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Old 07-24-2007, 02:09 AM   #1
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Hi,

This is kind of a weird request. If there are any Greek (or other) Orthodox knitters reading this, maybe you could help me.

I want to make a present for our community's monk. He is very active and helps everyone. He has been especially kind to me about some adjustment problems I had when I first moved here (he speaks excellent English). I noticed that other people give him gifts, like baking or sewing things for him.

But what? I thought of a black or navy blue scarf. My husband suggested a V-neck vest, but I couldn't make it without his measurements. Socks would be good, but again, I don't know his foot size and am still learning socks.

He wears only black robes in public, and wouldn't wear a knitted hat or anything. He has a special hat he wears. I don't know if he can wear gloves, but my knitting skills aren't up to that. Given the combination of his dress code and my knitting skills, I think a scarf is it.

Any suggestions would be wonderful!!! Sorry about all the rambling!
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Old 07-24-2007, 02:21 AM   #2
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How about a pair of wristwarmers? I have made the "Fetching" version of these. The pattern is not hard.

http://www.knitty.com/issuespring07/PATTdashing.html
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The only monk I know is buddhist. He wears skullcaps and scarves, They have to be either maroon or gold though.
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:19 AM   #4
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Does he carry a bag? I'm making this for my son who doesn't wear scarves: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTsatchel.html
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:31 AM   #5
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This page has gone strange but I'll post anyway.

I think if you were making a scarf a totally black one with no fringe would be the best given he chooses to wear black all the time.
However, other thoughts are, a cross stitch book mark that has a Greek Orthodox religious symbol on it. You could readily make a chart to help you do this. You could even make a bookmark in knitting (in a very fine yarn) but in this case perhaps white. But you would need to seek advice on that.

I would not make any undergarment items. You could also perhaps make a black cushion cover or other colour that you know suits religious symbology and put a cushion inside the cover. Such things make for lovely gifts. A navy blue here may be nice. Perhaps look up some Greek Orthodox sites online and see what colours items tend to come in.

It's wonderful he was so helpful and you want to show him your appreciation.
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That satchel could be a good idea too!
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