Saturday, November 17, 2007

Following up ... and Monkey knitting *

My ISE5 secret pal received her scarf from me and I take it that she's very happy indeed ... stop by and say "Hi, Charlie!" I got the word that my own spoiler has mailed a package/scarf my way too and I'm excitedly waiting to rip open the package the moment I lay eyes on it. Oooooo, I can't wait.


And I want to announce the news about one of Southern New Hampshire Services' volunteer knitters, Helyn Malay. (Remember, Helyn?) Well here is a picture of her receiving two awards from NH's Governor John Lynch.
(Left to right in picture: Bob Bussey, Chair of "Volunteer NH!" Board of Directors,
Helyn Malay, Gov. John Lynch.)

Helyn received the 2007 Spirit of New Hampshire Award in the Senior category for making a difference in the lives of young children from low income families. She is a member of the Pen Pal Program, a program which pairs senior volunteers with third graders in letter writing to help improve language, written communication and social skills. She also joined the literacy program at Ledge Street School and reads to the children on a regular basis. Helyn, however, wanted to do more. She gathered some of the senior pen pals and other interested volunteers to begin the "Yarn It All" group to knit hats, mittens and scarves for the Ledge Street School as well as others. All this at 93 years young!!

Helyn was additionally honored with the 2007 Spirit of NH award presented to the one category recipient chosen by a peer review team as an "outstanding example of New Hampshire's spirit of service." Well deserved, Helyn!

And if you would also like to donate to the RSVP knitters (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) just contact or mail to the address below. They knit all year long for charity causes ... for the sick, elderly, children and babies with the need to keep warm. They prefer Cotton (for kemo hats) and Acrylic (for easy washables) and I just got the word that they could use a lot more Baby Yarn ... help if you can. Thanks!
Congratulations, Helyn Malay!

To donate, contact:

Dee Martin, Volunteer Services Director

Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc.

40 Pine Street, Manchester, NH 03103

Telephone: (603) 668-8010 ext 6022 Fax: (603) 645-6734

dmartin (at) snhs (dot) org


(from Poetry of Kansas web site)

An old-time kitchen, an open door,
Sunshine lying across the floor;
A little maid, feet bare and brown,
Cheeks like roses, a cotton gown,
Rippling masses of shining hair,
And a childish forehead smooth and fair.

The child is knitting. The open door
Wooes her, tempts her, more and more.
The sky is cloudless, the air is sweet
And sadly restless the bare brown feet..
Still,' as she wishes her task were done,
She counts the rounds off, one by one.

Higher yet mounts the sun or June;
But one round more!___a joyous tune
Ripples out from the childish lips,
While swift and swifter the finger-tips
Play out and in, till I hear her say,
"Twenty rounds! I'm going to play!"

Up to the hedge where the sweet-brier blows,
Down to the bank where the brooklet flows,
Chasing the butterflies, watching the bees,
Wading in clover up to her knees,
Mocking the bobolinks; oh, what fun
It is to be free when the task is done!

Years and years have glided away.
The child is a woman, and threads of gray
One by one creep into her hair,
And I see the prints of the feet of care.
Yet I like to watch tier. To-night she sits
By her household fire, and as then she knits.

Swiftly the needles glance, and the thread
Glides through her fingers, white and red.
'Tis a baby's stocking. To and fro
And out and in as the needles go,
She sings as she sang that day in June,
But the low, soft strain is a nursery tune.

Closely beside her the baby lies,
Slowly closing his sleepy eyes.
Forward, backward, the cradle swings,
Touched by her foot as she softly sings.
And now in silence her watch she keeps;
The song is hushed, for the baby sleeps.

Up from the green, through the twilight gray,
Comes the shoats of a troop at play.
Blue eyes, black eyes, golden curls -
These are all hers___her boys and girls.
Then wonder not at the prints of care,
Or the silver threads in her braided hair.

Does she ever pine for the meadow brook,
The sweet-brier hedge, the clover nook?
When sweet winds woo, when smiles the sun,
Does she ever wish that her task was done?
Would you know? Then watch her where she sits
Smiling dreamily, while she knits.
__Ellen P. Allerton.

*One sock down and one more to go ...
This is why I'm a Knittin' Monkey!

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