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Knitting is more than just a hobby.

Hello my fellow knitters, and anyone else who finds knitting blogs interesting!

Where to begin. That is a task in and of itself. I am currently working on an 8 strand cable scarf (pictured below), and a size 10 sweater for World Vision Knit for Kids sweater. For not having a lot of time to knit, my sweater is knitting up super quick. I have about 3 more inches to go in the body before I do the front sleeves. It is crazy how quick this sweater is knitting up for me, with working full time, and of late full time and then some.

I spent the last hour or so working on updating my knitting spreadsheets that I have going on my computer. I added the columns and formulas I needed for this year. I also did columns and formulas for 2016 – 2020. Beings that it is now almost May, and i had yet to make the columns up for this year, I decided that I might as well just do it through 2020 and be done with that for the next six years.

Knitting is totally my creative outlet. It more than makes up for the mundaneness and lack of creativity I have in my day job.

I have been spending a lot of time this past week watching YouTube videos about knitting, and looking up patterns, as I want to get better, and be able to knit more complex patterns. I tried knitting socks once and gave up while trying to turn the heel. I want to give it another try, and really try this time.

I also have a couple skeins of lace weight yarn in my stash to make another leaf lace wrap/scarf for myself. Now that I have the baby blankets for my cousin and his wife done (I just need to get them shipped), I will have more time to work on projects that I want to work on. I know I have talked about it in the past, about having a personal project and a charity project in the works at the same time, and that is the case 95% of the time. I rarely only have one project in the works these days.

Beings that I have a size 10 sweater in the works, it is nice to have a smaller project to work on, when I only have a few minutes to knit, before I start work, or I don’t feel like working on as big of a project when I am tired after working 10 hours. I would love to be able to get paid to spend time working on projects, blogging about them, as well as craft store adventures and hauls.

IMG_1244Over the next few months, as I get some of my own stashed yarns knit into fantastic projects, and as next fall gets closer I am going to get out more, and go track down the locally owned craft stores here in Portland, and buy some yarn from them and write reviews on the shops, and the yarn for you guys. If my goal to be a better knitting blogger is going to ever come to fruition, I am going to start having to do the work myself. I can’t afford to jump in to it full time, and just make it my career, but I am starting somewhere here and now. I am making this goal happen.

For those of you who read and follow me for my charity knitting projects, rest assured that those are going nowhere fast, and will continue to be an integral part of my blog, and pictures and so on and so forth. I am just wanting to increase my skills and create so much more in the way of fall and winter accessories that are not only cute, but very practical.

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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.

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Putting some Thought in to the Future

Hi Everyone!

I know that as of late, all I have been writing about here, have been my Projects of the Week. It is in part because I have been busy working on gifts for friends.

Over the last few years, with the tough economy I have thrown myself into knitting for children in need. It has given me something to do besides just sitting at home being bored.

I have often thought about how I could take this to the next level, and reach more people, and what I am going to do with my life, career wise. I have been told that I should sell what I make, and go into business for myself, but there is one huge problem with that for me anyway. I am not business savvy, and to do everything the legal way, gives me one huge head ache, and almost makes me cry. Not because I can’t do it, but it would take away from the whole point of me knitting, and selling it for a profit. Knitting, for me is a creative outlet, and when you tie it to business, legalities of owning a business and taxes, you can forget about it, its not me.

If you are wondering what I, ideally would like to do, I would like to work with people, and tell them about the knitting, sewing and crocheting projects that are out there that help children in need, here at home and around the world. I know that the few people who have told me that I have inspired through this blog, my facebook page and through posting on ravelry, that there are people out there, who would get involved if they had a pattern, and where to send the finished projects, while others have donated yarn, and financially to help these causes, and that helps those of us who craft these projects, to keep on making more sweaters, hats, blankets, and other projects for children, those who are sick, and the elderly.

From the standpoint of a knitter, having yarn donated to be used for these projects, has really helped out. I would love to be able to partner with a group, to help continue making it possible for the individuals and groups to be able to continue to craft projects, and make it possible to reduce the cost to them to be able to do something good for others. The cost of yarn itself, is prohibitive for many to get involved, even if they know how to knit or crochet. There are many who know how, and would love to get involved but could not afford to buy yarn to keep up knitting projects, so they don’t bother.

I have often thought about what it would be like to work with knitting/crocheting groups as part of a non profit organization, where we work to get affordable (or even free to the knitters/crocheters) yarn for the group members to use, and then send them off to the appropriate charitable organizations (like world vision) or working at a retreat center, and working with groups that come in, and hosting knitting/crocheting conferences and such.  So it is so just in idea phase, and I have no idea how that would work out or come to fruition, but it has been on my mind, and on my heart lately, and I thought that I would share it with you all.

I am definitely a crafting, hands on type of person, and being able to share what I do well with others, and learn from their knowledge and experience is important, to me anyway.

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Project of the Week Series

Hi Everyone!

It may just be me, but some of my posts seem a bit random, and all over the place. Not that there is anything wrong with that per se, but I am aiming toward getting some flow and continuity to my blog.

As of today, I am going to be starting a series of weekly blog posts, that I am aiming to publish each Wednesday, entitled “Project of the Week” where I talk about the project I have spent that particular Wednesday working on.

I am starting this series in part, because there are days when I want to write a post, but don’t know what exactly I should write about. This way I will have at least one post a week about something that I am working on, to keep you, my readers in the loop about what is going on behind the screen.

In each blog post, you can expect for me to talk about what project I am working on, the size I am making, the yarn I am using, what I like/don’t like about the yarn I am working with, and anything else that comes to mind that I want to mention about the project.

Stay Tuned for this week’s Project of the Week, which I will be writing here in a bit!