Check out the Ghana Project

One of our members, Grammie Pammie, has started her own charity knitting project known as The Ghana Project. Her story is very touching and heart warming.

GP’s generosity is evident here in the Gracious Parcels blog when you see how many 7″ square patterns she has gracious contributed. Please take a moment to read her new blog about the Ghana Project and give her your support if you can.

Well done, GP!



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.


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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Now look what you’ve done

The Squares for Gracious Parcels Spring 2007 Blankets

This is a photo of all of the squares that have been submitted for the Spring 2007 Gracious Parcels blankets.

And here is a photo of me with the first Gracious Parcels blanket, completed during the 2006 Holiday Season (Gracious Parcels 2006).

Firefly with the first Gracious Parcels Blanket

For more details and photos of the new squares, go to the Spring 2007 page I just set up.

Best to you all,

Box Stitch

As requested by Pam:

Box Stitch

The box stitch looks the same on both sides and lies flat. You work this pattern on a mulitple of 4 stitches plus 2 ( 6, 10, 14, and so on).

1. Row 1 (right side): Knit 2, *purl 2, knit 2; repeat from * to end of row.
2. Row 2 (wrong side): Purl 2, *knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end of row.
3. Row 3: Repeat row 2.
4. Row 4: Repeat row 1.
5. Repeat rows 1-4 for box stitch.



Here is a picture of the squares we (Lora and I) contributed to the Gracious Parcels project. Firefly’s project inspired us to start a local project for blankets for a local Habitat for Humanity project.

Gracious Parcels

The blankets are done and we deliver them next week.
I really enjoy reading firefly’s website/blogs and am really looking forward to exchanging posts with other knitters.
I am going to go back and carefully study the patterns provided when I get a minute. Tonight is a blur of activity but I want to post a quick hello to everyone.


Cluster Ribs

Cluster Ribs

This is a simple pattern which produces nice results.

Multiples of 3 + 1 (I use 28 stitches for the 7″ squares)


YO=Yarn Over

PSSO=Pass Slipped Stitch Over

Row 1: P1, *K2, P1 (repeat from * to end of row)

Row 2: K1, *YO, K2, PSSO, K1 (repeat from * to end of row)

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Row 3: P1, *K2, P1 (repeat from * to end of row)

Row 4: K1, *YO, K2, PSSO, K1 (repeat from * to end of row)

Repeat rows 3 & 4 for pattern