Monthly Archives: December 2009

Blue Monday :: 7

Good morning!

It is a beautiful morning here in Austin, and I’m feeling whimsical, just like this little blue loch ness monster.  Thanks to kathrynivy.com for uploading it to Flickr, where I found it.  The pattern can be found at hansigurumi.etsy.com.

Think I’ve got some designing and photograph taking in me today!

Cheers!
Annie

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Blue Monday :: 6

TARDIS doily, originally uploaded by meredee.

Okay, okay, I know, it’s not Monday… but for Christmas this year, I really want a ride on the Tardis… If you get it, you get it, and you can’t make fun, because you’re a total dork, just like me. **smiles**

Merry Christmas!
Annie

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wip thursday???

Oh no!  I lost a day!  Well, here you go, wip thursday!

Fiona’s Blankey

Squares for the scarves for the

Austin Waldorf School Knit-A-Thon

(If you would like to sponsor me please visit the link above *smile*)

We will be donating the scarves (and hats) to Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

The Little Lulan Dress

(formally known as the Little Sister Dress)

Click the link above for the free pattern.

Happy Thursday!

Annie

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felted knitting needle holder

Another oldie here… must have been about five years ago now. I love this one; should have kept it instead of selling it!

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Blue Monday :: 5

Words cannot describe the sadness and heartache we have had since the last time I posted, exactly one week ago.  Without divulging all of the details, in respect for the family, two very dear souls moved on from their earthly bodies last Monday.  We miss them dearly, but know that we will meet again with them someday out in the cosmos…

And so, on this dreary, damp afternoon I find myself feeling particularly blue… but somehow I am finding comfort in the cool hues of this lovely yarn by SpringtreeRoad.

Much love and light,

Annie

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Blue Monday :: 4

Girasole. The circular blanket.
Just barely blue, but one of the most beautiful pieces of knitting I’ve seen in a long time.
Mesmerizes me like a mandala.
I have been day-dreaming about making one of these for awhile now… maybe after the holidays…

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Promote Peace Through Education and Knitting!

Last night, as I drove home from piano lessons, I was utterly inspired and excited by two stories I heard on Market Place (you can hear the story here).  The first was about a man named Greg Mortenson who has been working in Pakistan and Afghanistan to build schools and promote education (especially for females).  His whole deal is that peace is brought about through education… I like that a lot.

“In July 1992, Mortenson’s sister, Christa, died from a massive seizure….

To honor his sister’s memory, in 1993, Mortenson climbed Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain in the Karakoram range.

While recovering from the climb in a village called Korphe, Mortenson met a group of children sitting in the dirt writing with sticks in the sand, and made a promise to help them build a school.

From that rash promise, grew a remarkable humanitarian campaign, in which Mortenson has dedicated his life to promote education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

As of 2009, Mortenson has established or significantly supports 131 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide education to over 58,000 children, including 44,000 girls, where few education opportunities existed before.”

-excerpt from threecupsoftea.com

The second inspiration came from the next story on Market Place (you can hear it here).  It was about how people feel good about buying gifts when part of the proceeds are donated to good causes, especially during financially difficult times.

“Now,” I thought, “there’s something I can do – donate a portion of my pattern sales to help this guy build some schools and get some peace flowing around!”

Hmmm… how to get the word out?  Oh ya, I have a blog!

So, here’s the skinny…

For the month of December I will be donating 10% from all of my pattern sales (you can find them at happyday.etsy.com or on my Ravelry page) to The Central Asia Institute (www.ikat.org), which is the organization Greg has set up to promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Greg Mortenson at one of the schools

Together we can help promote peace through education!  Hooray!

I am so excited about this!  Can you help me spread the word far and wide?  Please send this post to everyone that you know who might be interested.

Thanks so much and Cheers!

~Annie

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