Saturday, April 30, 2011

Gorgeous Faces/Gorgeous Sweaters

Daisy, Judith, Susan, Candace, and I had a good time together opening packages and packing up on Thursday. We've known each other for years now. A fairly mellow afternoon for us (until I made the crazy, nervous dash for my car before the 4 pm tow-truck attack on Mission Street). Not that many packages have arrived yet, but the email notices have been increasing. So, we're expecting more knit gifts as we approach the May 13 due date for NGO Help the Afghan Children. As you can see, these pullovers are spectacular! Thank you so much! The Afghan children are going to be thoroughly delighted and much warmer wearing these garments when winter arrives.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

One sweater on its way

I took a week off in February - pretty random timing in my schedule - and my main objective was to knit a sweater for A4a. I have missed a couple campaigns by not planning ahead. My supply of this yarn is finally depleted (Patons Classic Wool Merino, Bonne Terre). I tried to cut the psychedelic effect when I found this very nicely matched blue (Lamb's Pride) in my stash. I like the trim on the wrists and neck. I hope its (edit:) Afghan recipient wears it in good health!

Monday, April 11, 2011

a4A in GreenStitch podcast

How cool is this? a4A contributer Anne Kenlon also does a podcast, GreenStitch, from her sewing room in Corning, New York, on all things related to eco-friendly sewing and crafting. A recent episode focuses on crafting projects that help other people, and the first such project she mentions is afghans for Afghans! You can listen to that episode here -- the discussion on a4A is in the first few minutes. (Click the little icon that says "POD") Thanks, Anne!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A spring-y sweater

I haven't posted here in awhile and I'm glad to have another item to show now. This will go in the mail once I get it blocked. It's bulky weight, knit top down starting with the collar. I added the kelly green to a yellow/green/brown stripe Wisdom Skye yarn I'd gotten way on sale. On it's own, the Wisdom Skye seem a bit too camo for an A for A campaign, but I think the addition of the bright green really changes the whole look. It's a wonderful lofty, smooshy yarn that will keep someone very warm. The sweater is relatively longer than it looks in the picture

Monday, April 4, 2011

And they're off

I managed to finish two more items for this campaign.  Yay for all of us!  I knitted with double strands and did the size "4" of the Berroco Polly sweater, without the puzzle pieces.  I also knitted with 10.5s so, it's much bigger than a 4.  I'm 5'6", and it hit my waist, with the sleeves ending like 3/4 length sleeves on me.  It should fit a young someone.

I initially thought I was going to make a sweater, but decided a vest will have to do.  I wanted to send it off before we left on a trip.  I used the "What's in My pocket vest" pattern and made a size 10, also using double strands.

I sent these both on Saturday so they should be in by Monday/Tuesday the latest.  Keep it up!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sweater ready to send

Here is the sweater I have just completed.  I used a wool/alpaca yarn and a top down pattern I have used often for my nine year old granddaughter with a little extra added to length.