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.

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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!

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Discontinued

I bought this yarn years ago, and waited too long to use it …

It seems that it’s now been discontinued, because I couldn’t find it anywhere when we went yarn shopping, and neither online  😦

So now I’m rethinking my yarn stash … I really should go through it and take inventory and organize.

Because I’m sure there’s other yarn there that’s probably been discontinued 😦

Unless I find a suitable substitute for this yarn, a bulky wool from Loops and Thread Impeccable, it’ll have to stay as an in-between sized cowl.  You know what that is … not long enough to loop around twice, but an awkward size when hanging down from your neck.  Oh well …

 

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!

2018 SO Scarf Project

It’s October ?!?

These days are creeping up so fast on me – I can’t keep up.

It also means that the Special Olympics Scarf Project deadlines are fast approaching!

Here’s the updated list of participating SO states.

2018 Special Olympics Scarf Project

The first deadline is 1 November for SO Iowa.  Yes, 1 November already!  as in 3 weeks from now!!

I’m not worried about SO Iowa though – they’ve got their own fan base of crafters who help them meet their goal for the year.  But if you want to whip up a quick scarf or hat for them, their colours are Bone and Autumn Red.

Our group’s featured pattern this year is Waves and Chevrons.  These are samples from a previous Scarf Project year.

2018 SO pattern

If your state is not participating, please do consider making an item or two for another participating state.  And if you can’t decide on a state, look through the colour combos on the list, and pick one.  The more exciting ones are the main colour/accent colours ones – you can really let your imagination run wild with those!

 

SO Arkansas has another interesting combo – any 2, 3, or 4 of these colours.

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Help spread the word as well.  And you’re more than welcome to join the Facebook page and Ravelry group to connect with other crafters working on the Scarf Project (see links in the sidebar).

Hope to see you there, and let’s get crafting!

 

 

 

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 !

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Fall Is Here …

Even though the temperatures still say it’s summer, the calendar says it’s the first day of fall.  Thoughts now continually turn to looking for new patterns for winter wearables, or trying out the new yarn to make those hats and scarves again.  Maybe I should finish my current WIPs first …  My brain is just over-flowing with all these ideas for patterns and yarns …

Those Caron Cakes projects are almost done.  I hope to have at least one of them finished this week … In the meantime, I couldn’t resist buying a skein of yarn because I wanted the colour-changing pen.  Yep, my other obsession is collecting pens.  So, yarn + pen is made just for me!

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I thought the pen would literally change colours as you write, but the ink is in blocks, so you’re actually writing in one colour, and when that runs out, there’ll probably be a line when the ink is changing colours, and then solid ink again.  So I’ve been scribbling, because I want the ink to hurry up and finish, so I can see how the ink changes colours.

I was going to make a cowl in a star stitch pattern with the yarn, but I worked all day on the stitch, and it didn’t look anything like a star stitch.  Maybe because of the colour changes, so you couldn’t really see the pattern.  So now it’s waiting for another pattern inspiration.

And that’s how my crafting is going so far.  I hope to settle down soon, and organize and sort out all those WIPs and yarn and patterns … We’ll see …