This is a really cute, free pattern I used last Christmas with less than a year’s experience in knitting. I had no problems and thought they turned out well – something a little different from the usual holiday decorations. Here is the link: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jolly-old-elves
I used two difference sizes of yarn and needles to get two different sizes from the same pattern.
The larger elf (about 8 inches tall) was made with #4 worsted yarn and #5 circular needles.
The smaller elf (about 6 inches tall) was made with DK or sport weight yarn #3 and #3 circular needles.
I gave one to each of my daughters along with a gift card for a special Christmas morning gift.
Finally! A summer’s worth of knitting has been washed, dried, tagged and is ready to mail to the children of Pine Ridge. Every fall, there is a special drive to gather enough items to give each of the K-12 school children a warm hat, scarf and mittens. This year, I made 5 large teenage scarves, 9 children’s scarves …
…4 hoods with neckwarmers …
…3 large teenage hats, 1 child’s hat, 2 ear warmers, and 2 pair of mittens
Now, they’re on the way to the Pine Ridge children for the long cold winter in South Dakota.
Over the past weekend, I celebrated my 85th birthday. One of my gifts was a shawl from my younger daughter. She used a pattern for a Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl by Sarah Bradberry, found on ravelry.com
Her yarn was a Caron Big Cake in the Toffee Brickle color. As a special treat, she bought a key ring from the Red Cloud Indian School Heritage Center, made by one of the students, and converted it into a shawl pin.
The pin is particularly dear to me because my daughter and I regularly knit for the children of Pine Ridge in South Dakota.
I’m very happy to have this beautiful addition to the collection of shawls my daughter has made for me. It’s so nice and warm!
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:
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.”
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.
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.