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Tropicflower24 07-26-2008 08:18 PM

Okay.... Need help and need it FAST! Please!
Okay, here's the deal. My family is adopting a special needs little boy (1 1/2 months) with bilateral schizophrenically. Our 100+ year old house (we are living here) is unfinished, upstairs completely gutted, ect. It all needs finished by the time the Social worker come to check us out. But we are running low on building supplies, and my dad took a pay cut. Day to day, we are *fine*. But when you suddenly throw in adoption fees, agency fees, homestudy fees, baby care fees, you can tell the money goes fast. I have exactly 7 days to knit a bunch of (NON copywrited.... I wouldn't sell something I wasn't supposed to!) knitted/crochet crafts to sell. I need some really fast knits/crochets. Ideas???? I want it to look nice tho.... Not real tacky stuff. That just gives knitting a bad name. :woot: Any one? Help?

jpenguin 07-26-2008 10:24 PM


Since you are from the state of Missouri, how about some toboggan hats? It does get very cold there. I have a very simple pattern that use worsted weight yarn & can be done in a day. Also, maybe some book marks or dishcloths? Just a few things that popped into my mind. Hope this helps.

Knitting_Guy 07-26-2008 10:52 PM

I would also suggest hats as they are quick.

No offense, but why would someone make such a major step when they know they aren't ready? It almost seems like putting the cart before the horse, but I'm sure there are thing of which I am unaware.

Cudos to your family for caring enough to make such a commitment.

Tropicflower24 07-27-2008 01:22 AM

No offense taken!!!

Well, we have some controversial beliefs, (and I won't go into them for fear of starting another hot topic :) ) and one of them is, even if it doesn't make sense, go where God leads you. And we all know that this little boy has something to do with us, and we are going to play some sort of role in his finding a forever family, whether that be us or ..... ? God has a plan and it's not up to me to question it. :)

Kara 07-27-2008 01:43 AM

How about some knit or crochet fruit and veggies? Maybe you could sell it to a farmer with a farm stand or one who sells at farmer's markets.

Reusable shopping bags. I've seen people carrying these mesh bags and I think they are crochet, but I'm not sure on that.

Azlynn 07-27-2008 03:30 AM

Wow, I can't think of anything you could knit or crochet AND sell within 7 days, but I wish you luck.

On another note, I'm not sure what you mean by "bilateral schizophrenically." I'm guessing you just got the exact terminology wrong and it's some type of schizophrenia or that his parents have schizophrenia? Either way, I'll say a prayer for your family and that sweet little baby. Will you post pictures when he arrives?

brittyknits 07-27-2008 08:07 AM

I think the doctors must have mixed up their terminology-- schizophrenia is diagnosed by observing symptoms, particularly speech and behavior, which 1.5 month olds don't have; schiz. isn't diagnosed any earlier than pre-school age. Also, bilateral schiz. is a controversial diagnosis, and it refers to what shows up on an MRI of the brain in a schiz. patient. But whatever the actual diagnosis, obviously this baby has some very severe problems, and it's wonderful that you are pulled to taking care of him. Now, as for the knitting projects-- I'm thinking people would be most likely to buy hats, and they're fairly quick to knit up. There are tons of free patterns for simple ones on .

sgtpam 07-27-2008 10:51 AM

Depending on where you're selling them, dishrags and coasters. Cheap and quick to make (not for me, because I'm still slow). Sell them both as sets and individually...and show them in their "natural habitat"...use them! I gave a dishrag to my massage therapist yesterday and she couldn't believe you could use it! If you show how good a crocheted coaster sucks up the water (with a glass of ice water sitting on it), they should go well.

God bless your family for being faithful and trusting that God won't hand you anything he isn't going to help you with. Hugs and prayers going your way. :pray:

Tropicflower24 07-27-2008 10:59 AM

Actaully, it's not scheizophrenia...... If you look it up on Wiki or google it or whatever, you can find some info. Basically his brain has slits in it that didn't bond togather like they were supposed to, and have filled with fluid. It sounds scarey, but honestly, we've had quite a bit of exprerience. We raised my cousin (now 3 1/2), and she had parts of her brain missing, and honestly you can't tell. She has more logic skills than most adults. It's pretty freaky, and especially irratating when you are trying to keep a secret from her. :roflhard:

Tropicflower24 07-27-2008 10:59 AM

Thanks everyone for the great ideas!!!

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