Monday, February 25, 2008

Socks in the Pile

I just finished off a pair of socks for charity. Which one? I'm not sure yet. I usually knit for CIC and will put it in the bag to see if the next campaign is for socks. Right now we are doing vests & sweaters, and while I already sent in 2 vests, I wasn't happy with them. So I cast on for another one. While I'm loving the vest, it looks much bigger than a size 3-4, so it may be going to another charity that is looking for bigger vests.

I'll post a picture of that once it's complete, meanwhile here are my socks.

I used up some wool ends that I had hanging around to make these.

But I thought they were too light and would show dirt too quickly so I pulled out some Cherry Kool-aid and nuked them!

They look and smell great!


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Introducing Myself


My name is Sarah, and I just joined LovePurl. I really need some motivation and accountability in my projects. As soon as I finish knitting my pretty-purple-shawl-that-doesn't-look-like-the-pattern, I'm going to knit some squares for Warm Up America; my local craft store has a collection box for the squares.
One of these days I'll get around to e-mailing Lollypop Farm to see if they are part of the Snuggles Project. I may also do some knitting for the Mother Bear Project. The trouble is, the knitting projects that I plan are way ahead of my needles. I guess I'll see what happens after I finish the next 3 or 4 projects I have lined up. :)


Monday, February 18, 2008

Tajikistan Needs Help

I just read about how Tajikistan is having it's coldest winter in over 50 years. Babies are dying from the cold in maternity hospitals. There are food shortages because people are spending every penny they have on keeping warm. I cannot imagine the hardship these people are going through. As much as I complain about the cold here in Northern Wisconsin, at least I have heat (and a mini heater under my desk!!)

I know that Unicef as well as the UN will be distributing aid. Does anyone know of any other organizations that would distribute to this area? I looked on the Warm Woolies site, and they don't specifically say Tajikistan, although they do distribute to countries in that region. I'm assuming that woolen items would be preferred since they are warmer than cotton or acrylic. Any ideas?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

First Four of 2008

Scarves & Ear Warmers

A friend gifted me this pretty coral colored yarn for Christmas. It didn't fit the bill for any upcoming projects, and I was feeling really horrible that my charity knitting was non-existent... so I spent a weekend whipping up four quick knits. A scarf and ear warmer in seed stitch, and a scarf and ear warmer in garter stitch. And voila, four pieces of charity knitting complete and one skein less in the stash!

Pieces will be donated to the Whatcom Volunteer Center's Project Warm-Up, a local "charity" in NW Washington State.

Keep up the great knitting everyone!

Not Fit For Man Nor Beast Out There

The weather forcast is looking like this...

Mostly sunny. Highs zero to 5 above zero. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill readings 30 below to 40 below zero.

Friday Night
Partly cloudy. Lows 14 below to 19 below zero. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill readings 25 below to 35 below zero.

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of light snow. Highs 18 to 23. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Wind chill readings 30 below to 40 below zero.

Saturday Night
Not as cold. Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of light snow. Lows 12 to 17.

So I've decided that it is not fit to go out in. It's not the highs that are bad, it's the 10-20 mph winds that will get you. I'll be sitting at home working a lot of Rambling Rows... here's the progress so far. It's made with 100% cotton Fantasy yarn, so I will probably donate it to one of the hospitals here in town.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you're all staying warm.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Two Hats?

Well, I actually had two hats complete, threw them into the washer, then dryer. Guess what? When you forget to label your balls of yarn, it's very easy to mix superwash wool and regular wool. What happened? You got it! They felted!

One is still definately usable, but the other shrunk differently and now will only be good as a felted bowl. I'll be working on a new one in the morning.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Contest From Warm Woolies!

A few of the socks I've been knitting for Warm Woolies

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let you know that Warm Woolies is sponsoring a contest for people who knit 25 items for them between now and November 2008. You can find all the details here. I swear I made my goal for myself before I knew about this contest! :) I just thought I'd share this info with you though in case any of you needed any extra incentive! So far, I am up to 5.5 items completed right now towards my goal of 100 for the year. You can read more about it on my blog.

Great job so far everyone! Your knits are looking great :)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

CIC Vests

I finished off 2 vests for Children In Common. I'm not thrilled with them, but I'm sending them off anyway. I'm hoping they will work. There is a reason I usually knit socks......

Size 4 vest

Size 2 vest

His and Hers Flat Hats

I made these two hats to drop off at my LYS, which is participating in the Warm Heads, Warm Hands, Warm Hearts Campaign. The hats are Sauniell N. Connally's One Flat Hat pattern, which I seamed using a mattress stitch.

Friday, February 1, 2008


Yes, this is one purple sweater! Normally not my color, but this was a fun knit. I totally enjoyed it - even the color.This sweater will be going to Children In Common, as part of their current toddler sweater challenge. It is the "Snakes and Ladders" pattern from the "Knitting Ganseys" book by Beth Brown-Reinsel. It was very entertaining, and surprisingly easy. While the pattern called for sport weight yarn, I used worsted weight from my stash. It came out quite nicely - and will be even warmer than were it from sport weight.

I am finishing up another lager size of socks, so will be back soon with a photo of them.