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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Charity Knitting

Two weeks ago, I won a knitting basket from Warmer Winters, a local organization that provides knitting/crocheted items to needy people in North Central Massachusetts.

The basket contained some light up knitting needles, size 11 (they remind me of a Harry Potter wand), a pack of crochet hooks (which is great because I can never seem to find my lone crochet hook when I need it), a skein of red Jiffy Thick and Quick (or Chunky, I always get them confused), and a book - "Wendy Knits".

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the yarn. I did know that I wanted to use it for some sort of charity knitting - fitting since I received it from a charitable group - but didn't know which one. Since the yarn is a beautiful shade of red, I thought of the Red Scarf Project whcih donates red scarfs to orphans (adults who have now left the system to go out into the world). But that project didn't feel right to me.

So after racking my brain for a few days, I decided on mittens. A big feat since I have never made mittens before. I used Lion Brand's pattern for the 2 needle mittens for this yarn. I finished my first one last night and cast on for the second one. Yeah!! It looks good although the thumb gusset looks odd to me. After I do the second mitten, I may reinforce the thumb with a simple seam so that it protects better.

I am going to be bringing the mittens and a big stack of hats with me to the Knit-A-Thon sponsored by Warmer Winters. It is on October 20. I love knitting events of all kinds!!!

So this weekend we went to the Bolton Fair. I was happy because I was able to spend some quality time with my daughter, some sheep and two beautiful alpacas.

My mission to accomplish before October 20, should I choose to accept it, is to help Princess Ivi find a Halloween costume. A very tough feat for a kid as tall as she is. Too tall for kids, not quite curvy enough in some places for an adult costume. And of course, I have ZERO sewing ability. She was invited to a birthday party. I would love to be able to knit up a quick scarf to go with the Claire's gift card we will pick up. Hmmm...I should have brought some knitting to work with me.

Well, TTFN as Tigger would say.

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