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A few weeks ago I shared with you that I was working on some needs for my Library Girl’s Library.

Halloween weekend we made a special trip to deliver the 26 SIT UPONS that have been completed.   I thought you might like to see what they looks like?
Sit Upons Pancake Stack

The sit upons are actually called rag rugs and are usually crocheted out of torn strips of fabric from the rag bag.  My friend Lilly taught me how to make them and she had a bath mat that she knew was over 80 years old her Mother had made before she was born.   They  get stronger and strong – tighter and tighter the more one washes them.

Sit upons laid out 2

I made several heart shaped ones for each daughter’s bedroom in their favorite colors and one very large oval rug for the family room floor.   Three of the SIT UPONS are chair rugs that I used on the ladder back dining chairs to keep my Grandmother’s needlepoint seat tapestries clean.

It takes about 2.5 yards of fabric for each SIT UPON and they are various sizes because of the weight and texture of the fabric.  Some are made from new fabric I got on sale and some are from odds and ends from the sewing storage box.

Watermelon sliced sit upon

I have enough fabric for 2 more SIT UPONS but Library Girl says this is enough to get started for story time with the Kindergarteners and she wants to make at least one during Thanksgiving Break.


Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

My two neighbors  Chloe, dressed up as her Mother and sister Calla, Ballerina girl,  came over early to TRICK OR TREAT and draw the winning ticket for the book give away  The Gifts of Imperfection.


Congratulations To Jannie !!!!!!!!

Don’t you think my impartial judges are terrific at doing a random drawing?

Did you dress up for Halloween?  Do you celebrate these events?  I have several children in my neighborhood with diabetes so I am sharing Be Strong and Breast Cancer bracelets this year?   I made a donation to UNICEF, at Harvest Potluck, this year too.

Looking forward to your fun comments

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Happy Halloween 2009
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Dear World, You Still need us. Love your Librarians


  1. Zeenat{Positive Provocations} Says:

    HI Patricia,
    Those sit upons are so beautiful. I have so many here too…i just love how making them is so economical yet its such a long lasting piece. Such lovely colors.
    And that pic of your two little darling neighbors all dressed up..so precious!
    We dont really celebrate Halloween here in India…but I love dressing up anytime of the year..just for funnnnn..>!!! Does that count ??
    Much Love,
    .-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s last blog ..KNOW Your True Self Series- “The 3 P’s of Success and Happiness”4 =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for coming on by, I think the rugs are fun and they are being used right now for the first time and I wonder if the kids are enjoying them instead of the slippery pieces of paper?

    I am going to make a few more, and my quilting neighbor is donating more fabric to the project this afternoon – just what I need?

    Aren’t my neighbors cute and it is just a wonderful book…so well done…
    hugs to you

  2. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I LOVE the sit upons you made. They’re all so colorful. I’m betting they’ll be a real hit.

    Re: Halloween. We don’t dress up but sure do enjoy seeing what the kids will dress up as each year. There’s a lot of creativity out there.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Can Blogging Cause Tunnel Vision =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    I am wondering how the sit upons are doing…this was their first day at school? They did turn out fun and colorful

    I have a lovely hat with rainbow spider webs on top ….and a spider hanging down the side ( re: Mini Pearl) that I let the smallest kids pinch and then it’s eyes light up…I think that was a hit again this year. We went to a black tie fundraiser on Friday night – that was enough dress up for me!

    We only had 12 kids this year but the costumes were magnificent…and the kids cute

  3. Talon Says:

    Those sit upons are awesome, Patricia. There will be a lot of happy children during story time!

    I miss having little children around at Halloween, but it’s so fun to see them trick or treating. Just adorable! We had some old neighbors drop over extra early yesterday for a visit and their little ones were enjoying the first Halloween where they were old enough to know that candy is the name of the game – lol!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..The Misfit Witch Conclusion =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    I hope so!
    I only had a few kids last night…and I could have read them your lovely story ….they all came right in the door and showed me all their goodies…one little girl said “Merry Christmas” as she left.

    For the kids I know I gave out snack baggies of dried strawberries that I made and the ones I don’t know got glow sticks and Breast Cancer pink bracelets….I had 8 of those and the kids did not mind at all no candy…

    I think my husband was a bit disappointed – so I got him a Laura Secord/Sees dark chocolate truffle when I dropped off the sit upons!

  4. Davina Haisell Says:

    You’re right, Patricia; these sit upons do look like a stack of pancakes. How long do you figure it takes to make one?

    Hey, there’s only 25 in the second picture, lol. Are you SURE you made 26 :-)

    I don’t bother with Halloween at all. Don’t even go shopping for 50% off candies.

    Patricia Reply:

    Now that my kids are grown and gone, I found I missed the excitement of creating costumes ( They made their own) and was happy to have about 12 cuties come to the door…all girls – they were so lovely and polite. I think the kids all go to parties now.

