Operation Christmas Child

Note: Not a sponsored post.

I have knitted beanies and hats for my little family over the last few years. They have worn them once, maybe twice and then the articles have ended up in the ‘never to wear again’ box. I still have quite a bit of yarn left and last week I picked up blue and white and declared I would knit my husband a scarf. He does not like blue. It is the colour of the rival states Rugby League team. He told he would wear it at least once. I took the scarf off the loom. That is when I decided, I would knit for Operation Christmas Child.

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The Scarf

Every year the Craft Club women at church knit little beanies and toys to put in the shoeboxes. They display their items on the table and whoever wants it can take it. This year, I will be making my own. Considering the boxes get collected in October, I have time.

children stacking boxes at church in 2013

children stacking boxes at church in 2013

So what is Operation Christmas Child? It is the brainchild of a charity organisation called Samaritan’s Purse. They put out a call every year for people to collect items for children that would fit in a shoebox and drop it off or send it to one of the collection points. These boxes are then taken over to be given to thousands of children who would otherwise not receive a Christmas present.

There is a definite guide to how you pack the box. Follow this link to the Australian site for a .pdf file for ideas. There is a request to include a processing fee for the boxes. In Australia, it is $9 and I believe in the US, it is $7. Samaritan’s Purse, however, often receive boxes without any money in it and they still send those boxes to the children. They have to recover the cost through their normal donations.

Operation Christmas Child Australia & New Zealand

Operation Christmas Child USA

Operation Christmas Child UK

Flurry Scarf

On the loom

On the loom

I had bought 4 rolls of these yarn that Spotlight is currently selling as Moda Vera Flurry, about 6 years ago. I think they may have been sold as Patons Feathers then.

At the time, flurry scarf was all the rage but I did not want to buy one, I wanted to make one myself. I started knitting and after doing maybe 10cm (approximately 4 inches) I put it aside. It was taking me forever so I bought bigger needles and started again. Over the years I started the scarf 4 times but never finished it.

This year when I started knitting again, Little M saw the flurry yarn and asked for a scarf. I started on the knitting loom and used the ewrap all the way. I think it is 20 pegs wide and when finished, folds on itself from the sides to give it a narrower look. When I finished it, it was about 97cm (about 38 inches) long. Little M has been pulling and stretching it and it is now 137cm (about 54 inches) long.

Finished Scarf

Finished Scarf

Material Details:

Patons Feathers 100% Polyester.

Weight: 50g

length: 63m

Needle: 4.00mm

Stitches: 22 stitches, 30 rows over 10 x 10cm

To knit this scarf:

Required:

1 knitting loom with at least 20 pegs.

2 and half rolls of Patons Feather/ Moda Vera Flurry Yarn (about 158m / 172yards)

Method:

Cast on 20 pegs.

Row 1: 1st peg, just bring the working yarn to the front, ewrap the remaining 19 pegs. Knit off all pegs.

Repeat Row 1 until desired length is reached bearing in mind that the scarf will stretch when pulled after it’s finished.

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Daddy’s Hat

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While doing the girls hats, Daddy decided he wanted one too. Took a while for me to find a pattern I wanted for him. You see, he is a big Manchester United Football Club fan but he has their hat already. I thought of doing the hat in yellow and red but that would have looked very Spanish. Could have gone with red and white, colours of Singapore and a few other Asian country flag but the yarn I bought for him (same as Miss M’s – Vera Moda biscay) did not have red. His favourite colour is green so I went with primary colour green and secondary colour white.

I came across a pattern at Kids Cats & Knitted Hats blog under Hats Frenzy. It’s using 2 colours, the secondary colour creates these group of four “V” in a diamond shape. Basically, where ever, you want the “V” to form, wrap that peg in the secondary colour yarn instead of the primary colour. Doing this reminded me a bit of the Fair Isle technique in needle knitting.

The blog author’s pattern has the diamonds going up in a single line, I decided to alternate, the second row of diamonds started between 2 diamonds of the bottom row. Also hers are a bit spaced while mine a closer together. That’s because I left my iPad in the bedroom and could not be bothered going in to get it to check the pattern.

Daddy's Hat

Daddy’s Hat

Pattern:

Note:

all knitting is e-wrap

carry the yarns behind the pegs.

This is a 4 peg repeat pattern so the number of pegs should be a multiple of 4. That way it can be adjusted to fit any size of head.

C1 – Colour 1

C2 – Colour 2

 

Ribbed Brim as long as you want.

start of pattern

2 Rows of Knit with C1

Row 3, C1 – wrap pegs 1, 2, skip peg 3, *wrap pegs 4, 5 and 6, skip peg 7 – repeat from * until the end of the row

Row 4, C2 – wrap all the skipped pegs, knit off.

Row 5, C1 – wrap peg 1, skip peg 2, wrap peg 3, skip peg 4 – repeat until the end of the row.

Row 6, C2 – wrap all the skipped pegs, knit off.

Row 7 and 8 – repeat Rows 3 and 4.

That’s one set done. If you want the diamonds to be in a straight line up, then knit 2 rows of C1 then repeat the pattern from Row 3, knit 2 rows of C1, repeat from Row # until desired length has been reached.

However, if you want what I have done then follow Row 9 onwards here.

