Next week is the Temple Purim Carnival! "Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination."
On Sunday morning, the temple will be filled with kids (and adults!) wearing costumes and face paint, eating, drinking, playing games of chance and perhaps even some of skill, buying raffle tickets, enjoying pizza and special triangular fruit and nut filled cookies called hamentaschen, winning silly prizes, and generally having a ridiculous good time.
The Youth Group of the temple has planned a raffle with big theme baskets. There will be a movie basket and a dog basket and a coffee basket and a candle basket, and there will also be a KNITTING BASKET, because Anna promised them she would make a knitting basket (which of course meant that I would be making a knitting basket.)
Here's what it looks like:
The basket includes 4 skeins of yarn, 3 pair of needles, a $25 gift certificate to Karma Knitting, a multi-yarn scarf hand-knit by me, and a certificate for a 1/2 hour Beginning Knitting Lesson with me. Not that I've ever taught anyone else to knit, but what the heck? I know how to knit and I know how to teach. I should be able to figure this out. Total value on the basket: $100.
Anyway, there's a whole story behind the scarf. About two years ago I spent a lot of $$ on a Prism kit to make a multi-yarn shawl. I followed the directions perfectly and it should have turned out like this:
Unfortunately, mine turned out HORRIBLE. I hated it. (Now that I look at the picture, I wonder where the pale GREEN yarn was... my kit just had peaches and purples, hmmm....) Anyway, this awful, ugly thing just sat and sat and sat and I NEVER wore it. And finally, I frogged the whole thing. Tied up all the little pieces, wound it up with some thin black and turquoise eyelash and tried to reknit it. STILL hated it. So, when Anna told me last week that I had to have a scarf or something to put into the knitting basket that she (ha!) was doing for the Youth Group Purim Carnival Raffle, I dragged out that ball of yarns, pulled the eyelash off it it, and just did a sort-of sideways stole. Its LONG and its THIN and its very loopy and loose (I used a few dropped rows) and here is a close-up of it:
The kids from the Youth Group set up a table at Hebrew School this morning to sell raffle tickets and show off the baskets that they have (so far) and mine was the most popular one! I am so excited about it.