The blind Post classified news April 2018 edition

The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.

A great place to share and sell!

April 2018

Current subscribers to date: 1163

Contents for this month’s issue:

This month’s sponsors.
From the editor.
Items for sale, both new and used.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.

This months columns:

Did you know?
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady.
The book shelf.
The pet place.
Blind man walking.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary.
Yarn, hook, and needle.

Other important info:

How to post and pay for an ad or announcement.
What can you post to the Blind Post?
Subscriptions to the Blind Post.

This month’s sponsors: We have two!

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Phyllis Staton Campbell of Staunton, VA, has turned her blindness into an asset, as she releases "Where Sheep May Safely Graze," fiction, Westbow Press.

"Where Sheep May Safely Graze" tells the story of Jim, blinded while serving as chaplain in Iraq, and his wife, Amy. The reader follows the young couple as they meet the challenge of a new marriage, a new church in a rural area, vastly different from the prestigious city church where they served before Jim's blindness, and Jim's wealthy interfering mother.

Campbell, who was born blind, says she wants her readers to view the blind as normal people, who see the world through touch, smell and sound, not as superbeings, nor sad creatures, to be pitied. If you're looking for either of these, don't read this book! Pastor Jim and Amy make mistakes, they know sorrow and joy; they meet their challenges with humor, love for each other, and a deep abiding faith in God. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll find inspiration. This is simply a good read for all ages. Readers of The Mitford books by Jan Karon, will find Where Sheep May Safely Graze of special interest.

In creating her blind characters, Phyllis Staton Campbell calls on her own experience as a woman who is blind and that of others. She has worked as teacher of the blind, computer tutor, youth transition specialist and organist.

She lives in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran Church, not far from the home she shared with her husband Chuck, who waits on the other side of that door we call death.

Where Sheep May Safely graze is available in softcover, hardcover, and as an ebook.

Visit her author page

Other books by Phyllis Campbell…

COME HOME MY HEART, 1985, available from your regional library and from BARD

REPRINTED IN 2001; FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997, also available from your library and BARD; The Evil Men Do, 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim; Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012 ebook available from Amazon, apple, and Smashwords in various formats; ; A Place To Belong August, 2012; Out of the Night February, 2014 also available as an ebook as above;

Follow her on Facebook…

As a special offer, I will email a copy of any of my books except The Evil Men Do in your desired format, including .brf files ready for reading on your braille aware device at a reduced price. Contact me for details.

From the editor:

Hurray! The Blind Post is back. I am glad to be publishing the news again.

I appreciated all your responses to the Blind Post questionnaire. I have tried to address some of the suggestions. I tried many ways to put headings in the newsletter to make it easier for everyone. I learned that using my Gmail account online could not work for the headings to show up in the received emails. I set up my Outlook app on my Windows 10 laptop with my Gmail email address. I learned how to create headings in my Word document. I pasted it into a new message, through Outlook, and sent it to a different email address. There were all my headings in the message! I was so happy. I do hope all of you can now navigate the email easier. I also put ### for the main sections, and ## for the individual notices recipes, patterns, and article titles. I am not sure how all of you have your email settings, so this should cover all plain text and html emails.
Please feel free to email me with any comments or suggestions.

We have lots of wonderful notices and articles this month. All writers are not back yet. If any of you are interested in writing either tech articles, or any other topic ideas, email me. They can be monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly. I do have places for individual single submission stories under The pet place and Blind people talking sections.
Currently, I can only offer ad space for contributors for the columns.
I will also be posting the news on the website too.

This issue has taken me a bit longer to get out than I would like. It took me some time to get the headings and tests done. I hope to get the May issue ready closer to May seventh. I need your submissions by the fifth of each month for that month’s edition. I will add late notices, only if I can.
I hope all will enjoy the April edition and I will be sending out the reminder for May around the end of April.

Note: if your particular email provider clips the end of the news, there should be a link to read the entire message.
Thank you very much!
Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis
Publisher & editor
The Blind Post classified news.
A great place to share and sell!

Items for sale, both new and used:

selling: Xerox, Reading Edge Machine in excellent condition with book edge scanner.

