My WIP this week is a shawl called “When in Scotland” from a free Ravelry pattern – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/when-in-scotland.
In the 2-1/2 years I’ve been knitting, I’ve made only one capelet-type shawl, finished as one of my first projects. I wasn’t anxious to try anything that large (or larger) soon, especially since most of the patterns have a lot of lace and open work which I don’t do well. I decided to try again when I saw a notation from the Pine Ridge Sacred Shawl group that their girls and women would enjoy receiving shawls. This group prefers items without a lot of open work because of the extremely cold weather in South Dakota, and I found the “When in Scotland” shawl is made very solidly.
I’m adapting the pattern a bit because it’s made in garter stitch which I know would bore me on a large piece. I’m using two colors and a favorite slip-stitch pattern with #8 circular needles and Caron One-Pound #4 worsted.
I finished the older child’s scarf from last week and like how it turned out. I used a lot of yarn I had on hand and it made a nice warm scarf.
I also finished another scarf, a blue earflap hat and a grey Hurricane hat from a free Ravelry pattern – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hurricane-hat. This is a very nice pattern for a top-down hat, this one in a small child’s size.
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.
There are so many free patterns available online and one of my favorite sources is Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days. A lovely lady in England provides a large file of free patterns, most of them for babies and pre-schoolers, but also has an occasional pattern like this Warm Tweedy Neckwarmer in sizes for child, teenager and woman. This is a very easy pattern that turns out especially pretty. It’s basically a long rectangle that is folded back on itself and held together by buttons only or, in my case, some stitching along two edges. There are no buttonholes in the design – the neckwarmer just slips over the head.
Instructions are clear and accurate and I would rate it a “beginner” pattern. It’s also a nice way to use some pretty buttons.
This past week, I made this one for an adult using double strand worsted yarn and a size 8 needle…
…and this one for a child, using single strand worsted and a size 8 needle to do a garter stitch.
I’ve previously made these neckwarmers for the Pine Ridge Lakota children’s group:
I like to think that these are providing some warmth for the children in the bitter cold of South Dakota.
Several of my blogging friends have kindly asked if I am OK since my blog posts have been few and far between this year. I’m happy to report that I’m doing pretty well but moving very slowly and not getting too much done. I have spinal stenosis issues which have forced me to give up quilting (except for very small items) and experimental cooking (which I’ve always loved) but I’m doing fine for an octogenarian, I think.
One thing I’ve been able to do comfortably is to continue my newfound hobby of knitting. About 95% of the knitting is for charities and one of my newer ones is the Pine Ridge Children’s group in South Dakota. I found them through Ravelry – http://www.ravelry.com/groups/for-the-children-of-pine-ridge They need and appreciate everything that is warm and comforting which gives me an opportunity to make a variety of clothing. I especially enjoy knitting for babies and preschoolers. These are some of the items I finished in the past couple of weeks which will soon be on their way to a home for mothers and children who have escaped abusive situations.
This vest is the largest size piece of clothing I’ve made so far – will fit a boy age 6-7.
This poncho is for a little girl about 4 or 5 and I hope she likes the doggy buttons.
I have some more projects ready to launder and, of course, a couple of things “on the needles”. I’m grateful that I can be doing something useful that I enjoy.
This summer, my younger daughter and I discovered a charity which accepts all kinds of cold weather items for their children on a Lakota Indian reservation in South Dakota. They have very severe winters and say they are under-served at this location, grateful for anything hand-knit or crocheted that will help keep the children warm. Unlike most of the charities we support, they accept not only acrylic but also wool and wool blend items and are currently trying to get enough scarves and mittens to supply each of their children in grades K-12. In August, we mailed some items I had made…four hats, four pr. mittens and two scarves.
In addition, my daughter contributed 11 hats, 12 pr mittens and 10 scarves.
As of this date, they have collected enough hats but still need lots of scarves and mittens. Today, I’ll be mailing 5 beautiful pairs of mittens from my daughter …
I contributed 3 scarves …
…one scarf/mitten set ….
…two neck warmers ….
…and one neck warmer/hat/mitten set.
