My Knitting Projects for March

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I’m a little late reporting on the knitting I completed in March (since it’s almost time for April’s projects), but here are my completions.

I spent a lot of time struggling with a personal project – knitting two pair of socks from the toe up and knitting both socks at once on circular needles.  I bought a wonderful video tutorial from Knit Freedom (www.knitfreedom.com) but had a difficult time, mostly because I didn’t switch yarn at the right time and had to unravel many, many times.  I thought it would be better if I tried a pair of slipper sox in heavier yarn with bigger needles and as I made mistakes and corrected them, would continue on to a pair in light fingering sox yarn and would do a much better job on them.  That didn’t necessarily happen, but I did get both pairs of socks completed.  They’re far from perfect but wearable and comfortable.

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As a future family member gift, I made a scarf of soft sport weight yarn in a pretty shade of pink.  This started out as a washcloth and since it was going well and was the right width, I just kept going, adding a section of plain knitting in the center.  I like this scarf very much.

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For Easter, I made each of my daughters a tiny basket that would hold one Cadbury egg.

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For charity knitting, I tried an easy mitten pattern link (Basic cuff-up mittens on Ravelry.com) and made one pair for Scarf It Up, a group that supplies scarves, hats and mittens to the homeless in northern Kentucky, and the silver/tangerine pair for the Arkansas Special Olympics.

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I finished another pair of booties (http://bevscountrycottage.com/bevs-baby-set1.html) for a hospital near Columbus, Ohio (http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/ )

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And, of course, more nests for the Wildlife Rescue group (https://www.facebook.com/wildliferescuenests/).  I always have one of these going on a spare set of needles.

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IL nests

I’m still enjoying my newfound hobby, although I get discouraged at times with my lack of progress.  An old dog can learn new tricks but it’s a much slower process than it would be for a young dog.

My Knitting Projects for February

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.

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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.

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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.

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I also began making nests for rescued wildlife baby and injured animals/birds.  https://www.facebook.com/wildliferescuenests/

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For personal use, I made a neck scarf .  This is from a free pattern on Ravelry.com, called La Neckerchief.

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…..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.

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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.

Valentine mugs

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.