This rare piece of blindness technology uses DEC talk voices to read print clearly with the ability to store books easily via its on board and hard-to-find floppy disc drive.
Volume and voice speeds are controlled using two tactile knobs located on the right side of this stand alone unit.
Beginner and advanced reading options are provided on plug-in cards with two separate keyboards.
Price: $1,000 that includes printed instructions and professional UPS packing.
Pay Pal accepted. for more information contact: Rich at; (216)751-9134
or email

THE PADDY STORIES: BOOK TWO Fiction by John Justice, C 2018

In e-book and print on Amazon, etc.
California, the 1950s. Patrick and Lucy’s story continues as they attend high school. Their love deepens and matures, and they form a successful musical group with Lucy’s brother, Carlos. The challenges are many, but so are the rewards. Whether it’s moving, starting a business, tackling major remodeling projects, or rescuing an abused classmate, they always succeed with love and mutual support.

Full details of this book and John’s other three books, including THE PADDY STORIES: BOOK ONE, are on his website:

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Mother’s Day is May 13th!

Whether she’s the mom of your kids, mom of your heart, or the mom who’s been there for you since day one, give her a gift with a meaningful message she can touch.
Call Elegant Insights braille jewelry at 509-264-2588
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Rich DeSteno has released his second album, entitled Up Elevator.

Rich has continued to deliver his special blend of electric and acoustic rock. The album, Up Elevator, is now available on all major digital music download and streaming web sites.
Visit his web site at:

I am selling my braille frame slates collection,

these are metal, very good condition in different sizes.
If interested, please email me privately for enquiries at:

Spring has sprung which means Brand New and returning Scentsy products and fragrances.

Mandarin Splash, Rainforest Bungalow, Accidently in Love, Shimmer, Paradise Punch and Lilacs and Violets are just a few of the amazing fragrances now available.
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Wanted, to trade, or to give away:

Wanted: Seeking a Vario Ultra 20 in very good to excellent condition.

I'm happy to buy it for a reasonable agreed-upon price. I may also entertain other displays of a similar size. All display cells must be completely functional. Please email me at with your offers.


The time is right to join Out-Of-Sight!

We are a group of blind fun-loving, congenial, and interesting people from all over the world, who use our screen-readers and microphones to play games, chat, learn, and socialize on our own internet TeamTalk server. We have a full schedule of activities every day and evening and you can drop in whenever you wish. We display our musical talents and play music in our music rooms. You can get help with your computer, your iPhone, your cooking, and your chess game, or you can just simply have fun! We also have a book-discussion group and Bible groups. There is no end to the stimulation, excitement, and camaraderie you will experience. To join us and receive your materials, simply send your real name, a preferred nickname if any, your email address, and your phone number to
We sum it up by saying: "Catch the vision--it’s Out of Sight!"

Camp Siloam 2018. There’s still room for more!

Our next adult Christian Camping session will be May 19-26, 2018 in New Caney, TX.
The theme is "Our Wondrous, Awesome God!"
Come and experience great Bible preaching and fun. The cost is $325.
For more info call 866-251-5165 and enter 7128, or visit

Check out Eyes On Success (formerly ViewPoints)

A weekly, half hour audio program for people living with vision loss.
(now in its 8th year!)

The following are two recent shows:

1807 Mainstream Products Become Accessible (Feb. 14, 2018)
No, they’re not crazy. Attendees at the world’s largest consumer
technology convention (CES) this year were talking to appliances and
vehicles. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Erich Manser, who
helped represent IBM’s “Accessible Olli” exhibit, about his
experiences at CES and how mainstream commercial products are becoming
ever more accessible.

1810 Accessible Products from Amazon (Mar. 7, 2018)
Amazon has been pursuing a long-range plan to incorporate improved
accessibility into all of their products with features like VoiceView,
Braille support, and speech recognition. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey
talk with Peter Korn, Director of Accessibility at Amazon, about the
accessibility of Amazon’s devices and on-line content for the vision

The podcast can be found in Apple podcasts or downloaded from our web site at:

Services and training:

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Do you need original music for a project? Album, podcast, youtube video,
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Did you know?

Spoken Word Ministries
Missionary Outreach to the Blind


1.Free braille and audio materials that help those who do not know God to gain a relationship with Him

2.Free accessible braille and audio literature and teaching materials that help blind Christians to grow in their Christian faith.

3.Christian resources to serve the special needs of the blind and visually impaired throughout the world.

4.Personal ministry, prayer support as well as information and referral services to the blind themselves and to the friends and family of those who are blind.

