelter-bound animals seeking a home. Of course, some items were thrown away, having already given their all. Item A needed space so Item B had to go.  Continue reading “clearing out and letting go”