    I made #26 during the 2 hour drive for delivery…It takes me 2 hours on the nose to crochet…and about 2.5 yards of fabric torn into 1″ strips and sewn together and balled…That takes up hours of time….my hubby likes to help with the tearing and rolling up of the fabric so it went faster than usual.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Love the sit upons. I teach a class of 3 years old kids once a week, these would be great as “seat markers” for story time. What size hook do you use and what stitch? Would you share the pattern?
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Monday- memories… =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    I think they are great and if the class should get head lice or some one have an accident these get better the more you wash them..

    Per Sit UPON 2.5 yards of washed fabric ( light weight) torn into 1.25″ strips; sewn together and ends and rolled into a ball.

    I do not know the size of my crochet hook it was my Great Grandmother’s and hand carved and Canadian sized??? Sorry but it is about the size of my pinkie finger in diameter…not huge…

    Make a loop and chain 5 stitches….bring last loop back to the fist loop and single crochet into the fist chain…just do 2 single crochet stitches into each loop and then you have your first row….after that I did 2 single crochets and then one loop with 2 singles crochets to keep the piece round….I completed 10 rows for the small children…my chair rugs are 14 rows but that took much more fabric.

    I just made up the pattern…and let the fabric do the rest!

    Patricia Reply:

    Thanks. Plan to start the project in a couple of weeks. At least I plan to have the time then–and I will as long as no one finds something else for me to do.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Monday- memories… =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Hope it helps…I just kinda invented the pattern, waiting for word on how they were received :)

  6. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Dressed up, took the kids trick or treating, got back home with huge bags of candy that will last them a year! :)
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Talking About Anorexia With Pre-Teens- Too Early =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    My kids also used to bring back a years worth of candy…and then came Valentines and Easter at our house….I started trading them for left over candy in February! Their favorite trade was for a new swimsuit….!

    Did you take some pictures of the event?

    Did you have fun?

  7. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. those are wonderful .. the little ones will love them .. you are so industrious! Love the story of the rag rugs too .. my ex neighbour makes them .. but she has 4 kids under 14! .. so not much time ..

    Brilliant that Jannie won the book .. and you’ve completed two projects ..

    I was in London town – well more likely travelling back and forth to the conference .. as we had a mini mis-communication and the conference was at Heathrow airport hotel .. whereas I’d booked a hotel in central London .. never mind – well worth it ..

    See you soon .. cheers Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..The Grand Tour =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    I hope they are a hit…today is their first day at school and after all the candy last night…there will be lots of wiggles!

    I hope the conference was fun…a conference would be so much more enlightening than trick or treating!!! Our meeting last Friday was Black Tie so I got to dress up for several hours this year.

    Don’t you think I had a good team to pick the winners?

    Loved you art tour post…That was as good as trick or treating too!

  8. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. thanks .. I expect they’re wriggling right now!

    The conference was amazing .. like last year – not a minute’s boredom!!!

    Chloe and Calla make a great team .. look like fun youngsters ..

    Thanks re the art tour .. it was fun to write .. byeeeee Hilary

  9. Jannie Funster Says:

    Oh. Mi. God.

    I’m not worthy. I’m not worthy. THANK YOU! Maybe a good read for up in my wine drinking tree!

    LOL on the pocket dial last night! I had no idea of that. Then listened to your phone message, corroborated by your comment over in Funsterland today.

    Your front door is lovely.

    Worked 4 hours on songs.

    WONDERFUL sit-upons.

    Wonderful Patricia.

    Wonderful world.

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..A Young Ghoul Orders Salt Water Taffy — a poem =-.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Wonderful music…and treat or treating was great fun with you
    Thank YOU

  11. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Great job on those sit upons! I’m busy crocheting baby blankets to take to the local hospitals. I sell just enough to neighbors and friends to purchase the yarns for the give away blankets. Doing small colorful kids quilts too that annually go to Childrens’s Memorial for the kids that are in hospital for long stays of treatments, especially cancer. Been doing this for years and it makes my heart smile. Betcha yours is too! :) Good job!

    Patricia Reply:

    I knit baby shawls/blankets for the young moms at the teen clinics at our hospital. I am not much of an artisan but I just think every baby needs “one soft” blankie! It does do a heart good.

    Friends of mine have been making blankets for kids in the hospital and all over the world actually for trauma relief – I am sure they have been at it for 50 years….

    My selfish reason is that it keeps my hands in shape…but these sit upons were harder on the hands to do….still waiting for the words about how the kids liked them at school.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..TWO PROJECTS COMPLETED =-.

  12. Sara Says:


    I love the “sit upons.” I also really enjoy the name! It’s good of you to make these for your library…I imagine the kids will have fun with them. I always admire how much you do for others and I thank you for it:~)

    I like how you did the “drawing” as well…perfect random selection!!! I bet the girls had fun. The little girl who dressed up like her mom was so cute…what a clever idea. I wonder if her mom liked what she wore?

    We only had a few trick-or-treaters and it kind of saddened me. I was all prepared, but the numbers of kids in our neighborhood just seems to dwindling each year. I’m embarrassed to confess that JC and I ended up eating way too much of the left over chocolate and regretted it very much. He had to take it all to school with him the next day to give away:~)

    Be good to yourself…

    Patricia Reply:

    I thought my two who did the drawing were just experts at the job! and they are both stunningly beautiful girls…and they are able to talk and share…they do not just stare at me as though I were strange…! Which of course, I am!

