Monday, November 09, 2015

Finished Items for Syrian Refugees

Tomorrow I'll be shipping this hat and scarf to the coordinator of a Ravelry group collecting items to send to Munich for Syrian refugees who have moved there.

I had 2 other hats ready to go, but they aren't washable, so I gave them to a friend who works at the First Unitarian Church here in Chicago. They are sponsoring a Syrian family set to arrive in early December. The family has 5 kids, so they can use hats of all sizes.

I guess I should turn my attention now to some Christmas knitting. I only plan to knit for my nephew. Everyone else can shift for themselves this year. I'm not in the mood. Does that make me the knitting version of Scrooge?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Knitting for Syrian Refugees

Fall is in full swing in Chicago. The leaves have turned and the days are getting shorter and colder. It's perfect weather for knitting. I finished a pair of socks for myself. The yarn is some Knit Picks sock yarn I had in the stash.

I've been buying yarn I don't need. Last Sunday I went to the Hyde Park Handmade Market and got this hand-dyed hand-spun wool-alpaca blend from Vera Videnovich. Two of my friends are expecting babies, so I plan to use this yarn for baby hats.

I also bought some more Knit Picks yarn--I swear, I should just hand over my paycheck to that company. I got this Diadem silk-alpaca blend for myself. I don't know if I'll use them together or separately. The 2 colors together give me a 70s vibe, but those earth tones do look good on me.

I some orange yarn to make a hat for my nephew. Orange is his favorite color. He wears it almost all the time and has an orange coat for winter.

Finally, I got a book of patterns to make Christmas tree ornaments. I don't know if I'll ever get around to making any, but I got it on sale, so it can go on the bookshelf for future reference.

I learned that there is a Ravelry group collecting knitted items for Syrian refugees who have landed in Munich and have no winter gear, so I started a hat. I already have one on hand so I'll add that to the package when I'm ready to ship it. I might even make a scarf if there's enough time.

Hope you're enjoying the fall and making beautiful things for the cold weather to come.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Summer Ends, Fall Begins

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned I was knitting a scarf out of some stash yarn. I ended up twisting it and sewing the ends together to make a Moebius cowl. I don't know whether I'll keep it for myself or have it on hand as a gift for someone else. It is very pretty.

PBS recently re-aired the Ken Burns Civil War documentary to celebrate its 25th anniversary--let that sink in a minute--that documentary first aired on TV a QUARTER CENTURY ago. Dang, I'm old. Anyway, that whole week, I was sick with allergies, so I spent every night parked in my chair watching the Civil War unfold and knitting. I made two hats and started a third (which I have since finished but didn't photograph).

Those hats are the last of my summer charity knitting. Now that autumn is here, I need to make some socks for myself. This is some Knit Picks sock yarn I found in the stash. I'm using my usual plain pattern. No one sees them but me, so they just need to be warm, not fancy.

What are you planning to knit as the days get cooler? Something for yourself or for someone you love?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Forgot to Mention This in My Last Post

One more stash-busting project: a rib-knit cowl made with Lion Brand Al-Pa-Ka yarn I bought years ago.

 I gave it to my stepmother, who is always cold. She is thin enough that she can pull it down over her shoulders, and it looks really good on her. She plans to wear it under her coat this winter.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Summer of Stash Busting and Charity Knitting

I didn't plan it this way, but the summer of 2015 has turned out to be the summer of stash busting and charity knitting. I heard a while back that Loopy Yarns is collecting garments to send to people displaced by the April earthquake in Nepal, so I made a hat....

which led to more hats...

which led to me using up a lot of old yarn that had been loitering in my stash for way too long. It feels good to finally be using it instead of looking at it and feeling guilty.

I'm also making a scarf using stash yarn. Both of these yarns are quite bulky, so I'm using size 11 needles and only cast on 25 stitches. I suspect the scarf won't be very long, but it will be thick, cozy, and warm. For some reason, the scarf looks gray, but it's actually a soft heather green. I took the photo in natural light, so I don't know why the color is off.

This was also the year of paying it forward. In a previous post, I mentioned that I participated in a pay-it-forward initiative that someone started on Facebook. A few weeks ago, I got some gorgeous Knit Picks lace yarn in the mail from my friend.

Those colors are perfect for me! I don't know what I'm going to make yet, but I know it will be beautiful, and the colors will be a perfect segue into fall, which is just around the corner.

Monday, July 27, 2015

More Random Summer Knitting and a Hat for Nepal

The weather finally got warm here in Chicago, so I don't want to work on anything too big and bulky. Smaller items are just the ticket for summer knitting and I can easily keep them in my bag for knitting on the go.

I've done a couple more wash cloths. I was thinking of giving them to my sister-in-law as a housewarming present (she just bought her first home), but I might keep this orange one for myself. I love orange. My nephew loves orange, too, however, so I think he might want it more than I do.

I'm also making a few hats for charity. The good folks at Loopy Yarns are collecting knitted and crocheted garments to be taken to Nepal in November to help people who were displaced by the April 2015 earthquake. I've already got a couple of wool hats in the stash, and I finished a new one last night.

I think the brown wool is Lion Brand fisherman's yarn, but I'm not sure what the green wool is. It has been in my stash forever. I plan to make a couple more hats with that brown yarn. If I have time, I might also make some mittens and socks.

What are you knitting now that the weather is finally warm?

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Random Summer Knitting

Happy Independence Day! I hope you're enjoying the long weekend and not blowing your hands off with illegal fireworks. People in my neighborhood have been insane with the fireworks all week. I'll have to shut my windows and turn on the air conditioner tonight to be able to sleep. My cats are nervous wrecks, poor things.

Anyway, I finished knitting that silk mawata scarf last week. It turned out beautifully and it's a nice length, long enough to go around my neck twice and be tied in various ways. My only complaint about this unspun silk yarn is that it tends to stick to itself. I feel like I'm always smoothing out the fabric because it crumples on itself and won't drape the way it should. Still, it was a fun project and I would do it again.

I started making a cardigan for myself but it's slow going--the lace pattern requires quite a bit of concentration and I haven't memorized it yet--so I don't have a picture worth posting yet. I do, however, have this dish cloth I knit last night while watching the final 2 episodes of Orange Is the New Black season 3. (Side note: am I the only one who was very disappointed by this season? I found myself getting very bored during some of the episodes, and that never happened to me during the first two seasons.)

I love pink and green together; it reminds me of watermelon, which is appropriate given the season and given the fact that I made watermelon popsicles yesterday, too. I'm keeping this one for myself. The cheerful color combo makes me happy.