Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kaps For Kendall - knitting more hats for charities

Kaps for Kendall has a goal of 1,000 hats by December 15th. They collected 300 so far. My goal is five hats by November 15th. One done, four to go

The pattern is one of my favorites "Brandon Ribbed Beanie" a free pattern from Mindy Vasil

Hat #2 "Be Kind" pattern by Melissa Simpson, a free pattern. The yarn is Red Heart Stripes, color Posh Stripes

3 baby hats based on the pattern from  Carissa Browning

Pittsburgh Steelers color beanie

The pattern is Shadow Knitting hat found here My first try at Shadow knitting.

Read more about Kaps for Kendall; Kendall Atkinson, tragically died following a bone marrow transplant for Fanconi anemia on March 14, 2004 at the age of 20.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mittens and hacky sacks for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation children

I made three pairs of mittens and three hacky sacks for the children on the Pine Ridge Reservation

The Hacky Sack pattern can be found here I stuffed them with small beans.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cute As A Button hats

Used up some of the Caron Simply Soft Brites yarn to knit some hats for charities.
The pattern is from Carissa Knits

Friday, October 7, 2011

A hat for Bob and more hats for others

Last year I handed out hats to the "folks" that hang-out in front of the Escondido Public Library. "Bob" gave his hat away and asked if I could make him another hat that he can pull over his ears.

So I did and I'll make more that he can hand out to others because he knows all the homeless around Escondido.

The pattern is called "Just A Beanie"  by Abby Tohline and it is free from her blog I used Vanna's Choice from Lion Brand, color Taupe Mist because Bob wanted brown.

Another hat I knitted is "The Boy Hat Pattern" from LimulusKnits
It fits really nice because of the ribbing pattern.
The yarn was in my stash without a band so I don't the name.

Monday, October 3, 2011

San Diego Chargers colors hats

Four  hats are done for "The Ships Project"

The project coordinator asked for hats in NFL team colors, I picked the Chargers (who else?)
The pattern for the San Diego Charger colors is Brandon hat and it is free from

Serene Sunset is a beige color, the link to the pattern no longer works.

If you want to help the troops keep their heads warm, click on the links for more information.

 Hi all,

I knew it! As soon as I posted what we want for the ships, someone comes along and changes that.:-) Here is a list of requests. Please keep in mind that this is a small ship, no more than 300 sailors, and most are male.

They are asking for team colors:
Seattle Seahawks
Oakland Raiders
San Diego Chargers
Boston Red Sox
Seattle Mariners
Tampa Bay Rays
NY Yankees
Oregon State
Dallas Cowboys

They said they don't have any fans for the SEC. You can Google team colors and find what you need if you are in doubt or go to the websites of each team.

The females are asking for hats in "girlie" colors but specified they want only solid colors. There aren't a lot of females aboard, so if you want to go one in "girlie colors," please do only one. None of our other current ships have asked for them, and I don't want to have them wasted. I think we'll be okay if we limit it to one per member.

We've added three ships today, including an aircraft carrier, so we may have some other surprises. I'll keep you posted.

Take Care.

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~Mailing Dates~

We do not mail in December due to mail delays.
July 1-7, 2011
August 1-7, 2011
September 1-7, 2011

Packages should be sent to Ellen during these dates.

Label items with project labels and include item count.
Labels should read:
The Ships Project               DO NOT SEND TO THIS ADDRESS.  IT IS FOR
c/o Ellen Harpin                SAFETY ONLY.
PO Box 564
Goldenrod, FL 32733-0564
ITEMS SHOULD BE SENT during the mailing dates to:
The Ships Project
c/o Ellen Harpin
1406 Tipton Road

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I am knitting socks or at least that was the plan

My girlfriend Hildegard's birthday is on September 25 and she always carries socks in her purse because she often has cold feet.
On September 20th I decided to knit her a pair of socks. What could be so difficult?
I know how to knit and read directions.
I know how tink (knit backwards when I make a mistake.
I know how to frog (unravel) when I make mistakes.

Paton's Kroy Sock Stripes yarn, Bronzed Berry Stripes and the book "The Sock Knitter's Workshop" seemed like good choices.
Using Clover Bamboo needles size 2  double point needles I cast on 44 stitches for size 7/8 (page 20).
I should read the directions thru before starting but that hardly ever happens.
Finished the cuff for sock one and two I started the leg. Looking through the book for heels and toes I realized I cast on for a child's sock size 7/8 not for the women's sock size.
Decided to start socks with different yarn Fortissima Colori Socka Color by Schoeller & Stahl (German flag colors) and a different book "Not just more Socks" by Sandy Rosner The Ripple Sock pattern looked a great match for the stripes. Used size 1 needles this time and started knitting. The pattern repeat is easy to remember but the process of knitting the socks was much slower than I anticipated.
By September 25th I had two socks but now came the dreaded "Kitchener Stitch" and I messed trying to get the socks finished in a hurry.
Needless to say, Hildegard did not get her socks for her birthday. They are still unfinished (Hildegard is on vacation this month) and I hope to have them done when she returns.

Thinking I could knit and finish a pair of socks in 5 days was insane!