I was recently asked by Patricia, a hospice nurse and customer, if I might know anyone interested in knitting or crocheting hats and cowls for cancer patients at OHSU. She has a nursing friend there working in Oncology, Brandy, who is concerned that there are patients going home that have nothing to cover their heads!
Brandy says "We are looking for hand knit or crocheted hats that are SOFT. There seems to be a shortage in particular of the smaller and larger sizes. We do have several young children in treatment at any given time, usually 10 months to 5 years. We also get older children, but they don't seem to come through as often."
Let's show these 2 lovely ladies just how much we care, and knit or crochet some amazing hats and cowls! Remember, all sizes are welcome, for both adults and children.
By now, you may have heard about the young man who was hit and left for dead while walking his bike home from work along SW Barbur Blvd earlier this month, Henry Schmidt. After his family pleaded for the driver to surrender to the police, a woman finally turned herself in. A woman whose driving record contains 4 suspension and a dozen driving citations. What you may not have heard, is that Henry's a knitter. A couple of my friends and I decided to collect some yarn for Henry. When Mary Mooney from the Oregonian got involved, our small project began growing into something really big and wonderful!
So far, the response has been AMAZING! I've received calls and packages from Chicago, New York, California and Florida...just to name a few. Cascade Yarns and Lantern Moon stepped up with fabulous donations! I've been so touched by people's generosity and concern for this young man. Fiber artists are so tightly knit together, and we take care of our own!
We'll continue collecting items for Henry through September. I'll be making the first delivery to him soon! In addition to all the wonderful yarns, needles and books, I'm going to offer Henry some free classes at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop. He just might need a little help working through some of this!
The goal was to show Henry some support, to let him know that we care, and to make his recovery time a little more enjoyable. I believe we've done just that! THANKS!!!
A very lovely weekend of knitting. I also managed to squeeze in breakfast out at Podnah's Pit with my sweetie, a little wine on the deck, and Michael Franti and Spearhead out at Edgefield with friends,,,
Ok, so I've given myself a pretty crazy goal. I'm going to knit 3 different one-skein scarves in 3 days. I have 3 skeins of 3 different new yarns that I want to use to knit shop models for The Naked Sheep Knit Shop.
Droplet, which I already have a tiny head start on. I'm making a one skein scarf that is a free pattern from their website.
We loved having Jill from Bar-Maids with us during our 8th Annual Anniversary Sale and Celebration at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop a couple weeks ago. Their products are so amazing! I love the new Twisted Light Candles; we have some available at The Naked Sheep right now J
And I am continually impressed with the Lo-Lo Cuticle Intensive. This is a product that is PERFECT for every knitter or crocheter. Keep one in your purse, as well as your knitting bag. My hands were a mess this morning after a couple weeks of neglect. After just 2 applications of the Cuticle Intensive, they are beautiful! Really, stop by the shop and see for yourself! You MUST try this product.
And the Lo-Lo To-Go Bars are equally amazing for the knitter's hands. All natural, and safe to use while you're knitting. Stop by and smell the new scent, Orange Vanilla. Reminds me a Creamsicles in the summertime!
been using mirrored increases a lot lately; and I've had several students and customers ask about them recently, too. So I thought
I'd share with you my little "cheat sheet" for Mirrored Increases: M1R (make one right)
and M1L (make one left). Cut and paste it, print it out, and keep it in with your knitting notions so you can
always be reminded how to do them J
Working these mirrored increases is similar to working a k2tog on one end of your work and an ssk on the other, although K2tog and ssk are mirrored decreases. A k2tog slants to the right and an ssk slants to the left.
I'm loving the Bamboo Bloom and Bamboo Bloom Handpaints from Universal Yarn! Until recently, I had been making cowls; but I decided to make a simple shawl. Soft and squishy and warm...and easy!!! Just 3 skeins, a size 9 or 10 32"-circular needle and some stitch markers are all you need to knit up My Easy Triangle Shawl! Cast on 5
stitches. Row 1 (RS): K1, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k1, yo, k1.
2 (WS): Knit to marker, sm, p1, sm, knit to end.
*Row 3 (RS): K1, yo, knit to marker,
yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last stitch, yo, k1.
(WS): Knit to marker, sm, p1, sm, knit to
last 2 rows 3 more times.
Next row: K1, yo, knit to marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last stitch, yo, k1.
Next row: K2, purl to last 2 stitches, k2.
last 2 rows 3 more times.
from * 7 more times, or to desired depth of shawl. Bind-off loosely. Stop by The Naked Sheep and check out the shawl, and all the lovely yarn choices!!!
I CAN'T STOP starting new projects! Do I have a problem? I think not! My most recent cast on is Umaro by Jared Flood. It's been in my queue for quite awhile. After an unfortunate red wine spill while at the beach last weekend...it's now coming along nicely!