Thursday, November 15, 2012

Packing Day for the Goodie Boxies to Military

Beverly packs the caps!

Margaret filling up the goodies box.

Marge & Lee learn a new stitch.
Sandy has a goodies box ready to be mailed.
On November 14, 2012 Rachel's Blanket Ministry packed Military Goodies Boxes for 5 soldiers.    The group made military skull caps to include in the box.   Thanks to Phyllis and Debbie for their help.    Members brought caps and goodies to pack.   We had very generous donations from Gary and also from Neil's mom.    Thanks to all!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Military Skull Cap Dedication - November 11, 2012

Douglasville First United Methodist Church - November 11, 2012 Veterans participate in the pray of dedication for the Military Skull Caps
Afghan and Military Skull Caps












Sunday, November 11, 2012

Instructions for making Military Skull Caps


HATS FOR TROOPS - CROCHET

 
The following pattern will make a hat that some people refer to as a skull cap and can be worn under helmets, if desired.  Blocked hats should be approximately 8” in length.  Not sure about size?  Try it on!  Your hats should fit snugly and cover most, if not all, of your ear.  Hats that fall just above the bottom of your ear lobe will be just fine.  Happy Crocheting!

 
1 Skein 100% wool worsted weight yarn in a dark color

Crochet Hook Size K/10.5*

 
Chain 4.  Join to form ring.

 
Round 1:  6 SC into ring.

Round 2:  2 SC into each SC. (12 st)

Round 3:  *1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, rep from *. (18 st)

Round 4:  *1 SC in next 2 SC, 2 SC in next SC, rep from *. (24 st)

Round 5:  *1 SC in next 3 SC, 2 SC in next SC, rep from *. (30 st)

Round 6:  *1 SC in next 4 SC, 2 SC in next SC, rep from *. (36 st)

Round 7:  *1 SC in next 5 SC, 2 SC in next SC, rep from *. (42 st)

Round 8:  *1 SC in next 6 SC, 2 SC in next SC, rep from *. (48 st)

Round 9:  *1 SC in next 7 SC, 2 SC in next SC, rep from *. (54 st)

Round 10: *1 SC in next 8 SC, 2 SC in next SC, rep from *. (60 st)

Round 11: 1 SC in each SC.

 
Repeat Round 11 until hat is approximately 6” long.

 
Ribbing:  *SC around post from front, SC around next post from back*, repeat * to * for 2 or 3 rounds.

 
Finish off.  Weave in yarn ends and wet block.  Lay flat to dry.
 
 
HATS FOR TROOPS – KNIT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES
 The following pattern will make a hat that some people refer to as a skull cap.  The ribbing is knit to a length that will lay flat instead of being folded up.  This allows the hats to be worn under helmets, if desired.  Blocked hats should be approximately 8” in length.  Not sure about size?  Try it on!  Your hats should fit snugly and cover most, if not all, of your ear.  Hats that fall just above the bottom of your ear lobe will be just fine.  Happy Knitting!
 
1 Skein 100% wool worsted weight yarn in a dark color
Size 8 or 9 Straight needles
 
Cast on 80 stitches.
 
Knit ribbing, (K2, P2), for 1” to 1 ½”.
 
Change to stockinette stitch and knit until piece measures approximately 5 ½” from cast on edge.
 
Decrease for top as follows:
 
Row 1:  *K6, K2tog* repeating between stars across row.
Row 2 and all even rows:   Purl
Row 3:  *K5, K2tog* repeating between stars across row.
Row 5:  *K4, K2tog* repeating between stars across row.
Row 7:  *K3, K2tog* repeating between stars across row.
Row 9:  *K2, K2tog* repeating between stars across row.
Row 11: *K1, K2tog* repeating between stars across row.
Row 13: *K2tog* to end of row.  10 Stitches remain.
 