Our resource web sites that house this literature and make this outreach available are


The Interactive Christian Community ICC (We welcome sighted participants as well.)

Help us to reach those who are overlooked. Those who are blind and visually impaired: The Hidden Population

•That there are 40 million+ blind and visually impaired people living in this world,
•That there are 10 million blind people in India alone who need Christian literature in their own language.
•That many churches have never given even one thought to supporting or providing ministry to those who are blind and visually impaired
•That most Christian literature that is produced and distributed is not made available so that blind and visually impaired people can read it
•That most of the blind people living in this world cannot afford to buy Christian literature to read, even if it was in a form they could read.


If you are blind or visually impaired and need our service, we want to hear from you. If you are the friend or loved one of a blind or visually impaired person needing our service we want to hear from you. Thank you for caring enough about this mission and the people we serve to become involved

Spoken Word Ministries, Inc. 205 W. John Street, Mt Olive, North Carolina 28365-1634 Tel. (919) 635-1000

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

I have been writing this column for over seven years now. Each time I sit down at my computer to compose another article, I try to think of topics that I have not already written about.

Reading over the responses to the recent Blind Post questionnaire, I found that most of you would like more recipes, tips on home management, and many wanted more information on adjusting to vision loss.

I have been reflecting on my own sight loss. Total blindness was at age 20, legally blind from 15 to 19, and near-sighted wearing glasses throughout most of my grammar school years. I had several detached retinas in my right eye ages 9, 10, and 11. Missed a lot of school, but had wonderful home tutors. I got glaucoma in my right eye at age
11 and on Christmas break that year I had my right eye removed and had a prosthetic eye made. Quite an adjustment for a little girl. My left eye was fine until around age 15 when a lot of my vision seemed to be changing. About a month or so into my sophomore year at high school, I transferred to another high school where they had a resource room for visually impaired students, attending regular classes, with assistance with whatever adaptations I needed for reading and tests. That is where I was really first introduced to other blind and partially sighted people.
In my junior year, I started having retina problems with my remaining eye. I missed a lot of school due to eye surgeries, but was able to have a home tutor. Again in my senior year I missed another big chunk of school, and was able to graduate with my class due to more home tutoring.

Then college and then more sight loss and the realization that I needed to go to a place to learn how to be blind.
It was at age 20 that my left eye had developed glaucoma and I made the decision to have that one removed and get a prosthetic eye. I just couldn’t deal with the pain. Sometimes I wonder if I made the right decision, but with so much scar tissue from all the surgeries, I don’t think any new procedure would have helped.

I have lots to write about. Some of it was exciting and fun, but much was difficult. I can honestly say that if I didn’t have a sense of humor, I don’t think I could have dealt with losing my vision very well.

Most of you know that Joshua, that writes Blind man walking, is my son. When he was around two and a half years old, he started having some vision problems. His father and I had separated and I was a single Mom from then on. Joshua went through a lot of eye sight changes and by the time he was in high school he lost most of his eyesight. I have experienced being a blind mother while married for a couple years, and then a single mother after that. Joshua was already
19 when I married my current husband, tom, who has RP and has very recently lost most of his vision.

I think going forward, with this column, I will try to give a bit of my story with adjusting and learning new things, along with some tips and recipes. I encourage you to please send me specific questions and what you would like to know, so I can provide material that you can use in your own situations.
Email me at

A tip concerning automatic dishwashers.

I had experience with loading dishwashers , with sight, from age seven on. After completely losing my vision I did not live in a home that had a dishwasher until much later. I think after about age 30 in one place, and then consistently over the last 12 years.

They are all different. I look at it like a puzzle I have to figure out. You want to have your top part of your dishwasher for glasses, cups and small bowls and place them all upside down. In the bottom part, the utensil compartment is different in each model. Some are in the middle, some on the sides, and then some in the front. These utensil baskets usually can be removed to make it easier to put them away after they are clean.
The important thing to remember is that you need room for the water to get between your plates, other dishes and the upper part. I have actually had sighted people put their dishes too close and sort of stack them in the dishwasher and they just don’t come out clean.

