Gifts for Others, Knitting, Knitting Projects, Scarves, Wool, Wraps/shawls

Falling Leaves Wrap for Mom

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I finally finished my mom’s Christmas Gift. I finished knitting it last night, then washed and blocked it today. She loved it which is awesome.

I used the falling leaves pattern I have used once before and had used teal lace yarn that is like 20% mohair, 10% wool and 70% acrylic. I used the size 4 bamboo knitting needles that I have.

It took me this long to complete it in part because of my job, that I have been at now for almost 2 months.

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Baby Items, Knitting, Yarn

Must have More Yarn

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While I was out today, I stopped at the Joann Fabric and Craft Superstore near my house. I was looking for thread, for a project I am working on. The thread I had was not a good quality, so I went to look for a better quality thread to use for the quilt I am working on. While I was there, I had also picked up a couple more colors of thread that would go with what I am working on, and wouldn’t just be black or white.

In addition to the thread I picked up 5 skeins of Red Heart Yarn for sweaters, and two skeins of kitchen cotton for dishcloths. The red heart yarn I am going to be using for sweaters, and the dishcloths are for me.

I have been off of work most of the week, and I am starting to go a bit stir crazy, and there were a few items I needed to pick up at the grocery store, so I went to Joann’s while I was out. I just needed to go somewhere and do something.

Before I start any more sweaters or hats for kids, I am going to finish my mom’s Christmas present which i am still working on, and I have a baby gift for one of my cousins to get knit up, and then sent up to Canada before the end of May. Knowing from past experience it can take a while for packages to reach their destination in Canada, being shipped from the US, so I want to get the baby gift up there before the baby arrives in June.

Gifts for Others, Knitting, Knitting for Kids in Need, Knitting Projects

Getting as much done as I can

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For the last few days, I have been trying to get as much done as I can before I begin my new job. I still have most of a skein of the fishermen’s wool that I am letting sit for a bit, so I can focus on getting my mom’s Christmas gift before Christmas. I also have a knit for kids sweater in progress, so that I can have 7 sweaters done this year, bringing my cumulative sweater count to 65.

While my new job has nothing to do with knitting, or what I went to college for, I am excited for it. It is a step in the right direction, for gaining much needed paid work experience, resume building, getting my college loans paid off, and for the potential for other doors to be opened down the road.

I am glad that I got my friend’s Christmas gift completed here a month or two ago. It is one less thing for me to try to get done before Christmas with going to work as well.

Baby Items, Friday Night Knit Night, Knitting, Skills, Wraps/shawls

Friday Night Knit Night

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This evening I spent inside working on my current series of knitting projects. Spending the evening watching shows or listening to music while working on projects is a relaxing way to unwind and calm down. Knitting is my creative outlet. It is also one of the things that challenges me, calms me, gets me excited, and one of the things I love doing with my time and my life.

It all goes back to the summer I was 10, and bored out of my mind by the end of June, and was ready for school to start again, with another month to go. I had asked my grandma to teach me to knit, and I have stuck with it ever since. Now I am glad that I did. I love the feel of yarn, and getting lost in the yarn section of the craft store, or spending hours in a yarn store dreaming up the projects I could make if I had the money for the yarn.

I love knitting, It is one of those things that is always on my mind, and dream about. Yes I do get out and go do things, and do take breaks from it, but even then I am thinking about it, or yarn. I am still trying to figure out a way to get paid to do what I love without having to own my own business.

I have three projects going at the moment, I have my mom’s Christmas gift that I am working on, I have a wrap that I am working on for myself, and I have infant leggings for a friend of mine who has twins, and wants leg warmers small enough for her little guys.