Break yarn leaving a 20” tail.  Using a blunt needle, run the tail through the 10 remaining stitches.  Sew seam, weave in yarn ends and wet block.  Lay flat to dry.
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Update on Happeining with Rachel's Blankets

Here's what's happening with Rachel's Blanket Ministry Team -
  • October 14 - 18 Baby Blankets Dedicated in DFUMC services -   Team members and children of the church participated in a Blessing of Rachel's Blankets during morning worship.
  • October 17 - 150 Trunk or Treat Bags Made - Team made bead bracelet and twisted yarn bracelet kits packed with directions, supplies, candy, stickers and inform about Rachel's Blankets and Fine Arts Academy.
  • October 25 - Booth at Trunk or Treat - Team works Ministry Booth with FAA and Rachel's Blankets.   Gave away Treat Bags and did Face Painting.
  • October 31 -  Twisted Bracelet Kits and Treat Bags remaining from Trunk or Treat to be sent to Murphy-Harpst Children.     The remaining Treat Bags will be repackaged and sent to children.
  • Nov 11 - Military Skull Caps Dedicated - A dedication is schedule for DFUMC services on November 11, 2012 to dedicated military skull caps.   The caps will be sent to deployed military.    A "goodies box" will be prepared and sent with the caps.   

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Rachel's Blanket Ministry Team Visits Ewe Knit&Crochet

 
October 10, 2012
L-R Bottom (Beverly, Makayla, Lee   L-R Top (Janet, Marge, Margaret)
Team Members visited Ewe Knit & Crochet in Carrollton, GA.   Lunch at The Lazy Donkey was great.   Always good to spend time with these dedicated and talented people.    Currently projects a) baby blankets for Pregnancy Resource Center in Douglasville (see the current blankets below), b)  Dedication of the Rachel's Blankets is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Douglasville First United Methodist Church, c) military skull caps and treat boxes to soldiers is scheduled for November, d) in 2013 the team begins making baby blankets for DFUMC member new babies and will have an ongoing prayer ministry for the babies, families and soldiers that receive the caps or blankets. 


This quarter 18 blankets will be donated to the Douglasville Pregnancy Resource Center. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rachel's Blankets To Make Blankets & Military Skull Caps

Rachel's Blankets Team Meeting - September 12, 2012
(L-R Back Marge, Sandy - L-R Front Beverly, Margaret, Lee)
Twelve blankets for Rachel's Blankets that will go to the Pregnancy Resource Center.   Beverly is leading a project to knit/crochet military skull caps for our home church soldiers.   We will also be sending a goodies box with the skull caps.    Another new project is crocheting/knitting baby blankets for expectant mothers in our congregation.    This will also be a prayer ministry for those mothers and babies.    Next meeting is Wednesday, October 10, 2012.   Meet at DFUMC at 12:00 p.m. we will have a field trip to the Yarn Shop in Carrollton, GA and eat lunch at the Donkey (Mexican).

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Rachel's Blanket Ministry August Meeting 2012

Rachel's Blanket Ministry Team Members display work by the members.   From Left to Right (Marilyn, Beverly, Marge).    The team met today and shared blankets, devotion and prayer.   The group has set a target of 20 blankets for this quarter which will be given to the Pregnancy Resource Center in Douglasville, GA.    New projects for the group are crochet/knit blankets for infant baptism at DFUMC and crochet/knit caps for military church family members who are deployed overseas to be mailed prior to the holidays.   If you'd like to get involved in this group join the blog and we will send you reminders of group activities and meetings.


Easy Baby Blanket Pattern - If you'd like to start crocheting, here is a simple patter that only uses single crochet and chain stitches.  
Ch 145
Row 1:  Place a marker in first ch from your hook, sc in 3rd ch from hook.  (ch1, skip next ch, sc in next ch.)  Rep across entire row.  Ch 1, turn.
Row 2:  (sc in the next ch 1 space, ch 1.)  Rep the sequence in brackets across the rest of the row.  At the end of the row, work a sc st into the st where you placed the marker; you can remove the marker before working the stitch.  Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 and Up:  The rest of the rows are all exactly the same as row 2, with one difference:  at the end of the row you will work your last sc st into the turning chain of the previous row.  Rep this row until the baby blanket is the length you want.
You can add edging if you like.