I always rinse off my dishes and utensils before putting them in the dishwasher. I try to figure out which way the plates can be placed, to get as many in there as possible, allowing for about a half inch of space between each. This is where each model is different. Sometimes it is easier from back to front. My current one works best from side to side. That is why I look at it like a puzzle. I want to get the most dishes in and still get clean dishes.
Large bowls and pots and pans can sometimes fit around the plates on the bottom. Wherever there is room as long as the water, which usually comes from the center and bottom, can get to the inside. These also need to be placed either sideways or upside down.
Note on utensils like spatulas and long knives, I will lay these in the top either on the side or in the middle between other items.
Sometimes they can fit in the utensil basket underneath, if not too long.
Also, I will put my plastic cutting board on one side of the bottom, as long as the top can easily roll in and out.

I use individually wrapped tabs of compressed dishwasher powder.
(Finish Powerball Tablet Dishwasher Detergent ) This makes it much easier to put into the compartment on the inside of the door, where it has a little door that you close after you’ve placed the soap.
There are liquid filled packs you can buy too. I have found that the loose powder or liquid is just too messy to deal with, and I could not get a very accurate measurement.

Now most appliances these days come with flat panels, or screens with undetectable buttons. I have had a sighted friend assist me with reading me what they are, in the correct order from left to right, while I record it. I then will use bump dots to place on the ones I want to use or know about, with sighted assistance. I will then practice turning it on and off, while my friend is there, to double check that I am actually doing it correctly. You can also use braille markings with dymo tape. On my dishwasher I have a dot on the normal wash, one on the start, and one on cancel. I always use the normal wash, and I like to know where the cancel is because I might hit the wrong thing some time and need to know how to stop it and put it back to off and then I hit the normal and then start. I do the same thing for my oven.

A recipe from a subscriber:
Lemon Icebox Pie

1 already made pie shell, graham cracker crust

1 can frozen lemonade concentrate

1 can condensed milk

1 tub Cool Whip or La Creme or other whipped topping.

Note from Food Lady, ( I am assuming that all ingredients are mixed.)

1. Pour all into pie shell.
2. Chill until ready to serve.
3. Can be varied to use, lime or orange, strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, etc.

Cindy Calhoun

The book shelf:

Book reviews and recommendations.

By Lori Motis

Lucy Campion. Books 1-4
By Susanna Calkins
NLS DB88930, Reading time: 36 hours, 4 minutes.
Read by Eva Wilhelm.
Historical Fiction
Mystery and Detective Stories

Four mysteries, written between 2013 and 2016, featuring Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid for a local magistrate who becomes a printer's apprentice. Includes A Murder at Rosamund's Gate, From the Charred Remains, The Masque of a Murderer, and A Death Along the River Fleet. 2016.
I absolutely loved this series. Eva Wilhelm read this book amazingly well. Her voices for the characters really surprised me having mostly listened to her read NLS magazines. The author researched the time period and shares with the reader, after each book, what was made up and what were actually true historical events. I cannot wait for the next one!

Ruth, a portrait: the story of Ruth Bell Graham
By Patricia Daniels Cornwell
NLS DB45355, Reading time: 10 hours, 55 minutes.
Read by Ilona Dulaski.
Written by a popular crime novelist--a family friend--this account of the wife of evangelist Billy Graham begins with Ruth Bell's early life in China as a child of missionaries. Because she wanted to follow in her parents' footsteps, it took persuasion on Graham's part to convince her to marry him and become his helpmate.

After the death of Billy Graham, I wanted to learn more about his wife Ruth. This book really grabbed my attention, especially about her early life in China with her family, and the war time experiences they had there. I loved learning about her personality, fun, innocent, curious, and very trusting in God. There are many wonderful stories about when they met and Ruth's little adventures during the many Bible crusade tours around the world that she accompanied Billy on. Because I was born in 1957, I could fondly remember some of the historical times that were shared towards the end of the book.

Red sky at night, lovers' delight?
By Jane Aiken Hodge
NLS DB60309, Reading time: 10 hours, 4 minutes.
Read by Corrie James.
Romantic suspense fiction
Historical romance fiction

England, 1811. Kate Warrender and her mother lose their estate to an American cousin and take positions as governess and housekeeper at the home of the rakish Lord Hawth. As the threat of war looms between England and America, Kate is swept up in intrigue, adventure, and romance. 1977.
Lovely and spirited Kate Warrender embarks on a dangerous impersonation - jeopardizing her family and her home.
An exciting Regency novel, a lively tale of romance with a courageous young woman, through impersonating her deceased brother, finds herself caught up in the plots and perils of England on the brink of revolution.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book kept me intrigued from the very start of the novel. The characters were great and everything was described wonderfully. I especially like this particular reader from NLS. Corrie James has a different voice for each character and she keeps their correct voices all the way through the book. Most are English speaking with the various dialects, and even the main American is very well done by her, with British English being her native tongue.
*My husband liked it too!

