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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!


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Meow Head Hits the Streets

meow head baby hat, originally uploaded by happyday.etsy.com.

This shot was sent in to me by Juno.

Nice color, huh?
I always love to see what kinds of different textures and colors folks use when they knit up my patterns.

If you have a shot of something that you’ve knit up from one of my patterns, send it my way. Who knows, maybe you’ll make the blog or be the next model for one of my Etsy listings!

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A Pattern A Day… or so!

I’ve resolved to finally try and get all of my patterns posted up onto Ravelry.com.  It’s an amazing worldwide community of knitters and crocheters.

To do this I’m trying to upload one of my patterns every day… or so… as it turns out, I’m a very busy lady and one a day is proving difficult.  But I’m sticking with that goal any how because it seems to be keeping me working toward the finish line!

Today I posted up my Stripy Knit Baby Blanket pattern.  The other day I posted up my Baby Bunting Doll pattern and I’ve already gotten several sales who’ve said they found me on Ravelry!  Hooray!!

If you want to check out my Ravelry profile, you can find it here.  Or if you’re already on Ravelry add me as your friend!

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The Happy Day Pattern Archive

The following patterns are currently available at happyday.etsy.com.

Meow Head Baby Hat

meow head hat

The Lulu Play Crown

lulu crown

Diamond Drops Baby Bonnet

diamond drops bonnet

Lil’ Peanut Knot Top

lil peanut hat

Stripy Baby Blanket

stripy baby blanket

Simply Basic Bonnet

simply basic bonnet


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What doing Momma?

I have a two year old little girl who’s favorite question is “What doing Momma?” Ninety percent of the time my answer is “I’m knitting”. And that’s what this blog is all about – what I’m up to with my needles and yarn, with a dash of that other ten percent occasionally thrown in to keep it interesting.

I am a mom and piano teacher by day, and a pattern designer by night (and any other tiny speck of time I can pick up my needles!). So most of my knitting adventures are some form of a pattern I am in the process of creating. But I also knit custom longies, shorties and soakers (which are cloth diaper covers).

Today I’m sharing the pair of custom longies (toddler pants) that I’m working on.

The yarn is Mosaic Moon in Birthday Boy colorway, and it’s absolutely scrumptious!

09.17.09 wip pants 004

I’m knitting them from the top down, so the ribbing that you see is the waist.

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