Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Yarn along - Stash Bustin

I'm linking up again for Yarn Along with Ginny at Small Things.

I've been doing quite a bit of 'stash bustin' in the last few weeks:-
-I find crochet a little easier to transport than knitting so i've been taking my hook and a bit of stash with me to Dr's appointments, hockey practice etc etc and whipping up these little dish/face/duster cloths,

-Whilst house bound with sick kids last weekend I made myself a little crochet hat

- My shalom is coming along nice and slowly.  I love this project, it's like having an old friend in the room that you don't have to keep making conversation with all the time, 'it's' good company, pleased to be 'knitted' when the time is right or happy just to chill in my w.i.p. basket.  I'm in no hurry to finish it.  Maybe it's because I'm using the yarn I recycled from a sweater that my 'Grannie Maud' made for me years ago; every strand of yarn that passes through my fingers once passed through hers. It's very sentimental and I'm enjoying the time it's taking me.

'Katie Davies left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was tuned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them.  Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ' (extract taken from the cover).

The enormity of what Katie, this incredibly modest woman is doing, can be gleaned from her amazing book, from her web site and personnel blog

In Katie's own words:
"Heavenly Father, 
Help me to never be too busy or too comfortable to remember the people who suffer.  Help me to never stop desiring to do something about it."


  1. I love your crochet work. Thanks for sharing about Kisses from Katie.

  2. What great work, you're making me want to learn to crochet! The book looks really interesting too, another to hunt out :)

  3. I love the yarn story that goes with your Shalom, how beautiful! That is a lovely tribute to your Granni.
    Happy Yarn Along!

  4. I love the yarn you're using for your Shalom, even more so knowing that it has a sentimental history :)

    Good on you for stashbusting too! I'm trying to do the same ;)

  5. Your crochet hat is so cute!

  6. First of all...passing the same yarn through your fingers that passed through your grandmothers makes my heart smile. My grandmother was a crocheter (every single day that I remember, she sat and crocheted) and I am blessed to have one of the tablecloths that she made. Second, that is an amazing girl and book. Will have to look into it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. i love that story too emma, i have a sweater on the needles too that is also just a leasurily knit (sadly no granma memories) but lovely all the same.

    books like kisses from katie make me wish my life would have had that direction early on. i have to be content with the
    'adopted' family i help in zimbabwe. there is such a need in africa. thank you for sharing.

  8. I love, love your hat. I must learn to crochet soon!

  9. oh I think I feel the same about the Shalom;) lovely crochet works!

  10. Hope you are feeling better now Emma. Lovely story about the Shalom...I still have a little bit of my mums fairisle knitting still on it's needles in my cupboard that I can't bare to part with.

    Love the hat by the way and the book sounds fascinating...I had heard of but not read...Katie sounds to be a really caring person.

  11. Your shalom project sounds a lovely one. So much about the journey, although I'm sure you'll love wearing it just as much.

  12. hi emma, i love how your shalom is a friend content to chat when you want to and that you are knitting with the same yarn as your Granny...just lovely, and most definitely to be enjoyed. i used to read katie's blog, wow does she pack a punch! an amazing young woman with humbling compassion.

  13. Hi Emma,
    thanks for visiting my blog, you asked about my crochet skull, I could not find an email address for you so am replying in your comments. The skull can be found on this link hope that helps

  14. A stash-busting year for me, too! Very cute hat!!!! And I'd love to read that book--will track it down. (We do water purification projects in third world countries--looks like a clinic in Kenya may be my next trip, but don't know when.)

  15. Yep, a stash busting year here too :-) I love the story that goes along with your Shalom cardi, which is looking gorgeous. Your crochet hat - I've been wanting to learn how to crochet for that very reason - to make funky hats!