18 January 2010

Knitting for Charity

Photo credit: microsoft.com

The pointy sticks are working overtime, the 'scraps' of yarn in the stash are dwindling and the mittens are just flying off the needles. Yay!

A call went out from some local shelters that mittens were needed. So far, seven hats (a handspun yarn refused to be mittens), one scarf (missed when I donated scarves several monthes ago) and seven pairs of mittens are done and waiting. When finished, there will be a total of 13 pairs of mittens. And less yarn in the house. Once the scraps and leftovers are used up, why then quilting and sewing can resume.

Let's see, at one mitten an evening, by the end of the month there should be 6 more pairs of mittens. However, I am knitting the mittens two at a time on two longer circular needles and it takes me two evenings to get a pair finished. Since I am using up bits and bobs of yarn, I need to control the placement of the same yarn on each mitten so they match up and this is the technique that works for me. An upcoming meeting of the Finishing Club this Friday will give me 4 hours of knitting and woman time.

I'll be much closer to my goal of simplification at the end of the month. So, how are you?

13 comments:

  1. Isn't it great to find a use of all those bits and pieces? Please post a photo of the mittens before they find new homes.

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  2. Yes, I used to love making mittens (no call for them here where I live) I now make hats for homeless folks.

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  3. Wowsers, I can hear the clackity click of needles waaayyy over here. Keep on truckin'!

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  4. You've been busy! I love the two ladies in the picture! They look so happy.

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  5. This is great, Paula. A win-win for both of you, they get mittens, you get an emptier house. I'm trying to empty stuff around here too. I'll have to come up with a plan like you did.

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  6. Doing good here, making a list and decided if I'm not going to make/finish the project I can find someone else who wants it!
    Vicki

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  7. Lucky folks who receive a pair of your mittens! This is the perfect project for a quilter who loves to knit and give to others.

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  8. I don't think your hands are ever idle (which is wonderful) and I don't know how you do it. I've been knitting away on my fall shawl / wrap that was intended to be completed in 2009 but wasn't and my poor old shoulder is complaining, and my fingers too. I think it is from having too many birthdays ;D Your blog always inspires me to keep on truckin' though. Happy Wednesday. :)

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  9. you go girl.....i can't knit to save my life...i tried twice...i made up my own stitch both times....both times not the same stitch...now that takes skill! :)

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  10. How wonderful of you to knit mittens for others. I love the picture you chose.....you know those 2 have been friends forever. ;-)

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  11. Wow, that is alot of yarn usage - and lots of people are going to be nice and snuggy warm thanks to your efforts. I bought yarn to make 3 pairs of mittens this winter and did that. I find it easier to get in a grove and knit the same thing several times over! Cheers! Evelyn

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  12. Well you didn't tell me that you had a picture of me trying to knit on your blog. (ahar, ahar, ahar). I am so slow - still trying to finish my latest(and really first) pair of socks. [I ripped out my previous 2 efforts]. Maybe this time?????
    Great work.
    Marne

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  13. You get rid of bits and bobs and some child has warm hands. This is a good thing.

    I too am staying the course. Not always easy though.

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