Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wooly Warmies

More crocheted mittens heading off to the hinterlands...  These are medium-large for those older kids, made out of worsted llama/sheep wool with a strand of Elizabeth's Alpaca Fine worked in.  Nice and warm!

I'd love to see more posts here.  What's everyone else making?  Your work inspires me and keeps me on track so that I don't procrastinate!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mittens For A4A

       With Elizabeth's give-away in hand, I finished a pair of mittens in time for the current campaign.  I held together 3 strands of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine yarn and used US #7 dpns.   The pattern? - Elizabeth's mitten pattern, in size small with extra-long cuffs, of course!  These mittens fit my nine-year-old daughter.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My mittens made it to Afghanistan!

Here's a picture I took on 1/24/2011 of the mittens I was about to send off.  The two-purple-colors mittens show up in the latest photos Ann shared with us from Afghanistan!  If you haven't seen them yet, the link is 

The mittens are in the photo of the boys, towards the lower right.  Ann sent me this detail and encouraged me to post it here (and gave me permission!).

It's a great feeling to see these smiling kids, and even better to see something I donated!  It looks like the boy will be able to use these mittens for quite a while, as he grows into them!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Socks for A4A

I have finished this pair of adult size socks -- about a man's size 9 - and will get them in the
mail this week for the current campaign.

ready to go

Two pairs of mittens and a pair of socks, ready to go. I was about to say they'd be in the mail tomorrow -- but the US Post Office is closed on Monday, November 12, in honor of Veterans Day. I hope I've saved some of you a fruitless trip!

Blue socks: Bartlett's Maine wool in Blue Loch Heather, with stripes in Thistle; red mittens: Bartlett's Maine wool in color (I think) Mountain Berry; ragg mittens: Lion Brand Fishermen's wool held double, with Paton's classic held double for the stripes.

The socks are the standard 40-stitch heavy worsted pattern I carry around in my head; the red mittens are these; and the  other mittens are made following the instructions for the smallest size in this pattern. Because I used a double strand of yarn and larger needles, they came out sized to fit a small to medium adult, which also fits many of the bigger kids. (You can do the same with a bulky yarn -- because the pattern is written in numbers of rows, it stays in proportion.)

We are one third through November, with contributions hoped for by the end of the month. I hope everybody has time to make one small thing.