2018 Special Olympics Scarf Project

One more state has announced their colours for the 2018 Scarf Project.

SO Maine has chosen the colours Purple, Grey, and Black as their colours.  It looks kind of a darkish combination, but I’m thinking elegant designs for this, don’t you think?

It will certainly work well with our featured pattern for the project – Waves/Chevrons.

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It’s so good that so many states – nine so far! – have chosen their colours early.  I hope that this gives the crafters enough time to work on them, before the end of the year crush comes around again!  But with so many priorities along the way, I know it’s hard to keep this in mind throughout the year when working on those crafty projects.  I’ll try to post on this regularly – I really should take advantage of those scheduling posts feature !

Anyway, you’re welcome to join the Facebook and Ravelry groups on knitting and crocheting for the SO Scarf Project.  And of course, this page 2018 SO Scarf Project – is always available.

Spread the word to your crafty friends, and come on over and join us on this worthy cause !

 

Thanks for all your help and support of the project!

 

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A Wannabe

So … I was browsing through craft blogs, jumping from one to the other to the other.  A few were following the Daily Challenge from Naknicromo on Tumbler to celebrate this crafty month.  Wish I had known about it at the beginning, but since I’m not on those tumbling and tweeting platforms, I had no idea.  Maybe next year … or I can just start it at any time.

Anywhooo … as I was reading the posts and comments and responses, I read a response to a question about other crafts that sort of had me staring at it for a few seconds longer.  I read it again, and again I stared at the response.  What was it that had me staring, open-mouthed at the screen?

Well, the poster said she doesn’t crochet, she can’t get crochet.  Ok, that’s fine.  She prefers the ‘neatness’ of knitting.  That’s ok too, I’ve noticed that too, but you can crochet something neatly too.  It’s got too many holes.  Hmmm … knitting can have many holes too.  It’s a ‘knitting wannabe’.  Huh??

I burst out laughing.  A ‘knitting wannabe’?   So a bunch of people decided that they don’t like or cannot or do not want to knit, so they decided they will invent something else to kind of look like knit?

Not trying to make anything big out of this, but I just thought it was very funny, that somebody should think that way about another craft.  Yeah, they’re entitled to their opinion. But this smacked of knit snob that I hear about every so often.  Never met one in person – yet – but this is the first time I’ve read something which just screamed that to me.  Most knitters that I know and read about are respectful of crochet, or other crafts, even if they don’t know how to work in that craft.  But I thought that remark was a little too dismissive or high-handed.  Guess not all crafters are tolerant of other crafts …

So, now that I’ve got that off my chest … here’s the progress on that Pistachio project.  Finished one cake, so I’m going to start the second panel with the new cake, and leave the third to finish it off.

It’s turned out quite long, as of course, as usual, I didn’t count the beginning chains.  I just measured it against my outstretched arms – yes, a very scientific way of measuring!  It’s about 14 inches in height, so I shouldn’t need much too many rows to get to 18 inches (hopefully).

I just might get this done by the weekend … 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Non-Projects  

It’s the first day of spring !!

Happy Spring!!  Yaaayyy – It actually feels like spring today, with the temperatures actually warming up later today.  Then it’s back to winter on Wednesday, with a forecast of snow …

I’m still on the hunt for a crochet project for National Crochet Month.  I’ll even settle for a knit project for National Craft month instead 😉

So with spring and warmer weather on the mind, I picked up a skein of Prism, because I liked the colours – when it was wound up in a ball/skein.  Now that I’m working on it, these colours are not calling to me.  Maybe it’s the wrong pattern.  I don’t think I’m continuing with this … By the way, I’m almost done with this ball, and this shawl is barely wrapping around my shoulders.  So definitely the wrong pattern, because you’re supposed to get a decent sized shawl with just one ball, right?  Or not?

