For those of you unfamiliar with Operation Christmas Child, it is a yearly outreach from Samaritan's Purse in which you and I can pack a shoebox full of supplies and gifts for children around the world. Samaritan's Purse collects the packed shoeboxes and then arranges the distribution. Long before we even think about packing a shoebox, though, they have gone to the distribution areas and worked with the local pastors to prepare. You see, the children who receive these shoeboxes not only get what may be the ONLY gift they ever receive, but they are told about the most awesome gift the world EVER received, Jesus. Many are given the opportunity to participate in 12 week Bible study, free of charge, so that they can learn more. These shoeboxes open the door to let children feel loved and valued so that they can understand just how much the King loves and values them as well. It is a ministry that is close to my heart.
Every year I try to ensure that each shoebox my family packs contains at least 1 hand-made item. As I make each item I pray for the child that will be receiving to to have an open heart to the message they will hear, to feel the love of our Creator, and to know that they are cared for. In years past I have made hats, dolls, and scarfs. This year my 8 year old made plastic canvas crosses and hearts to put in each shoebox.
The first was a neat corner to corner pattern, which I had never done when knitting before. It is called the Diagonal Knit Dishcloth, which is only available as a Ravelry free PDF download. (Don't worry, membership is free too!) It was a neat little project which admittedly would have looked better in a solid color yarn, but this is what Mr. Sunflowers bought for me when he found a cone of it on sale. The pattern was easy to follow and once I got the hang of it it worked up really quickly. I like the contrast between the middle section and the rest of the cloth.
Tomorrow I will share with you my own design born from the need for a washcloth made from a limited supply of yarn....
Until next time,