The Pet Place:

I received lots of requests for stories and info on pets and guide dogs.
If you would like to share a personal story about a beloved pet or guide dog, please email me and I will post them in a future Blind Post.

I have enjoyed many pets growing up and many as an adult. I have had cats, dogs, guide dogs, birds, rabbits, and even a hamster.
I did not own a horse, but I got to ride many times during my life. When I lived in Nevada I was fortunate to be involved with the Ruby Mountain horseback riding for the handicapped. It was mostly for children, but another gal my age and I were both visually impaired, she was partially sighted and I am completely blind. We got to learn Western style riding and were in some shows. It was a wonderful experience. I think riding a horse has got to be one of my most favorite experiences I have ever had.
The very first show I was in I won the Blue ribbon for the Quarterhorse Western riding in my division. It was the first blue ribbon I ever won, and I think the only one. I got other ribbons and was able to do a special choreographed ride with the other gal in a rodeo on my 50th birthday. What a blast!

Please email me your stories, or experiences, with pets, guide dogs, or other animals to

Blind man walking:

By Joshua Loya

For those of you who have been reading my articles from the beginning, this will not be the first time you have seen this. That being said, what I wrote here was so important that I wanted to share it with you again. Even if this seems familiar, please read it again, and let the words and concepts soak in deep. The content of this article is more important than almost anything I have ever written. I’ll have a brand new article next time. God bless you, and I love you all.

Last time I talked a bit about love. I also told you I would talk about how loving yourself is related to loving others. First, to
review: Love is… 1. I want the best for you. 2. I want to be the best for you. 3. I want you to have transcendent joy. Let us journey onward to learning more about love.

The core of Jesus’s message was to love God and love others as yourself. Within the context of Christianity, who you should love, in order of importance, are God, others, and yourself. In order to love God and others, you must first love yourself. This is different than pursuing pleasure, as I mentioned last time. Also, it is important to note that Jesus’s commandment to love others as yourself is not just a commandment. It is also an explanation of a principle regarding love.
You will love others as you love yourself.

Through much of my life, I have been insecure. I have lacked confidence. I have been afraid. I have been extremely depressed. I have even contemplated suicide because I did not like the person I was. There have been long periods in my life in which I really did not like myself at all. Much of this time was after I had become a Christian and knew God had forgiven my sins.

I knew it was important to love others. I did kind things for people.
I volunteered with several ministries that fed and clothed the homeless. I preached sermons that inspired people to give their lives to Christ. I taught Bible studies that helped people understand difficult passages of Scripture. I did all manner of things to show love to other people and to God. Unfortunately, I was inconsistent in loving others. I also yelled at, cussed out, and insulted people close to me. I drank, ate, and smoked too much, even when I knew my actions caused others distress. I did all of this after I had accepted Christ.
How could I do all of this and be one of God’s people? I didn’t love myself.

I had learned that it is more important to love others than myself. I had been taught to love sacrificially, and that suffering makes us holier and closer to God. I would try to live in a way that conformed to this ideal. Then, something in me would rebel, and I would emotionally react to this self neglect and abuse. I would either crash into the wall of self neglect or fall into the pit of selfishness, rather than traveling on the road that ran somewhere between them. I was miserable either way.

I learned the answer to my struggles, as with many things, from my pastor and martial arts instructor, Soke-Kyoshi Scot Conway. A common saying at our dojo and our church is “It’s not about me. It’s about everyone, and I am one of everyone”. I heard this for the first time during a discussion following a particularly challenging sparring class. I remember it well because neither I, nor my sparring partner, were particularly careful during our match. I almost got knocked out, and I gave my partner a bloody nose. Neither of us were being particularly mindful of each other’s safety. We were too fixated on winning the match, rather than becoming better martial artists, which is what the sparring match was actually for.

In the Guardian Martial Arts, we do not train for competition. We train for real life situations. A dedicated Guardian Martial Artist strives for excellence and celebrates the excellence of others. Even those of us who are black belts make it a point to learn what we can from the junior ranked students we are teaching. We are mindful of our safety and that of our training partners. Those of us who teach strive to be better, guarding against the neglect of our own training and improvement.