For my wrap I am using lion brand fishermen’s wool in oatmeal, and it is super soft. I am loving it. As some of you already know, Fishermen’s Wool is my favorite yarn for projects for myself. A lot of what I have made in the past few years has been made of Fishermen’s Wool. I got started using it about 2 or 3 years ago, I had been wanting to try it for a while before that, but I had been waiting until I had the money to buy my first skein. It was well worth the wait, and worth the money. Once I had made my first hat and scarf from it, I was hooked, and bought subsequent skeins, and have made many more projects with it. Beings that it still retains it natural Lanolin it is softer than other wool. It also washes and wears better than regular wool. The Lanolin is a natural water repellent which is helpful in the part of the country I live in, where most of the winter is gray and damp.

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Christmas Gifts

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I have been making progress on the Christmas gifts I have been knitting. I got my friends gift completely finished. I just need to work on my mom’s gift.

Beings that I am well on my way to completing the Christmas gifts that I am hand making I have started working on more infant hats. I have been making a lot of progress on the yarn I have sitting in my knitting area. Once I get this yarn used up I will post a picture of the hats that I have completed. It has been a while since I have worked on a sweater. I do kind of miss working on sweaters but my attention has been elsewhere for the past few months. I haven’t given up or quit making them though. I plan to return to them once I get Christmas gifts and infant hats done.

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Infant Hats and Christmas Gifts

In between working on the Christmas gifts that I am working on, that are a bit more complex, and require more attention I have also had some infant hats going at the same time. I have plenty of baby yarn left over from other projects that I am wanting to get used up for a good cause, so I have been using the balls I have sitting over here for infant hats. I currently have 10 infant hats complete. I am looking into charities that get the hats to hospitals and birthing centers in the high poverty areas here in the US. One that I know of – Bundles of Joy, is a group that donates their time and hats to infants born in the Pine Ridge Reservation OB Ward. The reservation is located in South Dakota.

The fact that there are areas within the US where unemployment is over 75%, and whole communities live without electricity, indoor plumbing, sewage systems, and telephones. Seeing infants born into this system where the infant mortality rate is around 5 times the national average is heart breaking. That is why I like using the talent I have been given, in knitting to give back to those who are much less fortunate than I am.

Some may ask, why I do it, when these infants will grow up and are roughly 4 times more likely to commit suicide as a teenager, or join a gang, and if they grow into adulthood 3/4 if not more of them will be unemployed for their entire adult lives, and be alcoholics, and if the alcohol doesn’t get them, another health condition related to the alcohol or poor diet will. While this argument is very valid, My answer is yes, that is all true, but there is also that small fraction of a population that will make a better life for themselves. Do you want to deprive those the opportunity to be able to contribute, or make a difference by letting them die as infants do to not being kept warm? That is why I knit for the infants, and I would love to see each of the infants born into poverty receive a handmade blanket and hat, knowing full well that few of them will be able to rise above the generational poverty.

As for the Christmas gifts I am working on, I am making progress on both the falling leaves wrap and the six strand braided cable scarf. The scarf is knitting up faster than the wrap because it is not as intricate of a pattern, so I am able to work on it while watching YouTube videos, or shows on hulu, or working on other things on the computer. The falling leaves wrap requires more focused concentration, and I can only have music playing while working on it. Both of these will be done before Christmas.

Knitting, Knitting Projects, Personal Project Tuesday, Projects for Myself, Whats on My Needles

Working on Christmas Gifts

I have begun working on Christmas gifts. I figure if I start now, I will have a better chance of getting the gifts done before Christmas than being right up until the last minute and even then maybe not even having them done. I would be super happy to have all my knit gifts done by Thanksgiving, which is in November here in the States.

I have one part of my friend’s Christmas gift done, and I got started on my mom’s last night after making another trip to Joann’s since they are having a coupon event going on. They have 50% off 1 regular priced item coupons out. I was able to get the two skeins of yarn I needed to make my mom’s gift for the regular price of 1 skein, which was pretty awesome. I got two skeins of Patons Lace yarn in Mystic Teal, it is a really pretty color. I am using this pattern for the wrap that I am knitting up with the lace yarn I bought.

For the time being, since I still have a personal project that I am working on, as well as Christmas Gifts, my charity knitting projects are taking a back burner until I get these projects finished.