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. :)
My Mother who has dementia knits "scarfs". On my last visit to her I collected several of these and have started to sew them into a blanket. (Saw Laurie's idea). I'm using the overall dimensions of a KAS blanket.
Before her dementia she used to knit for a charity in Newcastle, so she loves the idea of her "scarfs" going to South Africa.
Also it's great therapy for her especially as we lost my Father to Alzheimer's in August.
I'm currently knitting a 32" jumper in bright pink, orange and lavender using the Oxfam pattern, but I'm intending to add longer sleeves. I just love the challenge of adapting a pattern.
Happy New Year everyone.
How wonderful that you can get your mom to contribute too. I'm sure her scarf strips will make perfect blankets.
How wonderful that your Mum can help as well as do something that she enjoys and is therapeutic. I'm sorry to hear about your father.
i hope you have a wonderful 2011 x x x