Compassion Tuesday: Spotlight On Gabriela

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In the next few Compassion Tuesday posts, I will be introducing you to my newer sponsor children. Of my six kids, four are new to me this year. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Gabriela.

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Gabriela is 9 years old and lives near the city of Oruro, Bolivia. She is actually my third child from Bolivia, and my second named Gabriela. Weird, huh? I guess that must be a popular name. I only sponsored my first Gabriela for a few months before she moved out of the area where Compassion serves.

When my first sponsor child left the program, Compassion sent me a girl named Erika. I sponsored Erika for several years until she graduated from Compassion’s program at the age of 15 late last year. When Erika graduated, Compassion sent me information on my current Gabriela.

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I’ve only been sponsoring Gabriela since January of this year, but we have already gotten to know each other. When she writes me, it feels much more like a conversation than a letter. She has answered my questions and asked a few of her own. I feel as though I’ve gotten to know her more in the past 10 months than I have some of my other kids in years of writing. I’m not sure if it’s her age or just her personality, but I love it!

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She is also a pretty good artist. She told me drawing is one of her favorite activities.

I recently received a new photo of Gabriela.

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Do you recognize the shield on her jacket? Gabriela attends a project run by a Salvation Army church. 🙂

I’m looking forward, and hoping for, many more years of sponsoring Gabriela.

There are currently 129 children in Bolivia on Compassion’s website who are waiting for sponsors. Would you consider getting to know your own “Gabriela.”

~Janet

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WIP Wednesday: Spiced and Super Secret

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It’s a lovely, rainy Wednesday here in the Seattle area. Really, I love days like this! After running a few errands this morning, I’m now snuggled up on my couch with the kitties and looking forward to a night off. I’m also linking up with the Yarn Along over at Ginny’s.

The Hook

Oh! I’ve been busy! I actually got an entire section of my Spice of Life afghan done. Section 4 has just between released, but I’ve just finished Section 2.

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It’s so bright and cheerful! My colors are:

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I’m trying to choose the next three colors. I can’t quite decide between Orchid, Soft Blue, Soft Pink, Ocean, and Periwinkle.

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Whichever colors I choose, I’ll be using for the rest of the blanket. And that’s going to get interesting. I think this is where the “spice” comes in. For the first section, I decided which colors went where. However, for the rest of the blanket, I’m going to be letting Sandra (the designer) decide using my handy dandy list.

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There are three more colors Sandra lists in the pattern, thus my indecision. I’ll keep fiddling with my color pegs. Tune in next week to set what l decide.

The Book

Um… Yeah.. Nothing new here. I’m beginning to think my first term at Hogwarts is legitimately going to take a term.

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The Needles

My needles have gotten some equal time this week. I’ve decided to knit on the go and crochet at home. However, I can’t tell you about what I’m knitting. It’s a super secret project that will be a gift, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. I can give you an edited sneak peek.

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That’s me knitting at the Verizon store. I had two ladies comment to me that I was smart for bringing my knitting with me. Honestly, it’s rare that I don’t have it with me. It sure makes waiting more fun! Do you bring your crafting with you?

That about does it for this week. The afternoon is growing older, a and its getting to be about my bedtime. Have I mentioned that I work nights?

*yawn*

Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

~Janet

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FO Friday: Mixed-Up Monster

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I finally finished the monster was knitting for my Sister-in-Law, Heidi! Isn’t it cute? Since it’s made from elements of three designs, I’m not sure what she’ll name it. I’m thinking Jonah and Carly might have a say. 🙂

For the main pattern, I used Harold the Houseplant Monster. I knit several more decreases to make his gray head a little bigger, so he turned out more egg shaped than Harold normally is. The ears come from Dot the Dress-Up Monster, and the stripes are from Gort the Gym Bag Monster.

He took a liking right away to my houseplants.

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The Knitty Gritty

Pattern: See above. All patterns are from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger.

Yarn: Sunseeker by Cascade Yarns in 12 Dill and 04 Silver

Needles: US-3/3.25 mm

Eyes: 12 mm safety eyes