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My daughter passed on to me a link to a free pattern to make a “simple asymmetrical scarf … intended to display gradients in handspun yarn”.  I didn’t have any handspun yarn, but I did have a “Sweet Roll” cake of yarn from JoAnn’s and decided to give this a try since it was all in easy garter stitch.  It starts out with 5 stitches cast on and ends when you run out of yarn.  This is how my scarf turned out.

 

My daughter used a Caron cake with about twice as much yarn and made a gloriously long and swervy scarf.

It’s a nice pattern to really show off the colors in these cakes.  The sections of each color are large so you need a big project to display them to best advantage.

Here’s the free pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boom


MAGIC RAGLAN SWEATER

“A simple fill-in-the-blanks method for making a raglan sweater that is knit from the neck down, in one piece, to fit anybody.”

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-magic-custom-fit-raglan-sweater

I like patterns that are really formulas with blanks to fill in measurements plus yarn and needle information to make an item of any size. This is an interesting pattern that can be adapted for any size from infant to a full sized man’s sweater. I chose to make two sweaters for a child 2-3 years old and one baby cardigan.

I like the concept very much but would like to develop a better neckline. It still makes sturdy sweaters for the little Lakota children of Pine Ridge, SD.

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/for-the-children-of-pine-ridge

 

 


Last week, I found some bargains which will help me out with my knitting.  First, a book from a library used book sale for only $4.00.  I figure if I can find one pattern or technique that I like in a book, it’s worth buying.  I’ve already found one very good pattern and there are 43 more to audition.  I particularly liked a pattern for a hooded scarf.

The other bargain was at a Goodwill thrift store where I bought a huge container of acrylic yarn for $10.00.  There was one skein each of a large assortment of colors.  This is good for me because I knit a lot of small items like hats, scarves and mittens for charity.  The hooded scarf pattern called for #4 worsted yarn and #8 needles for a child’s size scarf.  I used #10 needles with the yarn and added a few rows to make it suitable for an adult.  I had a nice variety of acrylic yarn to choose from.

Using the same pattern and needles with worsted yarn, I made a version with a short scarf that buttons in front.


I’m currently working on another long-scarf version, using some more of the bargain yarn.

I still have a lot of yarn and a lot of patterns to use.

The real bargain in the large container of yarn was hidden until I got it home and started sorting it out.  There were 8 two-oz. unopened skeins of this yarn in a beautiful dusky blue-violet color.

I checked on the company web site and this wool yarn sells for $16 a skein!  I gathered it up and gave it to my younger daughter, an experienced and excellent knitter who will make good use of such a great bargain.


My blogger friend, Kelli, alerted me to a drive by Oklahoma hospitals to increase awareness of deaths of shaken babies by providing newborns with a purple hat (any shade of purple).  Other states are also participating – information is here:  http://clickforbabies.org/partners/oklahoma.php

The deadline is September 30, 2017.

I made the 5 hats pictured above in purple and lavender and my daughter made the 7 hats below, in purple and yellow (hats have to be at least 50% some shade of purple).

These were quick and easy to make and I hope will serve as a reminder to all of the new parents.  We had a tragic incident of this type a couple of weeks ago in our area and it is always heartbreaking.


I wrote earlier about knitting a blanket for the Welcome Blanket project and am happy to report that both my younger daughter and I have completed a blanket for immigrants.

My daughter is a talented and experienced knitter who made a gorgeous blanket which really says, “Welcome”.

She used the pattern from this link:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ondas

I made a very simple blanket which is garter stitch on half and a Fair Isle sampler on the other half.  I used this pattern:

http://www.anapsid.org/pdf/incdecblanket.pdf

I didn’t keep a close enough eye on the gauge for the Fair Isle portion, so the very last corner was not quite correct.  I asked my older daughter to crochet a large flower to sew  on the less-than-perfect corner and considered it a design element.

 

These two blankets are in the mail for distribution to needy immigrant families.  We were asked to include a note and this is what I sent.

“Welcome, neighbor

I’m 84 years old and live in Ohio, USA.  I was so happy to be able to knit this blanket for you in honor of all of my ancestors who came to America in the 1700-1800s from England, Holland, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland.  This is a picture of my great-grandfather whose family immigrated from England …



… and my grandmother whose family immigrated from Holland.



I welcome you and wish you peace, love, hope and joy in your new home.”

 


This is a great, easy pattern for 5 basic shawl shapes: Square, Circular, Triangular, Semi-Circular, and Heart-Shaped.  http://www.laylock.org/?s=5+basic+shawl+shapes

Each style begins with casting on three stitches and is worked to a full-sized shawl or stopped at any point for a smaller scarf, which I did. The pattern calls for garter stitch but can be made in any stitch or pattern you choose (be sure to knit 5 stitches on each end of each row to keep edges from curling). The size will depend on what yarn/needles are chosen.

I made a child’s size triangular scarf out of scraps of baby yarn (above) and an adult sized scarf with a vintage button added.

Note that the scarves are worked top-down and the beginning three stitches will form a part of the top of the scarf.

This is a fun project and a good way to use up small amounts of yarn.

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My daughter told me recently about a drive to collect 3200 blankets, 40×40 inches, to make a wall of blankets for refugees that would be equal in yardage to the 2000 miles of the proposed Mexican border wall.  The blankets will be donated to deserving refugee families of many nationalities.  The idea is that they are “welcome” blankets and each is to include a personal note from the donor about his/her family immigrant history.  Any kind or color of yarn can be used and they are also accepting crocheted blankets or quilts of the same size.  Check here for details:  https://www.welcomeblanket.org/

For my blanket, I chose off-white and blue-green worsted (#4) yarn used with #9 circular needles – piece is knit flat.  I am about 2/3  finished with the blanket and am using a pattern I’ve used before with good results:

http://www.anapsid.org/pdf/incdecblanket.pdf

The blanket starts with 5 stitches and is worked on the diagonal.  I did the first half in a random stripe pattern.

I’m doing the other half in sampler rows of various stitches.  See update below.

The color is actually closer to green than the pictures show.

I’m looking forward to completing the blanket and getting it in the mail along with the note about my proud immigrant background.

Update 6/24/17 – If you’re making the two halves of different stitches, as I did, be sure to check periodically to see if the two halves are matching as you go. 

My friend at Knit ‘n Kwilt is also participating by making a quilt.

http://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/40-x-40-welcome-blanket-project/

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