2019 SO Scarf Project

Hello all !

I know I haven’t been blogging for a while – a long while.  My mind is still running all over the place, and definitely not settled.  I’m going to try and write more often – including playing with yarn – and settle down.  In the meantime, here’s a quick post on the 2019 Special Olympics Scarf Project.

It’s starting to heat up, now that we’re going on to the last quarter of the year.   I’ve started all the groups going again, so at least it’s on the crafters’ radar, and we’re not caught by surprise when the first deadline rolls up (SO Iowa, on 1 November 2018).

We’ve got 12 states participating.  One or two may announce colours later in the summer or early fall.  But everybody can start on any of these states now.

All the details can be found on the page for the 2019 SO Scarf Project – click here.

2019 SO collage

If you’re on Facebook or Ravelry, we’ve got groups working on this project as well.  You’re welcome to join either or both the groups, for updates, postings, and inspiration from the crafty members. Links to the groups can be found on the sidebar, or click on the following links:

Facebook – Knit and Crochet for a Cause

Ravelry:  Special Olympics Scarf Project 

 

See you there!

 

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Rediscovered …

I opened a bag, and out popped this WIP … one that I started last summer, stopped because I couldn’t find the second skein of this yarn to continue, found the skein and continued on, then was packed away in a weekender bag, and remained there.  Ay-yaay ….

So now that I’ve rediscovered it, it’s high time that it was finished.  It’s coming on to summer again.

There’s no pattern to this.  Last year, I was obsessed with the tip-to-tip pattern – starting from one point of the scarf, and increasing to the width, then decreasing to the other point.  Kind of a gamble, because I don’t weigh the yarn, so I’m eyeballing the yarn and guesstimating the widest width of the scarf before I start decreasing to finish off.  lol

For the stitches, I was on a run with the knit mesh stitch.  Just a simple yo, k2tog.  My eyes were liking the pattern with the variegated yarn, and it was working up fast.  Well, It looked like it was working up fast, because there weren’t too many stitches yet when knitting back and forth.  Now that there’s 100+ stitches – I haven’t counted yet how many I have on the needle now – the purl stitches are kind of getting tedious for me.

I also started adding rows and patches of stockinette stitch to make it more interesting.  I was thinking of making some kind of pattern with the solid rows, but then I was thinking too much and counting stitches, and then I would forget with the next row anyway, so I just let it be.

I’m hoping that when it’s done and blocked that you’ll see the pattern better.  And hoping too that it’ll be wide enough.  And that I will guesstimate right and will have enough yarn for a decrease to a point, or else there’ll be frogging sessions.   I don’t know why I do this to myself instead of following a pattern … and sticking with it 🙂

2019 SO Scarf Project: Maine

SO Maine announced their colours for the 2019 Scarf Project – Purple, Blue, Green.

That happens to be my favourite combination too – or one of my favourite combinations.  It shouldn’t be too hard to get a scarf or two done with those colours, and will of course look great in the group’s featured pattern, stripes.

Maine 2019

Here’s the complete list so far.  That brings it to 9 participating states so far.  It’s great to get this going early.   Several more state programs will announce colours in the late summer, and with only 2-3 months left before their deadline to receive scarves, some of the states don’t meet their goal.

2019 SO collage

So any time you’re in between projects and don’t know what to do, choose a colour combo, and start a striped scarf.

You can always find the complete info on this page, or join the Facebook and Ravelry groups.

See you there!

2019 SO Scarf Project

My goodness! I am really way behind in my posts! It’s been such a hectic, chaotic, and stressful period, and haven’t kept up with everything. Anyway, let’s start fresh this year.

The 2019 Special Olympics is off and running, with 8 states already announcing their colours. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics, so this will be a little more special.

Here’s the colours for the 8 states. More states will announce colours by late summer/early fall, so it’s good to get started on these early.

The group has chosen Stripes as the featured pattern, but you can use any pattern/design.

As usual, you’re welcome to join the Facebook and Ravelry groups and meet all the other crafters. The complete info and details will be on a separate page – which I just remembered that I also still have to work on 😲

Anyway, you can’t go wrong with scarves and stripes. Let’s get started!

Fall is Here

It sneaked up on me at 4:02 pm today.  That’s the time I heard in the news, and I had to stop and wonder where summer went.

