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KAC
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  08:25:47 AM  Show Profile Send KAC a Private Message
I have a good friend who is very ill with Lyme's disease right now. The doctors have told her that it could be up to 4 years before she is completely back on her feet. Her mom has moved in with her for a while to help take care of her.

I'm the listmom for the Ohio Soapers, and this person has been a member for quite some time. The Ohio Soapers group is putting together a "Thinking of you" care package to send her.

To make a long story longer, this woman is a relatively new knitter, but she really enjoys it. I would like to send her a kit of some kind - something she can work on when she's not feeling well, but not so simple that it seems like I'm insulting her intelligence - she told me that if she had to knit one more garter scarf in eyelash, she would scream.

Unfortunately, I'm not exactly swimming in extra funds right now. Does anybody have any ideas for a nice, relatively inexpensive kit that I could order for her? Or - does anybody have any yarn kits sitting around that they would like to sell?

I would appreciate any ideas/suggestions.

Kim
http://sanityknit.blogspot.com/
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CPAknit
Seriously Hooked

USA
748 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2004 :  08:36:11 AM  Show Profile Send CPAknit a Private Message
Maybe not a kit- but how about pulling together a pattern, yarn and circular needles for a felted bag- They can be very easy and quick to knit- and the yarn doesn't have to be expensive

Cindy
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Parrot Girl
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  09:03:46 AM  Show Profile Send Parrot Girl a Private Message
I recently saw a kit that offered three projects to choose from, a pullover, cardigan or throw. It's way too expensive for me, but the concept is something I'm going to play with. It's just a conglomeration of different coordinating colors and fibers, and would make a fabulous throw. Maybe you could collect people's leftovers--everybody who has something in a coral, shell and cream, for instance, and put together a kit of sorts.

"The past does not equal the future"

The other Fran in Kansas City
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  09:08:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
You mentioned Soapers and that got me thinking of wash clothes. Why not a variety of colors of kitchen cotton, and the Pattern a Day calendar? She can knit numerous dishclothes, trying out and learning 365 patterns...

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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KAC
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USA
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  10:42:46 AM  Show Profile Send KAC a Private Message
I appreciate the ideas, but I don't have an LYS within a 45 minute drive - which leaves WalMart yarn, needles and patterns. yuck. I get 90% of my yarn online because of this - I normally don't get to any towns that have an LYS. :-(

Kim
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  10:47:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
You can get tons of kitchen cotton at Walmart... and you can order the Stitch-a-Day calendar online from any of a dozen different sites, it's usually about $20.
http://www.accn.org/~mhyarn/kntcalndr.html

That and three balls of cotton (or so) and you've got a gift for under $30...

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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Pinky Yarn
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  11:17:26 AM  Show Profile Send Pinky Yarn a Private Message
i'd go for the washcloth idea, theres also that dishcloth site... someone knows what im talking about, it has a LOT of patterns, simple pattersn to more advanced ones, you might print a couple of those out, kitchen cotton or sugar n' cream cotton is nice, both are available at my walmart, and they are cheap.

- Katie

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shaggy
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USA
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  11:44:23 AM  Show Profile Send shaggy a Private Message
RoseByAny and Pinky Yarn have great suggestions

I am a soaper and I love knitting the washcloths for my soaps

http://www.jimsyldesign.com/~dishbout/kpatterns/knitting.html

shaggy

Every day a peddler pulled his cart of wool from his home to the village market. It was a long trip. He had to travel around the perimeter of a large lake that was owned by the town tycoon, a modernday scrooge. One day during the winter the lake froze over. The peddler realized that he could cut off 2 miles from his trip if he crossed over the lake. He was spotted halfway across the lake by the tycoon. Scrooge came racing out of his mansion and screamed at the peddler, "Iíll be danged if I let anyone pull the wool over my ice!"
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KAC
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  12:09:16 PM  Show Profile Send KAC a Private Message
I'm a soaper, too, and I definitely don't like knitting facecloths. I guess it's because I don't care for knitting with cotton. I don't want to print patterns off of the internet either - to me, that would seem cheesy as a gift.

I guess what I'm looking for is something nice that she can knit for herself. I'm packaging challenged, so something that's in a nice self-contained bag would be ideal. I found some beautiful mohair shawl kits at http://www.mypollywogs.com ; I think that's more like what I'm looking for. I can add needles, and it's ready to go. I don't know if she'll feel up to tackling something as big as a shawl, though - maybe a felted slipper kit something like that.

Has anybody ever bought the kits from Diane at Pollywogs? I bought a cone of yarn once, but that's my only experience. Is there anyplace else I could look online?

Kim
http://sanityknit.blogspot.com/
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LJ
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  12:20:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message
Kim, I work part time at Ewe Knit Kits and Yarn. www.eweknitkits.com

Take a look at the web site. If you don't see what you want call Bobbie or Sherry and they can put together a kit for you. We have the Lorna Laces Helen's Lace shawl (lace wt yarn with simple but pretty pattern), most of the Fiber Trend shawl patterns that we can put together with yarn, sock patterns, etc.

Linda in Va

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kelty3r
Chatty Knitter

USA
109 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2004 :  1:52:39 PM  Show Profile Send kelty3r a Private Message
[quote]Originally posted by RoseByAny

You can get tons of kitchen cotton at Walmart... and you can order the Stitch-a-Day calendar online from any of a dozen different sites, it's usually about $20.
http://www.accn.org/~mhyarn/kntcalndr.html

If you go to www.amazon.com you can get that book for under fifteen dollars. That's where I get all of my knitting books.



Miss Saigon rules
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mokey
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Posted - 11/18/2004 :  2:17:08 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I love the pattern a day idea, plus some crafters cotton for dish cloths and some chenille for face cloths. You can get some great free patterns from www.bernat.com for the cotton. I have made the dish/face cloths, but how about this? You or one of the other soapers knits the bath mitt pattern(done in one evening) and fill it up with some soap and a copy of the pattern.

"There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness." Gandhi
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