Thursday, October 26, 2006

Digging Around

As I blogged the other day, I started another pair of wrist warmers, but for some reason lost interest after about 20 rounds. I hate that when it happens--you find something to knit you think you are going to like, but for whatever reason it just doesn't do it for you. Do you know what I mean?

So last night, instead of avoiding my knitting like I did Tuesday night, I dug out the BIG box. The under the bed box. The one I haven't shown yet. This is one of two boxes of yarn and half finished projects I keep under my bed. (Good thing we have a King!) This box I tend to keep the yarns/projects that are on the forefront of the creative burner--but there are also some odd skeins in there as well.

And it was in the simple act of rummaging around in the stash, that I came across this half skein of Colorado, a nice, very soft tweedy looking red, washable wool and remembered a call for baby hats in the new issue of knitsimple. Apparently, 3 out of 4 newborn deaths in the developing world could be prevented by such low cost tools . . .such as a baby hat. A baby hat? I can do that! Grabbing up my handy notebook of knitting patterns, I got out my very favorite baby hat pattern, Ann Norling's Kid's Fruit Cap Pattern #10 and decided I had a match. Something easy, quick and rewarding.

If you weren't up for the scarf challenge of making a scarf for the homeless, how about a baby hat for babies who die from nothing more than a lack of warmth? To find more information on this project, hat patterns for knitters and crocheters, and how to submit a hat, go to

So with a new project in hand, I felt good again, ready to knit, but I knew that this hat wouldn't take me more than a night or two, so I needed to stock the project box with one more thing to
knit before I really get going on my Christmas knitting. Digging around some more, I pulled out these skeins of Brown Sheep and the Knitty pattern for Fuzzy Feet. My always cold toes celebrated.

By the way, I turned in my charity scarves this week. I got three done and knit down about 6 skeins! Here they are:


Meredith said...

Good for you! I love knitting for those who need it most. Those scarves look fantastic and it sounds like you are well on your way to knit down that stash!
I have to admit, I am absolutely envious of the yarn you have at hand.
I just started knitting with Lambs Pride Bulky and I love it! Can't wait to see your future projects.

Elizabeth said...

Believe it or not--I sold a bunch of it last spring at my yarn guild sale. I was literally overflowing with yarn.
The problem is I am an avid eBay shopper. Oh, you can get wonderful deals there--but you have to watch out, because you can get too much yarn very quickly. My mom is also a huge yard sale shopper and is always arriving at my house with shopping bags of yarn that she's picked up for next to nothing.
These scarves are a perfect example: the grey one is from one of mom's yard sale finds, and the mixed colored ones are from leftover skeins of Lion Brand that I had from Christmas two years ago when I went crazy knitting hats for all the neices and nephews. And to cap it all off--I bought the yarn cheap at JoAnne's.
But like you, I also see patterns that just tease me and beg me to knit them, and off I go in search of the yarn--and then it gets to be too much yarn and not enough time.