Washcloth KAL/CAL: Week One

How is your washcloth knitting or crocheting coming along?  I completed three over the weekend.  They are show above in the featured image.  I had forgotten how much fun it is to knit these!  I’d love to see what you’re working on for the KAL/CAL, too.

As I was starting to work on these on Friday, I was racking my brain trying to remember if I had any washcloth booklets around that I could use.  Aha!  I recalled one that I had bought for $.25 at the Art of Recycle a few month ago.  Yay!

Cover of Leisure Arts' Kitchen Bright Discloths

If you want your own copy, you can still get this on Amazon.

So, that’s where I am with my washcloth knitting.  I’m actually working on the cloth labeled #1 on the front cover here.  The green and purple one was done using this pattern, but I want to see how it looks in a multicolored yarn, too, so that’s what on my needles right now.



Last Scarf Bombing of the Season!

It’s time for the last scarf bombing of the season with The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project!  As you can see from the gaudy graphic at the top, we will be broadcasting the tonight’s scarf bombing live on Periscope (downloadable for iOS and Android).  Just follow the details, but we will have the night’s events available on Katch, too, through the same user.

We will be scarf bombing Reservoir Park in Lancaster, PA.  It’s actually be pretty cold here in PA during the past few days, and we’re even supposed to get SNOW tomorrow.  It may be April, but people still need to be warm during this crazy weather.

I encourage you to hop into Periscope and see what we’re all about.

Crafty Christmas Gifts

I hope that you had a great Christmas!  I did.

I want to talk about crafty Christmas presents, not ones that I received, but rather ones I gave to people, (and forgot to take photos of.)

The first was that I actually crocheted a blanket for my niece, Allie.  Her mother was thrilled to pieces.  Allie was otherwise occupied with other toys and wasn’t interested in a blanket.  She’s two, so I can understand that!  I rolled up an adorable outfit and cute pj’s in the blanket and tied a pretty green ribbon around it.  I was quite proud of it!

My hope for the blanket is that one day Allie will be old enough that when she uses the blanket, she will think of her Aunt Jenn.

The other handmade gift I gave out was a chunky infinity cowl I knit for my mother, who was quite delighted with it.  She wore it right after she opened it.  That always makes me happy when people do that with something I made.

I also made a few other gifts, but those people haven’t received them yet, so I can’t tell you about them at this time.

I hope that everyone YOU crafted for appreciated your hard work and thoughtfulness.  I’m glad my family does.


Crochet Hat Semi-Fail

I don’t crochet much.  I learned how to do the basics of it because some knitting patterns use it for edging and such.  So, I learned.

I decided to crochet a hat earlier this week, and above I’m modeling the results.  Eh, it looks ok, but nothing like the picture in the book I got the pattern out of.  Well, more like a larger, more bowl-shaped version.  Here’s the pattern I’m talking about on Ravelry.

To all you amazing crocheters out there, and I know you are, here are a few questions I have about crochet.  If anyone could provide answers, perhaps I will be able to do better crochet work.

  1.  When you make your starting chain to begin a new row, you are supposed to skip a crochet post and work into the next one.  Is the post directly below the new row chain, or, is the next one?
  2. When measuring gauge for crochet, such eight chain stitches equals two inches on a size H needle, do you count the initial slipknot?  How about the loop on the hook?
  3. When a pattern says make a dc, for example, into the ch-3 below, but the previous row had no chain three, do they mean the chain in the beginning?

Any answers and beginner hat pattern suggestions would be most welcome.  I can do a scarf, quite easily, I will say, but I would like to expand my crochet horizons.  Help!

The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project

I know I would write about the The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project on the previous version of this blog, but it’s important.

The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project is a volunteer group that knits and scarf-bombs parks in Lancaster, PA.  We knit, crochet, and weave handmade scarves, and then tie or hang them in neighborhood parks around the city.  We received a great response last winter, and hope to expand to perhaps other communities around Lancaster County in the future.

I learned about this group though a news story in the local newspaper.  I then contacted Angelia Reed, the founder of the group, and got started.  Here is the group’s Facebook page for anyone interested.

How can you get involved?  First, come out to The Arch on September 6, 2015 in Lancaster, PA to learn more and get excited about the project.  Angelia also offers knitting classes at The Arch, too, if you want to learn.

Want to donate scarves?  Keep an eye out on the Facebook page above to find out where the drop off locations are.

Don’t knit, crochet or weave and still want to help?  We’d still love your financial support for supplies through the group’s GoFundMe page.

Take a look at one of our scarf-bombings from last year below.

Everyone deserves to be warm when the weather gets cold, and that’s why we do what we do with The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project.  We’d love your help and support.