Thank you to all who sent squares to Gracious Parcels, Waco! We now have 42 squares, just shy of enough to finish our first blanket! What a great bunch of knitters and crocheters! Special thanks to S. in Memphis who sent 5. I have 2 squares on the needles now and since I’ve up-ed the size, should be able to easily complete the few squares left in plenty of time to finish the blanket for the dedication at the end of this month. I will post pictures this weekend on my blog, so stop by and take a look!

I try to live by the words “give and you shall receive” and I know it is true that you receive much more than you give. Thank you, Firefly, for starting this. It has created a way for many to give.



Roman Numeral 10 Square

Inverness Diamonds

Yarn: Naturally Tussock although any aran weight will substitute well.

Needles: 4.5mm (US4.5)

Gauge: unknown (The square is now in a blanket and I didn’t measure before mailing)


Abbreviations: ss3 = Seed Stitch 3 stitches.

Cast on 27

Row 1-3: Seed Stitch

Rows 4-8: ss3, p or k 21, ss3

Row 9: (RS) ss3, k2, p17, k2, ss3

Row 10: ss3, p2, k17, p2, ss3

Row 11: ss3, k3, p3, k9, p3, k3, ss3

Row 12: ss3, p4, k3, p7, k3, p4, ss3

Row 13: ss3, k5, p3, k5, p3, k5, ss3

Row 14: ss3, p6, k3, p3, k3, p6, ss3

Row 15: ss3, k7, p3, k1, p3, k7, ss3

Row 16: ss3, p8, k5, p8

Row 17: Repeat row 16

Row 18: Repeat row 15

Row 19: Repeat row 14

Row 20: Repeat row 13

Row 21: Repeat row 12

Row 22: Repeat row 11

Row 23: Repeat row 10

Row 24: Repeat row 9

Rows 25 – 29: ss3, p or k 21, ss3

Rows 30 – 32: ss across

Bind off. I used the sewn bind off method for a neater edge.


Pattern by Dorothy

5 Color Texture Patterned Square

5 Color Texture Patterned Square

I have to admit to everyone that this pattern came from a Jo Sharp Workshop that my local knit shop had a year ago. It was wonderful to meet Jo Sharp. She signed a couple of books and we were able to hear her story. She has wonderful patterns. I have made several sweaters by her. I’ll try to post those at some point. Anyway here is the pattern. Any DK yarn will work. I used scraps left over from other projects. See photos. My colors were just random but all colors that I love. You will need 5 different DK yarns. I used a couple of tweeds and some alpaca that I had but any combination you love would work. (A DK Mohair would be fun to add in too!)
Multiple of 4 + 2

Row 1 (RS) K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end

Row 2 (WS) P2, keeping yarn at front of work, slip 2 purlwise, p2; rep from * to end

Repeat these 2 rows throughout

Size 6 Needle or size needed to obtain 7″ square

*Texture Patterned Square for Gracious Parcels

Using Color A, Cast on 42 sts and work in texture pattern as above in the following color sequence;

Rows 1-4 Col B

Rows 5-8 Col C

Rows 9 & 10 Col D

Row 11 & 12 Col E

Row 13 Col B

Rows 14-16 Col E

Rows 17 & 18 Col A

Repeat sequence until you have a 7″ square. I blocked my square in the end. I like the look but it isn’t necessary.

I hope you will try this pattern. It is very simple and gives the illusion of fair isle or at least I think it does.

Happy Knitting!


Progress on Gracious Parcels Spring ’07 Blankets

First Gracious Parcels Spring 07 Blanket Comes TogetherJust a brief post to show a photo of progress on the first sewn together blanket for Gracious Parcels Spring ’07. Read more about this at the I Live on a Farm blog.

I have also posted a “Photos” page here at the Gracious Parcels Blog. Check it out.

The photos I have posted there are some I shot one day when I had received a large batch of mail packets with squares. In a perfect world I would have had the time to photograph each contribution that came in and put up the photo with credit to the contributor.

This, however, is not a perfect world.


Knitting for HfH

You have to give back to your community. Life is a big circle and you only get out of it what you put in. Giving to others is the path to joy and contentment. You get back so much more than what you put in. Knitting is so personal and the results so rewarding that you must share them with others. Giving from the heart starts out as one thing, but quickly becomes another. The rewards are immense and the friendships made along the way enrich all who participate, whether on the giving or the receiving end. Please help others in anyway you can. My way just happens to be knitting! The WhitneyKnitter!

Finally I Have Something To Say…

Most people would disagree with the above title. I usually have something to say about anything. But I didn’t want to just publish anything to the Gracious Parcels Blog- I wanted it to be important, if you know what I mean. I mean the idea behind Gracious Parcels is amazing. We should all be proud to be apart of it! And a BIG THANK YOU to Firefly for all her hard work!

I was explaining to my 20 year old today about the idea behind the blog. My children are all caring, compassionate people. But my oldest takes the cake. He always puts others before himself no matter what the situation. Example: He and 4 of his friends spent a week in Florida. On their way home one of the boys slammed into the back of a truck and probably, more than likely totaled our van. Thankful they were all ok except for the poor, old van. After my son woke up; he took total control of the situation, calming the young man who was driving the van. Telling him that everything will be all right. Talking to the man who was driving the truck and the young lady in the car in front of him. Putting everyone at ease, at least, that is what his friends are telling me. 2 other accidents happened in the same area that they were in while waiting on the police to arrive. They watched a car flip and another accident happen the way there’s did. Thankfully it was a day where no one was badly injured only the pride of the young man driving our van. My heart is hurting for him, it could have been any of them that day. But the story continues. With only 1 headlight working on the van and fluids leaking my son manages to get the van to an auto parts store. It was beginning to get dark and they wanted to get home but I was not wanting them to drive with 1 headlight. A man at the auto parts store came to their rescue. He was closing the shop as they pulled in on Friday night but because he had a generous heart he took the time to help my son and friends. He managed to find a light for the van, duct taped it in for them, fixed the leaking hose and enjoyed the company of 5 wonderful young people. He even offered them to stay in his home with his family for the night. Just when you think there are few people left in this world willing to help someone out then something like this happens. My husband has talked with the auto parts man, sending him a huge thank you for taking care of our son. He checked on the kids to be sure they made it home safely.

My point, to put ourselves out there, to be completely generous with the gifts that we have been given is such an easy task AND it makes a difference in the life or lives of people. Just the way firefly has generously given of her time and talents. Just like each of you who has sent a square to warm the toes of someone we may never meet. Way to go everyone! Hope to talk with you all again very soon!


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Mock Cable

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