Row 9, C1 – skip peg 1, wrap pegs 2, 3 and 4, skip peg 5, wrap pegs 6, 7 and 8, skip peg 9 – repeat this pattern until the end of the row.

Row 10, C2 – wrap all skipped pegs, knit off.

Row 11, C1 – knit peg 1, skip peg 2 – repeat until the end of the row.

Row 12, C2 – wrap all skipped pegs, knit off.

Row 13 and 14 – repeat Rows 9 and 10.

Repeat from Row 3 to Row 14 until 10cm (4 inches) short of desired length.

Finish the rest using C1 only.

Use the gather removal method to take the hat off and close.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

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This is not one of mine. My Mom gave it to me in 2010. These were part of the sewing kit she received when her Grandmother passed away. It’s called Grandmother’s Flower Garden.
There is a bit of history at Womenfolk

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These two pieces were made by Ann, also known as Angie by the family. Ann is my Mom’s Great great grand mother so that makes her my Great great great grand  mother. lot’s of great 🙂 Ann was born in 1862. Assuming she made these after she turned 20 and passed away after 1940 (census record for 1940 shows her still living with her daughter’s daughter at a ripe old age of 78), these pieces can be anywhere between 70 – 130 years old. Considering there was a boom in these quilts during the Great Depression (Refer to article by Womenfolk) in 1930’s, I would assume it is less than 100 years old and probably done by hand by Angie when she may have been about 70. She lost her husband before she turned 58.

Cotton Candy Knitted Hat

Beginning Of Baby Hat

Beginning Of Baby Hat

I had leftover cream coloured Alpaca/Acrylic yarn from Little M’s hat so I decided to make one for Baby G as well and Daddy has put in an order too so I will be busy on the loom for a little while.
While at the yarn shop, I got Little M to choose a colour for baby. She picked pink. It’s Bella Baby Bambini yarn, 50/50 Nylon/Acrylic and thinner and stiffer than the Alpaca/Acrylic.
I had no idea what design I wanted and none of the patterns online for looming was taking my fancy so I just started anyway.
I e wrapped both the pink and cream together on each peg. For the brim I used Knifty Knitter idea, 21 rows then pull up.
For the body, I did 2 knit, 2 purl until it was about an inch and half less than the length I wanted then I finished off with e wrap and gathered the top to close. I added a pom pom on top to finish the look. it’s hot pink like the above photo and not peach like the one below. The addition of the pink yarn has given this hat a more stiffer shape than the one beaded hat I made for Little M. It is still soft enough for a baby. Though, I may not use Moda Vera Alpaca yarn again. All our black clothes are covered with Alpaca hair as if we have been cuddling a cat.

Cotton Candy Baby Hat

Cotton Candy Baby Hat

Baptism Dress

We decided to get baby G baptised. Her sister was baptised at 5 weeks of age and had a beautiful dress and pant suit given to us by my cousin and his wife. Baby G was 5 months old when she was baptised and Little M’s suit would not fit her. She has also grown much faster than her sister did.
So I decided I was going to sew a dress for baptism. I did not want to spend a lot of money buying a pattern then cutting it out so I scoured the Internet for patterns. I came across Make It Love It blog. The idea was to take an existing dress and trace the pattern from it. So I took a dress of baby G’s that she wore one Sunday to church and I loved it and traced the pattern on a paper.

Pattern Ready for Cutting

Pattern Ready for Cutting

The bodice is one piece from shoulder to hem and has no sleeves but had collar. I hate collars. I could not get the size right in school. Thankfully I had my Mom to help me. Yay for technology, instant help all the way from Upstate New York to Brisbane. I messaged her a picture and she told me what adjustments to make.

The dress was straight forward but I decided I want to do embroidery as well. I had not embroidered in 23 years. Mom had brought some works of generations of women in our family who had embroidered and nothing can go more heirloom than embroidery right? After once again looking at christening and baptism embroidery on the Internet I decided, since the dress is non traditionally cream, why not do a non traditional embroidery too. My husband and I love Sakura or Japanese cherry blossoms.

Embroidery Design Drawing Board

Embroidery Design Drawing Board

The anime really makes them look beautiful so I decided to embroider different stages of cherry blossoms on the dress. The collar has one on each side.

Embroidery Detail

Embroidery Detail

I lined the dress with matching cotton so the edges and the embroidery won’t chafe my baby.

Complete Costume

Complete Costume

I added a pair of bloomers to the dress with the leftover material. And of course you have to have a pair of booties so I made felt ones. Pattern was from Hello my name is Heather.

Bitty Booties

Bitty Booties

Beaded Loom Knitted Hat

I got this idea from Provo Craft

The pattern calls for the red knifty knitter loom which apparently is for babies. I was knitting this for my 4 yr old. I used all in one loom

Beaded Hat Beginning

I made about 6 rows and took it off to measure my daughter’s head. I used Moda Vera Biscay which is made exclusively for Spotlight

It’s 70% Alpaca and 30% acrylic. It didn’t say on the packaging what weight the yarn is. Lucky for me, an older lady was in the aisles looking at yarns as well and she said to go by the tension rather than ply. The beads (I used pink and purple) were a bit on the small side and a pain to bead through. The yarn kept breaking off but I did not want to go and buy bigger beads.

The finished product was very soft and my little girl loved it so much that she wore it in summer. It’s a pity the beads can hardly be seen because of their size.

Finished Hat