2016 SO Scarf Project: The Last Five

We’re almost there … We’re working on the last five states to complete the 2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project!  whew!

This is what it looks like now.  I’m still waiting for updated numbers, so please do start mailing in your items so that the state offices can get an accurate count.

Complete information and details can always be found on the 2016 SO Scarf Project page.

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The most immediate is SO Texas – they’re about halfway to their goal of 2,500 items, so if everybody sends in their items now, they’ll come close to their goal before their Games start in early February.

So there’s still time to join us – either on Facebook or on Ravelry.

And if you weren’t able to participate this year, SO Texas has already announced their colours for the 2017 Games, so you can get an early start on that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowed-In Show and Tell

Well … after being cooped up inside because of the Blizzard 2016, I made the most of that time by catching up on projects … starting new ones … or just playing with yarn.

So here’s what I was able to work on this past weekend.

I finished the second panel for the blanket ….
… and started on the third panel.

The second panel came out shorter than the first panel, so there’s going definitely going to be some sewing, cutting and adjustments when putting the panels together.   

And seeing the finished width, before wet-finishing, I think I’m going to need a fourth panel so that it covers at least a single or twin bed.  Maybe a fifth …

 

The Double-layered Braided Cowl is the latest trend going around the crochet forums.  I had seen the pattern on my newsfeed, and it was the first time that I wanted to pick up hook and yarn and make one right now, instead of just saving the pattern for a later day.  So, after the initial fiddling about, I came up with a cowl, an experimental earwarmer with three braids, and an experimental earwarmer with chunky yarn!  How about that!

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Oh, wait … so now I have a set of earwarmer, hat, and neckwarmer/cowl in the same chunky yarn!

I’m adding this in, although I finished this a couple of weeks ago.  The Granny Shrug – I can’t find where I got this from, but if you google the Granny Shrug, you’ll get to the website.  It’s basically a big granny, then fold it in half to form a rectangle.  Then sew about 20 inches of one edge, which will form the sleeves.  I added a cuff to the sleeve, to make it longer.  I ran out of the black yarn, so I added the purple to finish it.  I could have stopped with the black, but then it would reach just by the waist, and I wanted it longish.  On the other hand, making it that big turned out to be a bit over-sized for me – it fits my colleague perfectly, though, as she’s taller and bigger than I am.  So now I want to make a smaller one that will fit me better, but long enough as well.

So that’s my show and tell for the Blizzard projects.

What did you work on?

 

 

 

 

 

2016 SO Scarf Project: Almost There

Well, we’re mid-way into the first month of the new year, and for the Special Olympics Scarf Project, there’s a frantic rush now to work on the scarves and send them on their way to the state programs.  Most SO state programs hold their Winter Games in January and February, so the bulk of the deadlines are in January.

Here’s the latest update on the project.  Since I was out travelling with spotty wifi, I’m just catching up with the state programs on their numbers for the Scarf Project, so those numbers for received items are not updated.  I’m hoping that the state goals were met, or at least were close to getting the numbers they wanted.

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There’s still time to make items for SO Kansas, Wyoming, Arkansas.  If you have completed items for those three, mail them in now, so they can be counted.

SO Texas is way short of their goal – 500 out of 2,500.  They’ve extended their deadline to 31 January 2016, so start mailing your items.

SO Delaware had a warm December 2015, so they’re holding their Games in late February 2016.  That gives us another four weeks to make scarves and send them in time for their Games.

SO Alaska mailing is open.  If you have items for SO Alaska, you can start mailing them in now.

So let’s get those hooks and needles busy!

Thanks so much to all who are working on this and supporting the Scarf Project.

Join us on Facebook and Ravelry (links in the right bar) and join in the conversation!

 

 

 

Catching Up …

Whew!  Just realized I haven’t posted in a while on this blog!

So here’s hoping you had a good end-of-year holiday season and all the best for the new year!

I was travelling for work, and wifi was spotty too.  I also thought that I would be able to work on WIPs or start a new one, but surprisingly, I didn’t get a chance to do that either.  It was late nights and weekends too, so I was catching up on sleep instead!

