Some of you may read Shanti’s blog “Adventures in Paradise.” Shanti is a knitter I know in real-life who is also a U.S. Navy officer. She was recently deployed on her ship. Yesterday, her mom posted the following to Shanti’s blog (text lifted shamelessly from said blog):
I have decided to take on a major project and am enlisting the help of our fellow knitters. Shanti will be taking command of the Decatur sometime in December. As her mother I would like to support every sailor on the ship at Christmas. I spoke to Shanti about this before she left and she gave me some ideas. So, here’s my plan.
I would like to put together a gift box for every sailor who will be under her command … there are 278 on board … you can see some of them lined up on the ship as it pulls out. Some of the ideas that Shanti gave me for these gift boxes are:
(list of items needed follows)
You can read the full post with all the details here.
The condensed version is that Shanti’s mom will be collecting hats knit from washable wool to include in the gift boxes, and she needs 278 adult-sized hats by November 1. There is more information at the link above, including contact info for Shanti’s mom. I think this is a great idea and a wonderful way to say thank you to members of our military who will be away from family and friends during the holiday season. If you don’t have time to knit a hat, you might consider donating some of the other items on the list or arranging to have your child’s class write letters. Thanks for whatever you can manage and a big thank you to Shanti’s mom for thinking of and spearheading the project.
I think I need to buy more yarn so I can knit a hat!
That segues nicely into a question from the comments. Cindy Roberts asked:
Are you stashless? It seems your yarn arrives and you cast on right away. That is so cool! I have things that have been marinating in the stash for years!
Would anyone who has seen my stash room in person like to answer that?
Vampire Knits Giveaway
It is time to choose a winner to receive my copy of Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting From Dusk Until Dawn.
The winner is Rachel, who said in her comment:
I know people are going to say “who?” when I mention Christopher Lee but to me, he is definitely Dracula. From his voice to his creepiness on film, he captures the essence of vampire. Let me just say that he gave me nightmares when I was growing up.
I remember Christopher Lee’s Dracula. Good answer! Rachel, I’ve emailed you.
I told you that when I drew a winner I’d tell you my favorite vampire. My favorite is Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He’s my favorite because he is so over-the-top with the British slang (and is amuses me that the actor who portrayed him, James Marsters, is American), and because his character is so conflicted — both evil and good elements. The fact that he is easy on the eyes doesn’t hurt either.
Tomorrow I’ll draw a winner for the Knitting on the Edge book. Til then, back to my knitting.
“Gotta keep an eye on my fuzzy rat!”