I have been neglectful of my blog… again. Sorry about that… again. In June a friend from my knitting group passed away from breast cancer. Her daughter saw on our group’s email list that we were having a yarn swap in the summer and asked if she could bring her mother’s yarn for us to divide up. I didn’t end up getting the yarn from her until after the swap and I was talking to Kristi about it, debating what to do when Kristi came up with a brilliant idea: crochet items for donation to Breast Cancer Connections. We are crocheting because it is fast and uses up lots of yarn but also because our friend was mostly a crocheter. She used to make bed-sized afghans and give them away. They were truly epic creations: so big that she carried them in a bag from Costco. Shortly after this decision, I went to visit Kristi and delivered some of the yarn to her so she and I (and Janice and Cookie) have been crocheting away. Teenuh has been weaving and I haven’t gotten a chance to see her woven scarves in person but the photos have been lovely!
In any case, here is what I have made so far. The charity only wants “hats, scarves, and booties” so that’s where I have been going.
The slippers didn’t quite work. I don’t think this pair is going to get donated because I don’t think they will stay on. I might try to find another pattern to use instead.
Janice designed this pattern with the yarn I delivered to her. I think mine is bit too big and I’m working on a second with a smaller hook. It’s a very cute hat though, huh?
I liked this pattern so much…
… that I made two in a row.
A very-not-tiny scarf.
This was actually the first project I made, although I got a foot into it and had to rip it out and restart because the hook was too small at first and the resulting scarf was, in Teenuh’s words, like iron. She was right to talk me into ripping it.
Potato chip scarf, so named because you can’t make just one, I think. I did, though, just make one.
This is Kristi’s pile so far (sitting on my bike just because it was there). She also made a tiny scarf, two flower motif scarves, and a big, cozy fringed scarf. I might have to make a fringed one too. That one is coziest.
There has been some knitting going on as well, with my own yarn.
I started this infinity scarf as a car project when we drove to Southern California. I really like it. The yarn is bamboo and is soft and warm. I have another skein of it that might need to become another cowly and/or scarfy thing. One can never have too many scarves, cowls, and shawls, right?
I hope not because this is also the very beginning of a shawl. This pink silk yarn ended up in my stash after the yarn swap with the BobaKnitters. I’m making an Annis but I opted for beads in place of the Nupps. I was really into that pattern for a few days but it’s 300-something stitches so I didn’t get very far. When I’m done crocheting, I hope to get back to it.
My final current project is a Giants Scarf “Zito Socks Style” as requested by my friend Sandy who is a Giants SuperFan. I am hoping to finish it before baseball seasons ends but she is such a fan that she wears Giants colors all year round so I know she’ll get use out of it even if the Giants are done playing by the time it’s done. Also, there’s always next year.
Whew. I’ve been busy, huh?
Nice! I’ve been neglecting my knitting in favor of crochet as well and now that I have even MORE yarn, the brioche st sweater will have to wait a little longer. That’s a fine collection of crochet items. I hope to be finished with my contributions soon, but the acrylic is taking its toll on my joints so I’ve slowed down considerably.
You know, we don’t have a deadline. We could all take a break from crocheting acrylic and then do a big push again in a few months. I feel like we’re all feeling like we should go go go until the yarn is gone and we need to have a mutual agreement to take a break or none of us ever will. 🙂
Also, E gave me more yarn today but it’s smaller quantities of different kinds, and some of it is wool!
love all the crochet. I am a super-beginner crocheter, thought about taking some crochet classes at Stitches even!
I’ll bet you could pick up what you need just by doing it, Juls. You know, in all your free time. 😉