Friday, December 23, 2016

Hats for Youth Villages - Deliver of Hats 2016

It was wonderful to visit Youth Villages and meet Kimmy and Chelsea.    We learned about the program and discussed future collaborations.   We will plan a crochet/knitting class for the youth in the winter.   We delivered 135 hats.    That still left us with hats that will be distributed to homeless in Douglasville by one of our Sunday School classes at DFUMC.   They have a backpack ministry and each winter pack bags of clothing, food, and include a hat.

Hats For Youth Villages 2016 - Dedication Sunday

This year after our group made hats for Burnett Elementary First Graders and the 2-5 year class of DFUMC Preschool we were asked to consider making hats for Youth Villages.   Youth Villages is a residential treatment center for troubled youth.    We agreed and 160 hats later we dedicated them in a beautiful service at DFUMC.

Rev. DeHart, Janet, Sandy and Shelia

Sandy and Shelia

Sandy and Shelia

Beverly, Sandy and Shelia

Beverly and Shelia

Hats for Burnett Elementary School and DFUMC Preschool

This year Rachel's Blanket Ministry Team has been hard at work making hats.   We have always made hats for the Burnett Elementary School clothes closet but this year they ask us to sponsor one of their classes and to make hats for each child.    We decided that we would also make hats for our Douglasville First United Methodist Preschool also.    These faces say it all!!

Some of our Team members with the bags and bags of hats!!

Our Team has also made blankets for the Pregnancy Resource Center and Wellstar Hospital.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This photo is from a few years ago, but once again Rachel's Blanket Ministry made military skull caps for soldiers.    The caps were dedicated this weekend in a service at Douglasville First United Methodist Church.

This month we met and collected the following:
32 hats for Youth Village
26 hats for DFUMC Preschool 2years - 5 years
24 military skull caps
11 baby blankets for Wellstar Hospittal
21 prayer squares
1  baby blanket for Pastor Elizabeth Lobello

Last month we delivered caps to donate to the First Graders at Burnett Elementary School and baby blankets to the Pregnancy Resource Center.    We gave baby blankets to a parent of one of our DFUMC Preschoolers and also to our former Youth Paster.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Prayer Shawl Pattern

This patten was a free crochet shawl wrap I downloaded.   I was looking for something fast and simple.   This is it!!    Instead of crocheting and changing colors, I simply got a variegated yarn and repeated Rows 2 and 3.     If you have time and want to change colors, it makes a very interesting pattern.    For me quick and easy for the trick so add this one to your list of "must crochet".    You'll love it and the prayer shawl will bring warmth and comfort to the one who receives it.

Crochet Wrap
Row two - starts with beginning chain string from first row on right    I used a variegated yarn and repeated Rows 2 & 3 until it was 20 inches wide.    It's worked lengthwise.    Love this simple and easy pattern.   You can look up the photo of the one that uses different colors on the link below.    But for a "make it easy" day, just use one color or a variegated. 


Crochet Hook: I/9 or 5.5 mm hook
Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Caron Simply Soft:
A: Grey Heather (9509), 3 skeins
B: Plum Perfect (9761), 2 skeins
C: Charcoal Heather (9508), 1 skein
D: Off White (9702), 1 skein
Crochet Hook: I-8 (5mm)
Yarn Needle
Approximately 20"/51 cm wide x 75"/190.5 cm long
4 pattern repeats and 8 rows = 4"/10 cm
1. Wrap is worked lengthwise.
2. To change color; work last st of old color to last yarn over, yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch.
STITCH PATTERN (multiple of 3 sts + 1; +1 for foundation ch)
Row 1 (RS): (Sc, ch 3, dc) in 2nd ch from hook, *sk next 2 ch, (sc, ch 3, dc) in next ch; repeat from * across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in first st, (sc, ch 3, dc) in each ch-3 space across to last ch-3 space, sc in last ch-3 space, ch 2, dc in last sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, dc in next ch-2 space, *(sc, ch 3, dc) in next ch-3 space; repeat from * across, sc in last dc (turning ch), turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern.
With A, chain 224.
Rows 1–3: Work Rows 1–3 of Pattern Stitch—75 sc and 74 ch-2 spaces.
Continue working in pattern stitch changing colors as follows:
4 more rows with A, *1 row with D, 2 rows with A, 2 rows with C, 4 rows with B, 1 row with D, 4 rows with B, 2 rows with C, 2 rows with A, 1 row with D, 7 rows with A; repeat from * once more.
Fasten off.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Author Talk with Raymond Atkins

Belles & Books - Book Club and Guest with Author, Raymond Atkins

Janet Deal and Raymond Atkins at Book Signing

Georgia Author, Raymond Atkins

Belles & Books- Book Club
Friday, November 20, 2015 the Belles & Books-Book Club hosted an author talk with Georgia author, Raymond Atkins.    Ray lives near Rome, Georgia and teaches English at a north Georgia college.    His first book "Front Porch Prophet" won the Georgia author of the year award in 2009.   His book "Camp Redemption" won the Georgia author of the year award in 2014.   He was second place in Georgia author of the year for "Sweetwater Blues".    His stories are humorous, folksy, spiritual and entertaining!    Just wanted to share so you might try this author.   We've already booked him for our club next year when his new book comes out.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Prayer Square Pattern

Linda, Bev and Darlene at the November 18, 2015 meeting
Prayer Square Pattern
This makes a larger square.   You can make a smaller one by chaining 14 and turning and chaining in 2nd chain from the hook.    Then you have 6 SC, PC, 6SC  to replace Row 3    Then adjusting the popcorn stitches to SC 6, PC, SC 6 and on the 15th row SC, SC, PC, SC, PC, SC,PC,SC,PC,SC,PC, SC,SC     Eliminate rows to make only 7 PC down and 5 across.

    **  Soft worsted weight yarn - pastel solid color
    **  Size F crochet hook

CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
PC = popcorn stitch
SL ST = slip stitch
YO = yarn over
SK = skip a stitch

Finished size approximately 5" x 7" or smaller depending on yarn used.

Make 3 DC in the same stitch.  Take the hook out of the loop of the last DC and insert the hook in the top of first DC.  Hook the loop you just dropped and draw it through the stitch.  Pull tight and then CH 1.  Push the popcorn stitch to the front as you go to the next SC.

CH 18 loosely.

ROW 1 - Starting in the second chain from the hook, SC in each chain (17 SC total).  CH 1, Turn.

ROW 2 - SC in each stitch across (17 SC total).  CH 1. Turn.

ROW 3 - SC 8, PC 1, SC 8. CH 1. Turn.

ROW 4 - SC in each stitch across (17 SC total). CH 1. Turn.

ROWS 5 - 14 - Repeat rows 3 and 4 (5 times)

ROW 15 - SC 2, PC 1, SC 1, PC 1, SC 1, PC 1, SC 1, PC 1, SC1, PC 1, SC 1, PC 1,
SC 1, PC 1,  SC 2. CH 1.  Turn.

ROW 16 - SC in each stitch (17 SC total). CH 1. Turn.

ROW 17-22 - Repeat rows 3 and 4 (3 times)

ROW 23 - SC in each stitch (17 SC total)

BORDER - CH 2, SC in each row, SC 3 in the corner, SC in each stitch across the bottom, SC 3 in the corner, SC in each row  up the side, SC 3 in the corner, SC in each stitch across the top, SL ST in the beginning SC at the corner and finish off.