McQuackerton is here! This is a free pattern, designed to benefit The Little Yellow Duck Project.

If you’d like to download, you can enter your email in the form below (I’ll only use the email to let you know of new pattern releases, cross my heart), or you can download it on Ravelry.
I hope you’ll consider knitting at least one, and leaving it as a Random Act of Kindness :-)

P.S. I didn’t have test knitters for this one, so errors may occur ;-) You can leave a comment here or on Rav if you have any issues with the pattern, and I’ll be happy to help.

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The Kindness of Strangers… (a Giveaway)

And the winner is…Amanda, with comment #9! Thank you so much to everyone who entered :)

hitchhiker scarf winner

Ever since Boston, that terrible day in Boston, I’ve been trying to figure out what to say, what to do, how to process it.

Each time one of these attacks happenOklahoma City, the World Trade Center, Newtown, now Boston…it shakes me up. I’ve been fortunate enough to not be personally affected by each act of terror, in that nobody that I know and love has been hurt or killed or even in danger.

Each time one of these attacks happen, though…I find myself losing a little more faith in humanity, doubting a little more, circling the wagons around my family and friends, wanting to withdraw.

Each time one of these attacks happen…I find it easier to slip into “us” instead of “them”, easier to judge, easier to cast a suspicious glance, easier to pass through the lives of those around me without looking beyond the cover of their book.

Each time one of these attacks happen…I feel the lure of jingoism, the desire for revenge, the bitter-tasting rage that just wants to make it all go away, and failing that, to make sure that those who attack suffer.

If I listened to the media, consumed a steady diet of the news and commentary on the news and twitter feeds of the anxious, then I’m not sure I could survive. We’re told that everyone is out to get us, that everyone is not to be trusted, Stranger Danger on a global scale.

And yet – there’s the other side of my soul, the side that believes it truly is possible to overcome evil with good, darkness with light. I really do feel, as Anne Frank wrote before her death, “…in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

¬†Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at; do it for peace. Let us radiate the peace of God and so light His light and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power. ~Mother Teresa~

So, as I thought of all this last week, an idea began to take shape. I can’t do anything grand to set the world to rights, but I can do a little something to proclaim my faith in humankind. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a knitter. I love to knit things for myself, for my family, for my friends.

This week, I knit something for one of you. It’s a Hitchhiker¬†shawlette, made out of Diversity yarn. According to the pattern designer, the pattern was named because of the number of points – 42 – which as any Douglas Adams fan can tell you is indeed the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Diversity yarn was chosen for the name – we do live in a diverse world, a world of different creeds and color and custom, and that’s what makes it beautiful.

How to enter

Normally, for a giveaway, I ask that you share the post link, and then comment back here with proof of sharing. But in the spirit of trusting, I’m not going to ask for proof that you’ve shared it.

To enter this giveaway, please do share this link. Most importantly, though, leave a comment – a very specific type of comment. I want to hear your stories of the kindness of strangers; you being kind to a stranger, a stranger being kind to you…those serendipitous moments where you made a connection with another human being just because.

If you don’t have one of those stories immediately in mind, then my challenge to you is to create one of those stories. Between now and Wednesday, May 15, reach out. Look around you for a chance to be kind – try to see the stranger passing by as not a potential threat, not someone to be feared or avoided, but a human just as yourself. Even if it’s as simple as smiling 5 times a day at someone you’d rather not smile at, do it. And then come tell us about it here – both because you’ll have a chance to win the giveaway, and because it will do us all good to hear it.

I realize I’m putting a lot of faith in the effects of some pretty string, a couple of sticks, and some time…but I really do think that each one of us can change the world, just a little bit, if we reach out.

I’ll use to select a winner on Wed. May 15, at 2:49 pm EDT.

Quick and Easy Earbud Case

Honestly, with this one? It took me longer to write the pattern than it did to knit 2 of these. It really is quick, and easy!
I just needed something to stop my purse earbuds from tangling in my bag, and my nightstand earbuds from wrapping themselves around my knitting magazines, my Kindle, and my water glass, thereby dislodging all 3 every time I tried to use them.









As always, it’s free to get this pattern, and as always, I promise to immediately forget you ever entered your email address. I won’t bug you! You can also grab this pattern over on Ravelry, if you want to take advantage of the awesome Rav features like the library, and the queue, etc.

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Bon-Bon Bag

It’s that time again…time for a new pattern!

Well, what I really mean to say is, I need to get on with my Birthday and Christmas knitting but that means I have to wait until everyone else is in bed, and it means I can’t carry any of it around with me like I normally do when I’m out of the house because the recipients might spot it, so I should start on my Beekeeper’s Quilt I’ve been wanting to make, but I needed a yarn keeper for the small balls of sock yarn remnants and I didn’t have one, so I made one up, and I decided to share it.

But saying “it’s time for a new pattern!” is kind of shorter.

Anyway – just a simple yarn holder, allowing the yarn to feed from either end. Perfect for converting a small project bag into a Two-at-a-Time bag, too, if you’re like me and you never knit anything twice unless you can knit it TAAT.

Download it here – I promise not to use your email address for anything at all, it’s just an easy way to generate download links.
Don’t want to hand out your email address? No problem, you can grab it on Ravelry for free, too.

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