"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

March 5, 2011

Hats of Hope Party

Joy and I gave our knitting group a party for our last day of class.

In a crazy turn of events, I thought we were cancelling it since no one RSVP'd.
But right before the party, I found out that I wasn't getting the messages via the website and 17 had signed up. The problem was, I was still without my van! So, after renting a car, shopping at a late hour and coming home to make these:

The party was on!

We finished them at 11:00 pm the night before. Crazy night, but fun!

These pots say "Thank You" and "He who gives to the poor will lack nothing." Prov. 27:28
Our way of thanking them for all the hats they knitted for missionaries doing a Christmas outreach in South Dakota and the homeless in our city.

We made these to end our first Hats of Hope group and the girls got such a big kick out them that we decided it would be fun to end this group the same way.

First step is to wash all the pots! : ) Thankfully, I bought some with 40% off coupons at Michael's and then the rest when they went on sale for 25 % off. Yay!

We took a mason jar lid and used it to cut pound cake into circles to place in
the bottom of each pot. (not homemade pound cake, mind you) ; )
Then we poked a straw into the cake and cut the straw to be level with the rim of the pots.

After that we filled them with ice-cream!

Then came the crushed Oreos that look like potting soil.

Then we placed them in the freezer over night. When we arrived at the class, we put in the fresh cut flowers in the straws.

Here are the finished products! : )

These cute little girls were actually really hesitant to eat them. I guess our 'potting soil' looked a little too convincing. lol They really had a hard time believing us when we told them that there was ice cream inside!
They eventually gave them a try and before we knew it they were gone. ; )

Because I always like a theme, and this is a knitting club, I decided all activities at the party would have to do with YARN!
We played a fun game making a giant spiders web in which we tied yarn around our waists and then tossed our skeins to someone else in the circle. It was fun and we had a hug web. Then we attempted to untangle the web and re-roll our skeins, which sounded easier on paper then it really was. ; ) We ended up cutting ourselves free!

Then we made octopuses (or is it octopi) out of yarn.
They turned out really cute. I got the idea from here.

I got really excited to hear that one of the families that went with us to hand out our hats to the homeless, had a great idea for continuing to bless those in need with hats. They are continuing to knit hats and putting a bottle of water, pack of crackers and some typed out scriptures inside the hat and handing them to those on the corners holding signs.
Isn't that a great idea?! I love it.


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