Last night – at midnight, actually, because I wasn’t really sleepy yet and was browsing Pinterest and also it was at that moment that I decided that I wanted to try something – I started this.  I’d been wanting to work with the Caron Cakes in Pistachio, but wasn’t sure what to make of it.  I thought maybe a summer poncho in a lacy pattern would look good with this, since it’s a worsted weight yarn.  Another variation of a pattern, or more of two patterns combined.  *sigh*  I’m liking the pattern – which I’m making up as I go along – but now thinking that it may be a bit heavy for summer … Needs to be more lacy …

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We’ll see.  I haven’t given up on it yet.  I have another two cakes, so I hope it’s enough for the poncho.  Or wrap.  Or something that can be done with three cakes, because I’m being good and it’s not time to buy yarn yet 🙂

And I saw the Rick Rack Rib stitch last week, and had to try it out.  I thought I had ‘memorized’ the pattern when I first saw it, but found out later that I was missing a k1 or a p1 in between the rick racks.  The darker colour is the wrong stitch, although I’m sort of liking that too.  The red colour is the correct sequence.

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This is becoming a sampler of practice knit stitches  That’s the herringbone in the grey part, that I had to try a couple of weeks ago.   And I can’t remember what I was doing with the darker red colour.  It started out with practice on the mesh/lace stitch, but I don’t know what happened in between.  And I didn’t want to frog, because it didn’t look bad, and also because I don’t like to frog knit projects because I can’t pick up the correct number of stitches again after that :o)

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And that’s my non-projects for the weekend.  They may or may not be frogged – well, the first one is definitely going to be frogged and turned into something else.  And I’m set on working on the Pistachio and finishing something with it, and perhaps have it ready for another out-of-state soccer tournament in a couple of weeks. And the knit sampler – well, that’s probably going to sit until I see another knit stitch that I want to practise on 🙂

Have a good spring day!

 

 

Happy National Crochet Month !

It’s national crochet month !   yaaayyy !!

So it means I can crochet all day, every day, for a month !!  lol … I wish !

I usually start a crochet project to celebrate the month, but this year, I totally forgot about it until I saw mention of it on another blog.  *gasp!*

This is one of my most popular projects using the Nancy’s Waves pattern (available in Ravelry), from some years ago.  I saw it pop up on Pinterest, and only just found out that it’s been pinned over 2,000 times !!  I didn’t realize it’s been floating around out there!
Thanks, everybody !

 

 

So now, I’m in the hunt for a good project to start for the year.  Or maybe I should finish the crochet WIPs that I have …

This is my newest yarn obsession … the Shawl in a Ball from Lion Brand.  I’m trying out the metallic version in Prism.  So far, none of the patterns I’ve tried out has stayed on the hooks and needles, so I’m looking around for patterns again.  I’m toying with the idea to make another Nancy’s Waves with this yarn, but it may be a bit thin …

One project that has stayed on the hook is this … a circular top or vest, which is going to end up as a summer or beach cover-up.  As soon as I saw the Restful Rainbow colours in the Shawl in a Ball, I wanted it to be a beach cover-up.  I just have the last rows in a mesh stitch to finish up, and I’m done.  Somehow, I’m delaying on finishing it up, don’t know why. There’s a lot of experimentation still going on, since as usual, I’ve deviated from the pattern …. *sigh*


A few finished projects with the Caron Cakes … two ponchos in the same pattern, one to fit a child, and one to fit me.  Again, some adjustments made to the original pattern, but they’ve both turned out well, so it’s all good. The pattern is the Toasty Poncho from Red Heart, which is available on Ravelry.


Well then, I seem to be able to finish up projects after all !   lol  Sometimes with all the WIPs, it looks like I never finish anything!  It’s always good to get your projects together once in a while, just to see what you’ve done.

Have a good and safe weekend, everybody!

 

 

2018 SO Scarf Project Starts

We’re done with the 2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project !

Not sure if all the participating states reached their goals, but if they didn’t, hopefully they came close to it.  It seemed to be a slow year for our groups this year.  There are the perennial favourite states, who have no problem reaching their goals.  And then there’s the other states who struggle to reach their goal 😦

Now we’re off and running with the 2018 Scarf Project, with six state programs already announcing their colours !  Yaaayyy !!  Hopefully that means that these states will be done, or halfway to their goal by the time other states announce their colours in the late summer.

