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Do you know of someone in a wheelchair? Is there a nursing home in your area? Think about knitting some lap robes. They are simple and fast to do and will be greatly appreciated by the recipients.

There are all kinds of patterns from which you can choose, but here’s a really simple one for you to try…

You’ll need 350 grams of worsted weight yarn (approximately 700 yards) and US size 8 or 9 knitting needles. Cast on 96 stitches. Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 32 inches (or until yarn is almost gone). Bind off loosely and work any loose ends into the lap robe.

Making lap robes for others is a great group activity, too. Gather some friends (teach them to knit, if they don’t know how) and enjoy the camaraderie that results when kindred spirits join together. You may choose to have a pastor bless the lap robes, including a small tag for the recipient that reads as follows: “This shawl was hand made especially for you. May you feel the warm embrace of our Heavenly Father as you wear it.”

We knit for others on the first Thursday afternoon of each month here at the shop and I invite you to join us. Our schedule will be a little different for November, though – we’ll meet on November 14 (Wednesday afternoon) from 1:00 – 4:00 instead of November 1. I’ll be happy to help you choose some yarn and help you get started…just come on down and join the fun!

Until next time, happy stitching!

October 26, 2012 by Yarn Shop Girl

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