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.

2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project

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!

2016 SO Scarf Project: Working on the Houndstooth

The featured pattern for our group (Knit and Crochet for a Cause) is the houndstooth.

Perfect for practising the weaving pattern on the loom.  And slowly, one by one, I’ve been working on the pattern on the loom.  This is what I have come up with over the summer.


After several scarves in the 2L 2D pattern, I wanted to try working on one with bigger ‘houndsteeth’.  So I tried doubling the colour strands on the warp – the red and white one.  It didn’t work.  It just made it thicker, or denser, but not bigger.  Well, it kind of elongated it too. lol


Then I thought maybe a 4L 4D pattern, with a 2×2 on the weft would make a bigger houndstooth.  It didn’t work either.  Those are the orange/green/purple and black ones.  It sort of looks like a houndstooth, but it isn’t really.

After the fourth time of experimenting with the pattern, I got tired of it and mixed it up now with other combinations.  This blue and white started out with the squares pattern, then evolved into a clasped weft instead.


*sigh* So I’ll continue with my experiments.  I asked in the weaving forums, and it seems that I need another heddle, or two, or three, and pick-up sticks (for a 2-shaft RH) to get the correct houndstooth pattern.  That’s ok … for now, I’ll stick to the 2×2 and practise some more, this time with different colour combinations …


That should keep me busy …

Information on the Special Olympics Scarf Project can be found here.
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Box of Goodies is Here! 

All the way from Lithuania!  I saw these colour ways posted in a yarn destash group on Facebook and was instantly drawn to them.  Nice, earthy colours, with a touch of blue, for the sky. 

They came all the way from Lithuania, from Twice-Baked Yarns.  It was described as fingering weight, but I think it’s more of light fingering, with four plies of thread together to make up a strand. 

At first I was thinking that I would make a woven blanket with this.  Those balls of leftover yarn would make a good weft. 

But now that I see the true colors and felt the type and weight, my mind is now thinking to make a shawl or wrap with it. Yes, I know, another shawl. 

So I’ll just sleep and mull over this until the weekend, and maybe by that time I’ll know what to do … Maybe I can do both … Hmmm …. 


2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project Update

Now that summer is winding down, thoughts turn more and more to the cold winds and the cold weather items that we can all start working on, right?  If you’re looking for a quick project to start you on your cold weather knitting and crocheting, check out the Special Olympics Scarf Project.

The newest addition to the Scarf Project is SO North Carolina, who has agreed to participate. Thanks to Karen, from SavvyFrills.com, who contacted them and got all the information.

Here’s the other highlights:

  • SO Alaska announced their colours – Light blue and Buff/Tan.
  • SO Kentucky is not participating this year :(  They said that they got so many scarves last year, so I suppose they’ll be using those up first.  Hope they’re back next year!
  • Quite a few states have started to receive scarves and other items.  We’re on the way to meeting their goals!
  • One other state may be joining in, but they haven’t confirmed anything yet.  I’ll post again when I get their colours, if they do decide to go ahead with the Project.

Here’s the updated list of the participating states.  The complete information is available on 2016 SO Scarf Project.

Do join in and support the cause!
If you’re on Facebook or Ravelry, check out the groups and join in as well.

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Twinkly Orange and Purple

And we’re back!

Can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve been able to post on anything here.  Summer started, and everything suddenly started happening …

I had to take an office trip out of the country at the last minute and of course, that threw all the schedules off.  I did remember to pack two WIPs – one of which I frogged – and extra yarn, needles, hooks …

Since I’ve been back, I haven’t exactly been inspired to knit and crochet either.  I got some new yarn, and with ideas bubbling in my head of the projects that I wanted to work on, somehow, it didn’t work out.  After I started knitting or crocheting ten rows, it wasn’t looking right so I’ve been frogging more than working on anything.  I’m just working on finishing a WIP now.

One thing that I did finish before the trip was this Busco Gancho Lace shawl.  I finished it in time for the trip and used it throughout, and got many compliments on it :)  I haven’t seen the pattern released yet, so I’ll update this if and when it is released by the designer.

The yarn is SWTC Little Star in two colourways, and the sparkle in the yarn reminds me of twinkling stars.


Here’s what it looks like during blocking.  Since then, I haven’t been able to take any photos of the shawl after blocking, but you can see from these that the pattern makes for a nice drape.  I’ m already planning to make several in different colourways … soon as I get my cro-jo back …


Busco Gancho Lace

So … I signed up for a workshop on how to make the Busco Gancho Lace shawl.  I think it’s more of a CAL, but a workshop sounds good too :)   The finished sample shawl was made in a beautiful colourway, but what I really wanted was the pattern for the shawl, but it was only available to the workshop participants.  So I signed up … *sigh*   It promises that it’s not an ordinary triangle shawl, and that there will be more to constructing the shape than just a regular triangle.  So …

I know I have lace yarn somewhere in the boxes, but not in self-striping yarn, and I didn’t have time to go through the boxes to search for it.  Seeing these SWTC Little Star yarn in the WIP bag, I frogged it and decided to use it for this workshop instead. I didn’t like how they were working up on the needles anyway, and I had only knitted four rows, so I didn’t feel so bad about frogging.  Do you ever feel bad frogging a WIP?

We had to make two swatches – one with a 3.0mm hook (top swatch), and another with a 3.5mm The swatches came out bigger than I thought.  I thought this Little Star was a fingering weight, even a light fingering weight, but these came out big.  Or perhaps I was using the wrong size hooks.

I had planned on using the red-orange to start off, and then eventually transition to the red-purple, when I ran out of yarn, because as usual, I only bought two hanks, and it looks like this shawl will take more than that, even if I crochet with a loose tension. It should work.

So that’s another CAL I’m working on … as if I don’t have enough to do already!  But I think this will work up really quick … Stay tuned for an update next week!