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Crochet A Sleep Sack Scarf

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While obsessively knitting, the homeless kept coming to my mind. I thought I’d knit a scarf because it could cover the head  and even the hands in a pinch. Then I thought, I would like to make it big, so it could do double duty as an individual blanket. My clever daughter, (Maggie Binzley), suggested I make it tubular and it could be a sleep sack.

So I did. Here’s my second sleep sack scarf. This one is crochet.

To make it, I used 100% wool, 1 1/2 pounds..

Size K hook

Chain 122 stitches.

*Double crochet into the fourth chain from the hook. (The 4 chains count as a turning double crochet plus one skipped chain.)

Skip the next chain.

Alternate double crochet and skipping a chain until the end of the row.*

At the end of the row, slip stitch into the beginning to make a circle. Continue working around and around to make a tube.

Repeat the * area until you finish a few inches.

Change color after a few rows for edging and do the same at the other end of the scarf for the last few rows.

Continue for as long as you want the scarf.

Alternately, you can make the scarf all in one color

Sew together one end for the bottom of the sack. The scarf is 20″ wide, (double layer) and 60″ long. Make it longer for an adult and wider if you like.

See a knit version here.

© 2011 Jeanne Litt All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Abundance, How to

 

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Make A Sleep Sack Scarf

Kyla at knitting for charity sends a weekly newsletter. A few weeks ago it mentioned Streetknit.

Here’s what they say about themselves

Every year people in Toronto freeze to death because they have nowhere to come in from the cold. We can’t knit shelter, but we can do the next best thing. We’re asking you to put your needles together and spend some time this summer knitting some warmth into a sweater, a hat, mittens, socks, or a scarf to keep someone warm this winter.

While obsessively knitting, the homeless kept coming to my mind. I thought I’d knit a scarf because it could cover the head and even the hands in a pinch. Then I thought, I would like to make it big, so it could do double duty as an individual blanket. My clever daughter, (Maggie Binzley), suggested I make it tubular and it could be a sleep sack.

So I did. Here’s my first sleep sack scarf.

sleep sack scarf

To make it, I used 100% Merino wool, 300 Gm.

Size 15 circular needle

Cast on 90 stitches. I purled the first 8 rows at each end of the scarf. All other rows are knit. Because of knitting in a circle, it makes a stockinette stitch. Sew together one end for the bottom of the sack.. The scarf is 15″ wide, (double layer) and 42″ long. Make it longer for an adult and wider if you like.

You could knit ribbing at each end if you prefer.

My next one will be crochet because I can do that faster. See here.

© 2011 Jeanne Litt

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Abundance, How to

 

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Funny Knitting Link

Here is a link to a video of a prank Tom Hank’s played on Julia Roberts.

Enjoy.😄

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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MY EXPERIENCES WITH CREATING ABUNDANCE — You Don’t Have To Do Anything .

Do you sometimes feel pressured by others’ upset? Especially when it is my loved ones and they are being challenged, I find myself wanting to make everything all right.

What a relief to remember that I don’t have to do anything. They are capable of handling their own lives.

When I step back and hold, things turn out better than I expected AND there is the added benefit of avoiding getting caught in their upset. This works best when done with an attitude of loving and I like to start praying for whatever is best for them.

Heavens knows I don’t know what is best  for them. I get to sit back and watch it unfold.

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Abundance

 

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Travel Japan – One Person In Matsue

Leaving the Matsue Castle grounds, I passed lots of taxis and decided to walk back to my hotel.

Soon into my walk, it began to rain, darkness fell and a cold chill wind whipped up. I like to walk in the rain but this was pushing it.

Besides that I wasn’t finding the way. When I saw an older teen boy, I asked him to direct me to my hotel. He either hadn’t heard of it or he didn’t understand my pronunciation.

Since the hotel was across the street from the JR train station, I asked him how to get to the train station. This he knew and on my map he seemed to saying that I was heading for a different train station on the opposite side of town.

He walked along with me showing me the way and speaking English to me. At one point when the cold and wind and rain were particularly fierce, I said,

It could be worse!

He repeated that phrase a few times. He seemed surprised that I was out alone and that I traveled alone. That is an unusual concept to many Japanese, I think.

The way he studied my face caused me to think, he was wondering if I were a senile person who wandered away.

He walked with me the entire distance. It was over a half an hour. I felt very touched by this. I am a miser with my time and this person was so generous with his. I hear others tell of rudeness and price gouging on trips they take in other countries. One of the things I love in Japan, is their nobility of character and how well they treat others, even strangers.

When we arrived at JR station, he asked me what time my train left. I said tomorrow and crossed the street and pointed out my hotel. Now he really seemed to be wondering if I were senile. I didn’t know how to explain to him that getting to the train station was my way to get to the hotel.

I looked in my purse, wishing I had something I could gift him with. I thought that money might be offensive. When you travel to Japan, bring lots of gifts.

He accepted my thanks and left. He has someone praying for him.

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in Abundance, Japan

 

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MY EXPERIENCES WITH CREATING ABUNDANCE — Direct your energy.

I am sensitive to other people’s energy flow. When someone is whiny or needy, I experience it as a pull on my energy. It’s as if they are placing heavy weights on me.
I used to think I received energy from food or other people. When I fasted and had more energy I ruled out food as the source. With other people, I could be pulling on their energy, if they are not giving of their overflow.
I believe our energy comes from a higher source, whatever you want to call it.
You can pull it in consciously by your breath. It is available to all of us and is unconditional.
Knowing this, I consciously intend for pure energy to come into me and go out to other people. One way to think of it, is to give virtual hugs to people.
Next time you go somewhere, imagine that you are giving a platonic, loving hug to each person you see, Notice how that goes for you. It may not work if you are doing it to get something back. Try it by giving freely without any expectation.
I’d love to hear how it went for you.😄
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Abundance

 

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Travel Japan – Matsue Castle

It was a short train ride from Yasugi to Matsue where there is a castle that has stood since 1611. It is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. It is built in watchtower style. From the outside it looks to be 5 stories tall, but has 6 floors inside.

Entering it is humbling and freeing at the same time. I felt transported to a different age. It made me feel very protected with the solidness of its large square floors. There was an art exhibit going on. It is an excellent place for that.

Yatsumo and Setsu

View from near the top with roof detail

Each side of the castle faces one of the cardinal directions.

There was a shrine on the grounds.

And a regional museum, Matsue Kyodo Kan–

What impressed me most was seeing wooden and metal boots!

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Abundance, Japan

 

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