Every Wednesday I participate in “Yarn Along”, a link-up run by Ginny over at Small Things where we share what we are knitting and reading this week. Head over to the Small Things blog to see what other bloggers are sharing!
I’ve just finished knitting the body of my third bear for the Mother Bear Project. This organization sends hand-knit and crochet bears to children in 26 African countries who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Some have gone to children in Haiti as well. The bears are all knit or crocheted from the same pattern (with creative license for the bears “outfits”) and are roughly the same size. The Mother Bear people embroider a heart on each bear, and the knitter/crocheter attaches a tag with their name on so the child receiving the bear knows who knit it. I’m very careful about charities that send things to Africa, as it is so easy to go astray and end up making things worse instead of helping, but from everything that I’ve read this organization is doing it right. Now all I have to do is weave in all the ends, stuff the bear, and do some finishing to give him a face, ears and a scarf. It is a great way to use up worsted scraps, and get those stash numbers down for a good cause!
I just started Save the Date by Jen Doll, who wrote this book after attending over 20 weddings, none of which were her own! It is a interesting reflection on this particular milestone that our culture puts so much emphasis on, and she has a lot of funny wedding mishaps to relate. So far its a fun read.