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More scarves for the Knit Wits

The Braham Knit Wits have been knitting for charity for a long time – since 1998.  We’ve knit and donated a lot of scarves, hats, mittens, baby blankets and more.  Last week at our meeting I brought a bunch of scarves that I knit.

8 scarves

Eight scarves

They are all knit on my knitting machine, so they took very little of my time. 

stack of scarves

Different widths

Some are wider than others, but all are the same simple seed stitch.  All have fringe the same length and with some white yarn added to the color of the scarf. 

purple scarf

Purple scarf

Since they are so similar, I could move from one to the next with little thought.  My goal was just to crank out some scarves and use up some acrylic yarn.  I did end up with a couple empty cones – like when I ran out of the peach yarn!

peach and white scarf

Peach and white scarf

Since the peach was enough to make just half the scarf, I finished it with white and used both colors in the fringe. I’ve got a lot more acrylic yarn and I see a bunch more scarves heading to the Knit Wits in the near future.  They will probably be kept until this fall when there will be more need of scarves, but it is good to get a jump the stock pile of goodies to be donated.

A bit for charity

Over the last month or so, I’ve made a few baby blankets with acrylic yarn to give to charity.

3 blankets

In pink and blue

Each has a different stitch pattern, so it was a bit of learning for me.

3 blankets

All different

They are rather light weight, but will make a good blanket for little ones to carry around and hug. 

scarf

Scarf in green

And one wide scarf is also ready to go on a mitten tree or other local charity. 

My last craft show of the year is this Saturday, December 8 in Zimmerman at the United Methodist Church.  Come join in the shopping fun.

Day 3 at Camp

Saturday was the last of Knitting Machine Camp at Rocking Horse Farm.  Three days of knitting, learning, laughing and eating!  What could be more fun!

I tried an experiment.  I knit a little swatch, increasing on one side, decreasing on the other side on every other row.  In essence, simulating my loop scarf design.  But it didn’t work.  The decrease edge rolled, the increase edge did not roll.  Neither edge rolls on my hand knit version.  No one could really explain why the machine decrease behaved differently than the version knit by hand.  It is still a mystery. 

Then I knit a scarf / shawlette.

scarf

A little too big

This was a pattern from last year’s camp.   But my yarn was a little thick, so I used the loosest tension.  Thus my scarf is a little big to be worn as intended. 

shawlette

Works as a shawl

But it is nice size for shawl.  This is some of my charity yarn – I think it is a cotton acrylic blend.  It feels pretty nice and has a bit of a thick/thin texture.  This shawl will also go to our church’s festival next month, too.  Feels good to check that task off my list.

So Camp is complete for another year and I have a year to put to use the new things I learned. 

On the baby front – Annie is still holding out.

Finished Object

I showed you a new baby blanket that I started here.  Last weekend, I had some car-time and finished the knitting. 

baby blanket

Finished!

 

As you may remember the white yarn was dirty.  It even had a rather stickiness to it when I was knitting.  After all the ends were woven in, I tossed the blanket in my washing machine with nice sudsy warm water.  After a rinse and a spin, I plunked it into the dryer.  It came out grandly!  It was all clean, stains gone, stickiness gone, nice and soft.  It is over 2 feet square and quite heavy.  It will certainly keep a little one warm and cozy when it gets donated later in the year. 

 

Rollin’ along

Remember those 3 red balls of yarn?

mittens

Mittens

Now, 3 pair of red mittens.  Still need sewing, but progress was made.  And that yellow dye bath?

balls of yarn

Yellow yarn

It is in the queue to be knit into mittens.  Orange is in the dye pot now!

felted soap

Felted Soap

This is my second batch of felted soap.   Two more felting sessions and the lavender scented soap will be done.

Peach scarf

Scarf for charity

This is my latest scarf made with acrylic yarn.  I’m really loving this pattern.  I didn’t steam it and the edges lay really flat.

close up of scarf

Scarf pattern

And the stitch pattern is pretty, too.  The reverse side is almost a mirror image.  Very nice together.  Tomorrow, I’m going to try this pattern 3 wide to see how it works for a wrap.  The scarf is a little over 6 inches wide.  Will 18 inches be wide enough for a wrap?  First acrylic, then if all goes well, I’ll have an alpaca wrap pretty soon! 

Must be the spring-like weather!  It is scaring me into super speed mode as I feel like festivals and markets are just around the corner.   Oh Yikes!  Seven weeks until Shepherd’s Harvest

 

Manly wrist warmers

I’ve been knitting some manly-man wrist warmers. 

wrist warmers

8 pairs to sew

These will be felted after I get them sewn together.  I’m planning a nice long session with my sewing needle to get these all sewn together.  I have more yarn drying that I just dyed today that is also destined to be knit and felted into wrist warmers.  This time I even have some colors that might appeal the outdoorsy gal, too.  Great for hunting or ice fishing or shoveling snow.

Here’s another scarf for charity.

knit scarf

Another scarf

This is a new pattern and I really like it.  It lays very flat without being blocked, which tends to flatten the texture.  Looks like my knitting group will have a nice stash of scarves to donate by next fall.

New beginnings

I’ve started a new baby blanket / lap robe using acrylic yarn from my charity stash.  I found 4 skeins of matching white yarn that should be enough for a blanket.  Actually it will be enough.  When half the yarn is knit, I’ll be half done with the blanket – no matter how big it is! 

yarn for blanket

Beginning a blanket

 

I also found some small amounts of pastel yarn left over from knitting machine projects.  I’ll knit using one strand of white and one strand of a pastel.  I’m hoping to use up the pastels.  As you can probably see, the white yarn is dirty on one end of the skeins.  I’ll need to wash the blanket after it is finished. Should be a nice blanket for someone in need. 

I also started the front of my topper.  The left front and right front are identical rectangles, which together are the same size as the back.

begging of topper front

Left or right - both the same

 

So far the gauge seems to be very close. I have 2 knitting group meetings coming

up this week, so I’m hoping having these 2 projects ‘needle-ready’ will help keep
me productive!