We’ll continue to work on items for this project until they reach their goal, hopefully by November 1.
This is the link through Ravelry:
Last Christmas, I asked my younger daughter (an experienced and avid knitter) to gift me with a box of knitting supplies so I could try once again to knit and make some useful items for one of the many charities she supports. She gave me a wonderful package of instructions, needles, markers and a good supply of red, white and blue yarn. The yarn was specifically for Knit-Your-Bit, a program at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. http://www.nww2m.com/2016/09/knit-your-bit-celebrates-10-years-50000-scarves-for-veterans/
They collect hand-knit scarves for veterans and one event I especially admire is the gift of a scarf to each veteran who comes to the museum on November 11. My first projects were scarves for this cause …
…and I later made some in different colors ….
My daughter usually makes one scarf a month for this cause and a week or so ago packaged up all of the scarves we had made this year and shipped them to the museum. Imagine my delight when a picture appeared on their Facebook page showing a gentleman holding one of my scarves!
Photo used with permission of the National WWII Museum
A close-up of the tag that’s on the scarf reveals that it was part of our large group of scarves – how amazing is that?
I love thinking that a veteran will be wearing one of our scarves or one of the hundreds that have been donated from across the country.
After receiving a gift pack of knitting supplies for Christmas, I tried knitting again after unsuccessful attempts three or four times in my life (the last time about 30 years ago). Thanks to my younger daughter’s help, You-Tube tutorials and circular needles, I have learned to knit and actually complete some simple items.
I made preemie/newborn hats for http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/. I’ll be sending mine to a hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
The Baby Bear Hat, shown above, is shown on Ravelry.com, an excellent source for free patterns.
I also made a pair of booties for the newborn/preemies. The pattern for these can be found at http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevs-baby-set1.html. I did these two-at-a-time on circular needles.
I started making headbands/ear warmers for the Special Olympics in Arkansas. These are not collected until the fall, so I’ll have time to make a lot more. The colors for Arkansas are red and white. http://www.specialolympicsarkansas.org/.
I used a basic pattern found at http://devinlikestoknit.wordpress.com and made the center part different on each one, in one case using an easy Fair Isle design.
I also began making nests for rescued wildlife baby and injured animals/birds. https://www.facebook.com/wildliferescuenests/
For personal use, I made a neck scarf . This is from a free pattern on Ravelry.com, called La Neckerchief.
…..and a shawlette for a friend who won’t complain about any mistakes she sees. It turned out shorter than I expected and my older daughter added a crocheted edging which I thought improved it a lot.
I also made two Valentine mug warmers for my two daughters. Instead of putting them on mugs, I wrapped them around half-pint Mason jars, filled with candy.
I may not always have this much to show – there were a lot of small items and I was extra-enthusiastic about my new hobby, but I hope to have a few things made for charity, at least, each month.
I’ve tried knitting in the past without success and without one finished object, but have been looking for another hobby since my quilting is limited now because of back problems to small wall hangings and similar projects. My younger daughter is an expert knitter and keeps me well supplied with socks, scarves, hats, mittens and beautiful shawls….two of the most recent ones…
From past experience, I didn’t feel I could ever make such beautiful things, but I was inspired by her work for various charities and hoped I might be able to make some of these simple items. For Christmas, I asked her for some very general knitting supplies to get started and she gave me a wonderful reproduction bag from WW II England filled with yarn, needles, patterns and instructions.
The bag commemorates all of the knitting the women of Great Britain did during the war. The Women’s Volunteer Service pin is actually one from the era, which my daughter ordered from England.
The day after Christmas, I started reading through the instructions, checking out the online links (YouTube is great), and started a child’s scarf. During the month of January, I completed four children’s scarves for Scarf It Up in Northern Kentucky. They collect scarves for underprivileged/homeless adults and children….
…and three adult scarves for Knit Your Bit. This group collects adult scarves starting in September that they hand out on Veteran’s Day to vets visiting the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Red, white and blue scarves are the most popular.
Amazingly, I’m able to relax and knit comfortably and, even better, I actually complete what I started. Thank you, daughter, for a wonderful gift and a new obsession.