Knitting, Knitting Projects, Sweaters, World Vision Knit for Kids

2015 Knit For Kids Sweaters

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I am finally getting around to writing this post!

2015 was a busy year for me, outside of knitting. I only completed 4 sweaters in 2015. 2015 was also the first full year of work I have had since I graduated from university in 2010. That in itself was a big deal for me. That being said knitting and sweaters had to take a back burner last year. 

That being said I have also been working on other projects and I could only do so much. 

I know 4 is better than 0, and I know I can only do so much when working a full time just that isn’t knitting related. I am not one who gives up on something they love, and knitting sweaters for kids in need is something I love. 

These are the sweaters I completed last year.    
    
 

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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.

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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.

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Making Some Progress

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I have been making some progress on my sweater this past week. I am on the back sleeves, and they are slowly but surely being added to. It is nice to have an easy project to pick up and work on during the day when I just want something to work on for a few minutes before having to go out again.

The past week has been incredibly busy, so being able to knit a little bit on my sweater here and there has been nice. Not having to think about what I am doing every time I pick it up is great.

Getting this project done by the end of the week is high on my list, as I have today, most of tomorrow, and most of Thursday to work on it, I have 16 rows to get knocked out, and I know I can do it.

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Started a New Sweater

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I completed the size 6 sweater that I had spent all of last week, and a bit of the week before working. I completed that this past Friday night. After having finished that I started a size 8 sweater.

For the size 8 sweater that I am working on I am using a Caron one pound skein in Rose that I had picked up at Joann fabric and craft a couple months back. I chose to use this skein for this particular sweater, as I am still working the complicated scarf. Working with one color, and having a big skein mean that I don’t have to think about changing skeins, and changing colors. It makes things fairly easy while I spend more time working on my personal project.

Beings that I am using a solid color I am putting a braid up the middle. I know I posted the pattern just this past Thursday. That is a coincidence that I had scheduled that post a while back, and then a few days after it went up, I start using it in a sweater. (so yes, as for some of my patterns I wrote the post and scheduled it ahead of time).

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A Sweater and a Passion

I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I get a knitting project complete, especially when it is a larger project to start out with. I also feel a bit more accomplished when I finish a project that was knit up entire with yarn out of my stash, especially when I have had said yarn sitting in a plastic bucket for a few years. When I combine those two factors, completing a large project with yarn that I had picked up while I was in College, is a huge accomplishment. That means that what I have made will keep an older child (or petite adult) warm, and I just made some room for some more yarn that I pick up down the line. 

Today has been one of those “accomplished” days. I completed a size ten sweater (a picture of which can be found here), using yarn I have had for at least four years now. 

I’m impressed with the fact that I completed a size 10 sweater in less than two weeks, amid Camp Meeting, and three trips to the beach in the same time period. Pictures from the beach trips can be found here, and you can read more about it here

You may be wondering, why I keep referring you to my Facebook Page in order to see the pictures of my completed projects. That is because I have a limited storage capacity here on my blog, and I have a boat load more on Facebook, so rather than use up what limited space I have here, I am choosing to put all the pictures of my projects and such on Facebook, and just refer you there, especially since most people I know anyway, use Facebook. 

I learned how to knit during the period of time when knitting was seen as old fashioned and something only grandmother’s and old ladies did. I wanted to learn how to knit, so my grandmother taught me the summer of 1997. To say the least, I have been knitting for 3/5 of my life. Knowing how to knit is a skill that I take for granted. Any more I figure why should I buy knit hats and scarves for winter from the stores where I normally shop, when I can make a better quality product myself, with higher quality yarn, for much less than it costs in the store. 

As I have grown older, and spent more time knitting, I have come to realize that there was a bigger reason behind learning to knit, but it started with the fact that I was just bored on summer vacation. I have come to realize that it is a call that has been put on my life, to use this talent to help people less fortunate myself, and to inspire others with the projects I have completed. It has also blossomed into something that I am strongly passionate about, and I want to share it with others.