    We had a bout a dozen T&Ters and that was just about right. We have a few glow sticks left over but none of the breast cancer bracelets… When I gave out pencils instead of candy – that was a disaster…they were thrown all over the yard…

    Our schools are not allowed to celebrate Halloween any more…so I think it has become another adult event and some children’s parties…ah me this is the kind of change that is not so fun

  13. Patricia Says:

    First report from Librarian Girl…one teacher walked by the sit upons and said I am expecting my 50 of those soon…They were great for the easily distracted kids and had bumpy texture they enjoyed touching…and the kindergarten girls were upset that there were only 2 pink ones….but they all enjoyed using them and thought they were better than paper.

  14. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — When I heard the term “rag rugs,” I thought “well, I’m not sure that does your creations justice,” but then again it has an earthy, unpretentious feel that’s charming to me.

  15. Patricia Says:

    Well Chris…
    I could not get out the vote to give the kids better schools yesterday – like removing all the asbestos – nope the voters voted that down….and all the funding for anything schools here…but I could give the children something to sit on that was clean and safe and “gave them space” …

    Maybe they will assist in producing another generations of people who are able to think and not be so afraid?

    The voters did vote to put a liquor store in every neighborhood…and took away that source of school funding too..

    I feel like giving up…it is time.

  16. Katie Gates Says:

    Hi Patricia! I’ve dropped by but haven’t commented in a while! Things have been nutso. I love the sit upons, and it cracks me up that one of the neighbor girls went out for Halloween as her own mom. That’s hilarious!

    I hope you are well!
    .-= Katie Gates´s last blog ..The Morning After =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Hello Katie,
    She even looked like her mom but does not wear glasses…I thought it was a cute idea….mom was at work so I am not sure what she would say!

    I have had a 1 month job and have been evaluating grants and this last week has been mighty intense… Nov 8th is the last team meeting day…I wish I had this job full time though…it is quite amazing.

    We all get so busy. Local book group reading the Someone Who next month or January !!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..TWO PROJECTS COMPLETED =-.

    Katie Gates Reply:

    Patricia, That’s great news re the book group! Let me know if they’d like me to participate telephonically in the post-read discussion. Alternatively, there’s skype. I just hooked up with it (as did my mom) since my sister and bro-in-law have returned to the UK. We’re all keeping tabs on each other. It’s an imperfect system, though. Sound goes in and out, so I think the telephone is better for clarity. Evaluating grants… must be fascinating. I’m on the grant-writing end of things. I rarely do public RFPs though — they are so time-consuming!
    .-= Katie Gates´s last blog ..Red Flags at Work =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Tonight is supposed to be my book groups meeting night but several have extended their stay in Hawaii another week….we moved the evening to next week…I will let folks know – at least half my group is just letting teens out the door….and several are just figuring out “taking care of seniors”….I will let them know….

    I am thinking of trying to learn how to write grants…I have written about 100 for college scholarships for women, and was very good at it, but I do need some flexible work I could do to make money…. ( what are public RFPs and why are they so time comsuming? – if you don’t mind me asking?) I know every school dist. is fairly desperate right now… I just loved evaluating these grants and could just feel the energies of these networks volunteering to help their kids.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Fanciful Quotation Marks =-.

  17. Deborah Says:

    Lovely selection of ‘sit-upons’ great idea Patricia! Years since I made any rag rugs but I will get back to it some day. My children are all too old for trick or treat now (not that it has ever been as big here in the UK) but they used to enjoy dressing up and eating pea-green soup with an assortment of goulish side dishes. They all went to a church school and celebrating Halloween was banned there. I always thought it such a shame when I visited their classrooms at this time of year and there were none of the lovely Halloween paintings I remembered from my own childhood.
    Times change indeed! My niece did buy a pumpkin suit for her three month old for his first halloween party though.
    .-= Deborah´s last blog ..Birthdays- training days and pond days =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    I too miss the fun of Halloween at school and All Saints Day at Church….the children are not allowed to celebrate Halloween in school any more – and many many people down play it each year. My children so enjoyed dressing up, it makes me very sad…it has truly just become another party and drinking occasion for young adults.

    The sit upons are fun to make – though a bit expansive with new fabric…the children enjoyed the texture and it seemed to calm a number of highly wired kids too. Many thoughts about sit upons.

    I am sorry it took me so long to reply…I have a one month job and I am reading some pretty scary, heavy duty stuff about kids and needs and I just had to focus this last week.

  18. Jannie Funster Says:

    And Patricia is working so hard on grants, ever in in our hearts.

    I just now saw and responded your love-filled comment on my post for my friend who is dying of pancreatic cancer. Thank you for your your wise words of love there.

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..My Only Regret With The Sidebar Buttons Is… =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    wow Jannie,
    I tried to respond to your comment from my phone…guess I need to work on that learning harder!

    I have had several friends who died of pancreatic cancer – it is so painful….I just had to include your friend in my prayers…you have so much love for introducing him to us