Knitting for Christmas deadline

I’m knitting on only one project (gasp!), trying to beat the Christmas deadline.  What, you say?  Has the heat gotten to her?  Nope, I’m knitting for Christmas at Sea.  Here’s their introduction:

The Christmas at Sea program of the Seamen’s Church Institute brings hospitality and love to deep-sea and river mariners by distributing gifts containing handmade scarves, caps, vests, helmets or socks, as well as other useful items. These gifts are knitted or crocheted by more than 4,000 volunteers from every state. Each year, more than 17,000 gifts are distributed. We would love to have your help.

Their website provides patterns and all the instructions you might need.  Distribution occurs when the ships are in port in the fall, and then opened up for Christmas, wherever that finds them.  Knitted items can be sent in anytime, of course, but for this Christmas they should be shipped by September 1st.  (Knit faster, knit faster!) Go to, or look at the Ravelry group Christmas at Sea.

Oh, what do I have done?  4 scarves and hat sets.  On the needles:  a vest, that I modified to knit in the round to the underarms, and separated the front/back at the underarms.  Fronts are done, back in progress above underarms.  I promise pictures when I can.



  1. Leslie said,

    August 6, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Glad to know about this! I had knit some slippers for a project but never got a reply on the details to get them to the distibutors, so I have something to send out already! I love it when I beat a deadline (which pretty much NEVER happens!)

  2. devittles said,

    November 22, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Thansk for writing about us!! i just was reading your archives and was so pleased to see you mention our project!

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