I continued to ponder what makes a good sparring partner. I considered how I could not help my partner get better if I did not strive for excellence. Pondering what makes a good sparring partner led me to consider what makes a good friend. That’s when it hit me. I couldn’t love others if I didn’t love myself.

It took a while for me to learn how to love myself. I only knew that I needed to do it. I knew that if I hated myself… If I didn’t strive to be more than I was… If I resigned myself to a mediocre existence, I would be miserable, and I would treat everyone around me like garbage, regardless of whether I meant to do so. I had a responsibility to my training partners to be a better martial artist, so they could get better. Similarly, I had a responsibility to everyone I cared about. I needed to take care of myself, so that I had the energy and resources to help them. I needed to learn how to love myself.

I have not learned everything all there is to know about the Guardian Martial Arts. Black belt is only the beginning. Similarly, even though I have now learned the importance of loving myself, I am not perfect.
I have days that are better than others. I can say, however, that as I have learned to love myself, and how to love myself, my ability to consistently love others and God with integrity and consistency has dramatically improved. Life is fuller, and my friendships are healthier and much stronger than ever before.

Joshua Loya is a martial artist and professional adventurer living
near San Diego, California. He recently launched a podcast. You can
find it by searching for Adventuremind in Apple Podcasts and various
other podcast directories.
Learn more about him by visiting his website:
You can also email him at

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary:

By Donna J. Jodhan

Things to consider before you leave home

Well as I say, it all depends on what kind of trip you are going on but no matter what; never leave home without either your wallet or your credit card. If you are going on an air or sea trip then naturally You'll need to pack your passport along with your travel itinerary.

I always carry a printed copy of my travel itinerary and as well either an electronic copy that I can easily access from my Braille Sense or from my i device. Sometimes, I may jot down the relevant info in braille and take it along on easy to pack sized paper. That is, on cue cards if I have the time to prepare this.

The one thing that I do not do is to store any personal info on my i device in case that I may lose it. Such things would include my address book and any banking details. Of course, my contacts list is on my i device so there is not much that I can do to protect its existence except to ensure that my i device is always by my side.

So what else would I recommend that you do not leave home without? Well, here is my short list.
Pills for dealing with such ailments as upset stomachs, diarrhoea, and air sickness. Aspirins, and something for headaches. Band-aids are also a good idea to take along.

Don't forget to pack the all important body lotions, facial products, and shampoo. Then you'll also need your tooth brush and your toothpaste. Some ear drops would not hurt and ah yes! The usual mints and gum while you're at it. The comb and brush are also things not to forget.

Then there are the pins and a small sewing kit with self threading needles, and some thread. You can't take all of the colors with you but spools of black, white, and brown thread are a good start.

Finally, a small pair of scissors, nail file, nail clipper, and a small pen knife with the different implements; cork screw, bottle opener, etc.
Of course, there are other things to consider but this is a good start.

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Crafts by Phyllis Campbell

How good to be back!
Nothing terribly exciting in the pattern world this issue, but a combination of both knit and crochet patterns, pretty basic stuff, but hopefully you'll enjoy.

Crochet Beginner's Triangular Shawl About

52 x 22 in. (132 x 55.8cm)

790-407 Homespun Yarn: Painted Desert 'Painterly' color Rust, blue, gold, and red
Quantity needed: 2 Skeins
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size N-13 (9 mm)
8 rows of single crochet + 1 row of mesh squares = about 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm). The
mesh squares are created on Row 7 of this pattern. Each mesh square = 1 double crochet
+ chain 1.
Shawl is worked from the point up.
Stitches are increased by working 2 stitches into the same stitch or space to make
the Shawl wider.
Chain 2.
Row 1: Work 3 single crochet into 2nd chain from hook - 3 single crochet at the end
of this row.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn, work 2 single crochet into the first single crochet, 1 single
crochet in next single crochet, 2 single crochet in last single crochet - 5 single
Rows 3-6: Chain 1, turn, work 2 single crochet into the first single crochet, 1 single
crochet into each single crochet until the last single crochet, work 2 single crochet
in the last single crochet - 13 single crochet at the end of Row 6.
Row 7: Chain 3 (counts as a double crochet), double crochet in the first single crochet,
double crochet in the next single crochet, *chain 1, skip next single crochet, double
crochet in next single crochet; repeat from * to the last single crochet, 2 double
crochet in the last single crochet of row.
Row 8: Chain 1, turn, work 2 single crochet in first double crochet, 1 single crochet
in the next double crochet, single crochet into each chain-1 space and double crochet
across to the last double crochet (this is the beginning chain of Row 7), work 2
single crochet in the last double crochet.
Rows 9-15: Chain 1, turn, work 2 single crochet into the first single crochet, 1
single crochet into each single crochet until the last single crochet, work 2 single
crochet in the last single crochet.
Repeat Rows 7-15 four times until you have a total of 103 stitches.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

