Thursday, March 31, 2011

Crochet and Knitting Blog Week--Day 4

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Day Four: 31st March. Where are they now?

Whatever happened to your __________?

Write about the fate of a past knitting crocheting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity
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I've got a couple of good candidates for this one. First, I give you....

THE SCARF THAT ATE MANHATTAN!!!!

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This is the very first project I made after I re-started crocheting a couple of years ago. I wanted a nice warm circular scarf that I could also wrap around as a hooded cowl. I went to JoAnns and picked a really pretty, soft yarn, Lion Brand Homespun. This seems to be a universal newbie crocheter experience--buying a bunch of Homespun and finding out it is incredibly hard to crochet with! Because of the yarn texture it is very hard to see your stitches, not a good thing when you're learning. I also misjudged the size and made it way too big. And it's heavy--it weighs about a pound and a half! Too heavy, too bulky, and it likes to choke me.

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These photos may be the last time I wear the thing.

I'd also like to tell you the tale of another item, this one that I sent to the Knit-a-Square charity in South Africa, although I didn't actually crochet it myself. I found an old worn stadium blanket at Goodwill, brought it home and felted it into a nice warm piece of wool, about 2x3 feet. Not big enough for a blanket on its own, but could be sewn together with other felted squares to make it a good size. So I sent it off to South Africa. Several months later, in one of the e-newsletters that KAS sends out, I saw this photo:

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Look at the boy in the background, wrapped in a blue and green plaid blanket. That's the piece I sent! Here's another photo of him, in the center front:

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This made me feel so amazing, and made my small efforts seem so tangible. A little boy is warmly wrapped in something that I helped with. Seeing those faces really motivates me to make as many things as I can for charity.

If you'd like to know more about Knit-a-Square and how to help these beautiful kids who have nothing, not even a warm blanket to call their own, please visit their website here!

10 comments:

Linda said...

omg, it is so amazing to see your charity work and to know that it actually helped someone :) great!

A Playful Day said...

Fantastic! What a special hand made

Tecrin said...

How special is that, to see your charity work in action! And I know the feeling of making a whoopsie when crocheting like your circular scarf, my first finished scarf was a green monster that was 2 meters long and made out of a cotton blend, I can wrap it around my neck at least 4 times and it's so heavy!

Sue Solana said...

we have all had those bad outcomes of our projects, but your special story of the blanket is priceless.

thanks for sharing :o)

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

That scarf is too fun!! You could always cut it into halves or thirds and share!

Good on you for Knit-A-Square!

PandaBearofDoom said...

Aww the story about the little boy and the blanket was amazing.. YAY for Knit-A-Square

Shanti said...

Fun stories!!!

Kepanie said...

I love beginner stories b/c we've all been there. Maybe you can gift that to someone who lives somewhere w/really cold winters?
I've knit for Knit-a-Square once and it felt so good!

katiemckinna said...

Thanks so much for sharing.

regina said...

Just so ya know those giant loopy scarves are all the rage right now! you are ahead of the fashion curve!