Make a Difference!

KnitPicks is doing a great charitable promotion right now along with Crafts Americana. Basically, craft something for a charity, upload you wearing said item for charity along with certain hashtags on Instagram (or e-mail the photo), and Crafts Americana will donate $1 to the United Nations Refugee Agency.  Neat, huh?  Make a different locally and globally!

Here’s the original post and instructions from KnitPicks.

We’ve all seen the heart-rending images from the Middle East and Europe as of late. We wish we could help, but the massive scale of suffering is so daunting. How does one even start?

But what if we joined together? What if we collectively pooled our crafting skills, time and money to help those in need – both locally and across the world? As crocheters and knitters, we are perfect for this mission, because the nature of our craft inherently lends itself to giving.

As for instructions, here they are:

  1. Knit or crochet an item for a local charity of your choice.
  2. Post a picture of your item with the hashtags #craft2giveback and #knitpicks and mention your local charity.
  3. For every photo, Crafts Americana will donate $1.00 to the United Nations Refugee Agency.*

Take note of the fine print for choosing your local charity.

Local Charities

Contact a local homeless shelter, church youth organization, hospital, nursing home or Salvation Army to find local charities in your area.

* Campaign runs 10/08/2015 – 11/30/2015. Crafts Americana will donate $1.00 for each photo, up to $5,000, to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Photo entries must contain the hashtag #craft2giveback to be counted. A local charity must be noted to be entered for the $500 prize. Multiple entries allowed, as long as each entry is a different project.

Of course, I linked my favorite knitting charity, The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project in my Instagram entry, that’s where these four scarves are going.  It’s quite fortuitous that I had them with me to deliver to Angelia after work today when she posted originally about this particular charity.
So, start crafting and get going!  Snap some photos!
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Purple Socks: Casting on

I cast on my socks last night!  Yay!  I had forgotten how much it takes to knit with tiny yarn on tiny needles.  I’m telling myself that I should enjoy the process of knitting socks, but still look forward to the outcome, which isn’t probably going to be for about a month or so.

If you care to see the details and follow the progress of my socks, you may do so on Ravelry.

The photo above doesn’t do it justice, but I love the stitch definition in the Stroll yarn I’m using from KnitPicks.  It’s really quite nice.

It feels good to knit something other than scarves now, too.  I do love knitting them for charity, but it’s nice to take a break from them and knit something for myself.  And these socks are definitely for me!

So, my sock itch is on its way to being scratched.

The Sock Itch

Socks are of those those knit items that I get the itch to knit every now and again.  And I have to scratch that itch by knitting a pair.  I have that itch now, and I’m getting ready to cast on a pair.

First, I need yarn,  I chose this yarn from KnitPicks.  I generally like their products, and since this yarn is washable, I’m all for it.  The color is called Sprinkle Heather, which a blue/violet.

Next, I need a pattern.  I love the look of cables on socks, but I am not a fan of constantly struggling with a cable needle on a project this delicate.  So, I found the Faux Cable Socks pattern by Jen Lucas on Ravelry.  It looks like my sort of pattern, and that solid color of yarn I chose should be lovely.

As soon as that yarn gets here, I’ll print out the pattern and start knitting. Hopefully, I won’t get “second sock syndrome” and have a nice new pair of socks to show off in a month or so.