Little Treasure Bag

Worsted weight yarn
Four 6x4mm opaque glass crow beads with a large hole (optional)
H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle
7 sc and 8 rows = 2 inches
5 inches deep and 6.5 inches across the opening
Read instructions through before beginning.
Pull joining slip stitch tight, you want it to almost disappear.
Small pony beads can be used instead of the glass crow beads.
Round 1:
Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (6 sts)
Round 2:
Ch 1, 2 sc in each st. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (12 sts)
Round 3:
Ch 1, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch
in first sc. (18 sts)
Round 4:
Ch 1, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch
in first sc. (24 sts)
Round 5:
Ch 1, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch
in first sc. (30 sts)
Round 6:
Ch 1, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch
in first sc. (36 sts)
Round 7:
Ch 1, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch
in first sc. (42 sts)
Round 8:
Ch 1, *sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch
in first sc. (48 sts)
Round 9-17:
Ch 1, sc in each st. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (48 sts)
Round 18:
Ch 3, * skip 1 st, ch 1, dc in next st, repeat from * around. Ch 1, join with a
slipstitch in second ch of beginning ch 3.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Leaving about a 4 inch tail, ch 60, fasten off leaving a 4 inch tail.
Weave drawstring in and out the openings in round 18. Tie the tails together, with
an overhand knot, close to the chain. Weave second drawstring in and out openings,
starting on opposite side from first drawstring. Tie the tails together, with an
overhand knot, close to the chain.
Place a bead on one of the tails of drawstring. Slide bead up to the overhand knot.
Tie a knot, large enough to keep bead from sliding off, about an inch from the overhand
knot, cut yarn about half an inch from the knot. Repeat on other three tails.

Turban Headband Pattern

Super bulky weight yarn, less than one skein)
Size 13 straight needles (or your preferred size)
One cable or double-pointed needle
Tapestry needle
Cast on 11 st. 1. (RS) K2, *p1, k2, repeat from *
2. (WS) P2, *k1, p2, repeat from *
Continue working in rib until headband is half as long as desired (about 12”—it’s
easiest to use another headband as a guide). End with a WS row.
(RS) Slip 5 st. purlwise onto cable needle, holding to front. (K2, p1) twice, work
st. from cable needle.
Continue in rib pattern to desired length. Bind off, and sew seam.

Star Cloth (reader's request)

100% cotton yarn and size 7 knitting needles
Cast on 37 stitches
Knit 4 rows
1: k3, p31, k3
2: (and all remaining even rows) knit across
3: k3, p7, k2, p13, k2, p7, k3
5: k3, p7, k4, p9, k4, p7, k3
7: k3, p8, k4, p7, k4, p8, k3
9: k3, p8, k5, p5, k5, p8, k3
11: k3, p8, k7, p1, k7, p8, k3
13: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3
15: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3
17: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3
19: k3, p10, k11, p10, k3
21: k3, p10, k11, p10, k3
23: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3
25: k3, p8, k15, p8, k3
27: k3, p6, k19, p6, k3
29: k3, p5, k21, p5, k3
31: k3, p4, k23, p4, k3
33: k3, p5, k21, p5, k3
35: k3, p12, k7, p12, k3
37: k3, p12, k7, p12, k3
39: k3, p13, k5, p13, k3
41: k3, p13, k5, p13, k3
43: k3, p14, k3, p14, k3
45: k3, p14, k3, p14, k3
47: k3, p15, k1, p15, k3
49: k3, p15, k1, p15, k3
51: k3, p31, k3
53-55: Knit across
Bind off

Until next time, happy crafting!

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