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.