Caught me by surprise.
I did not do as much for this campaign as I had hoped. As some may remember, I got almost all the way to the end of a sweater and then discovered that a gauge disaster had developed partway through. That project is sitting in a box -- I am not sure who is sulking more, knitter or sweater -- while I wait for a bad-tempered moment so that I can rip it out for maximum enjoyment.
Meanwhile, I've made a few pairs of mittens and started a pair of socks. It doesn't sound like much, but if we all send in the bits that don't sound like much, it adds up to quite a lot. And that many more kids will get to have at least a little bit of warmth in the coming winter.
I will share pictures when they come out of the washing machine. Yes, I wash everything before I mail to A4A. Why? Several reasons: (1) my knitting travels with me, and who knows what it's been up to; (2) sometimes I use yarn that's been around for quite a while, and who knows what it's been up to; (3) it's just manners; and (4) even though I knit pretty evenly, a nice soak evens out the stitches even more.
So -- if you've just made one pair of mittens or a pair of socks and think it's not worthwhile to mail them, you are mistaken! Get those in an envelope. You can be sure that there are at least 20 others out there in the same boat -- and 21 pairs of mittens is quite a few! Due date for hats, mittens, and socks is September 30, so you have time. And if you're only halfway through the second sock, there's plenty of time to finish it now.
School has started here (today is the first day) and a few leaves are starting to drift down from the trees. Time to get those needles revved up and moving faster. . . maybe I could do a couple more pairs before the end of the month?