Category Archives: Charity

Knitting Queue

My knitting queue, in no particular order:

  1. The Special Olympics scarf. I’m about one-third of the way through it. If this weren’t for charity, I might quit. I hate this yarn, and scarves are sooooo long. But it’s no-thinking-required knitting, and hopefully someone will enjoy this scarf when it’s done. My deadline to mail it in is January 18, so this is near the top of the list.
  2. An Irish hiking hat for my coworker, Jill.

    Is there special Irish hiking?

    I’m using Red Heart Classic because, well, I already have it in my stash, and it’s super soft. This hat is basically a way to learn and practice cables on a small enough project that I won’t get totally frustrated. I hope.

  3. My first sweater.

    Yay for complicated projects!

    I start my Sweater class at Loopy Yarns tonight! This pattern was most certainly not the easiest pattern I could have chosen, but I think if I’m going to pay to learn to make a sweater I might as well learn as much while I have someone helping me as I can. And I definitely wanted a cardigan for work. I’m using scrumptious and expensive Malabrigo Rios blue yarn for this one (sorry, Azul Profundo).

  4. The February Lady sweater. If this doesn’t make you want to learn to knit, nothing will.

    LOVE this sweater.

    I’ll be using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in Jalapeno (and this will be a much cheaper sweater than the first!).

  5. Socks! I bought a kit from Knit Picks, complete with interchangeable patterns and enough yarn for five pairs!

    I love the jaunty drink with the socks.

    The kit seems way cheaper than buying all of the yarn and patterns separately. Of course, I may get horribly frustrated and end up taking a sock class at Loopy, but I thought I should at least try this.

I have lots more knitting ideas, and tons of things I want to try on Ravelry, but this is where I’m going to start, and these are the projects I need to at least attempt before I’m allowed to buy any more yarn.

On my master knitting queue is also an afghan, but that deserves its own post (coming soon).

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Crafting for Charity

Since starting sewing, and now knitting, I’ve been intrigued by the notion of crafting for charity. If you read this blog, it’s obvious that I make everything for myself, partly because I’m not yet confident to give things I’ve created to others, but partly because I just like keeping these things that I’ve worked so hard on. But I do feel a little selfish, and I’d like to give a little. (I do the same thing with marathoning. I’ll only let myself do something as totally selfish as training for a marathon if I’m also raising money for charity.)

Little Dresses for AfricaThe first such project I heard about is the Little Dresses for Africa project. My mom told me that a sewer she knows has done this, making three quick dresses. All my mom knew about it was that it had something to do with Nancy’s Notions. I found the website, and I’m pretty interested in it, although I haven’t done anything about that interest yet! From the Nancy’s Notions site, you can either download project instructions for using fabric from your stash, or you can buy a kit to sew three dresses. The kit is $25, but I still learn more toward that, since everything including the bias tape is included. I don’t think I actually have three yards of fabric in my stash that aren’t earmarked for something specific that I plan to sew soon (as much as I’d like to be a fabric hoarder, I can’t really justify it!).

Special Olympics Scarf ProjectNow that I’m knitting, the other project that has caught my eye is the Scarves for Special Olympics project. I don’t actually know where I heard about this one, but Special Olympics is really important to my family, and I haven’t been back in Ohio the right weekend to help out in a long, long time, so I’d like to do something. The idea is that people knit or crochet scarves for the athletes in the winter games, using their chosen colors for this event. They’ve partnered with Ref Heart Yarn, so the yarn colors are Red Heart Super Saver Turqua and Blue. You can order the yarn from anywhere, but the project has an easy link to order, as well as suggested scarf patterns. There’s at least one pattern that looks easy enough for me to do after this class, although the deadline to mail the scarf is January 18, which could be pushing it a bit. Now if only Red Heart didn’t want to charge more for shipping than for yarn, or if only I had thought of this before I placed a yarn order on JoAnn.com yesterday (to take advantage of a free shipping deal).

Have you done any crafting for charity? I know there are lots and lots of other options out there!