Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Valdeez nuts

This week's goal: finish belated birthday present for elderly father.  Fortunately Kristen's arrival this weekend gives me an awesome excuse for delaying.

The important thing is that I haven't gone blind, and isn't a sighted child the best gift any father could receive?

Other projects: turtle scrubbin' rags to send to the Gulf.  Craft Hope is collecting sewn, crocheted, or knitted washcloths and hand towels to clean up marine birds and mammals.  From the comments, it looks like some people are cutting old towels down to the correct size (10x10 for washrags, 14x27 for hand towels) and cutting the backs off old T-shirts to send.

The organizations (Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Audubon Nature Institute, and  Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge) can also use Dawn dish soap, and here's a link if you'd like to donate directly to IMMS.

I'm starting with cotton yarn left over from some of my other projects (acrylic yarn is fine, but cotton is better).  When making blankets for the Snuggles Project I've used the same color yarn since even though the animals don't care, I figure that makes it more likely for the humans to want to hang on to the comfort item.

For something that's going to get covered in oil, I'm not too concerned about it looking nice.  And it's not going to--tied to the end of the variegated green is a little piece of hot pink from the Zoot Bed Project.

Rainbow Explosion is just rows of sc, but I might use some Attic Yarn in this dishcloth pattern.  It's few stitches, so a smart, efficient person would've used that pattern to begin with.

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