"As for those who in the present age are rich...They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that is really life." -- 1 Timothy 6:17-19


Crafty Angels
April - May, 2011

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Serving our neighborhood, country and the world -- one stitch at a time!
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Renewal and Restoration
Just yesterday, as I returned home from our women's Lenten breakfast at church, the rain turned to snow mixed with rain.  It's still only earliest spring here in Chicago.  Bits of green are beginning to show in the drab browns and greys, deep blues from wild squills compliment the bright yellow of the earliest daffodils and forsythias, and the red of nesting robins glow in the trees.  I've always thought those colors would make a great yarn colorway -- I'd call it "early spring!"

It was such a joy to see everything blooming in Annapolis when I visited my sister -- a riot of color was everywhere -- pink cherry blossoms, creamy white pear blossoms, neon pink azaleas, vivid yellow daffodils and jonquils, pale lavender magnolias, rose-colored red bud trees, red and yellow tulips, and every shade of green imaginable.  I started keeping mental notes of how nature used these different color combinations for future knitting projects -- I wish I had had a camera with me!  

I think we knitters and crocheters are drawn to color -- and as spring comes with Easter, I start thinking of renewal and restoration in all sorts of ways. Our souls are brightened with the coming of Easter and its promises, the warmer weather lightens our steps, birdsong makes us smile, color in the landscape improves our attitudes, and we start thinking of different projects to make which reflect those changes.  Spa cloths and baby blankets, here I come! 

I was absolutely thrilled to come home from Annapolis to find robins had set up housekeeping at the top of the frame of our front door!  Some of the mortar had crumbled away under the awning, leaving just enough room for a nest.  For the last four days, Mom and Dad have been working furiously to build a suitable home -- with Dad actively protecting his territory.  I made a sign to put on the front door, telling everyone to come to the side door because of the nesting robins, and I can't wait to see how things progress. Talk about renewal!  We'll soon see new life in the least likely of places - but God always surprises us that way, doesn't He? 
And who doesn't need some renewal and restoration after the long, hard winter we've had? 

I'm looking forward to seeing all our local Angels at our next gathering, which will be on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 AM at my house at 6357 N. Leoti Ave. in Chicago.  I can't wait to see your projects of spring renewal and restoration -- and I am most definitely looking forward to a time of fellowship, fiber, and fun!   See you there! 
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Christmas at Sea Program

Since 1898, during the Spanish American War, volunteers have knitted, collected, packed, and distributed gifts to mariners who are miles away from home during the holidays, through the Seamen's Church Institute. The historic name of this volunteer program, Christmas at Sea, only partially describes the work of the people who make holidays a little warmer for mariners. While gift distribution happens during winter months, collection and creation of items happens year round, and while many gifts go to international mariners working "at sea," thousands of gifts also go to mariners working on inland waterways here in the United States.

 

The centerpiece of SCI's Christmas gift for mariners, a handknit scarf and hat, comes in a cheerful package containing a handwritten card, information detailing how mariners can reach SCI, and a variety of Christmas gifts. The Crafty Angels have been making hats and scarves for this worthy effort since our beginnings, and are happy to join over 4,000 knitters and crocheters across the world making warm items that are distributed during the Christmas and Epiphany seasons. 

 

Most of these mariners earn below the poverty level and are away from their families for up to 6 months at a time.  It can get very cold out on the water, even in "warmer weather."  Our gifts of warm hats and scarves are deeply appreciated, and show them at even though they may be lonely at sea, someone cares deeply about them.  Mariners have written that they still have scarves and hats they were given decades ago - and treasure them and what they mean.

 

To learn more, check out SCI's website, and most definitely check out their great patterns (SCI prefers that we use their recommended patterns because the designs best suit the shipboard environment) - which have been expanded to include socks, vests, and slippers.  You can also use these patterns for men we serve at A Just Harvest, Cornerstone Community Outreach, and the North Park Friendship Center.

The Crafty Angels were founded in 2001 to join people of all ages who use their skills in knitting, crocheting, and sewing to serve their neighborhood, country, and the world - one stitch at a time.  Everyone, or any skill level, is welcome.  Come join us in serving those in need!

Check out our blog, too: www.crafty-angels.blogspot.com 

If you would like to join our mailing list, send Chris an email at craftyangels52@aol.com

Sincerely,
Rev. Christine Pokorny
Crafty Angels
In This Issue
Renewal and Restoration
Christmas at Sea

Our Next Gathering
Our next gathering will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM at my house at 6357 N. Leoti Ave. in Chicago. See you there! 

Our Blog
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Where to Send Your Yarny Goodness
LAUNDERED, finished items can be sent to:

Rev. Chris Pokorny
Edgebrook Covenant Church
6355 N. Spokane Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646

Questions? 
Email Chris at:
clpokorny@aol.com