Interestingly, for the past several weekends I started multiple fall projects, as well as pulled out languishing WIPs to try and finish them.  Or maybe it was the other way around – try to finish languishing WIPs, but ended up starting more projects, so now I’ve actually added to the WIP pile …

Don’t believe me?  Here ….

These are two knit projects from a couple of years ago.  It started out as inspirational projects because I wanted to work with the new yarn.  It turned into practice pieces … and then got left in a bag in a bag in a bag … What to do with this now?  Continue it?  Or frog and start again, because supposedly, I can knit better now and what I make now will look better than these …

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And this is kind of a WIP, but a new one that I started … because I think I should finally make something from this gorgeous yarn and colourway.  I’ve started several items with the yarn, and frogged them all.  The yarn is getting a little frayed, so I think I should start a project and stick with that.  This is short rows and mesh stitch practice.  Now that I’ve started this, I’m hoping that I have another skein of the yarn hidden somewhere, so that this can be a decent size when done.  And I’ve lost the label, so I’m not sure where to look for it now …

 

And this?  I started this the week of the solar eclipse in August, because the colorway was named Moonstone … I know, I know, kind of corny.   *sigh*  Anyway, it’s just going to be a wide and long shawl or wrap.  Just a pattern series of garter stitch and mesh stitch.

And another Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, in Namaste Neutrals.  Because I liked the glint against the browns.  I’m thinking a capelet would look nice with this.

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This was going to be the super-scarf last year.  Remember that trend?  I don’t know if that’s still a trend this year, but I’m determined to finish this year.  But see, I’ve run out of the yarn and I’m only at half the length, so I need to get out and get some more of this.  I’m leaving this out to work on, anyway.

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So there you have my fall projects … I’ll keep you posted on the progress …

Have a good weekend, all !

 

Mini Hats 

There was a call for preemie hats for an NICU, in one of my groups.  Ashley H was making goodie bags for the NICU in memory of her son, and she wanted to add  some hats to the bags. I put the call out to the group, and although she was only asking for 21 hats, I’m sure she’s going to get double that, because you know how generous crafters are with their yarn 😁

Not having made too many preemie hats, I thought this was a good in-between project, since I can’t seem to get settled on starting a project. And I found the perfect yarn in the stash … Sirdar Baby Bamboo!  I bought them from a detash group months ago. No idea what I was going to do with them, but I liked the colours … Powder Blue and Iris Blue. 

For the crochet hat – the one on the right – I just crocheted front post double crochet all the way around. That is a great stitch – it looks good, has enough texture, and the finished project stretches nicely, even if you crochet tight. For the knit hat, I decided to practice the Rick Rack Rib pattern. I had tried it a couple of times, but wasn’t seeing the pattern clearly. But with this yarn, the pattern showed up nicely. 

And here they are, all finished. For size comparison, they’re on top of a regular teen/adult small hat. The rick rack rib pattern needs to be knit back and forth. I tried to knit it in the round, but it didn’t work out. I’ve googled if it can be done in the round, but I didn’t find anything. So I knit a little rectangle, and then a decrease for the crown, and finished it off by seaming the two ends together. It’s turned out ok – still a few things to improve. I hope the joining isn’t too lumpy or hard for the babe heads. 

Oh! I was also practicing the double knit stitch for the brim. That also needs to be knit back and forth. Again, I didn’t find anything if it could be done in the round.  But this turned out ok. So next time I knit hats, I’ll use larger needles for the brims in double knit, and then the pattern. This is probably old news for the experienced knitters, but this is exciting new for me! 😀

This is what it looks like on the other side, so you know what it looks like. I think when learning a new stitch, it’s always helpful to see what both sides look like. Most tutorials only show the ‘right’ side of the stitch, and what the pattern looks like done the right way. That’s helpful too, but I also want to see what the ‘wrong’ side looks like, in case I’m still doing it wrong, and also just because I want to see it 😬

Anyway … here’s the inside of the hats. The double knit brim looks the same as the front. The rick rack rib pattern looks like a loose garter stitch. The crochet fpdc looks like horizontal knit stitches. Cool, isn’t it? 

And there’s my preemie hats, ready to send off. 

On to the next projects! 

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!