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I have two months to finish crocheting some lap robes for a friend. They will be given to a local veterans hospital. Here are some patterns that I have found.

http://crochetme.com/patterns/easy-patterned-throw

http://crochet.about.com/b/2008/05/16/carry-along-project-afghan-crocheted-in-panels.htm

http://www.gallentine.org/Knitting/CranberryLapRobe.html

http://www.gallentine.org/Knitting/FernLapRobe.html

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=b14&d_id=22

http://web.archive.org/web/20041011104140/www.thesmartyarns.com/patterns/April00/RaspberryChevron.html

http://www.pagebypage.com/blanketfeatherandfan.php

I worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 17 years. For the most part I loved my job. I loved the one on one time I shared with my patients. I hated to chart. I would often get yelled at by my head nurse for talking too much to my patients. She never quite understood that for me the patient came first and the charting came last. I wanted my patients to have the best possible care. If I could do it all over again I would have become a nurse midwife. I am presently looking into becoming a labor doula. I look forward to starting my own business someday.

During labor a patient can truly sense if her nurse is a caring individual or someone who just doesn’t care at all. I experienced many coworkers who just didn’t care about their patients. From the comments they made to the comments that my patients would tell me after their nurse just finished her shift.  Many times my patients would thank me for explaining the labor process to them. I would often get great big hugs from my patients after their deliveries. I miss being a Labor and Delivery nurse. By becoming a doula, I feel that it will help me get back into the health care field on a volunteer basis first. Who knows…..I might land a job as a Labor and Delivery nurse in a new hospital with a different head nurse.

There have been many times in my nursing career that I would have to apologize for the cold stethoscope. I wish I would have found this pattern sooner.

http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/pdf/StethoscopeWarmer.pdf

This would make a great gift for the nurse or doctor in your life.

As I sit comfortable and warm in my house, I can’t help but think about the homeless this winter. There are many blogs on line about knitting for the homeless. Here are just a few of those sites.

http://castingoffthecold.blogspot.com/2007/11/demo.html

http://www.knittingforhomeless.blogspot.com/

http://www.scarveswithapurpose.com/

http://www.supremedesire-ebooks.info/knit-or-crochet-you-can-help-others.html

http://www.streetknit.ca/

http://www.phillipswish.com/knit.html

When I worked as a nurse in Labor and Delivery, a friend would make pink and blue angels. We would give them to mothers who had experienced a miscarriage, fetal demise, or stillborn infant. The pattern was fairly simple. An extra special touch that was added was a personal poem written for either a boy or a girl. http://www.heartmadeblessings.org/patterns/robbiesangel.asp

 Here are some other links to more angel pattens:                                                     http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2007/11/my-heart-wing-angels-c.html

http://www.members.lycos.co.uk/enfys/freeshellangel.htm

http://www.members.lycos.co.uk/enfys/freepicotangel.htm

http://www.kaleidesigns.com/crochet/patterns/archive/ange001.html

http://esunbeams.com/knittycat/patterns/knittycatsPocketAngel-knitandcrochetversions.pdf                              The following is a very cute beaded angel pattern:

http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/bead-angels.shtml


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