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S.A.C.K. in today's Asbury Park Press

Very exciting news today…. Please check out today's Asbury Park Press article on S.A.C.K. or at Here's a copy of the video that accompanies the article on you would like to coordinate a soap drive and/or donate soap or crocheted sacks, you can contact me at You can also send crocheted sacks to: S.A.C.K. P.O. Box 33 Allenhurst, NJ 07711

Posted by SACK – Supporting A Community with Kindness on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

If you’re not already making knitted or crocheted items for charity, I bet you know someone who does. I have one friend who knits toddler-sized sweaters for children in Africa and another who crochets infant caps for hospitals.

But here’s a new idea I hadn’t seen before: soap sacks for shelters and pantries.

Stacy Wiener developed the crochet pattern (made from cotton yarn) as a way to give a toiletry donation a special touch. The sack can be used as a soap holder and as a washcloth.

Her program, Supporting a Community of Kindness (S.A.C.K.) collects both soap and sacks. She has distributed about 3,000 sacks since the fall of 2016.

If you’re interesting in joining the initiative, you can email Stacy at or connect on Facebook at SACK – Supporting A Community with Kindness.





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This is the third in my series of easy knitting patterns for scarves. It can be adapted for men or women depending on the colors used. I made this one for a young lady attending West Virginia University in the school colors.

This scarf knitting pattern is just a little different because it incorporates a crocheted border. If you aren’t familiar with working single crochet, check out this video. The other thing that makes this scarf special is that it is worked with Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn. This makes it extremely soft, plus it has a nice nubby texture. However, you have to be careful to put a knot in the loose ends to prevent raveling.


Color A:  Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (394) Golden

Color B:  Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (368) Montana Sky

OR any other two colors of Homespun or bulky #5 yarn.


–Needles:  size 10

–Hook:  size K

–Yarn needle

Finished Size:  roughly 8-1/2” x 60”

Gauge:  14 sts = 4 inches

Scarf Knitting Pattern

Body of scarf in Color A:

Cast on 28 sts.

Row 1:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Row 2:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 3:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Row 4:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 5:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 6:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Row 7:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 8:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Repeat first eight rows until scarf is desired length.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Contrasting Border in Color B:

Work a sc border around entire scarf.

Weave in ends.

For instructions on working a sc border, click here.

Tip about knitting with Homespun:

Sometimes this yarn bunches up, especially when knitting. If you are having this problem, try holding the yarn more loosely. Pull a yard or two out of the skein at a time to help reduce the tension.

If you are still having problems, you can cut out the bunched up part and restart with the fresh end, or rewind the skein and start knitting from the opposite end. In either case, make the switch at the end of a row.

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I always have at least two easy knitting patterns going at the same time. My original reason for this was because I wanted to do the Wavy scarf knitting pattern I described in an early post. But this scarf requires a row counter and a row diagram. I didn’t want to be bothered with carrying this stuff around with me. Plus you never know if you’ll have a convenient place to set this stuff.

So instead of even trying to work on Wavy when I’m out and about, I just started a new project. The alternate project is Read the rest of this entry »

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What is it about knitting (or crocheting) that appeals to so many crafters, and has for so many generations?

Sometimes, I guess, it’s just in our blood. My dad’s mom was mostly into embroidery, especially pillow cases. But she also loved to do fine crochet, such as lacy borders on hankies. My mom’s mom was a professional seamstress, but she was known to knit a sweater now and then.

My mom would sew clothes on occasion, but she was really a knitter. At one point, she made herself about a half-dozen waist-length, lined jackets. She wore them with simple, straight wool skirts and had a lovely wardrobe on a budget. She knit everywhere—at home, on the bus, in the car—the needles were always clicking. She eventually taught herself to crochet and did a sofa-sized afghan not long before she died at the young age of 39.

But just having it in my blood is not the whole explanation. What is it that draws me to knitting Read the rest of this entry »

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