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Final Measurements

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While I was working on the first sock of my regal pair of socks, I had remembered something I had learned while working at the studio. 

This tip is: let the garment/item you are knitting shrink up before taking final measurements. 

I.E. the sock I am working on needs to be 5.25 inches from the heel flap to where I will start the toe. Once it measures 5.25 inches while knitting, I let it sit until the next day, then measure it again (it is typically a bit shorter than it was while I was working on it the day before), and then I knit up the remainder I need, before knitting the toe. I make sure it is the right length once it has shrunk to final size (as it is looser while knitting), before moving on. 

While I was working at the studio, we had to check the pieces against the final dimensions and against the other pieces of the same size to ensure consistency. 

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Last Knit for Kids Sweater of 2016

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Over the weekend and just before the new year started I completed my last sweater for 2016. 

I had been working on this sweater, among other projects for a couple of months and wanted to get it done before the end of the year, so I did. 

I made a size 6 sweater, and the yarn I had used was red heart super saver yarn in Coffee, Carrot, and Fall. 

It was a simple sweater to knit up especially since most of the body, and sleeves were the fall yarn. There were a few ends to tuck in, but it was no where near as bad as some of the other sweaters I have done. 

I really enjoy working on these little, or not so little in the case of the size 10’s, sweaters. I like having something to work on that goes to a child in need. 

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Winter Time Projects

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This is my favorite time of year to be working on knitting projects, when the weather is cold, and it gets dark early. There is something about  curling up with a good movie or tv show, a cup of hot tea and my knitting that I just love. 

I know I am crazy since I have four projects going, three of which are scarves and one is a knit for kids Sweater, which I am trying to get done before the end of the year. 

Even crazier, well to non needle crafters is having a knitpicks order on its way, which I will blog about when I get it in. 

One of the scarves I am working on, I am using acrylic yarn. I honestly don’t know why I am using acrylic other than that I had it, and I plan to use the scarf as more of a utility / work scarf when I go outside to work or am going to be doing something where I don’t want to wear one of my nice woolen ones, as I tend to do more elaborate designs in them. Yes I am fully aware that back in the olden days people made everything out of wool and when it wore out they made another one. I guess my generation is showing a bit, but at the same time it’s not. I was taught that when you have something nice you take extra care of it to help make it last longer since nice things cost money and money doesn’t grow on trees. 

I am also trying to spend less time attached to my phone and computer and spend more time knitting or reading books. I love reading, but the last few months I have spent way to much time wasting time on my phone and computer. Due to that waste of time I am now trying to spend more time doing what I love, getting projects completed and working through my plastic tubs of yarn. I would love to be able to use up all the yarn I have in my acrylic – for sweaters tub. All the kids that could get a nice warm sweater from the yarn would be amazing. 

While I was looking for work a few years ago, there was a year in which I had knit up 17 sweaters. I am still amazed that I made that many, yet at the same time I am not. I was bored, jobs were (and still are) scarce, and needed something productive to do. I really enjoy working on projects for kids in need. 

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Completed Sweater

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Today I sewed up the size four sweater I just finished knitting earlier in the week. 

This is a size 4 sweater and I used red heart yarn in Aruba Sea and Calliope. 

This sweater the second of my set that I am working on. I had finally got to having equal numbers knit up of each size so now I am working on sets. 


Over the past few years knitting sweaters for children in need has been a passion of mine. Knitting sweaters for these children is just of the ways I am trying to give back and make a difference. It feels like a small thing compared to going I missions trips to impoverished areas or serving in the peace corps or Doctors Without Borders. Then I remind myself that each sweater helps keep a child warm. 

It feels good to get a sweater done. Most days I don’t stop to think that the sweaters and hats I make are really going to children in need. They are real children with real needs. 

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Finished #70th Sweater

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Today I finally finished the sweater I started last year. 

I finished this size 8 sweater in which I used a Caron one pound skein of yarn in deep violet as well as some sunflower of the same brand. 

 

This sweater is special I many ways, it is the 70th sweater that I have completed. It also is the last sweater I needed to get 14 sweaters of each of the 5 sizes. I am excited that I now have even numbers of each size, and can start knitting up sets of sweaters.  

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Finally made some progress

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It’s been a while since I have done a sweater update. I have been so busy since Thanksgiving that my current world vision knit for kids sweater has seriously been sitting for months, and barely been touched. 

Today I was helping one of the other ladies from church who has recently started knitting sweaters with her current sweater. It reminded me why I knit sweaters for children and what I am passionate about, which is helping others. Whether that is helping children in need or helping someone learn to do something I know how to do, and being able to sit down with them and walk through the process with them so they understand it. 

I had gone for a drive out in the country yesterday, and anyone who knows me can tell you, for most of the past decade all I have wanted is to live in a small town in the middle of nowhere yet I ended up back in the big city after college. While I was out driving, God was dealing with me. That for now anyway my purpose and mission is here in this city that I have spent most of my life not being able to stand. I began to understand the role I am to play here, and the life I am supposed to lead. That includes helping people and building relationships with people. 

I spent some time this afternoon after I got back from church working on my sweater, and I have made a fair amount of progress. I am definitely ready to get it done, so I don’t have it sitting for more months. I am also really trying to get back to having only two knitting projects in the works, I currently have 4 in progress.