As many of you have no doubt already noticed, a discussion has sprung up regarding an appropriate January Challenge. At this time of year it was thought that Colors of Hope, as in stashbusting your oddments of yarn, would not only produce a square, hat or sweater that would give Hope to a child but also hope to us--that we'd clear out our yarn stashes a little bit! :D
Along with that, another Moderator (Dawne) suggested "New Pattern, New Year" for any of you wanting something interesting to start the New Year off with. I suggest any new patterns we are trying be listed here so others can try too, knitting or crocheting. Sounds good? And if anyone wants to try weaving that also produces warm squares. A small plastic table loom, cheaply bought in a child's craft section produces potholders and squares which when woven in yarn will be quite warm and welcome. So long as they are about 8 inches it's all for the good of the children. :)
I'm still plowing through my bright coral pink yarn, which is certainly a color of Hope, but I am doing a hat right now with vertical stripes of leftover yarn bits between the pink, so it will definitely be eye-catching when it's done, but also warm...remember Africa's winter will soon be upon them. As many of us warm up, they cool down so now is not too early to start making something thick and lovely for the dear children. I keep looking at the smiling child in the purple and lavender hat atop this page, that kind of smile can keep me crocheting through a lot of snowy nights. :)
Jan,Thanks for this link. I have been thinking about creating a giraffe pattern.....and there was one already done in Carla's blanket ! I shall be making a few giraffes (and elephants) this month.
There was Julie's square too:
I had forgotten about that one !
Yes! Jan you clever, clever girl! Thanks so much for finding it. I was wanting to share it here and over at Ravelry but could NOT find it for the life of me. How did you find it? This is the pattern exactly!
Knit-a-Square is new to me but not charity knitting. I found the simple slipover pattern in a discussion board here and I've made 6 over my time off work for the holidays -- including 1 on January 2nd, so it counts for the new year! I used the slipover pattern but knitted it in the round (because I like circular knitting) and knitted the strap striaght up from the body doing a 3 needle bind-off to attach the strap to the other side. I took some pictures and will post soon. Right now, I'm using up stash which is almost all acrylic but I'm planning to start in on the wool pile soon.
I also like to knit squares for blankets -- making squares with leftover yarn and then putting all different colors together. I use worsted weight yarn and the same needles, knitting diagonal squares starting with 2 stitches, working up to 40 and then back down again (famous dishcloth pattern). They end up basically the same size. I throw the knitted squares in a bag and when I get a big pile, I use mattress stitch to seam them up into blankets.
I'm excited to find some like-minded people to share charity knitting with. I'm organizing a group of women at work to get together as a service project on MLK Jr. Day in February and KIP (knit in public) and I'm suggesting to them that we do blankets or vests to ship to Africa.
Welcome to KAS Ginger! Way to go on knitting up 6 slipovers, that's fabulous. The little ones so need the body warmth. Knitting and crocheting a tube is indeed a simple way to go about it. I've done that myself in crochet as I am notorious for not keeping larger panels straight sided...they tend to narrow or expand on me...going circular stops that one...well usually...one KAS Cuddle did seem to go narrower on me. Sigh...I shall persevere. :)
Diagonal knit squares are so pretty, several members here enjoy doing them. The blanket size most commonly used here is 7x5 squares. So you can join them yourself (but risk customs duty if they open the package, generally they don't-just putting "knitting for charity" on the package instead of "knitted squares for charity", though technically the blanket is made of knitted squares) or send them in bundles or packages of that amount...they will be sewn together in South Africa by many interested groups, including churches and a prison. I admit I just send whatever I've done, along with whatever hats or sweaters I've also come up with.
Do let us know how it goes with your group to work on MLK Day etc. It sound most exciting!
love, Jeanne :)
Welcome Ginger! What a lovely post. It made me smile to read it. I know Doctor King would think knitting for others is a wonderful act of service.
Last summer during some research for a post I wrote about Mandela Day I came across a list of 67 ways to celebrate Mandela's 67 years of service on the Mandela Foundation Page. I believe #8 on the list was 'knit a blanket square for someone in need'. It was quite high up on the list.
KIP day is summer right? That would make for a great KAS awareness event. Don't be shy - put out a small box and ask passerby and participants to drop in spare change toward postage. Last May for KASOTG Day [Knit a Square on the Go Day] we raised $25 toward postage just by having a jar and an informative poster board on display.