There was that one night when I was so stressed out at work, I took12313705_939416949446589_2516362218822365726_n out all the yarn I brought with me, and just played with them.  I tried to start something, but my mind wouldn’t settle down, so I just sat on the bed and wound up the hanks into balls.  That was enough to settle my brain.  I’ll keep that in mind for the next time I’m frazzled – just sit and wind yarn into balls.   It had a calming and relaxing effect, just to keep winding yarn into a ball.  Try it the next time you’re stressed.

On the flight back home, there was an 11-hour stretch for the last leg.  11 hours !!  Wow – definitely I was going to have time to work on something then.  The flight was delayed on departure, so while sitting in the waiting lounge, I took out yarn and needles and casted on with that purple-orange-blue-red yarn.  I wanted to work on the linen stitch again, and thought that maybe it would work with the variegated yarn.

I also thought that I could practice the continental (picking) method with this stitch.  I was beginning to see the extra motions that I made when using the ‘throwing’ method.  For the linen stitch, the continental method works well.  There is less motion/movement than if I was holding the yarn with the right hand.  And 11 hours was more than enough time to practise the continental method – I was all thumbs, fingers, and tangled yarn when I started.

I wasn’t too happy with the colour combination once it was on the needles.  Maybe the colour changes were not long enough.  Or maybe the wrong gauge.  Anyway, I decided to continue with it.  I only had one ball of this colour, and the other three balls were also lone balls.  So I decided to use all four balls in the cowl, and make it a cowl for all seasons.

This is how far I’ve got.  I’m on the third ball, and it’s just about six inches wide.  Hopefully when it’s done that it’ll be a good size width.  Because, you know – as usual, I didn’t count how many stitches I cast on, and didn’t do any kind of math to figure out how much yarn I had to work with so that I can at least have a finished item that doesn’t look like it ran out of yarn that’s why it’s such an odd size!  lol

Now that it’s all together, the orange-blue-purple combination doesn’t really look so bad, does it?  hmmm …

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I don’t mind the orange-purple combo …

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Maybe that blue-orange combo will grow on me …

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 SO Scarf Project: One State Done!

SO Iowa is the first state to meet their goals of 600 items for the 2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project. They sure have a lot of active crafters in Iowa!

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There’s three other states with deadlines coming up in December – SO Arkansas for earwarmers/headbands only; SO Oklahoma, SO Tennessee, SO North Carolina.  And then what I like to call the Red and White states – all have the red and white combination as their chosen colours – SO North Carolina with a deadline in December 2015, and SO Indiana, SO Nebraska, SO Maine with deadlines in January 2016.

Crunch time … with the end of year festivities and holidays, there won’t be much time to pick up hook and yarn.  Even now I’m pressed for time to even get a row done …

Anyway, please do help spread the word on the Scarf Project, and maybe we can give this a kickstart before the end of year activities buries us all.

Complete information can always be found here.

Or join us over on Facebook and Ravelry (links on the right bar).

See you there!

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Splash of Colour at Lake Louise 

It’s been a busy period here, running and driving around … You know how it is, you’re the cabbie driving the kids around .. Don’t they ever get tired? I do! LoL

In between, I pick up hook and yarn to settle down even if just for a few minutes. And of course, for instant gratification, hats are quick, easy portable projects.

Good thing too, because an office colleague of mine asked if I could make some hats for her. She was going to a family reunion up in Canada, and wanted to gift the hats to them. No problem, I said.  There’s always an extra hat or two in the bags …

And here are some of my hats, all the way to Lake Louise, in Alberta, Canada. Isn’t that scenery just beautiful?

It’s always good to see your creations being used, isn’t it?

I’m still smiling … At the hats and the scenery.

2016 SO Scarf Project: The Final Fifteen

SO Washington is the latest state program to join in the Scarf Project, and that brings us to fifteen states participating in the Scarf Project.

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One or two may decide later to join in, but for now, I think we’re good with the current fifteen.

Time to get those hooks and needles busy!  Complete details on the Scarf Project can be found here.

You’re welcome to join the Facebook group  – Knit and Crochet for a Cause – and on Ravelry – Special Olympics State Scarf Project  –  meet the other crafters who are also working on this project and show off your completed items.

See you there!