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"What we do for ourselves dies with us.  What we do for others and for the world remains and is immortal. "   Albert Pine

A New Purpose



Through one of my Facebook groups regarding crochet I found a wonderful lady doing great work for her community. It was through reading about her that I have begun a new way of purposefully crocheting and helping my community. I will definitely need the help of church and family and friends to do this.


This wonderful lady is named Stacy started a project she calls S.A.C.K. - Serving a Community with Kindness. Cute name, right? She makes soap sacks for the homeless in her community, complete with a bar of soap. Think about it, if you can. Living on the street. Washing up where you can, a bathroom, maybe a shelter, even a drinking fountain. IF you have soap at all, what do you with the wet mess now? If you are lucky enough to take a full shower, wouldn't it be nice to have your OWN soap, something that can store that soap, and even be used as a washcloth, if you like? Enter the soap sack. ( You can read more about S.A.C.K. here.


These are super simple to make, very quick, and quite economical as I got a number of them from once skein of yarn. In the group of them picture at the top of the blog I used Red Heart Scrubby Cotton. This yarn is highly textured. It feels kind of harsh as you are working with it, but the finished product is quite nice. I also used Lily Sugar and Cream for the tutorial pictures. It works up nicely as well, and for the tutorial, it highlighted the stitches much better.


Now, for the part that involves community, church, friends, and family. Supplying the soap. You want to donate them to local shelters, Salvation Army, etc., with the soap inside, unopened. To do this, start a soap drive! A three pack of Ivory soap is pretty inexpensive. Watch for coupons and big sales, too!


I was able to make six of them from one skein of the Scrubby yarn. I'm sure it will be about the same from the Sugar N Cream, but I haven't finished it yet. I make them in about 20 minutes each, and if I crochet over my beginning end, I only have one to weave in. Yippee!


I hope you will join what Stacy started in YOUR area of the world. If you cannot crochet (yet), this is a great project to learn on, or you can donate soap to the cause. If you are local to me, I will gladly pick it up, or drop on by any time. If we aren't here, you can leave it on the porch. It will be put to great use. If your Bible study or other group would like to collect soap as a project, please drop me a note. I would love to share with them if you would like.


Thank you for your support and for reading.


Happy Purposeful Crochet Blessings,

Sue


Pattern


All cotton yarn will work best. I used a 5.0 mm hook.


Chain 15

SC into the first chain from the hook, and each chain across.

In the last chain make 3 SC.


DO NOT TURN


You will now SC across the other side of your foundation chain. (if you are not familiar with this, there is a picture below with the needle to indicate where you are continuing.


In the last chain you will want to do 2 single crochets.


You DO NOT join to the first stitch. Rather, continue crocheting a SC in each stitch below continually. I put a stitch marker on the end where I began so that I could keep track of my rows.


In the twelfth (12) row about 7 or 8 stitches in chain 2, skip 2 stitches, and continue around until the middle of the other side. Here you will SC into the stitch, chain 10, and SC into the same stitch. Continue to your end, Slip stitch into stitch, and tie off. Weave in the two ends, and there you have it. Easy Peasy!


If you need assistance with the pattern, see the pics below, or feel free to drop me a line.



Single crochet along to the last stitch.

After 3 SC in the last chain you will continue around to the bottom of the foundation chain. This is indicated by the needle in the picture.

Continue with SC across to the beginning of our SC . Add another SC in the last stitch. DO not connect to first stitch with a slip stitch. Instead keep going.

It will be like a little boat as you continue. You can see my stitch marker telling me I am back at the beginning and starting another row.


In my 12th row you see where I chained 2 and skipped two stitches and then continued on with the SC.

Here is the loop I created in the middle of the other side. This can go thru the opening to sort of close the sack, to hang, it, etc.


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