Sunday, April 17, 2016

Short charity update

Remember those hats I told you about last week? The ones that I needed to find a good use for since I couldn't use them for my chosen charity?  A good use has become clear.  Tomorrow they will be on the way to my mom, who will raffle them off in a church fundraiser!

In other news, today I finished a hat for said charity in a more appropriate acrylic/nylon blend yarn ... and my husband loved it so much that I gave it to him.  As soon as it came off the needles I cast on an identical one that *will* be for charity.  We took a long walk around town today, and I knitted as we walked so I got a fair amount done.  Here it is in process:

I just LOVE the color.  I knitted up the rest of the yarn that was left after I finished the hat that I gave to my husband Found a couple skeins of this color from a fellow knitter on Ravelry and bought them from her. Really looking forward to knitting with this yarn some more in a few days.

I'm also knitting this one:

This yarn is SO soft. I wish I could remember where I got it.  It's been in my stash for so long ... I'm happy to finally put it to good use.  

And now ... back to knitting!


Friday, April 08, 2016

Before ... and after

You know how you go to "clean up" a room, but you end up making a much bigger mess in the process?  That's what happened to me last weekend. My yarn room/art studio was a colossal mess and I attempted to clean it up.  Here it is, mid-mess:

... and here it is once everything is moved around and put away. Much better!

Last week I talked about the dilemma I had with a stack of hats I knitted for charity, which can't go to the charity I planned to send them to due to the high wool content.  I haven't yet figured out what to do with them, but in the meantime I went stash diving and found find a few balls of more appropriate yarn that I can use!  I'd show you but I don't have photos of it yet.  I found a ball of Berroco Comfort yarn in a deep cerulean blue (worsted weight, I think), and a ball of Dark Horse Fantasy yarn in a sage green (also worsted weight). I cast on 2 hats, one in each color ... I couldn't help myself! I'm not using a pattern; I just cast on 112 sts with US 6 needles and am doing 2x2 ribbing for a few inches.  Then I may switch to stockinette.  Or maybe I'll continue in ribbing.  Or maybe I'll pick a pattern from a stitch dictionary.  Who knows! ALSO, I remembered that some months ago, a friend gave me a big ol' bag of yarn that she no longer wanted.  I dug through that and found several full and partial balls of stuff like Plymouth Encore (shout out to @knitonepurltoo!) and Lion Brand Wool Ease so all of that should keep my charity efforts going for a bit. I may also go in with a friend on an order from WEBS so I can get some more Berroco Comfort -- I really like how it feels and how it's knitting up so far. 

Right now, though, it's way past bed time. Good night!


Sunday, April 03, 2016

I blew it.

So ...

You remember those hats I knitted for charity?  Well.  I was all set to send the hand knit goodies off in the mail this week, and went to the blog to look for the address to send to.  Aaaaannnnd while I was there I looked at the requirements for donations.  Aaaaaannnnnnd figured out that donated items should not be 100% wool.  So .... now I need to find something to do with the hats and scarf I knitted. Yes, I realize (now) that I should have looked this information up BEFORE I started knitting, but I think in my excitement to get started it slipped my mind.  I'm sure the internet will come to the rescue, and help me identify an organization that will accept my donation.  And in the meantime, I've done a bit of stash diving and found 2 balls of yarn that will be appropriate for the charity I originally chose:  The Bridge Project, which collects knit and crocheted items for the homeless in central Ohio. 

Now that my yarn room/art studio is cleaned up and organized, I'm going to get showered and go do a bit of shopping before I settle in for a little knitting!


... this has been a QuietStorm production, dahling ...