Sunday, September 27, 2009

Christmas is Right Around the Corner...

Christmas is right around the corner...well, if you are a knitter! So many grand ideas, project to plan, and actually knit: socks for a nephew, a scarf for your husband, mitts for the mailman, stockings for everyone...time to get started or you'll be knitting furiously knitting Christmas Eve (like me)!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

knitting scarves to raise money to buy livestock for poor communities --

Here's a some great news about knitters giving back!

Local shop knitting scarves to raise money to buy livestock for poor communities --

As a child, Barbara Stabile would watch her mother knit sweaters and other items for the American Red Cross to give to soldiers during World War II.Over the years, as her own foray into knitting went from hobby to career, the owner of Tangled Yarns on Main Street in Bethlehem looked for a way to give back.She's found a cause through Keep the Fleece, an effort sponsored by the United Nations as part of the International Year of Natural Fibres.The goal is to raise $250,000 to give to Heifer International, a Minnesota agency, which will use the money to buy fiber-producing livestock, such as sheep, to help poor communities become sustainable.Stabile and others have been hard at work knitting scarves that measure 9 inches wide and 60 inches long. They are collecting $1 for every row knitted. A single sheep could be purchased for every 120 rows.Their work will be sent to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, which is being held Oct. 17-18 in Rhinebeck. There it will be assembled into what organizers hope will become the world's longest scarf.The completed scarf will then travel to the White House and United Nations, among other places.Stabile heard about the project from employee Kate Lemmers, who attended a trade show of the National Needle Arts Association in Columbus, Ohio, in June. Stabile was familiar with Heifer International. Last year, Lemmers suggested getting involved in Heifer's holiday Giving Tree program. The shop raised $750 for the program by knitting and selling baby socks, scarves and other items. It will participate in the program again this year. When Lemmers mentioned Keep the Fleece, Stabile was only too happy to break out balls of wool. Staff, friends and loyal customers have also taken turns knitting rows. But Stabile said she has been handling the work from donors who prefer to leave the needles and yarn in the hands of experts.''One donor got so excited about the project she gave me $600,'' she said. ''I knitted two scarves with that.''The shop is working on its sixth scarf now and has raised about $1,600. The deadline to turn the scarves in is Thursday.Stabile has taken her scarves to bridge games and dinner parties, she said, ''just to publicize it.'' She estimated she's been spending 20 hours a week on the project. Even so, she said the work isn't difficult. ''I can't sit in front of a TV without knitting,'' she confessed.And it isn't just Stabile -- Lemmers is similarly obsessed. Like a patient in need of medication, she keeps her needles and wool handy at all times.''If I'm stuck in traffic, there's no road rage,'' she said. ''It makes sitting so productive.''Stabile said people have been receptive to the cause. At least 150 people have either donated money or knitted rows themselves. Stabile even got her 7-year-old grandson involved when he visited from New Hampshire.''He knitted two rows and he gave me $2. It's been really fun,'' she said.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

My Top 10 Favorite Quick-Knit Projects

So much to knit, so little time! I usually have 5 or 6 knitting projects going at a time. I have projects for just the right situation: one for riding in the car/waiting in the carpool line, another that's a challenge and takes some concentration, one that's big afghan for my TV knitting. But my favorite projects tend to be the ones I can pick up and whiz through in a day or two. I love that sense of satisfaction and somewhat instant gratification. So, here is a list of my favorite Quick-Knit projects for fall. Enjoy!

My Top 10 Favorite Quick Knit Projects

  1. Kudo Diagonal Scarf & Triangle Shawl Pattern - This pattern features Plymouth Kudo, a self-striping yarn that does all the work. One ball makes the diagonal scarf and just two balls are needed to knit the triangle shawl.

  2. Jelli Beenz Kids Socks - These socks are so fun! Knitted up quickly with Plymouth's Jelli Beenz yarn. It's worsted weight, machine washable, and kids love it!

  3. Ann Norling Fruit Cap - This pattern may just be my ultimate-favorite pattern! When my daughter was little I made her a tomato, lemon, strawberry, pumpkin, and grape. It's so quick and easy the fruit cap pattern seems to knit itself. I also knitted this pattern more times than I can count for a baby shower gift (it "wows" the crowd every time!).

  4. Little Snuglets and Big Snuglets - These are cute little slippers for kids and adults that are fun to knit and so comfortable to wear.

  5. Okranana Bag - This pattern is FREE! I love this not just because it's free, but it's a really fun to knit seams to sew and features Frabjous Fibers Banana Silk yarn - what could be better than that!

  6. Silk Trinket Bag - These Tilli Tomas bags kits just arrived and I'm in LOVE with them. The kit includes a quilted silk bag top and liner, and instructions to knit the bottom part of the bag using a beaded silk yarn, available in four color combinations...incredible!

  7. Mission Falls Justin Ski Cap - I love the classic look of this Fair Isle cap. It features Mission Falls 1824 Wool, it's great for guys, and only uses 3 balls of yarn!

  8. Out of the Box Cardigan - Imagine Knits took a somewhat simple cardigan and turned it into a work of art! The combination of self-striping yarn and knitting pieces in different directions make this a fun to knit and great to wear cardigan.

  9. KnitWhits Baby Birds Kits - My daughter loves these! Choose a baby chick or owlet. Everything you need (except the needles) is packed in a little kit for under $12 - Quick to make or priced right to give as a gift.

  10. CocoKnits Pleated Ballet Flats - Sometimes I like to look a little more polished even though I'm just hanging at home. These cozy and stylish ballet flats make feel great when I wear them.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

No, this post has nothing to do with knitting. It was just so cute I had to share. This photo is about a little girl who thinks of her dog as her doll, and a dog who's willing to put up with it.
Have a great day!

Personalize Your Knitting!

Personalize your Knitting!
Sig'nits are beads you can knit into your project to identify something made by you!

"That baby afghan was definately knit by Aunt Mary, she loves ladybugs and ALWAYS knits a little ladybug into her work for good luck!"

Sig'nit kits includes enough pewter beads for 6 projects, along with a fine gauge crochet hook and instructions. Sig'nits are an easy and fun way to personalize your knitting. Makes a great gift!

Available Sig'nit Kits include: Sheep, Mouse, Dragonfly, Ladybug, and Heart.