So, here’s an early start to the 2018 Scarf Project … Complete info and details can always be found on the 2018 SO Scarf Project page.  Check back every now and then – maybe your state program will join this year!

 

Through the Years

Charisse told me that she could see the evolution of my knitting and crochet … from the first projects she got, to the current ones I’m working on.

I had forgotten some of these experiments, which she gladly took in … From the simple beanies and patterns, to the present and hopefully more advanced stitches.  I must say that the quality, choices and diversity of the yarns available in the market has also improved over the years.

So, here’s a time capsule of my projects that Charisse has accumulated.  She even sent me pics of those that I didn’t have one of, because in the beginning, I didn’t think to take pictures of what I made.

My first beanies … yikes!  look at those joining lines!

 

These were my first beanies … plain, simple, single or double crochet.  I used the colours of the yarn to make the patterns, rather than the stitches.

That’s when variegated and self-striping yarn became a favourite … I could use any stitch, and didn’t have to think about colour changes, or cutting and joining.

Simple, basic stitches still looks good to me, and my fingers automatically start a hat with those stitches.

 

 

 

 

img_2853  More hat experiments, adding the raised stitches and front and back post stitches.  More experimentation with different fibers as well – that orange and pink hat is a polar-tec hat.

I was also coming out of my knitting comfort zone more … That cowl is basic knit and purl, but there was a ssk in there *gasp*

That cowl looks warm and cozy, and that pattern might be just the one I can use to work with new yarn …

 

 

 

This was the first hat that I successfully free-winged, knitting from the bottom up, to the decrease to the top.  Somehow, my stitches were the right number, my decrease was even, and the close at the top was good.  Then I crocheted the scarf … I didn’t know if my luck would hold out and I would get a good knitted scarf.

 

That cowl … Another experiment with the front and back post stitch, but I used a bulky yarn.  We joked that it could also be used as a skirt.

 

That cowl looks so warm and cozy!   Looks like a basic knit ribbed stitch, and I let the yarn do all the wrok.

 

Another basic beanie, and a super-bulky cowl.  I was trying to recreate an ‘Outlander’ scarf, but ended up with another pattern.

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An off-the-shoulder wrap, done in bulky yarn.  The original pattern was for fingering weight, but I was too impatient to finish 400 yds of yarn … I used a bulky yarn instead.  It’s a nice pattern, and perhaps one day I’ll make one in fingering weight yarn ….

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Ahhh … the year of the braided earwarmers.  I still have two that I use, and they’re coming in very handy during these cold days.  The cowl was knit by the swimming pool when I was in Goma, DRC a couple of years ago.  It’s knit with big and small needles, in an alternate lace and solid pattern.  That was one of the few times that I was inspired to follow a pattern and actually stick to it, for the whole pattern – no tweaking, no changing a stitch.

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I also started making capelets and ponchos, which had always been on the to-do list.

 

And my current pattern obsession – the Poncho Capelet (you can read about it here).  I’ve got three other WIPs of the same pattern, different yarn :o)   I need to finish them before winter is done!

 

This is a modified Baktus pattern scarf, using bamboo yarn (you can read about it here).  I wasn’t sure at first how it would come out, with the thick and thin yarn, but it came out nice and really soft.  Now I’m thinking of getting more of the yarn and making another one for me.


And that’s the evolution of my knitting and crocheting.  Do I still make mistakes?  Yes.   And I still tweak the pattern when I get lost in the pattern … or miscount …  But I’ve come out of my comfort zone, and venturing out to more ‘advanced’ patterns.

And maybe someday I’ll try knitting socks !  lol

Happy knitting and crocheting, everyone!

 

 

 

 

2017 SO Scarf Project: The Last Four

And suddenly, we’re down to the last four states in the last two weeks of the 2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project.

Alaska, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Washington.

All have deadlines at the end of the month.

If you are able to – and can knit or crochet fast 🙂 – there’s still time to whip up a scarf or earwarmer and send it on to them.

Complete info can be found on this 2017 SO Scarf Project.

Thanks to all who helped and supported this cause.