Sunday, February 22, 2009

Free Baby Blanket Pattern

I am making a baby blanket from one skein of

LION BRAND "POUND of LOVE" in color pastel green.
Here's an easy pattern for the baby blanket pictured here:
Size 8 needles, appox. 1 pound worsted weight yarn
Gauge: Doesn't matter
CAST ON 168 stitches
ROW 1: *K3, P3 repeat from* to end
ROW 2: same as row 1
Repeat these two rows once more then
ROW 1: *P3, K3, repeat from* to end
ROW 2: same as row 1
Repeat these 2 rows once more.
Continue working these two patterns until you have repeated them twice total (16 rows)
NEXT ROW: K3, P3, K3, P3, *K12, P12, repeat from*to last 12 stitches then
K3, P3, K3, P3
Repeat this row 5 more times then
NEXT ROW: P3, K3, P3, K3, *K12, P12, repeat from *to last 12 stitches then
P3, K3, P3, K3
Repeat this row 5 more times then repeat the first set of repeats 6 times (18 rows total).
NEXT PATTERN: P3, K3, P3, K3,*P12, K12 repeat from* to last 12 stitches then
P3, K3, P3, K3
Repeat this row 5 more times.
By now you should be able to see how the pattern is developing and
you should be able to continue with the pattern without more instructions.

NOTE: Finish off the blanket with 18 rows of the smaller squares as a border.

Saturday, February 07, 2009



The mission of Women4women-knitting4peace is to craft peace one simple stitch at a time by creating peace shawls for women and knit toys for children in areas of conflict around the world.

Founded in June, 2006, the group is now in 41 states and Canada.

Over 1,200 peace shawls have been created and sent to women in Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Guatemala, Sudan, Peru, Rwanda, and Haiti.

Shawls of any construction are welcome that somehow incorporate the number "3" which represent the creator of the Peace Shawl, the recipient, and the Divine Creator of all women. The number "3" also signifies the 3 major faiths - Christian, Jewish, and Muslim.

Each item is praised and blessed with a special (nondemoninational) prayer by the group before it is sent.

Participation is open to all, regardless of age, gender, or level of knitting or crocheting experience.

The first group formed in Ohio currently meets at the Beachwood Library. "These shawls are made with love, and each one is blessed upon completion" says Beachwood's "peace pod" leader, Iris November.

Free patterns for shawls and doll packets (with instructions and yarn) are available for your use.

Stash yarn is always welcome.
For more information contact Iris at

Sunday, February 01, 2009


Mobile Dentists and its Smile Programs is an innovative, on-site, school based, dental outreach provider.

Our mission is to bring state of the art, preventive dental care to those students in need in the most comfortable and effective way possible.

Many children sadly find themselves without easy and affordable access to necessary dental care. We use the latest technology in portable equipment, to provide all services directly at schools.

We set up in the classroom, auditorium, gym and transform it into a fully functional “dental office” for the day.

For those students without Medicaid or private insurance and lacking sufficient funds for a subsidized fee, Mobile Dentists provides generous grant-assistance.

for lack of resources.